Photographer's Eye / Edition 1by John Szarkowski
Pub. Date: 03/28/2007
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art
The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski is a twentieth-century classic--an indispensable introduction to the visual language of photography. Based on a landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and originally published in 1966, the book has long been out of print. It is now available again to a new generation of photographers and lovers of photography in this duotone printing that closely follows the original. Szarkowski's compact text eloquently complements skillfully selected and sequenced groupings of 172 photographs drawn from the entire history and range of the medium. Celebrated works by such masters as Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Steichen, Strand, and Weston are juxtaposed with vernacular documents and even amateur snapshots to analyze the fundamental challenges and opportunities that all photographers have faced. Szarkowski, the legendary curator who worked at the Museum from 1962 to 1991, has published many influential books. But none more radically and succinctly demonstrates why--as U.S. News & World Report put it in 1990--"whether Americans know it or not," his thinking about photography "has become our thinking about photography."
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Szarkowski wrote "The Photographer's Eye"when cameras still used film. But the technologies of the digital age have not changed the principles by which compelling images are captured or created. Szarkowski is the best possible guide to anyone wanting to take fine pictures or wanting to interpret and evaluate photographic images with a discerning eye. As the curator of photography for decades at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, his knowledge of photography, photographs and photographers is encyclopedic. But his approach is down-to-earth and accessible. We live in an age of images. That will only become more densely true over time. This book can serve as compass in this blizzard of images, helping you to find "true north" for the images you create or look at.
Shooting a photo is less simple than it seems. You can study photo, you can learn as a photographer does. Photographers learn in two ways: from an intimate understanding of their tools and materials and from other photographs. If you can't go to a photography exhibition, you can study John Szarkowski's The Photographer's Eye, a visual history of photography.