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In his most recent book, Yoga for People Who Can’t Be Bothered to Do It, Geoff Dyer confessed that not only did he not take pictures in the course of his travels but that he does not even own a camera. With characteristic perver-sity—and trademark originality—Dyer has now come up with an idiosyncratic history of

. . . photography. Seeking to identify their signature styles, Dyer looks at the ways in which such canonical figures as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston, among others, have photographed the same things (barber shops, benches, hands, roads, and signs, for example). In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers—many of whom never met—constantly encounter one another.

Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both. It is the most ambitious example to date of a form of writing that Dyer has made his own: the nonfiction work of art.

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An idiosyncratic study of the fine art of photography analyzes the signature styles of Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston, describing how each photographer depicted subjects, what the images reveal about the underlying idea, and the power and impact of photography on viewers. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.

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Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both.

Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things—barber shops, benches, hands, roads, signs–award-winning writer Geoff Dyer seeks to identify their signature styles. In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers–many of whom never met–constantly encounter one another. The result is a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780307539199
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Photography : History
Author:
DYER, GEOFF
Author:
Geoff Dyer
Subject:
History
Subject:
Photography-Anthologies and History
Subject:
main_subject
Subject:
all_subjects
Publication Date:
20070313
Binding:
ELECTRONIC
Language:
English
Pages:
285

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"Synopsis" by , An idiosyncratic study of the fine art of photography analyzes the signature styles of Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston, describing how each photographer depicted subjects, what the images reveal about the underlying idea, and the power and impact of photography on viewers. Reprint. 12,500 first printing.
"Synopsis" by , Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both.

Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things—barber shops, benches, hands, roads, signs–award-winning writer Geoff Dyer seeks to identify their signature styles. In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers–many of whom never met–constantly encounter one another. The result is a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.

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