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Photography: The Definitive Visual History based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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.
"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.