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Photographers A-Z

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The greatest photographers of the last 100 years

A comprehensive overview of the most influential photographers of the last century and their finest monographs: Arranged alphabetically, this biographical encyclopedia features every major photographer and photographic artist of the 20th century, from the earliest representatives of classical Modernism right up to the immedia
Hardcover, 444 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Taschen (first published January 1st 2011)
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Nov 03, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This compact, hefty volume offers a delightful journey through 20th-century photography. It brings the work of many brilliant but lesser-known photographers to our attention. The directness of the photographic language that pervades this book A to Z is refreshing. We're far removed from the dour, recherché conceptual experiments in contemporary photography. Much is black-and-white of course, and the resilience and liveliness of this medium continues to beguile.
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Jul 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Photographers A-Z is my first Taschen book, and will hopefully not be my last! It is a wonderful resource to have, and I have discovered some incredible work which I was in the dark about before. It is both inspirational and aspirational, and is thus sure to be the perfect gift for the photography fan in your life.
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is a good reference book for quick facts about more photographers than you can possibly remember. It's good to have around. It's like a mini-coffee table book, really. Each photographer gets about 2-4 pages and their entry is written in a kind of short-hand, with half-sentences and abbreviations. But, you get the gist of what their specialty is/was and I like that it makes some interesting connections (mentorships, marriages, friendships, etc.) between photographers that I didn't know exist ...more
Too much to take in all at once. Really a reference book/encyclopedia with short bios about different photographers. Definitely a fun book to flip through and get some photographic inspiration. Worth the $10 it cost me just to have the references.
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Hans-Michael Koetzle is a Munich-based freelance author and journalist, focusing mainly on history and the aesthetics of photography. He has published numerous books on photography and has been editor-in-chief of the magazine Leica World since 1996.

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