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This Focal Press book, Photography in 100 Words Exploring the Art of Photography with Fifty of its Greatest Masters aims to answer the question "what is photography?" Author David Clark has selected 50 iconic images by some of the world's greatest photographers and asked them to explain how the pictures were made. From these interviews he has chosen 100 words - two from each photographer - that encapsulates their philosophy, and which are picked out in bold in the text. Martin Parr, for example, likes to capture ambiguity in many of his images, whereas David Bailey hopes for the perfect accident. For Harry Benson a news picture must have a sense of crisis while reportage photographer Paolo Pellegrin sees his role as that of a witness. And while Harry Cory Wright strives for completeness in his landscapes, Michael Kenna is drawn to the idea of suggestion.
The highlighted words work on two levels. As well as giving insights into iconic images from the photographers who took them, they build over the course of the book into a unique creative lexicon of the photographic medium - one which crystallizes its many aims and functions, perspectives, and meanings. Thought-provoking, insightful, and inspirational, Photography in 100 Words will appeal to all photographers and anyone who seeks a better understanding of the medium.
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