New York in Photobooks (英語) ペーパーバック – 2017/3/28
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The capital of the 20th century in photobooks, from Berenice Abbott to Thomas Roma
New York in Photobooks gathers and studies a selection of images of the capital of the 20th century, one of the most photogenic and most photographed cities in history. Through a wealth of gorgeous reproductions of photobook spreads, the city of skyscrapers is captured from the zenith of its construction in the 1930s to the destruction of the World Trade Center in 2001, alongside the urban life of the New Yorkers themselves, in images that epitomize the very genre of street photography.
Many of these books are the work of European and Japanese photographers, who discovered multiple perspectives--cultural, social, economic--from which to view the city that shaped the 20th century.
Alongside texts by numerous photography scholars, classics of the photobook canon by photographers such as Berenice Abbott, Nobuyoshi Araki, Cecil Beaton, Mario Bucovich, Roy DeCarava, Bruce Davidson, Raymond Depardon, Juan Fresan, Bruce Gilden, Gyorgy Lorinczy, Lewis Hine, Evelyn Hofer, Karol Kallay, Andre Kertesz, William Klein, Helen Levitt, Danny Lyon, Daido Moriyama, Ugo Mulas, Robert Rauschenberg, Kees Scherer, Aaron Siskind, Weegee, Kojima Yasutaka and Ruiko Yoshida are included.
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The first book (or rather a forty-eight page brochure) is the 1931 published 'Empire State' with photos about its construction, eleven other books, including Abbott's 'Changing New York', Weegee's 'Naked City' and Klein's 'Life is good for you in New York' take the reader up to 1960. The remaining thirty-seven books run up to 2002 with last one the Swiss published 'Here is New York' dealing with 9/11.
What I liked about this book is the chance to see foreign published ones with the work of photographers I hadn't heard of but oddly there is nothing from Andreas Feininger who had at least two books of his city photos published.
It's unfortunate that this is a paperback with the pictures printed in four-color black using a 175 screen. I would have happily paid more for a larger book using a good art paper for better reproduction of these fascinating New York photobooks.