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A unique autobiography in images from seven decades of Duncan's photographic career.
The legendary photographs of David Douglas Duncan explore the broad range of human nature, from the most quiet notes of life to the crashing crescendos of war. Duncan began taking pictures for newspapers in the mid-1930s, then joined the Marines, where he produced some of the most moving images of World War II. With Life magazine, he documented the end of British rule in India and covered ...

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Overview

A unique autobiography in images from seven decades of Duncan's photographic career.
The legendary photographs of David Douglas Duncan explore the broad range of human nature, from the most quiet notes of life to the crashing crescendos of war. Duncan began taking pictures for newspapers in the mid-1930s, then joined the Marines, where he produced some of the most moving images of World War II. With Life magazine, he documented the end of British rule in India and covered conflicts in Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and Korea with clarity and compassion. Returning to the battlefield with the escalation of war in Vietnam, he produced two more books that became icons of the American soldiers' experience.
Since then, he has produced books on such diverse subjects as Picasso's making of a painting to the sunflowers of France, with forays into the world of tragic personal loss. Still exuberant in his eighth decade, Duncan's keen eye and heart continue to illuminate the human experience.

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Editorial Reviews

Sarah Shatz
His selection of images -- of the horrors of war, portraits of Picasso and Cartier-Bresson, of treasures of the Kremlin, actors on the set of the film ''Jesus Christ Superstar'' and of his beloved dog, Thor -- blends into his account of ''waiting . . . for that fleeting touch of magic on the face of life itself.''
The New York Times
From the Publisher
"Perhaps the best war photographer since Matthew Brady." —Life Magazine

"The highest tide that combat photography has achieved." —Edward Steichen

"A heart for [photojournalism's] challenge, and an eye for its creative possibilities." —Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393058611
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/19/2003
  • Pages: 464
  • Sales rank: 1,394,567
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 1.60 (d)

Meet the Author

David Douglas Duncan is the author of This Is War and twenty-one other widely acclaimed books of photographs. He lives in Mouans-Sartoux, France.

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