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Oeil du Photographe (l') by Szarkowski John
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Oeil du Photographe (l') (edition 2007)

by Szarkowski John

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Title:Oeil du Photographe (l')
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The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski

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This is a reprint of John Szarkowski’s book about the unique characteristics of this medium and what makes a photograph what it is. Szarkowski was the Director of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York for thirty years and his chosen images, all black and white, are taken from a show done in 1964.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect is that he takes the adage of “show not tell” literally: each point he wants to make has just a few sentences of text but pages of photographs that he thinks illustrate his concept in some manner or another. So, on the subject of Time he might offer you everything from a Mathew Brady iconic Civil War image emblematic of a specific period, to a Harry Callahan multiple exposure conveying the bustle of Detroit, to a Robert Doisneau pair evoking things lost and forgotten.

It’s a collection that makes you think about what you’re looking at as well as allowing you to enjoy the works a wildly diverse group of photographers ranging from the famous to the unknown. ( )
1 vote TadAD | Feb 26, 2017 |
An essential grounding in the basics of the nature of the straight photographic image.
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The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski is a twentieth-century classic--an indispensable introduction to the visual language of photography. Based on a landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and originally published in 1966, the book has long been out of print. It is now available again to a new generation of photographers and lovers of photography in this duotone printing that closely follows the original. Szarkowski's compact text eloquently complements skillfully selected and sequenced groupings of 172 photographs drawn from the entire history and range of the medium. Celebrated works by such masters as Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Steichen, Strand, and Weston are juxtaposed with vernacular documents and even amateur snapshots to analyze the fundamental challenges and opportunities that all photographers have faced. Szarkowski, the legendary curator who worked at the Museum from 1962 to 1991, has published many influential books. But none more radically and succinctly demonstrates why--as U.S. News & World Report put it in 1990--"whether Americans know it or not," his thinking about photography "has become our thinking about photography."

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