Icons of Photography: The 20th Century

Icons of Photography: The 20th Century


Edited by Peter Stepan

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  • Publisher: PRESTEL
  • Format: Paperback | 200 pages
  • Dimensions: 192mm x 242mm x 20mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 28 April 2005
  • Publication City/Country: Munich
  • ISBN 10: 3791333364
  • ISBN 13: 9783791333366
  • Edition: 2, Revised
  • Edition statement: 2nd Revised edition
  • Illustrations note: Reinforced binding 238 illustrations
  • Sales rank: 197,445

Product description

Ninety seminal images by the world's greatest artists provide a stunning tour of the twentieth-century's greatest photographs. From the first image, Heinrich Zille's "Nine Boys Practising Handstands" to the final, Nan Goldin's backstage portrait of transvestite performers, this generously illustrated volume explores photography's impact on the way we experience the world. Every major photographer is represented in double-page spreads, which feature one full-page image, a brief essay on the artist, and additional images of note. Presented chronologically, photographs testify to the evolution of an art form that is continually reinventing itself. From portraiture, photojournalism, and abstraction, to landscape, fashion, and works that transcend genre labels, the selection of masterworks presented here demonstrates the beauty of photography in all its variety.

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Author information

Peter Stepan is an art historian, author and editor of numerous books on twentieth-century and ethnographic art. He lives near Munich, Germany.