Information and discussion on all aspects of British photographic history
Thames & Hudson has published Lives of the Great Photographers, an original new title profiling thirty-eight celebrated photographers, which traces the evolution of their art in relation to their biography. Intelligently written and researched to the highest standards, this biographical compendium is the work of the photographic historian, Juliet Hacking.
Lives of the Great Photographers gives detailed insights into the lives and careers of the greatest photographers of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries and acts as a fresh and accessible introduction to the history of photography itself. Engaging, authoritative and thought-provoking, Lives profiles such masters of the medium as Diane Arbus, Claude Cahun, Lewis Carroll, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Robert Mapplethorpe. By evoking their lives and backgrounds, Hacking sheds new light on the experiences and motivations that shaped their art. Each of the lives is illustrated with a portrait or self-portrait of the artist and one or more of their exemplary works. Spanning the full gamut of photographic practice from documentary to fashion, portraiture to fine art, this volume is a timely reminder of the pleasures of biography in relation to visual culture.
The biographies form a holistic study that not only traces the contributions of each artist to the medium but also adroitly guides the reader through the major innovations, movements and developments in the history of photography. Bound in a single compact and portable volume, Lives of the Great Photographers is a perfect introduction to the story of photography itself.
Juliet Hacking is Programme Director of the MA in Photography (Contemporary and Historical) at Sotheby’s Institute of Art, London. She is the general editor of Photography: The Whole Story, also published by Thames & Hudson.
Lives of the Great Photographers
304pp, 120 illustrations, Hardback
ISBN 978 0 500 544440
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