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This publication tells the story of photography via history of the photobook, revealing the ways in which photographers have influenced each other's work through their books, and consequently how their use of photography has developed over time. It features volumes by celebrated photographers ranging from William Henry Fox Talbot, Walker Evans and August Sander to Larry Clark and Nobuyoshi Araki, by way of Man Ray, Brassai and Christer Strömholm. Several innovative books by unknown and even anonymous photographers have also been included, offering an opportunity for readers to discover these exciting, overlooked works. This volume explores more than 200 photobooks through 750 colour illustrations, detailed captions, and an illuminating text written by the photographer and critic, Gerry Badger. The books featured were selected by both Badger and the renowned contemporary photographer Martin Parr, whose passion for the photobook has made him a worl authority on the subject. They have chosen what they believe to be the most artistically and culturally important photobooks in the history of the medium. The illustrations not only focus on individual works featured in the books, but also present the volume itself as three-dimensional object, providing a true sense of the photobook as an artwork in its own right.


Preface by Martin Parr; Introduction; Nine chapters, each comprising an introductory essay and a selection of photobooks; Notes; Select Bibliography; Index; Credits. Chapter titles: Introduction
Chapter 1 Topography and Travel: The First Photobooks;
Chapter 2 Facing Facts: The Nineteenth-Century Photobook as Record;
Chapter 3 Photography as Art: The Pictorial Photobook;
Chapter 4 Photo Eye: The Modernist Photobook;
Chapter 5 Day in the Life: The Documentary Photobook in the 1930s;
Chapter 6 Medium and Message: The Photobook as Propaganda;
Chapter 7 Memory and Reconstruction: The Postwar European Photobook;
Chapter 8 The Indecisive Moment: The Stream-of-Consciousness Photobook;
Chapter 9 Provocative Materials for Thought: The Postwar Japanese Photobook




Martin Parr is arguably Britain's key contemporary photographer, with a unique point of view and unmistakable signature, and with a critical and popular following in the spheres of art, fashion and journalism. He has been widely published and internationally exhibited: he is very well known across Europe and becoming a major figure in the USA. Books of his photographs include Bad Weather, The Cost of Living (1991), Small World (1995), The Last Resort - Photographs of New Brighton (1997) and Think of England (2000). His first Boring Postcards book for Phaidon (1999) was a massive success, both in England and around the world. Gerry Badger is a photo historian and critic. He regularly writes and lectures on photography and has curated a number of exhibitions. His published books include Collecting Photography (2003) and monographs on John Grossage and Stephen Shore, as well as Phaidon's 55s on Chris Killip (2001) and Eugene Atget (2001).


'outstanding' Rebecca Wilson, Art Review 'incredibly interesting ... the reproductions instil a terrible longing to hold the real thing.' Sally O'Reilly, Time Out 'presents an intelligently critical, highly detailed, carefully considered and illustrated account of the most significant and influential publications of this kind to date. ... succinct, informative text ... [The Photobook] breaks new ground, offering an object lesson on the whole evolution of the art of photography.' The Art Newspaper 'The Photobook is not just desirable but essential.' Village Voice 'Anyone with a passion for books and photography will appreciate The Photobook.' ARRAY: New York Design Magazine '... this sumptuous collection intends to establish the genre's importance in disseminating photographic styles and trends.' The New Yorker
EAN: 9780714842851
ISBN: 0714842850
Untertitel: Sprache: Englisch.
Erscheinungsdatum: November 2004
Format: gebunden
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