PHOTOGRAPHY CRITICISM | THEORY

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Damiani

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Hardcover, 6.75 x 8.75 in. / 204 pgs / 100 color.

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Catalog: SPRING 2020 p. 32   

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Looking at Photography

By Stephen Frailey.

Featured image is reproduced from 'Looking at Photography.'

How to read photographs: the new essential primer

In 1973, John Szarkowski, the revered director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, published his classic volume Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art, offering a wide-ranging and accessible history of photography and an engaging primer.

Now, American photographer and educator Stephen Frailey has borrowed Szarkowski’s concept and format for his new book, Looking at Photography: 100 great images and a page of text for each. Frailey picks up where Szarkowski left off, updating the project to take stock of significant photographs from the early 1980s to the present day. Through a focused discussion on each individual work, Frailey articulates the themes and emerging sensibility of contemporary photography.

Artists featured in this volume include Tina Barney, Jeff Wall, Steven Meisel, Nan Goldin, Helmut Newton, Martin Parr, Tim Walker and Wolfgang Tillmans, among others.

Stephen Frailey (born 1957) is a photographer, writer, curator, editor and educator. His work has been shown, published and collected internationally. He served as the Chair of Photography at the School of Visual Arts in New York from 1998 to 2018, and is the co-chair of its MPS Fashion Photography Program. In 2003 he founded the Auction for Photographic Education in Afghanistan to create a photography department at Kabul University. In 2007 he founded the photography magazine Dear Dave, and is its Editor in Chief. He is currently the Director of Education at Red Hook Labs.


Featured image is reproduced from 'Looking at Photography.'

PRAISE AND REVIEWS

American Photo

David Schonauer

Frailey has used Szarkowski’s format to distill his understanding of photography, in all its modern tangents...the need to explain why photographers do what they do, and why it is valuable, remains as important as ever.

Pro Photo Daily

David Schoerner

The need to explain why photographers do what they do, and why it is valuable, remains as important as ever. Stephen Frailey has taken on the challenge.

WWD

Rosemary Feitelberg

Opens windows to the work of Tim Walker, Steven Meisel, Helmut Newton, Nick Knight, Alex Prager, Collier Schorr, Juergen Teller, Deborah Turbeville and others.

WWD

Rosemary Feitelberg

Frailey picks up where the MoMA’s former director of photography left off by examining images from the early Eighties on. Each of the 100 photos is accompanied with insights about the photographers. Readers will learn how Knight, for example, “has emboldened the medium to champion complex photographic technology and forays into digital sculpture, holography and virtual reality.”

Blind

Miss Rosen

The world has become deluged by stores of images flooding our daily lives by virtue of the explosion of digital technology and our reliance upon it. Yet the subject of visual literacy goes largely unaddressed, and it is for this reason that photographer and educator Stephen Frailey’s new book, Looking at Photography is a much-needed contribution to the discourse. [...] Frailey has compiled a fascinating selection of works accompanied by insightful and accessible text.

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