So I can now tell you about it! My latest book. (Sorry about the title; originally it was ‘Photography – the story’ but you know what sales people are like.)
Hyperbole apart, we think you’ll love this book. Anyone with any interest in photography will find something they like. And those who know a lot may find something they don’t like. Because I am not afraid to express my opinion, or to reveal the uncomfortable truths. But I also take you on human stories too.
- That Robert Capa was literally kicked in the butt onto the Normandy Beaches
- The leading portrait photographers of New York in the late 19th century were women
- The Leica was invented by an asthmatic engineer who enjoyed hill rambling
- The inventors of Kodachrome were world-class musicians
There’s truly something for everyone.
- We analyse a little-known masterpiece called ‘Fishergate’ by Hill and Adamson
- The background to a crucial little accessory that enabled old cameras to use the new technology of flash bulbs
- The important role of the Zeiss 80mm Planar lens
- The little-known story of the creation of the epochal Nikon F
- Analysis of Lennart Nilsson’s ‘foetus’ sucking its thumb
- Stunning wildlife images
- Immortal images from Sebastio Salgado, Henri Cartier Bresson, Cindy Sherman, Steve McCurry, Joe Rosenthal, Stanley Forman, Marc Riboud, Luigi Ghirri, Sergio Larrain, Bill Brandt, Dorothea Lange, Edward Weston, Ansel Adams, Agustin Casasola, Man Ray ….pant, pant, pant … oh, I could go on, and on
The UK and many editions are 400 pages long. But the US and some others are a whopping 480pp long! These carry a 80pp biographic section stuffed with even more photographers, even more pictures.
Whichever edition you choose, it’s amazing value for money. For less than a cab ride across town, you could own a book that covers a huge range of topics
- rise of smartphones
- war photography
- photography in propaganda
- early colour photography in Czarist Russia
- the first aerial and panoramic photographs
- early crime scene photography
Incidentally, the clean, elegant cover image is by Richard Avedon. It’s a homage to Munkácsi – you’ll find stories about Munkácsi and Avedon in the book too.
A tome of epic proportion! I loved it!
There have been some very warm reviews from Amazon:
“This is a definitive book on the history of photography that can be a reference guide in universities, libraries, or museums. It is the perfect bond of informative text and compelling visual aides.”
“I was shocked on how much I love this book. It really is a beautiful book.”
“There are few reference books that I read cover to cover. I could not put this book down. ”
“A reader could spend many months perusing its informative and visually powerful content.”
“As far as I’m concerned, this is the only history of photography book you’ll ever need. ”
Here are samples from the page plan.