How to Read a Photograph: Lessons from Master Photographers

How to Read a Photograph: Lessons from Master Photographers

by Ian Jeffrey


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780810972971
Publisher: ABRAMS
Publication date: 01/28/2009
Edition description: 1
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 9.78(w) x 6.96(h) x 1.22(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

Ian Jeffrey has written several books about photography, most notably the photography volume for Thames & Hudson’s “World of Art” series and Phaidon’s Photo Book. He lives in Coddenham, England. Max Kozloff is a prolific writer and photography critic. Formerly the editor of Artforum, he has taught numerous photography courses, and written many books including The Theater of Face and The Sadness of Men.

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How to Read a Photograph: Lessons from Master Photographers 2.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
denverjims More than 1 year ago
This book, in my opinion, is not about the general topic of how to look at a photograph from the viewpoints of composition, execution details, etc. It is, however, a good survey many of the significant photographers in the last 100 years with information about their subjects, styles and the significance of their contribution to the art of photography. Sometimes the author even includes a technical detail or 2 about why certain photographs are significant, as well. Occasionaly his use of what I call "art critc speak" gets in the way of understanding so you have to read over again but most times it is pretty clear what his view is - and it seems valid and grounded. It includes not only the "usual suspects" like Adams and Weston but also goes deeper into photographers you may not have known a lot about before. I definitely learned much about some new (to me) names of historic photography. As any photography book should be, it is liberally filled with photographic images for each photographer. Includes not only iconic images but also some lesser known as well. However, most of the reproductions only hint at the vitality of the original works both because of the size of each (small) and the quality of the tonal range printed (narrow so that the highlights and shadows often get lost). I'm happy to have it in my library and I learned a lot but it could have been better titled.
bojanfurst on LibraryThing 10 months ago
I just finished reading Ian Jeffrey¿s How to Read a Photograph: Lessons from Master Photographers. Huh... Lots of issues with this book. First of all, don¿t get this book for the second part of the title. The book is really not about the lessons you can learn from great photographers - most photographs are printed way too small for that, although the overall quality of reproduction is excellent. The photographers are very rarely allowed to speak for themselves and the reader is subjected to often quite far fetched and quite subjective musings on individual photographer¿s work. The book reminded me of my high school philosophy textbook where each chapter ended with ¿The Marxist view of....¿ section. In this case you are subjected to ¿The Jeffrey¿s view of...¿ As amusing as that is, it wasn¿t always very enlightening or even factually correct. For example, Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa were quite misrepresented, in my opinion. That¿s the bad news. The good news is that this is a very useful overview of the history of photography. It is heavily slanted towards anglo-saxon photographers and there are, I think, significant omissions. Nonetheless, it is as good a survey of photography up to the mid 20th century as any out there and its worth a read. Get it from the library, though.
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cysewski More than 1 year ago
A different way to think about photography. I learned about some new photographers and a different photographic frame of reference. If you are interested in thinking about photography, and the meaning of photography, I can recommend this book.
MrNoded More than 1 year ago
Poorly written - pretty much incomprehensible. Has nothing to do with how to read a photograph. I would not recomend this book to anyone. I was really hoping that through the viewing of images of famous photographers that I would learn a vocabulary for reading and explaining what I read in any photograph. Instead I get the images that I'm sure are public domain and not a lot of substance. Spend your money else where. No stars on this one.