THAMES & HUDSON DICTIONARY OF PHOTOGRAPHYNATHALIE HERSCHDORFER Book Number: 94102 Product format: Paperback
A landmark publication for photography, well written and nicely designed with concise entries on photographers, genres and processes, one that will be enjoyed for many years to come. A truly heavyweight tome in a modern elegant design, the first image is by Richard Avedon, Dovima with Elephants, a beautiful woman in a long black dress with white sash holding the trunks of two elephants, sadly chained, in an arresting black and white image. Other such images to contemplate and recall are Raising the Flag on the Reichstag, 1945 by a photojournalist for the TASS press agency in Moscow documenting the advance of the Red Army during the capture of Berlin, symbolising the fall of the Nazi regime. There are boys playing marbles in front of a mosque in Istanbul 1968, subway passengers New York City 1938, Paris in 1932 on a rainy day outside a train station by Henri Cartier-Bresson, Lewis Caroll's Alice Liddell as The Beggar Maid 1858, plus photo montages and reportage right through to digital photographs and image software such as Photoshop, this is documentary photography at its very best. It is a reference to more than 180 years of history in one authoritative volume, more than 1,200 concise and fully cross-referenced entries on the art, history, science, masters and proponents of photography from Abbas to Zoom lens. Illustrated with over 300 photographs in colour and black and white, diagrams and built upon fresh scholarship by an international team of 79 researchers. Truly epic. 438pp, 19.6 x 30.2cm, amazing softback Thames & Hudson first edition.
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