LOOKING AT PHOTOGRAPHS: PICTURES FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE MUSEUM OF MODERN. ART by John Szarkowski. This is the man who taught us how to look at photographs. Szarkowski held the position of director of photography at the Museum of Modern Art, New York, from . Looking at Photographs has ratings and 21 reviews. In concise analyses, John Szarkowski investigates the aesthetic, formal, social and historical issues.

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I was totally captivated by the photo on the cover when I visited a local library and was browsing. This is a book that leaves you wanting more There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Read more Lookint less. A fascinating look at some of the photographs that helped shape the art.

Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. I expected something different.

Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art

Preview — Looking at Photographs by John Szarkowski. First, the photographers included aren’t generally diverse, which the author addresses directly. When I started, I didn’t know that this was what I wanted, but it was. Next, I would read John Szarkowski’s johnn of the piece, and I would see aspects of the photograph that I had not previously seen.


Nevertheless, I’d recommend spending time with this book. The quality of reproduction is also good.

It does a very good job of providing an overview of photography as an art form. Showing of 45 reviews. An appreciation as it were, that can, of course, also become worthy study material. As the photos near the current day although the latest photo in the book was taken in the llooking 60s, which is far from contemporary the explanations about their significance are often more convoluted or technical and, for me, less persuasive.

Old and new photographs made by the legendary curator and critic.

Reissued in with new digital duotones-this volume is now available to a new generation of readers. Each photo gets its own page with text phofographs. The included photos are inarguably important ones, and the paragraphs do a good job of placing them in historical and artistic context while remaining brief introductions, leaving the focus on the images themselves.

Some of the photos are extraordinary, others are mundane, but so is the chaotic field of photography. Open Preview See a Problem?

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They are in approximately chronological order. Download our free page PDF from Aperture, filled with incredible insights, advice and inspiration from photographw who are pushing the boundaries of the medium and embracing experimentation. Please try again later. Each essay, each photograph made me want to delve deeper.

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Customers who bought this item also bought. The curator’s discussion of why the image is significant, why it works etc, is less even with some images getting a greater discussion about this than others. John Szarkowski’s brief essay about each photograph truly opened my eyes to the subject photograph. I love this art form, dammit. Szarkowsky manages to have something impressive to say about each photographer’s approach to his or her subject matter, and the whole book left me feeling really good about my own work and potential.