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Diane Arbus was one of the greatest photographers of the last century. Her portraiture of freaks, circus performers, twins, nudists and others on the social margins connected with a wide public at a deep psychological level. Her suicide in New York in 1971 overshadowed the reception to her work. Her posthumous exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art a year later drew lines around the block. Arbus died in a rent-protected apartment scrambling to earn her keep with odd teaching assignments. Lubow's biography begins at the moment Arbus quit the world of commercial photography to be an artist. She was uncompromising in that ambition. The book ends with her death. The entire narrative is a slow march towards that event.
The Radical Eye: Modernist Photography from the Sir Elton John Collection
Since 1991, Elton John has amassed more than two thousand photographs, which include key figures from Europe and America alongside many of the foremost photographers from Japan, Eastern Europe and Latin America. This book draws together the finest works from 1920 to 1950, a period that is widely considered to be photography's 'coming of age', a time of great experimentation and innovation when artists pushed the boundaries of the medium. This period also encompassed key avant-garde movements of the 20th century in which photography played a central role - dada, surrealism, the Bauhaus and Russian constructivism. With over 150 illustrations.
Remembered Light: Cy Twombley in Lexington
Sally Mann is one of America's most renowned photographers. Cy Twombly is a leading contemporary artist whose enigmatic workas a painter and sculptor often references mythology and epic poetry. Mann and Twombley lived in neighbouring properties in rural Lexington, Virginia, and over the course of several years, Mann photographed inside Twombly's studio, the paint splatters on the floors and wall, the works in progress, the sculptures as they caught raking rays of light passing through Venetian blinds, the progression from order to chaos that so often characterises an artist's working place. The result is a rare insider's view of Towmbly's process and a poetic dialogue between two artistic visions.
Nordic: A Photographic Essay of Landscapes, Food and People
Given his first camera at the age of six, celebrated Swedish chef Magnus Nilsson (of Noma) has been taking photographs for over twenty-five years. As part of his research for The Nordic Cookbook, Magnus travelled extensively throughout the Nordic countries, not only collecting recipes but also photographing the landscape, food and people. These beautiful photographs - spontaneous moments that just happened to unfold around him - capture the true spirit of the Nordic lands.
Digital Photography Step by Step
Become a confident, creative photographer with practical and inspirational advice from Tom Ang. Find your inner photographer and get the most out of your camera with Digital Photography Step by Step. Packed with expert knowledge, it is the perfect combination of practical photography instruction and visual inspiration to help you make your own masterpieces in a flash. Teaching you the basics of how to approach a subject, develop projects, and manipulate images in a series of inspiring photography assignments, Digital Photography Step by Step covers all the latest advances in digital photography to help you master each and every step of taking a photograph.
The Chinese Photobook
This book was inspired by Parr's interest in propaganda books, having found key works of socialist realist photography from the early days of the Communist Party and the Cultural Revolution era. The selection of photobooks included here comprise key volumes, some published as early as 1900, as well as contemporary volumes by emerging Chinese photographers. China has a fascinating history of photobook publishing, and The Chinese Photobook reveals for the first time the richness and diversity of this heritage.
Magnum Photobook: The Catalogue Raisonne
The first complete illustrated bibliography of 1,000 iconic photobooks created by members of the renowned Magnum photo agency. This fascinating in-depth survey brings Magnum's history alive through the genre of the photobook, including unpublished behind-the-scenes material, together with ephemera from the photographers' archives about the making of their books. With an introduction by Fred Ritchin and texts by Carole Naggar, this book explores the evolution of the photobook, as well as the important role that Magnum has played in the history of documentary photography.
Photography Visionaries is an inspiring guide to 75 of the most influential photographers from 1900 to the present. Entertainingly written by an expert on photography, it provides fascinating insight into the lives and careers of men and women working in a medium which perhaps more than any other in the visual arts has been deeply affected by technological change. The entries are arranged chronologically, instilling in the reader an understanding of what marks each photographer as a visionary. Each entry is less about providing a full biography of the person and more about creating a sense of excitement regarding their work and the lasting impact that it has had on photography. With the aid of an arresting selection of photographs, some well-known and others less so, this book offers a unique and engaging perspective on the development of photography through some of its most inventive practitioners.
Photography: The Definitive Visual History
Photography is a beautiful lavishly illustrated reference book tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the global phenomenon of digital photography. Photography celebrates the most iconic photos and profiles more than 50 of the most famous photographers of the past 200 years, with special features delving into the stories of especially arresting photographs, including Pulitzer Prize-winners. Discover the history of photography from key events and technological developments such as the first black and white photography and contemporary street photography. Photography not only showcases incredible photographs, but tells the stories of how they came into being, perfect for anyone who appreciates the beauty of photography, from professional photographers to armchair enthusiasts.
Michael Freeman's Photo School: Portrait
At some point, all photographers are called upon to shoot a proper portrait combining technical skill with personable demeanour to capture someone in their best possible light. Michael Freeman teaches you how to achieve flattering portrait results with a variety of both traditional and modern styles. Learn how to set your subjects at ease and bring out their natural beauty with a friendly yet professional attitude. Feel confident giving directions on posing and stance with a thorough review of the classic approaches, from head-and-shoulder shots to full-length compositions, and everything in between. The complex science of photographic lighting is explained in straightforward and easy-to-understand language, with abundant and inspirational examples. Finally, master the fundamentals of post-production finishing techniques to make sure every portrait looks its absolute best.
Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949-1962
Robert Rauschenberg's engagement with photography began in the late 1940s under the tutelage of Aaron Siskind and Hazel Larsen Archer at Black Mountain College in North Carolina. Their combined influence was so great that for a time Rauschenberg was unsure whether to pursue painting or photography as a career. Instead he chose both. This volume gathers and surveys Rauschenberg's numerous uses of photography for the first time. It includes portraits of friends, studio shots, photographs used in the "Combines" series, silkscreens, photographs of lost works and works in progress, allowing us to re-imagine almost the entirety of the artists work in light of his always inventive uses of photography, while also supplying previously unseen glimpses into his social nexus of the 1950s and 60s.
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