The Oxford Companion to the Photograph

Author(s): Robin Lenman (ed.)

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Global in scope, this work focuses on the technology, history, and practice of photography, from its origins to the digital era. It also includes a bibliography, a chronology, a list of websites, and an index.

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The book is lavishly produced on high quality paper with an attractive layout. This is the most comprehensive and knowledgeable survey of the art of photography to have appeared and, at GBP40, its price less than half what I would have expected. This book deserves a place on the shelves of every serious photographer. Graham Saxby FRPS. Royal Photographic Society Journal The scope is breathtaking...Despite its being a reference book, the Companion contains much excellent writing to lure readers into appreciating its literary merit...an invaluable book Christopher Ondaatje, Times Higher Education Supplement Overall, I recommend this book strongly as a useful and wide-ranging reference source on photographers, photgraphic movements and styles. Photographica World The explanations are excellent. Even some of the more technical terms are easy to understand and the short histories of many of the great photographers are an excellent entree into their lives and work. I shall be keeping a copy of this book close to my desk as I am sure that it will become a constant and reliable point of reference. Ben Brain, Amateur Photographer It is a handsome volume, and a useful one.' Paul Ryan, Art Quarterly The Oxford Companion is a massive, and massively ambitious, volume. Five years in the making, 800 pages long and containing more than 1600 entries by an impressive international array of academics, curators and independent critics, it is as comprehensive as you could hope from such a book. Its geographical scope is especially impressive.' Brian Dillon, FT Magazine S00pendous...this is one of the most lavish and exquisitely printed volumes I think I have ever seen, and practially a work of art in itself. Several things set this Companion apart from other reference books. The most strikingis the sheer breadth of its range. There are the plates...every one of them good enough to eat.' Katie Hickman, Literary Review Extravagant in size, exorbitant in price, too many photography books contradict the century-long drift of the art towards lightness and spontaneity. Sometimes, however, quality justifies bulk, as with the landmark Oxford Companion to the Photograph Written with all the authority and illustrated with the breadth you would hope for from its patronm this grand slab ranks alongside its definitive Oxford stablemates. Boyd Tonkin, The Independent Informative and neatly designed dictionary/guide to the history and art of taking pictures. Prudence Hone, The Guardian Unique, totally relevant, and helps define a medium Ralph Gibson I was going to review a different book this month, but when the Oxford Companion to the Photograph arrived in the post, I just had to tell everyone about it. It's brilliant. Professional Photographer

Introduction and Acknowledgements; Editors and Contributors; Contents; The Oxford Companion to the Photograph A-Z; Chronology; List of Websites; Select Bibliography; Index of People and Companies; Picture Acknowledgements

General Fields

  • : 9780198662716
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : Oxford University Press
  • : 3.247
  • : October 2005
  • : 276mm X 219mm X 53mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robin Lenman (ed.)
  • : Hardback
  • : good-very good
  • : 792
  • : 48 pp colour plates, black and white photographs throughout and numerous line drawings