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John Szarkowski: Photographs
 
 
Author
John Szarkowski, photog. Sandra S. Phillips, essay.
Publisher Bulfinch  
Format hardcover
Product Dimensions 10.3 x 10.3 x 0.8 inches
ISBN 9780821261989
Pages/Publication Date 155/2005
Daedalus Item Code 23830
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Edward Steichen's handpicked successor as director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, John Szarkowski (19252007) was a teacher at Harvard, Yale, Cornell, and New York University and perhaps the foremost critic of photography in America; his 1973 book Looking at Photographs is required reading for students of art photography. John Szarkowski: Photographs, his final published collection, spans his career with 84 prints in tritone reproductions, accompanied by some of his letters, which offer insight into his development as a photographer.

"Before going to New York in 1962, Szarkowski was well known for two books, one on the architect Louis Sullivan (The Idea of Louis Sullivan) and one celebrating Minnesota's statehood centennial (The Face of Minnesota). Numerous images from those efforts are included here, and they stand the test of time, particularly the sweeping Minnesota prairie landscapes where the stripes of grass, hills and sky pile up to resemble stratified rock. During Szarkowski's years at New York's MoMA, he presided over many shows for photographers whose names are now more familiar than his, limiting his own ability to work; only two photos from that period, both of apple trees on his farm, appear here. Much of his post-MoMA work is of trees and barns.... The accompanying letters provide an intimate sense of his career development as well as his sense of humor and personal grace. In one, he writes, 'Being alive is getting to be such an unexplainably enjoyable thing.' This zest for existence is evident in the elegant photographs collected here."Publishers Weekly

 
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