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February 1–May 15, John Szarkowski: Photographs is the first retrospective of the esteemed photographer’s work. The exhibition features Szarkowski’s. Looking at Photographs. Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art. Edited with text by John Szarkowski. Museum of Modern Art, New York. John Szarkowski, Looking at Photographs: Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art. New York, The Museum of Modern.

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Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art

Features new duotone reproductions of one hundred landmark photographs from the collection of The Museum of Modern Art that chronicle the historical evolution of the photographic arts in works by Adams, Weston, Stieglitz, Steichen, and other notable photographers.

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I can only echo some photogaphs the reviews already written about this important book, such as the review written by Vladimir Belomestnov and Damon Webster. This is an amazing book, less for the quality of the photographs Which are remarkable and marvelous! Szarkowski lookinng wrote about each photograph. John Szarkowski’s brief essay about each photograph truly opened my eyes to the subject photograph.


First, I would look at a particular photograph in an effort to see what made the photo outstanding. Next, I would read John Szarkowski’s discussion of the piece, and I would see aspects of the photograph that I had not previously seen. Szarkowski here lovingly selects one photograph from each of photographers — photos from the MOMA collection — to illustrate the serpentine history of photography. Some of the photos are extraordinary, others are mundane, but so is the chaotic field of photography.

This handsome book hints at the depth and breadth of the solutions to the question of what is significant in pictures. I have poured over this book again and again. I have lent it to friends. I discover surprises every time I open it. You can read this book for the perceptive essays or you can just look at the pictures. This book satisfies on both counts. This book discusses photographers shots with no artist twice.

They are in approximately chronological order. Following up on each photographer via wikipedia and image search was my roll-my-own version of a History of Photography.

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When I started, I didn’t know that this was what I wanted, but it was. This is a scholarly work by Szarkowski which makes engaging and insightful szarkowsik. Each page is prefaced by a short essay, most of which relate directly to the image.

Occasionally Szarkowski’s narrative seems to veer from the topic, as if he has trouble in identifying what he has to say about the image. That critism aside, and it is a minor one, this book provides a marvellous insight into the creative photogaphic process, and has no real peers. The style contrasts sharply with that of Szarkowski’s other, earlier work – The Photographer’s Eye. Both extend our understanding and knowledge of art.

The quality of reproduction is also good. A survey of the MOMA’s photography collection explores the evolution of the photographic medium using specific examples to illustrate its development. Szarkowski investigates the aesthetic, formal, social and historical issues of photographs selected from the Modern’s collections. I was totally captivated by the photo on the cover when I visited a local library and was browsing. This book has a wonderful selection of iconic photos and information about them.

One page of text, and an adjoining page with an excellent reproduction of the subject photograph. The text is by John S; the photos are by the best photographers. John describes how each photographer and photograph is unique. You want to take your time with this one – I’m reading it slowly, one photo per day, and enjoying the visions and inspiration. One person found this helpful.


Reading this book is like having a personal non-hurried guided tour of significant works at MOMA by an expert curator. The subjects of the discussion of each image is not identical for each one. In most discussions we learn about the history of the photographer. More words are probably used to discuss each photographer’s history than anything else.

The curator’s discussion of why the image is significant, why it works etc, is less even with some images getting a greater discussion about this than others. If indeed I had had a long private tour of these images with Mr. Szarkowski I would have asked more questions about why the individual images “worked” than what the author covered in his discussions. I certainly came away knowing more than when I started this book. See all 45 reviews. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item?

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