Photojournalism, 1855 to the Present

Photojournalism, 1855 to the Present

Editor's Choice

Book - 2006
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Ever since Roger Fenton inaugurated the genre by photographing the Crimean War in 1855, the world's great photojournalists have used a variety of approaches to bear witness to their times. At one end of the photojournalistic spectrum are war photographers like Robert Capa and Larry Burrows, who capture the most extreme events of human existence as they happen; at the other are social documentarians like Lewis Hine and Sebasti+#65533;o Salgado, who step back from the single dramatic incident to cover in depth such economic and cultural issues as labor and migration. By compiling 250 of the most memorable images from photojournalismG#65533;#65533;s 150-year history, Photojournalism 1855 to the Present: EditorG#65533;#65533;s Choice provides a fascinating introduction to the entire range of the field.Author Reuel Golden, a noted authority on photojournalism, selected the fifty-four photographers featured in this book based on their critical reputations and historical importance. For each photographer, Golden provides a portfolio of representative imagesG#65533;#65533;many reproduced at full-page sizeG#65533;#65533;as well as a brief biography and an insightful critical commentary on his or her career.

In these commentaries and in his informative introduction, Golden discusses the particular challenges of photojournalism, such as the relationship between photographer and subject, and the moral ramifications of aestheticizing human suffering. Yet perhaps most importantly, his text also encourages the reader to look closer and discover how well the photographs speak for themselves. From Frank HurleyG#65533;#65533;s groundbreaking World War I battlefield shots to Mary Ellen MarkG#65533;#65533;s stark portraits of American poverty and James NachtweyG#65533;#65533;s haunting pictures of the September 11 attacks, the images in this book prove that even in our era of twenty-four-hour video-on demand, the still photograph remains as powerful as ever.
Publisher: New York : Abbeville Press, 2006
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780789208958
Characteristics: 256 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm
Additional Contributors: Golden, Reuel
Other Standard Identifier: 9780789208958


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