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Photography: The Definitive Visual History

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by Tom Ang
 
Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years.

Tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the digital age, Photography: The Definitive Visual History is the only book of its kind to give a

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Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years.

Tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the digital age, Photography: The Definitive Visual History is the only book of its kind to give a comprehensive account of the people, the photographs, and the technologies that have shaped the history of photography.

From the first black-and-white photography to photojournalism and contemporary street photography, Photography celebrates the most iconic photographs and profiles 50 of the most famous photographers, with special features on Pulitzer Prize-winners and thematic timelines on portrait, war, advertising, and fashion photography.

Dissecting classics such as Daguerre's Boulevard de Temple, Stieglitz's The Steerage, Rosenthal's Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, and McCurry's Afghan Girl, this amazing reference not only showcases incredible photographs, but tells their stories, in-depth, and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty of photography.

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"The compendium deserves consideration as a teaching text for middle and high school libraries." – VOYA Magazine

"Photography is 'a true celebration of the greatest photographs and photographers from around the world.'" – Shutterbug Magazine

VOYA, December 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 5) - Mary Ellen Snodgrass
A nuts-and-bolts summation of more than two centuries of photography, Ang’s survey squeezes a massive history onto oversized pages. Profiles of such giants of the past as Matthew Brady, Sebastian Salgado, Margaret Bourke-White, and Alfred Stieglitz particularize developments in diagonal thrust, chiaroscuro, and the use of platinotype. Juxtaposition poses human forms in motion and in repose opposite architectural geometrics, celebrity vamping, candid street bustle, and light and shade in nature. The “Ends of the Universe” section introduces optics as a means of probing heavenly bodies and celestial star patterns. Ang is better at contrasts of landmarks—Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Karnac, Whitby, Yellowstone, the Vatican—than at tender, personal portraiture and child motifs. Some of his layout grabs the reader’s eye with two-page mastery; for example, Sonny Liston cowing before Muhammad Ali. Unfortunately, for a tutorial text, many pages crowd too many examples into small space, as with the five photographs on pages 140-141, a five-piece spread on Alfred Eisenstaedt on pages 238-239, and four photos on pages 186-187. The result impedes recognition of angles and subjects, a loss to the Nan Goldin shot at the bottom of page 319. Overall, the compendium deserves consideration as a teaching text for middle and high school libraries, community colleges, public libraries, and personal collections. Reviewer: Mary Ellen Snodgrass; Ages 11 to Adult.
Library Journal
10/01/2014
The author of many technical guidebooks on photography, Ang (Digital Photographer's Handbook) is also an accomplished photographer and educator, making him a suitable writer for an encyclopedic review of the discipline. Unlike his previous books, this volume is comprehensive in scope. He covers the history of photography by examining processes, equipment, and artists, moving the reader chronologically from the daguerreotype to today's smartphone camera technology. Each spread tackles a topic relevant to the time period, and interspersed throughout are profiles of important photographers and in-depth examinations of historically significant photographs. Though this book is most enjoyed by browsing, the index is helpful for finding specific artists or photographic processes. In addition, there is a glossary and a short section of photographers' biographies. These biographies include URLs when applicable, however, page listings for related sections of the book would have been useful. The text is simple yet thorough, but it is the well-reproduced images that will draw in the reader. VERDICT While too basic for a professional or serious student, this volume will appeal to photo enthusiasts and general readers. Those wanting an extensive single-volume overview should stick with Michael R. Peres's The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography.—Shannon Marie Robinson, Denison Univ. Lib., Granville, OH

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781465422880
Publisher:
DK
Publication date:
09/29/2014
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
111,418
Product dimensions:
10.40(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.50(d)

Meet the Author

Tom Ang is an award-winning photographer, author, and TV broadcaster. He has written many bestselling books for DK, including Digital Photography Handbook, which has sold over half a million copies and has been translated into twenty languages.

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Photography: The Definitive Visual History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ShawnM More than 1 year ago
This is a great book from DK Publishing with tons of photos of artifacts and tons of pics from the great photographers, all put together in one of the best books on the history of photography I have ever seen. For those of you who dont know DK Publishing, they create high-quality books, usually history type books, with stunning photography all through-out the pages with excellent captions. The author Tom Ang and DK have a hit a homerun with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Definitive Visual History of Photography " - is definitely not definitive! My suggestions for excellent photographic books include: Picturing New York MOMA, Harry Callahan Retrospective 2013, Roy DeCarava Retrospective 1996. These inspiring innovators among other art photographers are absent from Tom Ang's definitive visual narrative. Ang's story of cameras, film, darkroom, and principles of photography are limited as well with understanding why or how the image is captured. The printing, paper quality, graphics and layout in the book are outstanding! Richard Avedon's cover photograph is a definitive example of art photography! Wow! Excellent composed and printed photograph! All of the pictorial elements are captured in this piece. This cover art is worth the price of the book. As a art photographer and educator, writing a "definitive" book of photography is a daunting challenge for anyone. One hundred and seventy-five years ago, photography was invented. They are many gifted artist with a particular vision, that mastered their craft and significantly contributed to photography's tradition. My focus is photography made consciously in the tradition of painting. Ang's book to some degree, also has that vision.