Ian Jeffrey is a superb guide in this profusely illustrated introduction to the appreciation of photography as an art form. Novices and experts alike will gain a deeper understanding of great photographers and their work, as Jeffrey decodes key images and provides essential biographical and historical background. Profiles of more than 100 major photographers, including Alfred Stieglitz, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, Paul Strand and Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, highlight particular examples of styles and movements throughout the history of the medium. Each entry includes a concise biography along with an illuminating discussion of key works and nuggets of contextual information, making this book the ideal gallery companion for photography aficionados everywhere.
‘When we look at photographs, we don’t just look at them passively; we search for meaning, reading the images as we would a piece of writing, considering both subject matter and composition. In How to Read a Photograph, Ian Jeffrey unlocks the visual language of many famous photographs. He introduces more than a hundred photographers from Alfred Steiglitz, Bill brant and Henri Cartier Bresson to Andreas Gursky…and Cindy Sherman, and decodes their key works using historical and cultural context.’
About the Author(s):
Ian Jeffrey is an English writer and art historian. He is the author of a series of illustrated books on the history of photography.
Max Kozloff is an American art historian, art critic of modern art and photographer. He has been art editor at The Nation, and Executive Editor of Artforum.
About the Publisher:
Thames & Hudson was founded in 1949 by Walter and Eva Neurath. Their passion and mission was to create a ‘museum without walls’ and to make accessible to a large reading public the world of art and the research of top scholars. To reflect its international outlook the name for the company linked the rivers flowing through London and New York, represented in its logo by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New.
Today, still an independent, family-owned company, Thames & Hudson is one of the world’s leading publishers of illustrated books with over 2,000 titles in print. We publish high-quality books across all areas of visual creativity: the arts (fine, applied, decorative, performing), architecture, design, photography, fashion, film and music, and also archaeology, history and popular culture. Our children’s books list is also expanding. Headquartered in London, we have a sister company in New York and subsidiaries in Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Paris, a further subsidiary company, Interart, distributes English-language books in France.