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Photo Icons. The Story Behind the Pictures. Volume 1

(Taschen Icons)

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Volume 1 begins with the very first permanent images (Nicephore Niepce's 1827 8-hour exposure reeftop picture and Louis Daguerre's famous 1839 street scene) and takes the reader up through the avant-garde photography of the 1920s
Hardcover, 2008 pages
Published November 1st 2008 by Taschen (first published 1996)
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Sérgio
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Antologia das fotos mais marcantes da história da fotografia, segundo o especialista Hans-Michael Koetzle, com cada capítulo a ser dedicado a um fotógrafo e sua produção. A obra abre com a primeira foto a ver a luz do dia, em 1827, pela mão de Nicéphore Niépce, o inventor de um processo primitivo de gravação em vidro através do uso de asfalto sírio que demorava oito horas a surtir efeito. De seguida, somos introduzidos a Daguerre, e às suas fotos dos boulevards de Paris de 1838, fruto da ...more
Raquel C. Arco
Iconic photos and the stories behind them. The author, Hans-Michael Koetzle, is a 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.
Karla
Aug 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked it and recommend it for writers at all levels.
Amber
Sep 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
This an eight dollar purchase at a local art store. One could debate endlessly on the selection of THE "photo icons" that were included in this little book. But, aside from that unsolvable situation, Hans (if I may call him that) devotes a lot of fleshy meat to each photo, expanding a little universe around each singular image and revealing the sustained power that photography holds on our understanding of the world. Bien hecho, Han.
darío hereñú
Para los amantes de la fotografía, estarán de parabienes.
Amenazar que los fotógrafos son artistas de subsuelo, corren por cuenta y orden del denunciante/atrevido/cortoplacista mental.
Sigo siendo admirador de Ansel Adams (el tiempo pasa y cada vez más me atraen sus blancos y negros).
Más allá, René Burri con sus fotos de gauchos de nuestras pampas fue un hallazgo.
Un libro más de fotografía, y no será el último...
Sebastiao Salgado será el próximo, seguramente...
Rhiannon D'Averc
May 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Informative and interesting, here you can learn biographies as well as techniques. As a photographer myself I found it pleasant to be told the stories of the photographs rather than lectured too much on how it was done and what equipment they used and how they got the exposure right, something you often get oversaturated with in photography books. A good effort all round.
Anton Klink
The backstories of photos I've know for years was a fascinating read but the backstories of photos I'd never seen before was ho-hum at best. This though is not a failing of the book but a lack of education on my part, but then I am reviewing the book from my own subjective point of view and thus the book was of only limited appeal to me.
Paula
Aug 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this review, highlighting key photographers of the past century. The photo choices are excellent, and Koetzle's essays are surprisingly good (usually in photo essays, you get so bored that you skip over the words). The combo of both makes this a 5-star review.
Murf
Mar 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Fascinating collection of both iconic images and the stories behind them. Perfect for dipping in and out of, reading about the photographers and their processes is worth it even if you wouldn't be a fan of a particular shot. Very enjoyable.
Philip
Jul 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book was fantastic - most fantastic was the fact that the icons started at the raw beginning of photography (mostly in France) which, for me, was new ground.
Lizzie
Jan 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Iconic photos and the stories behind them. It's fairly European-centric, because it was originally published in Germany, which is fine. A light and pleasant read.
Ray Dunsmore
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Fascinating insight on the origins of selected 19th century photos from artists like Jacques-Henri Lartigue, August Sander, Man Ray, Daguerre, Niepce and Hippolyte Bayard.
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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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