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Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values

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These essays address us in the quiet voice of a working photographer, an artist and craftsman who has thought long and seriously about his endeavor, who has tested and questioned his own assumptions in the light of actual practice. The result is a rare book of criticism, one that is alive to the pleasure and mysteries of true exploration. Written over a ten-year period, an ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published April 1st 1989 by Aperture (first published March 1982)
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Tifany
Aug 14, 2009 Tifany rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book in a bargain bin, having never heard of Robert Adams before--I was simply doing a lot of reading about photography at the time. I had read Sontag's On Photography, and thought that what it actually missed was the experience of the artist--what the individual photographer, himself or herself was trying to achieve. I went first to an excellent anthology, Photography in Print. But Adams is an even better place to go, to hear the other side of the argument. He is, in fact, my f ...more
Amber
Aug 29, 2009 Amber rated it it was amazing
It was a true joy to be immersed in (or rather, seduced by) the thoughtful and poetic writing of Robert Adams, who has spent a lifetime's worth of passion and consideration examining the delicate dialogue between photography and beauty. Rather than putting forth a steely analysis of how we respond and why we respond to photographic imagery, Adams seems to invite us to the sofa by his fireplace where an organic conversation about photography can unfold without rush. Oddly, such time devoted to th ...more
Alberto Simonetti
Sep 29, 2013 Alberto Simonetti rated it it was amazing
A must read for any (landscape) photographer. It highlights with simplicity and candour the scope, value, and human relevance of this lifelong endeavour.
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Oct 08, 2014 Peterk rated it it was amazing
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Even if you are not into photography specifically but are interested in art in general, this is a wonderful read. Can't recommend this enough!
Joseph Gascho
Read much if not all of book
Barbara Galletly
Jan 14, 2013 Barbara Galletly rated it it was amazing
Beautiful book, with excellent references.
Jim
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A short book but well worth a read. Covers many basic questions of artmaking. Written in the guise of photography but applies equally to all forms of art.
Sarai Mitnick
Apr 05, 2014 Sarai Mitnick rated it it was amazing
A beautiful little book of essays dealing with many of the issues around creating art of any kind, but particularly photography. Truly inspiring.
Sue
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Rather dry but worth reading. Made me think.
Peter Carbonaro
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Good, but brief.
Andrew McComb
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The first part yes, The second part not so much.
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Some interesting perspectives on photography and why people take photographs. It also gave me some things to consider for future projects.
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Adams, Robert Hickman (1937-) American nature photographer

After earning a doctorate in English and becoming a college professor, Adams decided to shift careers and focus on his true love, photography, in 1970. Since then, he's made a name for himself with more than 20 books,
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