The Ongoing Moment

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Abacus, 2006 - Photography - 285 pages
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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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Geoff Dyer is an intelligent and open writer. - Goodreads
A fascinating history of photography and photographers. - Goodreads
I like Geoff Dyer's writing style very much. - Goodreads
... dyer is a freakin' polymath of pictures and books. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Chris - Goodreads

This book provides a compelling trip through the history of American photography that is based on thematic connection instead of strict chronology. Instead of a series of chapters, the book flows ... Read full review

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User Review  - Ralph Lavelle - Goodreads

"from the start - before long-ago became long-ago - " Overwritten waffle. There's only so much you can say about photographs of people in the street. They're just standing there, they don't ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

Geoff Dyer was born in Cheltenham in 1958. He currently lives in London.

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