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- Accompanying the photographs will be excerpts from a life-time's correspondence giving a glimpse of Szarkowski's perspective on life and photography. Curator Sandra Phillips contributes an introductory essay.
- The exhibition will open at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art in February 2005 to national fanfare in honor of Szarkowski's 80th birthday, and will travel to the Museum of Modern Art, New York, as well as several other venues into 2006.
- John Szarkowski is the author of many classic works including Looking at Photographs, The Photographer's Eye, Photography Until Now, The Work of Atget, Winogrand, Irving Penn, and Ansel Adams at 100.
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About the Author
John Szarkowski is director emeritus of the Department of Photography, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Books of his own work are The Idea of Louis Sullivan, The Face of Minnesota, and Mr. Bristol's Barn. He lives in East Chatham, NY and New York City.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I found this to be outstanding! The selected photographs are very good and the printing is very high quality. What I really enjoyed were all the letters from John, shown with photos he was taking about the time the letters were written. They give a great glimpse into his personality, which must have been very warm, with a great humorous streak. A great book all around!
Everyone knows of John Szarkowski as the guru behind the photography department at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, but too few realize that beyond his scholarship and contribution to the placement of photography in an equal range as painting and sculpture, Szarkowski is a photographer of substance. This excellent book serves as a catalogue of a traveling exhibition of his works and it is quite revealing. From elegant portraits such as the 1949 Robert Penn Warren example through his surveys of the natural phenomena of nature as he observes it, Szarkowski's eye focuses on the most mundane of images and from them creates masterworks. His preoccupation with trees is microscopically focused in a fascinating work entitled 'Graft', a grid of twelve images that reveal the arborist's magic of making a grafted tree. Szarkowski's 'landscapes' of meadows, fields, and barns are luminous and endlessly fascinating to study. He creates naturally found still lifes from views through barn windows to trees and grasses outside. From this excellent sampling of his work and writing (and the accompanying fine essay by Sandra Phillips) this book justifies his placement in the realm of exceptional American photographers. Grady Harp