Photojournalism: 150 Years of Outstanding Press Photography

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The events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, have once again shown that photography remains the ideal tool for capturing human emotion, drama, and tragedy. Photojournalism presents the extraordinary history of this indispensable means of reporting. Starting with some of the first key figures, such as Roger Fenton, who photographed the Crimean War with a bulky large-format camera, it moves through the decades, from the Great Depression to space missions, the dismantling of...
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Overview

The events of recent years, from 9/11 to the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster, have once again shown that photography remains the ideal tool for capturing human emotion, drama, and tragedy. Photojournalism presents the extraordinary history of this indispensable means of reporting. Starting with some of the first key figures, such as Roger Fenton, who photographed the Crimean War with a bulky large-format camera, it moves through the decades, from the Great Depression to space missions, the dismantling of the Berlin Wall, and the war in Iraq--all illustrated with stirring images from the world's greatest photojournalists.
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Publishers Weekly
Golden (Masters of Photography), former editor of the British Journal of Photography, offers a tour of the achievements in worldwide photojournalism of the last 150 years, featuring iconic, storied images of 54 notable photojournalists. His analyses and minibiographies, which can occasionally feel sketchy, are generally informative and sometimes fascinating. Of Margaret Bourke-White, for example, we learn, "She did lasting damage to her reputation when she smuggled in a camera to shoot the grieving family and friends gathered around a dying Gandhi." Many of the photographs are of wars (particularly vivid and well-composed shots of 1941–1942 battles in the U.S.S.R. by Dmitri Baltermants), as well as of natural catastrophes (the American Carl Mydans photos of the effects of the 1948 Faqu, Japan, earthquake) and human-made ones (the Indian Raghu Rai's images of the 1984 Bhopal disaster). Just as striking are the photographers who focused on social trends and social justice, such as the American Lewis Hines's photographs of immigrants to the U.S. around the turn of the 20th century and the Italian Alex Majoli's remarkable shots of a squalid Greek insane asylum. One can question some of Golden's choices; for example, why is Judah Passow the one Israeli photojournalist included, and not perhaps the more talented Micha Bar Am or David Rubinger? Such small quibbles aside, this aesthetically rich, reasonably priced book is a wonderful introduction to the subject. (Aug.)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781847326362
  • Publisher: Carlton Books
  • Publication date: 8/2/2011
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,268,888
  • Product dimensions: 7.10 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Reuel Golden was senior editor of the world's largest magazine for professional photographers, the New York-based Photo District News. Prior to this he was editor of the British Journal of Photography for six years. He has lectured on photography, appeared on television, judged many photographic competitions, including the John Kobal Photographic Portrait Award and Observer Hodge Photographic Award, and has written for British newspapers.
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