Wednesday, February 22, 2012

50 Photographers You Should Know By Peter Stepan

50 Photographers You Should Know

50 Photographers You Should Know By Peter Stepan

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This dynamic introduction to the world s greatest photographers from the inception of photography to today bears proof of the magic of the camera. From Félix Nadar to Nan Goldin, each of the photographers featured here represents an important aspect of photography s evolution. The artists are presented in double-page spreads that include reproductions of their most important works, concise biographies, informative sidebars, and a timeline that extends throughout the volume. The result is a fascinating overview of the way photographers continue to push the limits of their genre, offering their audiences new ways of seeing and understanding our world.

Product Details
  • Amazon Sales Rank: #200152 in Books
  • Published on: 2008-09-30
  • Original language: English
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: .72" h x 7.86" w x 9.64" l, 1.44 pounds
  • Binding: Paperback
  • 176 pages
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About the Author
PETER STEPAN is an art historian and curator whose many books include
Icons of Photography: The 20th Century and Photos That Changed the World
(both by Prestel).

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful.
5Any photography library - and many a general-interest lending library - must have this
By Midwest Book Review
From Diane Arbus and Robert Capa to Dorothea Lange and Hiroshi Sugimoto, 50 Photographers You Should Know covers all the major images and approaches of a selected 50 of some of the greatest photographers in history, outlining how these people pushed boundaries and approaches to revolutionize their art. Any photography library - and many a general-interest lending library - must have this.

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful.
4A Great Review/Overview of 50
By Stephen Pellerine
Think it is a good 5 star book and even the lowest rating at the time of this review, a 2 rating, is not as accurate as it professes. There is indeed a general timeline in this book. There is even printed on each page a timeline starting with Felix Nadar born in 1820 (page 15) concluding with Wolfgang Tillmans born in 1968 (page 167). To prove a point on page 97, about half way through we have Robert Doisneau whom was born in 1912. I see a chronological timeline being presented here of photographers.

I agree that not all of the photographers are well known, nor are any the best. The best at any rate would be highly subjective. Some people love Steve McCurry, others won't. Some will like Paul Nicklen and some wont.

I think that perhaps more modern photographers and mainstream photographers could add to the book, or genres may enrich it in a new way, but as is - it does a great job visually introducing the works of 50 different photographers. If you turn to the index, or table of contents and already know all of the details of these 50 people - you may want to look further afield. After 23 years of shooting, three certificates in photography, and lots of reading I could get a lot from this book from purely the intrinsic interest I have.

You should decide. I think it's a great reference for photographers that like to read in the field.

9 of 14 people found the following review helpful.
2A Mixed Bag...
By photoman
This is a fine, inexpensive book for someone who is new to photography. For most of us, it should be titled "50 Photographers You Already Know". It's not the 50 Greatest Photographers, or the 50 Best Known Photographers, it's more like 50 Photographer Names We Pulled Out Of A Hat. There's no timeframe or subject matter or style linking these photographers. And the book occasionally suffers from the "you can't see why this is great so I'll explain it to you" type of writing about photography or art in general that drives me crazy.

My hope in purchasing this book was to learn of a few new (to me) photographers whose work I would search out. But I can honestly say this book did not not inspire me to web searching or new book purchases.


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