Seeing that its first book in 1937, this lucid and scholarly chronicle of the historical past of images has been hailed because the vintage paintings at the topic. No different booklet and no different writer have controlled to narrate the classy evolution of the artwork of images to its technical techniques with such an soaking up mix of readability, scholarship and exuberance. via greater than two hundred works by means of such grasp photographers as William Henry Fox Talbot, Timothy O'Sullivan, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugene Atget, Peter Henry Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Alvin Langdon Coburn, guy Ray, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan, Minor White, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus, writer Beaumont Newhall provides a desirable, complete examine of the numerous tendencies and advancements within the medium because the first photos have been made in 1839.

Beaumont Newhall (1908-1993) used to be an influential curator, paintings historian, author and photographer. In 1935 he grew to become the Librarian on the Museum of recent paintings, big apple. In 1940, he turned the 1st Director of MoMA's images division. He served as Curator of the foreign Museum of images on the George Eastman condo from 1948 to 1958, then as its Director from 1958 to 1971. whereas on the Eastman condominium, Newhall was once chargeable for accumulating one of many maximum photographic collections on this planet.

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