Author: TODD BRANDOW & WILLIAM A. EWING
Edward Steichen was already a famous painter and photographer in America and abroad when, in early 1923, he was offered the most prestigious position in photography's commercial domain: that of chief photographer for Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Over the next fifteen years, Steichen would produce a body of work of unequalled brilliance, dramatizing and glamorizing contemporary culture and its achievers in politics, literature, film, sport, dance, theatre, opera, and the world of high fashion. Here are iconic images of Gloria Swanson, Gary Cooper, Greta Garbo, and Charlie Chaplin as well as numerous other celebrities drawn from an archive of more than two thousand original prints. Until now, no more than a handful have been exhibited or published in book form. The photographs of the 1920s and 1930s represent the high point in Steichen's career and are among the most striking creations of twentieth-century photography.
Author: ISOBEL CROMBIE
The first comprehensive account of photographer Fred Kruger, a German migrant whose detailed and compelling images draw us into an intimate experience of the Victorian landscape. Isobel Crombie’s fascinating account shows how Kruger’s photographs are complex constructions that are often embedded in the political and social circumstances in which he lived. One of his most notable assignments was to record life at the Aboriginal settlement of Coranderrk in 1876 and 1883. Working at a time when the reserve was in rebellion, Kruger’s vision of Australia as a land of peace and productivity was unsettled by the demands of his assignment.In her engaging narrative, Crombie demonstrates how Kruger’s combination of rich context, strong sense of time and place, and a highly distinctive command of photographic language makes his work so notable in the history of Australian photography.
Author: CHRISTOPHER BONANOS
"Instant photography at the push of a button!" During the 1960s and '70s, Polaroid was the coolest technology company on earth. Like Apple, it was an innovation machine that cranked out one must-have product after another. Led by its own visionary genius founder, Edwin Land, Polaroid grew from a 1937 garage start-up into a billion-dollar pop-culture phenomenon. Instant tells the remarkable tale of Land's one-of-a-kind invention-from Polaroid's first instant camera to hit the market in 1948, to its meteoric rise in popularity and adoption by artists such as Ansel Adams, Andy Warhol, and Chuck Close, to the company's dramatic decline into bankruptcy in the late '90s and its unlikely resurrection in the digital age.
Author: ISOBEL CROMBIE
Jeff Wall is widely acknowledged as one of the most inventive artists of the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. His approach to photography is diverse and ambitious, and embraces an expansive curiosity about photography, image-making and society. Jeff Wall Photographs presents an overview of three decades of outstanding artistic and photographic achievement with twenty-six unforgettable works produced between 1978 and 2010. This landmark Australian publication celebrates an artist whose large and luminous body of work has played a decisive role in establishing photography as the major contemporary art form it is today, and includes insightful contributions from Gary Dufour (Chief Curator and Deputy Director of the Art Gallery of Western Australia), Isobel Crombie (Senior Curator, Photography, National Gallery of Victoria) and Mark Bolland (Senior Lecturer in Photography and Electronic Arts, Dunedin School of Art, New Zealand).
Author: SONTAG SUSAN
Susan Sontag's groundbreaking critique of photography asks forceful questions about the moral and aesthetic issues surrounding this art form. Photographs are everywhere. They have the power to shock, idealize or seduce, they create a sense of nostalgia and act as a memorial, and they can be used as evidence against us or to identify us. In six incisive essays, Sontag examines the ways in which we use these omnipresent images to manufacture a sense of reality and authority in our lives.
Author: PRING ROGER
How did Kodak company get its name? Who invented the Minox spy camera? Were there really fax machines in the mid-19th century? And what would a photographer use Mod Podge for? The answers to all these questions and many, many more are to be found in this intriguing compendium of photographic fascination compiled by Roger Pring. Cloth-bound, packed with arresting images and beautifully typeset by the author himself, Pring’s Photographers Miscellany will make an intriguing gift for all photographers. Dipping into the book will reveal the origins of the photographers craft, tips and tricks of the greats, a host of revealing quotes and fascinating trivia: and you’ll not only be richly entertained, you will certainly learn something you can use next time you shoot.