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Looking at Photographs

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ISBN/ISSN :  978-0870705151 
Author/Editor: John Szarkowski
Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Publication Languages: English
Genre: General
Price: Paperback £28

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Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art was first published in 1973 and has been reprinted many times. The current edition is available in both hard cover and paperback. It has 216 pages and is required reading for many a student of photography.

This survey of The Museum of Modern Art's Photography Collection explores the evolution of the photographic medium using specific examples to illustrate its development. John Szarkowski investigates the aesthetic, formal, social, and historical issues of one hundred photographs selected from 'the Modern's' collections. The hundred images

‘This is a picture book, and its first purpose is to provide the material for simple delectation’, wrote curator John Szarkowski in this first survey of The Museum of Modern Art’s photography collection.

Since 1930, when the Museum accessioned its first photograph, it has assembled an extraordinary and wide-ranging collection of pictures for preservation, study and exhibition. A visually splendid album, Looking at Photographs is both a treasury of remarkable photographs and a lively introduction to the aesthetics and the historical development of photography.

This reissue, with new digital duotones, enhances a classic volume and makes it available to a new generation. Some of the photographs are familiar and well-loved favourites; many are surprising, little-known works by the masters of the art, and a number are hitherto unpublished works by unknown photographers of the past. Among the outstanding figures represented here are Hill and Adamson, Julia Margaret Cameron, Timothy O’Sullivan, Eugène Atget, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Paul Strand, Edward Weston, André Kertész, Walker Evans, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Dorothea Lange, Brassaï, Ansel Adams, Shomei Tomatsu, Robert Frank, Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander.

Each images is presented on a full page, with the facing page providing information about the photographer, along with Szarkowski's description and explanation of the importance of the image.




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