Dr Robin Lenman recently retired from his post as Senior Lecturer in the Department of History, University of Warwick. His research specialisms include European visual culture, the social history of photography, and 19th- and 20th-century German and European history. His publications includeDie Kunst, die Macht und das Geld (1994), and Artists and Society in Germany 1850-1910 (1997).
Stunningly illustrated, with 48 pages of color plates, 250 black-and-white halftones, and around 40 diagrams, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph offers more than 1600 alphabetical entries that illuminate every aspect of photography. The illustrations are absolutely marvelous, spanning the entire history of photography, from early daguerreotypes, to classic photographs by Robert Capa, Dorothea Lange, and Edward Weston, to remarkable color images from the surface of Mars. But this is not simply a picture book. An international team of over 140 contributors--including leading art scholars, curators, and independent critics--covers everything from the technology of photography (anamorphic lens, depth of field, reciprocity failure) to photography as a social and artistic practice. The volume offers more than 800 biographies of men and women who played important roles in the development of photography--ranging from photographer Ansel Adams to Walter Zapp (inventor of the Minox "spy" camera)--and the book also includes fascinating special feature entries on intriguing side-topics such as photography in the American West and early Japanese tourist images. Perhaps most important, the coverage extends around the world, with numerous entries on aspects of photography in the United States, Great Britain, France, Germany, and Japan, making this the most comprehensive treatment of the topic in print. Most entries include suggestions for further reading, and the book has an extensive bibliography, a chronology of photographic history, a list of important websites, and an index of people mentioned in the various entries. Now available in paperback, The Oxford Companion to the Photograph is a must for anyone with an interest in photography, amateur or professional. "Destined to become a staple resource on photography." --Library Journal (Starred Review) "An indispensable addition to every art library." --San Francisco Chronicle "It makes for the kind of book you think you'll just dip into but are continually spurred to continue reading. The quality of the writing--and the reproductions--make this a reference to keep close at hand." --Chicago Tribune "Stupendous. Lavish and exquisitely printedpractically a work of art in itself." --Literary Review
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