From daguerreotype to digital, this lavish, nicely priced and voluminous book, written for a general audience, spans nearly two centuries as it illustrates photography’s fascinating, and ongoing, evolution and cultural impact.
Unlike many other artistic media, photography’s origins are well documented, as are its ever-changing technologies and applications. Written by an international team of experts, this definitive history of photography looks at every step of the field’s dynamic evolution, period by period and movement by movement. Each key genre is chronologically presented within its social, economic, and political context, along with close analysis of specially selected works that best exemplify the characteristics of the period. With more than 500 gorgeous examples in black and white and color, the book explores in-depth virtually every aspect of the medium since its first public demonstration in 1839 to the latest innovations: from early portraits and the birth of photojournalism to travel photography and the mapping of the world; from the Pictorialists to the avant-garde; from celebrity and fashion to documentary and landscape. Along the way readers will learn why some photographs are considered iconic, and why the medium as an art form continues to challenge and enthrall us.
“Extensively researched and attractively produced, this guide is highly recommended for those who want to be versed on what photography actually may be, and has been.” —Rangefinder
“[A] lively and informative analysis.” —Choice
This title is only available in North America.
Juliet Hacking is Program Director of the MA in Photography at Sotheby's Institute of Art.
Hardcover, 576 pages, 24,0x18,0, 1,000 color illustrations
Publishing House: Prestel
Date of publication:
US September 01, 2012