Color Photography

Book Color Photography

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- By: Gabriel Bauret(Editor)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:256
- Publisher: Assouline Publishing (October 1, 2001)
- Bestsellers rank: 7
- Category: Arts & Photography
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This book depicts the development of photography. Under the influence of contemporary art, new subjects have been ushered in, linked to a desire to invent different visual worlds or, conversely, to take a more detailed look at everyday life and the urban environment.

Billing itself as "an homage to the photographers who elevated the use of color to an art form," this oversized coffee-table book mainly comprises meticulously printed, full-page reproductions of 150 images created by many of the premier photographers working in the color medium during the 20th century. These illustrations are divided into eight thematic sections, including nudes, landscapes, fashion, and reportage. The works on display Larry Burrows's Vietnam combat scenes, Robert Polidori's architectural studies, Andres Serrano's ironical body fluids, and Richard Misrach's Dali-esque desertscapes, among many others all convey powerful meaning in part through an inventive use of color. The book opens with a manifesto by Zoom magazine writer Bauret, which, by placing the photos he has compiled within an art-historical context, posits itself as an articulation of "an aesthetic of color." With so few titles available that survey the use of color in the photographic medium, this is an important purchase for academic and larger public libraries. Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., CA Copyright 2001 Reed Business Information, Inc. "This oversized book promises pure pleasure and, more often than not, delivers.""Gabriel Bauret throws out the foundations of our aesthetic for color photography. His choice are judicious, and the book a formal success."

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  • By Philly on May 13, 2009

    Most of the pictures were produced after 1970. I was hoping for more early color photographs from 1950 and before; of which they were only a handful.

  • By Robin on October 6, 2010

    A suitably huge book for a big subject. I thought it succeeded in portraying the feel and complexity of color photography over the last few decades despite some annoying editorial lapses.Author Gabriel Bauret writes a twenty page essay in the front of the book (in very large type so it didn't take too long to read) but it covers a lot of thought provoking areas. Included in the essay are some amazing early color images, kicking off with Steichen's 1906 Flat-Iron building which turns out to be a gum bichromate print. Also included is a lovely Edward Weston shot of a Monterey dock taken in 1946.The rest of the book is divided into eight chapters: Nudes & still life; Visual researches; Fashion; Stage settings; Portraits; Reportage; Landscapes and finally Cities & daily life. Ninety-three photographers contribute 124 color photos with most of them large on the page (check out the book's dimensions in the Product Details) and with a 175 screen printed on a thick semi-art matt paper the photos jump of the page.The large size and quality printing does create a problem with some of the images though, because many of the originals, by the nature of the various photographic papers they are printed on, soften the image which is picked up by the printing process. Plate 85 with a beautiful 1979 shot of an Irish village by Harry Callahan appears soft when compared to an equally fascinating pin-sharp 1999 panorama of the inside of a supermarket by Andreas Gursky (plate 116).The 'Visual researches' chapter has eleven photos that merge into more experimental work with an amazing Sandy Skoglund shot of three dancing figures whose bodies seem to be made out of jelly beans (typical Sandy I thought). The theme of the book means that some regular favorites turn up here and there: the 'Cities' chapter comes up with Julius Shulman's 1958 night shot looking over Los Angeles from Pierre Koenig's Case Study House, William Eggleston's red ceiling motel bedroom taken in Greenwood, Mississippi in 1973 and Stephen Shore's 1975 Brea Avenue and Beverley Boulevard, still looking impressive as Plate 82.I mentioned some editorial lapses in this book. It originated as a French title and despite having chapters there is no Contents page, probably because there are no page numbers. The back page photo credits listing is not alphabetic but runs in Plate order so it's not easy to look up a particular photographer. I thought it would have been useful to have a page or two describing the various photographic formats and papers: Kodachrome; Polaroid; Agfacolor; Fujicolor and others. The best book I've found about this is The Printed Picture.'Color photography' is a useful overview to the subject and perhaps best of all this big book can be picked up at bargain prices if you look around the net. There is a new published paperback edition which I think is best avoided because it is small, chunky and the thick paper makes it rather unwieldy to handle.***SEE SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'customer images' under the cover. (This applies to the hardback edition not the paperback)

  • By TomAssini on October 23, 2005

    If you like photography but are wondering how relevant color photography (still) is? This is the book to return your emotions back on color. How serious color photography can be? Very...This is the book to open your heart to the way we are born to see the world.

  • By Guari on December 17, 2007

    A must! images are a compendium of color photography from it's birth to present day: And they are all exquisitelly beautifull. Highlly recomended

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