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Why People Photograph / Edition 1

Why People Photograph / Edition 1

by Robert Adams


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Why People Photograph / Edition 1

A now classic text on the art, Why People Photograph gathers a selection of essays by the great master photographer Robert Adams, tackling such diverse subjects as collectors, humor, teaching, money and dogs. Adams also writes brilliantly on Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Laura Gilpin, Judith Joy Ross, Susan Meiselas, Michael Schmidt, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, and Eugène Atget. The book closes with two essays on "working conditions" in the nineteenth- and twentieth-century American West, and the essay "Two Landscapes." Adams writes: At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are.

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ISBN-13: 9780893816032
Publisher: Aperture Foundation
Publication date: 06/28/2005
Edition description: 1st ed
Pages: 189
Sales rank: 636,382
Product dimensions: 5.53(w) x 8.28(h) x 0.64(d)

About the Author

Robert Adams is a major figure in New Topographics movement known for his photographs of the modern American West. A recipient of a MacArthur Fellowship, two Guggenheim Fellowships, the Spectrum International Prize for Photography, and the Deutsche Börse Photography Prize, his many books include: From the Missouri West (1980), Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values (1981), Our Lives and Our Children (1983), Summer Nights, Walking (1985), Los Angeles Spring (1986), and Perfect Times, Perfect Places (1988). Adams's work has been widely exhibited, including in a major retrospective at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.

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Why People Photograph 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I just loved this book and it was so interesting. Its title caught my attention, why DO people photograph, anyway? The author has his ideas which are insightful, but it also has very short little forays into many different photographers lives and describes their photography. Photographers like John Sloan, Edward Weston, Strand, Eakins, and Judith Roy Ross. I had never heard of many of them and am now interested in learning more about them and also seeing their work. Also a very interesting chapter on artists and people who collect things. I think you'll like the book even if you don't always totally agree with the author. One thing I did not agree with was his belief that you can't get great pictures from a place you're just visting, but I disagreed with him because I travel a lot and love to take pictures, and believe otherwise. Check it out-it's a very unique little book, and is also inspirational as well as insightful and interesting, the 3 'i's'!
Guest More than 1 year ago
If you can't honestly answer this this book.It will help you look at what you do,(and maybe even why),in photography a little closer. I recommend this book as it is one of the better photo essays on the market today.