About the Book
Portrait. Nature. Art. Documentary. A look at some of the world’s most iconic photographs invites viewers to focus on the medium’s place in art and history.
Photographs can be beautiful or harrowing, honest or manipulative, dramatic or comforting. Photos Framed explores twenty-seven of the most important and vivid photos taken over the medium’s history, from a formal portrait of Louis Daguerre taken in 1844 to a candid shot of a Cuban girl and her doll in 2011. Readers are invited to use their powers of observation to zoom in on photographic elements, blow up details of the subject matter, think about the big picture, and pan out on the photographer. Photos Framed will open viewers’ eyes to the art of photography and its power to tell a story.
My Take on the Book
If you take photographs and are interested in the process of taking photographs at various angles, using different lighting, and interesting subjects, I encourage you to take a look at this book. There are 27 images in this book. The images are portraits, nature, photography as art, and documentary. Each page has a single photograph and then the author has written information about the photographer, information about how the photograph was taken, and then questions for the reader to ponder.
The reader will notice many photographs that have become popular over the years: there is the young Afghan girl with her green eyes, Ansel Adam's Snake River, the wedding of Kate and William, and even photographs from the first moon landing. If you take photographs I am sure you will learn from Ruth Thomson's explanations on each page that accompanies each photograph.
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