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  • Taschenbuch: 156 Seiten
  • Verlag: Thames & Hudson (21. Mai 2007)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 087070527X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870705274
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 1,4 x 21,6 x 22,2 cm
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"The Photographer's Eye", available again after some years out of print, offers a guide to the medium as visual language through works by such early masters as Atget, Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Strand and Weston. In this re-issue, 172 illustrations reveal the extraordinary range of the photograph from the early days of the medium as development to the mid-1960s. They are accompanied by an essay from Szarkowski, one of the most influential photography curators and critics of our time.

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10 von 12 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von Frank W. TOP 1000 REZENSENT am 18. Juli 2012
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Die wesentlichen Dinge in der Fotografie sind zeitlos und unabhängig von der verwendeten Technik oder dem was aktuell "in" ist. Es gibt Fotos aus einer Polaroid oder Handykamera, die besser sind als die aus einer teuren DSLR. Nicht in technisch-pixelpeeperischer Hinsicht, auch nicht in Schärfe, Auflösung oder Motivexotik, aber vom Blick des Fotografen her. Also was Komposition und fast mehr noch Bildinhalt angeht. Das Auge machts, genauer die neuronalen Verknüpfungen im Gehirn. Die wesentlichen Elemente der Bildgestaltung kann man auch von den alten Meistern der Malerei lernen. So weit geht das Werk dann aber doch nicht zurück ;-)
Für mich ist das Buch ein Fundus an Anregungen für interessante Motive und nebenbei auch eine Dokumentation, wie sich das Sehen in diesem Medium in seiner Anfangszeit entwickelt hat. Für jeden ernsthaft an inhaltlich gehaltvollen Fotos Interessierten eine gute Ergänzung im Bücherregal, man muß sich allerdings auf die Fotos einlassen und die heutzutage verbreitete Perfektion hinter sich lassen. Hier geht es um was anderes. Wem das Titelbild schon nicht zusagt, der kann sich den Kauf getrost sparen.
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6 von 8 Kunden fanden die folgende Rezension hilfreich Von B.Schy. am 10. Januar 2012
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Sollte in keiner Sammlung fehlen auch wenn die Photographien teilweise bis zu 80 Jahren alt sind - schliesslich gehts ja um die Kunst des Sehens und die wird im Buch auf ganz unterschiedliche Arten umgesetzt - inspirierend!
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Von Michael Neumann am 23. Januar 2015
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John Szarkowski, der ehemalige Direktor der Fotografieabteilung des MOMA New York hat mit diesem Buch einen sehr schönen Überblick von den Anfängen der Fotografie bis in die 1960er Jahre geschaffen. Einen gelungenen Überblick der Fotografen (deren Aufnahmen), die für diese Epoche stehen.
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John Szarkowski 23. Juli 2007
Von Mark Hillringhouse - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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When John Szarkowski recently passed away at the age of 81, the world lost one of photography's most important figures. He was the "Stieglitz" of the 1960s and 70s, changing the way audiences look at photographic images and he shaped the way future audiences will come to appreciate the pioneering work of Arbus, Eggleston, Friedlander and Winogrand. When he took over the reins of curator of photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York from Edward Steichen, photography's early twentieth century grand master, Szarkowski promoted a "new" photography that incorporated the everyday moment as it was unfolding on the streets around cities and towns across America.

His great gift to all of us who love photography besides his championing of new talent, was his incredible skill at writing texts, essays, criticism, books on photography. With his talent as a writer, and his background as a photographer, he was able to open a window onto this two-dimensional world of form and tone, shape, texture and composition, explaining the ins and outs, the subtleties, and the intuitions of image makers, their techniques and their medium in all its finesse.

Having simply tried to take a good photograph all his life, he simply knew a good photograph when he saw one. It is what made him such a great curator. His own best known books of photographs, "The Idea of Louis Sullivan" published in 1956, contains photographs of the architecture of Chicago, and his other, "The Face of Minnesota" published in 1958, contains haunting landscape images of his home state. He wrote the way he carefully crafted his own images. He framed each paragraph paying close attention to his ear, to diction and to all the elements of style. It is why I love to read him and why I think he was the greatest writer to take on this visual art form.

Two books of his about photography that in my opinion are indispensable are "The Photographer's Eye" first published in 1966, and "Looking at Photographs" first published in 1973. With these two collections, the reader will gain an historic appreciation of photography from its earliest innovators beginning in the 1830s to the period of high modernism in the 1970s. With Szarkowski as your guide, readers will appreciate how the medium advanced, yet they will also understand how it has remained fundamentally the same picture-making process when it comes to handling two-dimensional space.

In The Photographer's Eye, Szarkowski covers what a viewer needs to take in from a photograph, how it was framed, cropped, what the subject is, what the detail is, the focus and the vantage point. In each of these wide areas, he supplies important photographs from the Museum of Modern Art's vast collection that illustrate these points. He begins with "The Thing Itself" the "what" of photography, the landscape or still life, or portrait that the photographer has aimed his camera at. From there he moves on to how photographers fix on detail, the synechdocal "parts" that make up the "whole" and that produce visual metaphor: the close up of the hands, the side of a face, a rifle, a window, a headlight of a car, a door latch.

He then illustrates how photographers carefully frame their images, how they crop, how they envision the image from its interior picture plane to what is left out, alluded to, outside the frame. And finally, he shows how photographers measure time; freeze moments, single out the present for the past of some distant future. Added to this element of time is vantage, that trick of where to place the picture plane in terms of its perspective, foreground to background, its recession to a vanishing point or points, whether it is head-on and flat, or deep and endless, looming up or slanting down, the world from above, or the world from below.

In Looking at Photographs which is subtitled--"100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art," Szarkowski leads the reader across time, from the earliest best works of the 19th century masters: Timothy O'Sullivan, Fredrick Evans, Lewis Hine, and Jacob Riis, all the way to Robert Frank, Roy DeCarava, Paul Caponigro, and Joel Meyerowitz.

The book is printed so that there is a one-page essay facing each of the 100 photographs it describes. Within that compact structure, Szarkowski is able to move from one idea to another across the history of photography as the reader turns the pages, and he is able to pinpoint for the reader, the attributes that each photographer brings to his medium. In this way the reader learns to read images for their wealth of craft, form and subject matter. It is like having the curator take you on a personal guided tour of the museum's photography galleries.

I learned from reading this book that Timothy O'Sullivan's "white skies" were a result of the wet plate's over-sensitivity to blue light and that "sky areas were thus automatically overexposed, and rendered as blank white." I also learned that O'Sullivan "...accepted the white sky and used it as a shape, enclosed in tension between the picture's visual horizon and the edges of the plate." Knowing this, I can never look at O'Sullivan's work again without understanding how much this 19th century photographic pioneer wanted the figure-ground relationship of sky to land to feature in his compositions. And this is only one example from the book. There are 99 more.

Owning "Looking at Photographs" and "The Photographer's Eye" is like having your own private collection of the world's most famous photographs. The way you look at photographs will be enriched. On your next visit to a gallery or a museum, you will be able to see so much more thanks to the intelligent and thoughtful writing of John Szarkowski. His precise, clear and uncluttered prose style will make your reading experience a pleasure in itself.
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Deceptively straight forward 17. November 2009
Von ebull - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I agree with some of the reviews that expressed surprise at the fact that the amount of text is less than the blurb leads you to believe. I too was expecting a commentary on each of the photos in the book hoping to gain insight into the authors opinions about each photo. In fact the commentary is not so tightly linked to the individual photos, instead groups of photos illustrate each of the five main themes of the book.
However, the essay by the author is pretty deep and to the point, there is no fluff here. After reading it I thought what he was saying seemed kind of obvious and true. You could take this as a criticism, but for me I have found that it has been very helpful to have these fundamental things articulated. In summary, for me this is a deceptively concise but classic statement of some of the "truths" behind the photographic process, accompanied by some stunning black and white photos.
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A New Path for Photography. 15. Juni 2009
Von Cesar Barroso - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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This is a book with many images and a few words. But the small text is of seminal importance for the understanding and the future of photography.
Firstly, John Szarkowski draws a parallel between the art that forged photography - painting - and photography in itself. A comparison between the inclusion of a painting canvas and the exclusion of a camera viewfinder.
He does not dismiss the photograph as something lost in the space and time, but as something in motion, even if only for 1/30 of a second. A Cartier Bresson's "decisive moment", not in the sense that is commonly accepted by most(a dramatic climax), but a visual one.
The author emphasizes that this is a new art and needs to be still discovered in many senses. The photographers need to discover new meanings and ways to express themselves in new images.
John Szarkoswi was the curator of photography of the Metropolitan Museum of Art of New York for many years. In the exhibits he put into action his thoughts, inclusively promoting color photography.
As a photographer, I have learned a lot in those few pages.
One of the conclusions that I draw is that the film and digital controversy is innocuous. Whatever image you capture through the viewfiender is photography.
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The starting point 1. März 2009
Von Gary W. Gilbert - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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I've been a professional photographer for 35 years, (with a BFA from RISD) and this it the book that got me really juiced! Spend some time reviewing the images and concepts within. The magical nature of recording light in our physical world is very clear. I've loved this book for 35 years. I have purchased many copies for others interested in photography and can fully recommend this for anyone who will take the time to see what is really contained within.

Cheers,
Gary
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If you will learn to read photographs... 14. Januar 2009
Von Alex Stewart - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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... which this book will help you learn to do, I think you will conclude that this is a straightforward but rather deep book. People who are disappointed in it have either not read it carefully or had quite unrealistic expectations. In most ways it foreshadows what Stephen Shore later did in the Nature of Photographs, a book that is also worth reading but that does not add a great deal to Szarkowski. Both of these books help us to think through (as Shore's title suggests) what a photograph, as a photograph (two dimensional, bounded, stopped etc.), can and cannot do, and some of the main ways it does so. If this seems elementary, well, it's apparent from most people's photographs that they haven't grasped the messages of these books. I suggest that most people's photos would be a lot better if they would spend more time with these sorts of fundamentals and less with the more technical works (not that technique can be ignored either).
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