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Stop the Presses!

Cover Image, Poolside

Russel McPhedren and Norman Trasker
New Holland Publishing
ISBN 9781742573144
Hardback 2018
Price $AU 39.99
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The second half of the 20th Century was the golden age of press photography. News photographers would go out into the field with their trust camera and a handful of film with the voice of their newspaper editors ringing in their ears. ‘Get the shot!’ Whether it was a world-wide sporting event, a film premier attended by a host of celebrities, a royal tour or perhaps an unfolding disaster, the right photo was worth more than a thousand words it made the story and had the potential of being published right around the world. Russell McPhedran made his career by capturing that right shot at the right time.


Aperture Conversations

Cover Image Photography Visionaries

Melissa Harris & Various
Aperture Foundation
ISBN 9780500544006
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 49.99
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Aperture Conversations presents a selection of interviews highlighting critical dialogue between photographers, esteemed critics, curators, editors, and artists from 1985 to the present day. Emerging talent and well-established photographers discuss their work openly, and examine the future of the medium. This book celebrates the artist's voice, collaborations, and the photography community at large.


The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography

Cover Image, Thames and Hudson

Nathalie Herschdorfer
Thames & Hudson
ISBN 9780500544990
Paperback 2018
Price $AU 55.00
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Here is a comprehensive, accessible and authoritative illustrated reference to the history, art and science of photography. In one single, elegant volume, it features over 300 iconic photographs and contains more than 1,200 concise yet fully detailed entries on all aspects of the subject. Though much information can today be found online, locating it takes time and sources can have questionable provenance and uncertain academic credentials. All previous dictionaries of photography are now outdated, as well, focusing either on the famous and influential practitioners of the genre or presented as mere glossaries of technical terms.


Robert Rauschenberg: Photographs 1949-1962

Cover Image Photography Visionaries

Nicholas Cullinan
Thames and Hudson
ISBN 9780500544006
Hardback 2011
Price $AU 80.00
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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.


Vivian Maier: Street Photographer

Cover Image, Vivian Maier

Vivian Maier
powerHouse Books
ISBN 9781576875773
Hardback 2011
Price $AU 55.00
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A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents- an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers. Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America's post-war golden age.


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