Jubilee. 30 Years ESHPH.
Congress of Photography in Vienna.
By Anna Auer and Uwe Schogl.
528 pp., 200 black & white and color illustrations, 9x10½".
For anyone with an interest in the history of photography, this hefty – and fascinating – volume is a must-have. Compiled to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the European Society for the History of Photography, it’s a compendium of illustrated essays that reflect the society’s focus on the appreciation of the photographic image from an interdisciplinary point of view. What that means here are well-written pieces on topics ranging from hand-colored photography in the 19th century Asia, to the contemporary landscape photography of the Becher school, to Albert Stieglitz’s lantern slides of Europe, to the debate on the use of photos taken at Auschwitz. Impeccably designed and printed, a reference work to be treasured.