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An Essential Photography Library

In his essay, "Is Photography a Failure," reproduced in Aperture's Stieglitz on Photography, Stiegllitz writes, "This machine can negate ninety-nine percent of what was called and still is called painting. Through it a man who knows how to really photograph is able to channel the impulses of human beings and to register the objective world directly, through the science of optics and the chemistry of silver and platinum, translated into tonalities subtle beyond the reach of any human hand." Photography has changed a great deal since 1922, when the essay was originally published in The Sun. Our Essential Photography Library collects landmark publications that tell the history of the medium.

Curated Libraries by Movement and Subject Area


German Expressionism LibraryGraphic Design BookshelfProduct Design BookshelfIndependent FilmA Surrealist Bookshelf

GERMAN EXPRESSIONISM

GRAPHIC DESIGN BOOKSHELF

PRODUCT DESIGN BOOKSHELF

INDEPENDENT FILM

SURREALISM

Pacific Standard TimeArtist's Books LibraryThe Pictures GenerationA Bauhaus LibraryA Dada Library

PACIFIC STANDARD TIME

ARTISTS BOOKS

PICTURES GENERATION

BAUHAUS

DADA

Nouveau Realisme A Feminist Art BookshelfNew Topographics PhotographyConceptual Art LibraryA Relational Aesthetics Bookshelf

NOUVEAU REALISME

FEMINIST ART

NEW TOPOGRAPHICS PHOTOGRAPHY

CONCEPTUAL ART

RELATIONAL AESTHETICS

Pop Art BookshelfBeautiful LosersA Curator's BookshelfA Library of Women ArtistsContemporary Figurative Painting

POP ART

BEAUTIFUL LOSERS

CURATORIAL STUDIES

WOMEN ARTISTS

CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE PAINTING

Contemporary Sculpture LibraryModern and Contemporary DrawingA Print Collector's LibraryAn Essential Photography LibraryPhotojournalism Library

CONTEMPORARY SCULPTURE

MODERN AND CONTEMPORARY DRAWING

PRINTS & GRAPHICS

PHOTOGRAPHY CLASSICS

PHOTOJOURNALISM

Polaroid LibraryKey Writings on PhotographyPerformance Art BookshelfFilm & The Performing Arts BookshelfA Sound Art Bookshelf

POLAROID LIBRARY

PHOTOGRAPHY: KEY WRITINGS

PERFORMANCE ART

FILM & THE PERFORMING ARTS

SOUND ART

Collage & Photomontage LibraryEssential Architecture BooksAn Urban Studies BookshelfA Sustainable Design BookshelfLee Friedlander Library

COLLAGE & PHOTOMONTAGE

ARCHITECTURE: ESSENTIAL BOOKS

URBAN STUDIES

SUSTAINABLE DESIGN

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