Miscellaneous Photography Books - Letter V  

VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS: Referencing Various Small Books by Ed Ruscha
Artist: Jeff Brouws
Author: Jeff Brouws, Wendy Burton, Hermann Zschiegner
Publisher: The MIT Press
Year: 2013 - Pages: 288
In the 1960s and 1970s, the artist Ed Ruscha created a series of small photo-conceptual artist's books, among them Twentysix Gas Stations, Various Small Fires, Every Building on the Sunset Strip, Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Real Estate Opportunities, and A Few Palm Trees. Featuring mundane subjects photographed prosaically, with idiosyncratically deadpan titles, these "small books" were sought after, collected, and loved by Ruscha's fans and fellow artists. Over the past thirty years, close to 100 other small books that appropriated or paid homage to Ruscha's have appeared throughout the world. This book collects ninety-one of these projects, showcasing the cover and sample layouts from each along with a description of the work. It also includes selections from Ruscha's books and an appendix listing all known Ruscha book tributes. These small books revisit, imitate, honor, and parody Ruscha in form, content, and title. Some rephotograph his subjects: Thirtyfour Parking Lots, Forty Years Later. Some offer a humorous variation: Various Unbaked Cookies (which concludes, as did Ruscha's Various Small Fires, with a glass of milk), Twentynine Palms (twenty-nine photographs of palm-readers' signs). Some say something different: None of the Buildings on Sunset Strip. Some reach for a connection with Ruscha himself: 17 Parked Cars in Various Parking Lots Along Pacific Coast Highway Between My House and Ed Ruscha's. With his books, Ruscha expanded the artist's field of permissible subjects, approaches, and methods. With VARIOUS SMALL BOOKS, various artists pay tribute to Ed Ruscha and extend the legacy of his books.
 
The Visual Dictionary of Photography
Author: David Prakel
Publisher: AVA Publishing
Year: 2009 - Pages: 288
The Visual Dictionary of Photography provides clear definitions of key terms and concepts, backed up by hundreds of illustrative examples. Covering practical terms such as Lens Hood and Sheet Film as well as movements and styles such as Pictorialism and the Photosecession, it deals with the terminology of both digital and traditional photography.
 
Visions from America: Photographs from the Whitney Museum of American Art, 1940-2000
Author: Sylvia Wolf
Publisher: Prestel
Year: 2002 - Pages: 240
From the street photographs of the 1950s and 1960s to the postmodern imagery of the 1980s, from photography that addressed identity politics in the early 1990s to the new imaging technologies of the last decade, photography has been at the forefront of artistic innovation in America. As this work demonstrates, its capacity for personal expression, for telling stories, and for documenting facts, makes it a medium of eloquence, relevance and lasting power. The Whitney Museum of American Art, which possesses a comprehensive collection of 20th- and 21st-century American art, has concentrated on expanding its photography collection. Representing the work of more than 40 artists, this volume of over 160 photographs highlights the Whitney's collection and provides photographic visions made by artists living and working in the United States from 1940 to 2000. Accompanying an exhibition at the Whitney, this catalogue offers portraits, landscapes, streetscapes, and genre subjects from both emerging and well-known photographers, including Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, William Eggleston, Lee Friedlander, Nan Goldin, Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Cindy Sherman, Joel Sternfeld, Brett Weston and Garry Winogrand.
 
When They Came to Take My Father: Voices of the Holocaust
Author: Leora Kahn
Publisher: Arcade Publishing
Year: 2012 - Pages: 176
Never in human history has there been an event more horrifying than the Holocaust—the human loss inconceivable, the aftershocks felt for generations. But in the midst of the misery was forged a strength of spirit and humanity that shows in the faces and stories of survivors. Captured here with clarity and truth are fifty images of survival, portraits of the men and women who actually lived through the brutality. The tales of survival vary: the misery of day-to-day existence in the camps; the luxury and guilt of passing as a non-Jew; the ever-mounting dread of having a hiding place raided by the SS; the chaos of families fleeing, broken and scattered. Punctuating the narratives throughout the book are impassioned essays by Abe Foxman, Yaffa Eliach, Anne Roiphe, Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg, Eva Fogelman, and others. An introduction by National Book Award–winner Robert Jay Lifton opens the text. Taken together, this powerful collection of words and images forms a moving testimony to human dignity and a record of history that must never be forgotten.
 
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