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Key Writings on Photography

Key Writings on Photography

As Robert Adams notes, “Art is by nature self-explanatory”; what writing about art can do is heighten the necessity of the work. Writers on photography like Gerry Badger, Philip Gefter, Beaumont Newhall and John Szarkowski are famously possessed of this ability, and bring an infectious fondness for the art that has made their books as necessary as the photographs they celebrate; while photographers like Robert Adams and Henri Cartier-Bresson supply a practitioner’s perspective as accomplished (as writing) as the images for which they are famed.

Key Writings on Photography

Featured image, Room 316, Howard Johnson's, Battle Creek, Michigan (July 6, 1973), by Stephen Shore, is reproduced from the chapter, "Without Author or Art: The 'Quiet' Photograph" in Gerry Badger's best-selling essay collection, The Pleasures of Good Photographs.

"Artists sometimes claim that they work without thought of an audience - that they make pictures just for themselves. We are not deceived. The only reward worth that much effort is a response, and if no one pays attention, or if the artist cannot live on hope, then he or she is lost."

Robert Adams

Recommended Reading: A Book List of Writings on Photography

Photography Changes Everything
Photography Changes Everything
APERTURE

Pbk, 7 x 10 in. / 263 pgs / 250 color. | 6/30/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111997 | $39.95


Photographs Not Taken
Photographs Not Taken
DAYLIGHT BOOKS

Pbk, 5.5 x 8 in. / 223 pgs. | 3/31/2012 | In stock
ISBN 9780983231615 | $14.95


Diane Arbus: A Chronology
Diane Arbus: A Chronology
APERTURE

Pbk, 6.5 x 8 in. / 177 pgs. | 10/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111799 | $29.95


Core Curriculum
Core Curriculum
APERTURE

Flexi, 6 x 8.5 in. / 208 pgs / 3 color / 33 bw. | 7/31/2011 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111720 | $29.95


In Our Own Image
In Our Own Image
APERTURE

Pbk, 6.5 x 9.25 in. / 144 pgs / 38 bw. | 12/31/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111645 | $16.95


Light Matters
Light Matters
APERTURE

Pbk, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 248 pgs / 27 bw. | 11/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111652 | $19.95


Take Place
Take Place
VALIZ

Pbk, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 288 pgs / 77 bw. | 2/28/2010 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9789078088356 | $28.95


Crisis of the Real
Crisis of the Real
APERTURE

Pbk, 6.5 x 9 in. / 292 pgs / 44 bw. | 4/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111409 | $19.95


Words Without Pictures
Words Without Pictures
APERTURE/LACMA

Pbk, 5.75 x 8.25 in. / 510 pgs. | 4/30/2010 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781597111423 | $24.95


The Pleasures of Good Photographs
The Pleasures of Good Photographs
APERTURE

Pbk, 6 x 8.5 in. / 256 pgs / 17 color / 18 bw. | 6/30/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9781597111393 | $29.95


The History of Photography
The History of Photography
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Pbk, 8 x 11 in. / 320 pgs / 17 color / 287 duotone. | 1/31/2010 | In stock
ISBN 9780870703812 | $39.95


Photography After Frank
Photography After Frank
APERTURE

Hbk, 6 x 8.5 in. / 224 pgs / 30 color / 45 bw. | 6/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9781597110952 | $29.95


Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art
Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Pbk, 9 x 11 in. / 216 pgs / 100 duotone. | 3/1/2009 | In stock
ISBN 9780870705151 | $39.95


The Printed Picture
The Printed Picture
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Hardback, 8 x 10.5 in. / 308 pgs / 326 color. | 10/1/2008 | In stock
ISBN 9780870707216 | $60.00


Message from the Darkroom
Message from the Darkroom
ADARTE

Hardcover, 9.75 x 13.5 in. / 448 pgs / 14 color 319 bw / 5 duotone. | 3/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9788889082034 | $240.00


The Photographer's Eye
The Photographer's Eye
THE MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, NEW YORK

Paperback, 8.5 x 9 in. / 156 pgs / 173 duotone. | 3/1/2007 | In stock
ISBN 9780870705274 | $24.95


Singular Images
Singular Images
APERTURE

Paperback, 5.5 x 8.5 in. / 128 pgs / 11 color. | 2/1/2006 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781597110174 | $19.95


Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye
APERTURE

Hardcover, 5.25 x 8.25 in. / 112 pgs / 11 reproductions throughout. | 6/15/2005 | In stock
ISBN 9780893818753 | $19.95


Photography Speaks: 150 Photographers On Their Art
Photography Speaks: 150 Photographers On Their Art
APERTURE

Paperback, 6.75 x 10 in. / 320 pgs / 159 reproductions throughout. | 6/15/2005 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9781931788502 | $29.95


Between the Eyes: Essays On Photography And Politics
Between the Eyes: Essays On Photography And Politics
APERTURE

Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 208 pgs / 28 color / 19 duotone. | 8/15/2005 | Not available
ISBN 9781931788885 | $17.95


Robert Adams: Beauty in Photography
Robert Adams: Beauty in Photography
APERTURE

Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 112 pgs / 23 reproductions throughout. | 6/15/2005 | Awaiting stock
ISBN 9780893813680 | $16.95


Robert Adams: Why People Photograph
Robert Adams: Why People Photograph
APERTURE

Paperback, 5.5 x 8.25 in. / 189 pgs / 29 reproductions throughout. | 6/15/2005 | In stock
ISBN 9780893816032 | $16.95






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