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Seizing the Light:
A History of Photography
Author: Robert Hirsch
McGraw-Hill, 528 pages,
Review by Carole Glauber, copyright 2001
Creating a new history of photography is an intimidating task. Relentless research, innumerous decisions, attention to countless details, and the search for distinct photographs from varied sources will challenge even the most consummate historian.
In Seizing the Light, A History of Photography, Robert Hirsch takes us on a time-travel from pre-photography into the digital future. We proceed from John Whipple's daguerreotype, "The Moon," to Alfred Stieglitz's "Equivalent, 1930," to Sandy Skoglund's installation/photograph "Revenge of the Goldfish," to Carol Selter's scanner-made "Ducklings, 1995." His captions often contain fascinating insights into the work shown. It is a remarkable ensemble of information and visuals... (continued)
Pioneer Photographers of the Far West
A Biographical Dictionary, 1840-1865
Peter E. Palmquist and Thomas R. Kailbourn
Foreword by Martha A. Sandweiss
"A rare example of a readable and even entertaining reference book... here are tales of family drama and stories of business squabbles, accounts of the first women to pursue photography in the Far West, and the story of the first Chinese person to make pictures in San Francisco... A book which sets new standards for research and becomes an instant bible for anyone working in the fields of western American history or the history of photography."
"Distinguished by its imaginative breadth, its copious scholarship and its entertaining literary style, Pioneer Photographers of the Far West becomes the standard that future biographical compendia and photographic history books will aspire to match." From the Foreword by Martha A. Sandweiss
This extraordinarily comprehensive, well-documented, biographical dictionary of some 1,500 photographers (and workers engaged in photographically related pursuits) active in western North America before 1865 is enriched by some 250 illustrations, many of them previously unpublished.
pp. 704 ææ250 illustrations
cloth isbn: 0-8047-3883-1 ææ$125.00
Parents at Last: Celebrating Adoption and the New Pathways to Parenthood
Cynthia V. N. Peck and Wendy Wilkinson, Photographs by Helen Kolikow Garber
For some, parenthood comes easily; for others, the path to parenthood is long and paved with challenges, not only physical but emotional and financial as well. In words and photographs, Parents at Last celebrates 32 couples and individuals who perservered in their quest to become parents, often in the face of formidable odds.
Hardcover: 50 b/w photographs
160 pages 11" x 8 3/4"
Clarkson N. Potter, Inc. ISBN 0-609-60290-X
No Easy Walk, Newark, 1980-1993
Text and photographs by Helen M. Stummer
The book depicts the suburbanites journey into the ghetto, records what she has experienced and celebrates the human spirit.
"No Easy Walk is enormously moving. Carol and her neighbors come vividly to life. The author nicely avoids the customary condescension of too many visitors in poor communities and infuses Newark's Central Ward with all the mixture of sorrow and courage that its residents display...Carol emerges as a woman of tremendous strength and dignity. I hope the book is widely read." - Jonathan Kozol.
Along with meaningful and compassionate photographs, Stummer has provided a brief history of Newark, highlighting its early strengths and clearly itemizing the steps along its decay.
Temple University Press
140 pp 16x7
Softcover ISBN 1-566 39-242-x
Hardcover ISBN 1-566 39-243-8
Available at Barnes and Noble.
Ten Years After by Nan Goldin
With texts by Cookie Mueller and Guido Costa. After the publication of her first book The Ballad of Sexual Dependency in 1986, Nan Goldin traveled to Naples with her best friend, writer and underground star Cookie Mueller.
Ten Years After is a tribute to Cookie Muller, her husband Vittorio, and his brother Daniele who all died of AIDS. It both commemorates times past and celebrates new found friendships and pleasures. Looking at these photographs the development and refinement of Goldin's photographs is more clearly evident than ever. Eschewing saccharine sentimentality Goldin has transfigured grief and struggle into serene beauty.
Softcover: 92 color 8 x 8 in. (20 x 20 cm)
Scalo Books; ISBN 3-931141-79-9
Mary Ellen Mark: American Odyssey
Recently voted by the readers of American Photography as their favorite woman photographer of all time, Mary Ellen Mark has made some of America's most iconic photographs. She is unsurpassed at shaping both the odd and the everyday into genuinely surprising photographs that subtly yet powerfully challenge our preconceptions, or intensify our convictions. Mary Ellen Mark's poetic and at times disquieting photographs form a fascinating portrait of a complex, amusing, and occasionally unsettling country and its people.
A traveling exhibition of Mary Ellen Mark's photographs will be shown at The Philadelphia Museum of Art, May 12, 2000-Aug. 6, 2000.
"Mark works in a classic documentary mode: her work imprints itself on viewers in the way that only great photography can." ---Harpers Bazaar
150 tritone images; 10 1/2" x 12 3/8";
Hardcover ; ISBN: 0-89381-880-1
At Twelve: Portraits of Young Women
Photographs by Sally Mann - Introduction by Ann Beattie
At Twelve offers a composite portrait that is both universal and intimately personal. As Ann Beattie writes in her perceptive introduction, "These girls still exist in an innocent world in which a pose is only a pose---what adults make of that pose may be the issue." Sally Manns work is in the collections of major museums across the country.
Also available by Sally Mann: Immediate Family; Still Time
"Haunting black-and-white studies of children, shown here as surprisingly sensual and often distant beings, the magical keepers of some obscure and vaguely frightening secrets." --Karen Lipson, Newsday
"Sally Mann's photography is a clear pane...not intrusion, but revelation. These young women distill something for the eye...something beautiful and sad and moving, something purely female." --Diane Sawyer
37 duotone photographs, 9 3/8 x 10 7/8,
Hardcover ISBN: 0-89381-296-X
Women's Camera Work by Judith Fryer Davidov
Women's Camera Work explores how photographs have been and are used to construct versions of history and examines how photographic representations of otherness often tell stories about the self.
Women's Camera Work explores how photographs have been and are used to construct versions of history and examines how photographic representations of otherness often tell stories about the self. In the process, Judith Fryer Davidov focuses on the lives and work of a particular network of artists linked by time, interaction, influence, and friendship·one that included Gertrude K°sebier, Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, and Laura Gilpin. Women s Camera Work ranges from American women's photographic practices during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries to a study of landscape photography. ²Women's Camera Work by Judith Fryer Davidov
Us & Them by Helmut Newton / Alice Springs.
150 images documenting the relationship between two well-known artists. It contains the pictures they took of each other through the years, their self-portraits, and images of celebrities photographed by both of them, shown on opposite pages. us & them, containing dozens of never before published photographs, is a visual diary of a vibrant and loving, private and professional relationship of fifty years. At the same time, it gives you a surprising view of two highly individual ways of looking and working. An unusual, at times sexy and erotic portrait of the lasting and passionate love between two artists.
Hardcover with dustjacket 200 pages, 7 color and 150 duotones
9 3/8 x 11 in. (23.5 x 27.5 cm)
Scalo Books; ISBN 3-908247-10-1
Geisha : The Life, the Voices, the Art by Jodi Cobb
From Booknews ² Cobb is a staff photographer at National Geographic and has been the recipient of numerous awards for her work. These photos provide an intimate portrayal of geishas in the modern world. An introduction by Ian Burham offers interpretation of Cobb's portraits, and Cobb's own well-researched essay sets the context. Photos are accompanied by brief quotes from the subjects about their lives, or poems and songs that convey the geisha experience. 11.5x10.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
Paperback,²128pp. September 1998
Publisher: Knopf Alfred A Pub.
Hardcover (October 1995) by Jodi Cobb, Ian Buruma (Introduction)
Imogene Cunningham - FLORA by Lorenz
Cunningham photographed plant life throughout her long career, exploring the sensual with a rigorous formal aesthetic. Presented by her long-time curator and cataloguer, this carefully annotated and introduced collection of Cunningham's botanical work is a splendid edition for photography fans and flower lovers alike
Hardcover (April 1996)
Publisher, Bulfinch Press;
ISBN: 082122221X: Dimensions 074 x 12.37 x 9.33
On Photography by Susan Sontag
On Photography has been considered a classic for over twenty-five years. Inspiring photographers worldwide. The set of six essays, are inspiring and thought-provoking. On of the most famous essays is "In Plato's Cave," a deep exploration of how the image has affected society.
From the Publisher Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism (1977), this is "a brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking of the world and ourselves over the lost 140 years." -Washington Post BOOK WORLD
Among Ms. Sontag's many honors are the National Book Critics Circle Award for On Photography (1978), fellowships from the Rockefeller Foundation and the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation Award for Literature in the field of American Letters. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters since 1979, Ms. Sontag received the Malaparte Prize in Italy in 1992 and was named Commandeur de l'Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French government in 1999 (she'd been named an Officer in the same order in 1984). Between 1990 and 1995 she was a MacArthur Fellow.
Doubleday & Company, Incorporated
August² 1978 , 2nd edition 1990
A History of Women Photographers by Naomi Rosenblum
Here is yet another publication that strives to rescue from oblivion the neglected achievements of women in the visual arts. Juxtaposing the past 155 years of photographic history with events from women's social history, Rosenblum (A World History of Photography, LJ 2/1/85) documents women's contributions to the technological, artistic, and experimental development of photography. Her feminist narrative explores women's creativity both as a means of self-expression and as a lucrative profession. The 36 color plates, along with over 200 black-and-white illustrations, include fine examples of portraiture, advertising, and photojournalism. The last section contains valuable thumbnail biographies of approximately 240 female photographers-from the obscure to the famous-whose illustrations appear in the text. An ambitious bibliography makes this a prime tool and stimulus for researchers. Highly recommended for photography, women's studies, and young adult collections. -- From Library Journal Joan Levin, MLS
Abbeville Press, Incorporated
WIPI suggested reading list of Allworth Press titles.
Please check their web site for more titles about The Business of Photography, Education and Promotion.
The Photographer's Guide to Marketing and Self-Promotion by Maria Piscopo (How to Find and Keep Good Paying Clients)
*** Maria is contributing writer to WIPI Marketing News. See our current and archival issues for her articles.
Well-known photographers' representative discusses specific and effective ways to build a marketing plan. Emphasis on how to establish long-term relationships. Includes discussion of pricing, taking advantage of market conditions and negotiating.
"Piscopo's book is full of specific practical information that takes into account today's difficult economic climate for commercial photographers...Promotion pieces, portfolios, advertising, public relations, rates, reps and the ethics of good business are just a few of the other topics covered in this excellent manual." --Popular Photography
6 3/4 x 10, 176 pages Softcover
ASMP Professional Business Practices in Photography by ASMP (American Society of Media Photographers)
Fifth Edition, unquestionably the authoritative source of information on business practices, standards, and resources for professional photographers.
6 3/4 x 10, 416 pages, Softcover
Business and Legal Forms for Photographers by: Tad Crawford
Covers electronic rights, essential forms and negotiation tactics. Includes an estimate form; confirmation of assignment, invoice; agency contract; releases and much more. A CD-ROM w/electronic versions of each form is provided.
8 1/2 x 11, 224 pages Softcover
The Law (in Plain English) å for Photographers by: Leonard DuBoff
A thorough discussion of the legal and business issues of everyday concern in professional photography. Topics covered include: copyright, defamation and libel, censorship and obscenity, business organization and taxes, working and living space, contracts and remedies, agents, estate planning and more.
6x9, 208 pages; Softcover
Pricing Photography by: Michael Heron & David MacTavish
This essential resource for photographers, art directors, and graphic designers explains how to price both assignment and stock photography and gives detailed pricing carts for every use from a magazine ad to a mug. Revised and updated, it covers pricing for electronic rights as well as new developments in business. (Also see ASMP above, both a must to be well informed on the business of Photography)
11 x 8 1/2, 152 pages, Softcover
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