This book has more of the appearance of a catalogue than a text book. Large print and full page photographs means the temptation just to dip in and read small parts is to be resisted. But by comparison to Sontag very much  a light read. Similar to Cotton’s book (The Photograph as Contemporary Art) the chapters are grouped into easy bite sized morsels with an introduction to the topic and then each photographer illustrated having one, two or three pages in which to showcase their contribution to the subject. Its better than Cotton in that the photographers can show more than one image, but also fails as fewer photographers are illustrated overall thus relying heavily that those chosen are the most contemporary of their field.

If anything this book will age quicker because of this, being more of a snapshot of the time it was printed than a book of lasting value.



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