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The Book of Photography: The History, the Technique, the Art, the Future (National Geographic)

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The Book of Photography: The History, the Technique, the Art, the Future (National Geographic) by Anne H. Hoy
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Since its invention in 1839, photography has come to change not only the way we view the world, but the world itself. Every field—medicine, astronomy, journalism, art, geography, history—has been revolutionized by photography.

Now, spanning more than 166 years of photographic history and the work of more than 250 photographers, this comprehensive and global volume explores every aspect of photography-the newest inventions, revolutionary past, ever-changing technical and aesthetic developments, and the personal stories and styles of photographers worldwide. Illustrated with photographs from around the world, The Book of Photography is a beautiful and easy-to-use reference.

Timelines summarize major milestones, while sidebars tell the human and technological stories behind them. Organized by subject, the book includes chapters on: Still Life, Cityscape, Architecture, Portraiture, Exploration, Ethnography, Wildlife, Photojournalism and Documents of Social Concern, Fashion and Advertising, plus a biographical dictionary of the major photographers, institutions, and key historical figures.

The authoritative book for those who want to increase their understanding and appreciation of photography, The Book of Photography is a wealth of knowledge to be treasured.


"This book, which offers a history of photography (with an emphasis on fine-art photography) since its invention more than 160 years ago, is divided into chapters by types of photography, e.g., "Architecture & Still Life," "Portraiture," "Exploration," "Photojournalism," "Pictorialism & Earlier Art," "Early Twentieth-Century Art," "Art Photography Since World War II," "Fashion & Advertising," and "Photography & Science." Though its organization and design are a little confusing, art historian Hoy (photography, NYU; Fabrications: Staged, Altered, and Appropriated Photographs) provides an engaging, detailed, and well-researched text throughout this substantive work. Leah Bendavid-Val (ed., Through the Lens: National Geographic's Greatest Photographs) also contributes a useful foreword that sets the context. This book is strikingly illustrated with the fresh, interesting, and carefully selected images of more than 250 photographers. The back matter includes some helpful information, notably a time line of the history of photography and biographies of noted photographers. Sidebars elaborate on the art's human and technological aspects. This solid history of photography is recommended for all libraries, especially where there is interest in serious photography."-Raymond Bial, First Light Photography, for Library Journal US

About the Author

Anne H. Hoy is a former curator for the International Center of Photography. An art historian and author, she teaches the history of 19th and 20th century photography at New York University and in the City University of New York system. Hoy also writes and edits books and magazines. 
Release date NZ
November 16th, 2005
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United States
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