The Photography Book

The Photography Book

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By (author) Ian Jeffrey, By (author) Phaidon Editors

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  • Publisher: Phaidon Press Ltd
  • Format: Paperback | 520 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 160mm x 30mm | 558g
  • Publication date: 30 April 2000
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 071483937X
  • ISBN 13: 9780714839370
  • Edition statement: Miniature ed
  • Illustrations note: 384 duotone and 116 colour illustrations, glossaries, directory
  • Sales rank: 29,170

Product description

When The Photography Book was first published in 1997 it was universally acclaimed as the most fundamental reference book ever on its subject. This new mini edition has all the visual energy and compelling insights of the original, but in a light and easily portable format, making it ideal both for dipping into and for using as a serious sourcebook. 500 superb images represent the world's best photographers and encompass every sort of photography, from pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon, to familiar shots by masters of photography like Bill Brandt and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Fashion, sport, natural history, reportage and society portraiture are all represented, as are social documentary and art. Exploring the work of a plethora of prime photographers, ranging from William Henry Fox Talbot to David Bailey and Diane Arbus, The Photography Book spans the whole history of photography. Arranged alphabetically according to each photographer's name, each full-page image is accompanied by an illuminating text that elucidates their work, and by extensive cross-references to others working in the same field or style. Glossaries of technical terms and movements, as well as a directory of museums and galleries, are included in the back of the book to provide a fully comprehensive and self-contained volume.

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Author information

Ian Jeffrey is a photography writer, lecturer and curator. His other books include Magnum Landscape (Phaidon, 1997), Portraits of Artists (2000) and Revisions: An Alternative History of Photography (1999). He has organized various photographic exhibitions, among them 'The Real Thing' at the Hayward Gallery in 1974 and 'Landscape in Britain 1850-1950', which was held at the Hayward in 1983.

Review quote

'Phaidon has published a miracle of clarity, surprise and information in this collection... Comprehensive and witty, beautifully produced and impeccably organised...' The Times 'The most important photography book, ever' Practical Photography 'a useful and unpretentious taster anthology...a deft selection of images and a comprehensive choice of historic and contemporary figures.' The Financial Times Weekend 'an astonishing collection of 500 photos, some as familiar as your own face, others a fresh shock or delight.' New York Times 'a tantalizing survey of picture making... As you fan these pages, here is all humanity recorded with consummate care.' Daily News, New York 'Highly recommended' Library Journal

Editorial reviews

Images of famous events and people, sensational landscapes, historic moments, pioneering photojournalism, insightful portraits, sport, wildlife, fashion and the everyday are incorporated into a handy pocket size. Photographs are introduced succinctly and cross-referenced to comparable images or photographers. Following in the tracks of The Art Book, this is the mini-edition of the larger volume. (Kirkus UK)