How to Read a Photograph

How to Read a Photograph

Understanding, Interpreting and Enjoying the Great Photographers

  1. Ian Jeffrey
  2. Foreword by Max Kozloff
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  • ISBN 9780500287842
  • 24.00 x 16.90 cm
  • Flexibound PLC (no jacket)
  • 384pp
  • With 380 illustrations, 48 in colour
  • First published 2009
‘You’ll feel very smart for reading this and have a better appreciation of how hard it is to take a good picture’ – Amateur Photographer
‘A valuable commentary on the contribution made by a collection of dedicated photoreportage enthusiasts of the past century and a half’ – RPS Journal
‘Lush and expansive … an entrancing introduction to the evolution of the medium … ideally suited to an interested general audience, as an informative and sometimes provocative introduction for students, or as a quick reference for academics and arts professionals’ – The Art Book

'Photographs can create illusions, communicate arguments or document a changing world. Learn how to look at them …' See the article by Ian Jeffrey in The Guardian.

A profusely illustrated primer on the appreciation of photography as an art form …

Novices and experts alike will gain a deeper understanding of great photographers and their work, as Ian Jeffrey decodes key images and provides essential biographical and historical background to the images and their creators.

Profiles of more than 100 major photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Paul Strand and László Moholy-Nagy, highlight styles and movements throughout the history of photography.

Each entry includes a biography along with an illuminating discussion of key works and ample contextual information, making this book the ideal gallery companion for photography aficionados everywhere.

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