50 Photo Icons | The Story Behind The Pictures by Hans-Michael Koetzle
“A meticulous analysis by an erudite historian.
Each shot is accompanied by a fascinating commentary.”— Le Monde, Paris
I saw this newly published book the other day at a friend’s home. Each photo, each essay, takes you to a different point in history. Each photographer becomes a visual historian – for our eyes to take in what they wanted to convey.
“Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world and influencing our perceptions of reality. To demonstrate the unique and profound influence on culture and society that photographs have, Photo Icons puts the most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope.
Each chapter of this special edition focuses on a single image which is described and analyzed in detail, in aesthetic, historical, and artistic contexts. The book begins with the very first permanent images (Nicéphore Niépce’s 1827 eight-hour-exposure rooftop picture and Louis Daguerre’s famous 1839 street scene) and takes the reader up through the present day, via the avant-garde photography of the 1920s and works such as Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother (1936), Robert Doisneau’s Kiss in Front of City Hall (1950), and Martin Parr’s ’New European photography.” from TASCHEN | See & Read more at their web site:
Availability: October 2015 | US$ 29.99 | Edition: English