The Ongoing Moment

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Abacus, 2006 - Photography - 285 pages
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In his last book, YOGA FOR PEOPLE WHO CAN'T BE BOTHERED TO DO IT, Geoff Dyer confessed that not only did he not take pictures in the course of his travels but that he did not own a camera. With characteristic perversity - and trademark originality - THE ONGOING MOMENT is an idiosyncratic history of photography. Seeking to identify their signature styles Dyer looks at the ways that canonical figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus and William Eggleston have photographed the SAME things (benches, hats, hands, roads). In doing so he constructs a narrative in which the same photographers - many of whom never met in their lives - constantly come into contact with each other.

Great photographs change the way we see the world; THE ONGOING MOMENT changes the way we look at both. It is the most ambitious example to date of a form of writing that Dyer has made his own; The non-fiction work of art.

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User Review  - adrianburke - LibraryThing

A Christmas present that I began to read on the day. No higher praise. Finished after reading it in fits and starts. The first book that has made me rethink what I thought if I even thought about ... Read full review

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

Dyer’s is both a fascinating and a frustrating study of (essay on) photography. The frustration comes largely from the presentation (or lack of) the photos themselves. Many of the photos that Dyer ... Read full review

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About the author (2006)

Geoff Dyer is the author of three novels, a critical study of John Berger, and four genre-defying 'non-fiction' books. BUT BEAUTIFUL won the Somerset Maugham prize and OUT OF SHEER RAGE was shortlised for the National Book Critics Circle Award in the States.

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