Photography: The Definitive Visual History

Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years. Tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the digital age, Photography: The Definitive Visual History is the only book of its kind to give a comprehensive account of the people, the photographs and the technologies that have shaped the history of photography.

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From the first black-and-white photography to photojournalism and contemporary street photography, Photography celebrates the most iconic photographs and profiles 50 of the most famous photographers, with special features on Pulitzer Prize-winners and thematic timelines on portrait, war, advertising, and fashion photography.

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Dissecting classics such as Daguerre’s Boulevard de Temple, Stieglitz’s The Steerage, Rosenthal’s Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, and McCurry’s Afghan Girl, this amazing reference not only showcases incredible photographs, but tells their stories, in-depth, and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty of photography.

The developments of technologies are interesting, but might not be the primary reason why art-lovers should buy Photography. I would say that the stories behind the pictures and the high quality images should be the convincing factors ! Personally, I especially loved the in focus sections. These sections made the reader focus on particular parts of the photograph, analysing the strengths of the picture. Furthermore, this book makes a great coffee table book. Its cover is a great eye-catcher and will seduce you to flip through some more pages.
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