Good Pictures : A History of Popular Photography by Kim Beil tracks stylistic changes in popular photography from the nineteenth century until today.
Stanford University Press
Good Pictures identifies 50 of these trends that have been popular among photographers of all kinds, whether amateurs or professionals. The book’s 200 full-color illustrations include snapshots, commercial and art photographs, as well as material from vintage how-to manuals. Organized chronologically, each of the short chapters addresses a different stylistic trend, explaining its original appeal and how it was accomplished, as well as the reasons for its eventual decline in popularity. Everyone is a photographer now, making this book not only a comprehensive history of the practice, but also a source of inspiration.
Kim Beil teaches art history at Stanford University and writes about modern and contemporary art for publications including Artforum, Art in America, and Photograph. She thinks of Instagram as research and can be found @kim.beil
|Dimensions||19.05 x 2.29 x 23.37 cm|