Photography: The Definitive Visual History

Photography: The Definitive Visual History

by Tom Ang

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Overview

Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years.

Tracing the history of photography from its origins in the 1800s to the digital age, Photography: The Definitive Visual History is the only book of its kind to give a comprehensive account of the people, the photographs, and the technologies that have shaped the history of photography.

From the first black-and-white photography to photojournalism and contemporary street photography, Photography celebrates the most iconic photographs and profiles 50 of the most famous photographers, with special features on Pulitzer Prize-winners and thematic timelines on portrait, war, advertising, and fashion photography.

Dissecting classics such as Daguerre's Boulevard de Temple, Stieglitz's The Steerage, Rosenthal's Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, and McCurry's Afghan Girl, this amazing reference not only showcases incredible photographs, but tells their stories, in-depth, and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty of photography.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781465422880
Publisher: DK
Publication date: 09/29/2014
Pages: 480
Sales rank: 101,235
Product dimensions: 10.40(w) x 12.40(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Tom Ang is the author of more than 30 books, both in print and digital media. He serves as a juror on international competitions and was senior lecturer in photographic practices at the University of Westminster, London, for more than 12 years. Tom has also worked as a technical editor for specialty photography magazines and has won the Thomas Cook Travel Book Award for his photographic coverage of the Marco Polo Expedition.

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Photography: The Definitive Visual History 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
ShawnM More than 1 year ago
This is a great book from DK Publishing with tons of photos of artifacts and tons of pics from the great photographers, all put together in one of the best books on the history of photography I have ever seen. For those of you who dont know DK Publishing, they create high-quality books, usually history type books, with stunning photography all through-out the pages with excellent captions. The author Tom Ang and DK have a hit a homerun with this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"The Definitive Visual History of Photography " - is definitely not definitive! My suggestions for excellent photographic books include: Picturing New York MOMA, Harry Callahan Retrospective 2013, Roy DeCarava Retrospective 1996. These inspiring innovators among other art photographers are absent from Tom Ang's definitive visual narrative. Ang's story of cameras, film, darkroom, and principles of photography are limited as well with understanding why or how the image is captured. The printing, paper quality, graphics and layout in the book are outstanding! Richard Avedon's cover photograph is a definitive example of art photography! Wow! Excellent composed and printed photograph! All of the pictorial elements are captured in this piece. This cover art is worth the price of the book. As a art photographer and educator, writing a "definitive" book of photography is a daunting challenge for anyone. One hundred and seventy-five years ago, photography was invented. They are many gifted artist with a particular vision, that mastered their craft and significantly contributed to photography's tradition. My focus is photography made consciously in the tradition of painting. Ang's book to some degree, also has that vision.