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Robert Adams: Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values

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The eight essays in "Beauty in Photography" provide a critical appreciation of photography by one of its foremost proponents. The result is a rare book of criticism, alive to the pleasure and mysteries of true exploration.
Paperback, 112 pages
Published June 15th 2005 by Aperture (first published March 1982)
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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
Sarai Mitnick
A beautiful little book of essays dealing with many of the issues around creating art of any kind, but particularly photography. Truly inspiring.
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
Rather dry but worth reading. Made me think.
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!
A must read for any (landscape) photographer. It highlights with simplicity and candour the scope, value, and human relevance of this lifelong endeavour.
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.
Some interesting perspectives on photography and why people take photographs. It also gave me some things to consider for future projects.
Andrew McComb
The first part yes, The second part not so much.
Barbara Galletly
Beautiful book, with excellent references.
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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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