The History of Photography.
By Beaumont Newhall.
Museum of Modern Art, New York, 2010. 320 pp., 287 duotone and 17 color illustrations, 8x11".
Since its first publication in 1937, this lucid and scholarly chronicle
of the history of photography has been hailed as the classic work
on the subject. No other book and no other author have managed
to relate the aesthetic evolution of the art of photography
to its technical innovations with such an absorbing combination
of clarity, scholarship and enthusiasm. Through more than 300
works by such master photographers asWilliam Henry Fox Talbot,
Timothy O’Sullivan, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugène Atget, Peter
Henry Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Alvin Langdon
Coburn,Man Ray, EdwardWeston, Dorothea Lange,Walker Evans,
Ansel Adams, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan,
MinorWhite, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus, author Beaumont
Newhall presents a fascinating, comprehensive study of the significant
trends and developments in the medium since the first
photographs were made in 1839. New selections added to the
fifth edition include photographs made in color, from hand-tinted
daguerreotypes of 1850 to turn-of-the-century autochromes by
Edward Steichen, to works by contemporary masters such as Eliot
Porter, Ernst Haas,William Eggleston, Stephen Shore and Joel