A Sourcebook of Critical Texts 1921–2000
From László Moholy-Nagy writing on avant-garde photography in the 1920s to Joanna Sassoon’s discussion of the negative effects of digital reproduction of ‘material’ photographs, Sri-Kartini Leet presents over 100 extracts arranged by 18 themes including portraiture, the nude, commercial practice, landscape and the photograph as a cultural document. Leet introduces each chapter and provides notes setting every selection in context and briefly profiling its author.
Postcard From The Past
The postcard shows charming views of the Yorkshire Dales, but the sender writes, 'Huge hordes of wild sheep, cows and rabbits ready to attack at any time'; and on the back of four views of Weymouth, one word: 'Murder'. Tom Jackson describes this book of holiday postcards, with captions taken from their messages, as 'a collection of very short and cryptic stories set in that drowned Atlantis of the sixties and seventies'.
Then and Now
Matching archive images of the landmarks of Paris with photographs taken from the same viewpoints today, this book captures the changes that have taken place in the French capital from the heady days of the Belle Epoque. Here are the great monuments such as Notre Dame and the Arc de Triomphe, alongside the atmospheric old streets of the Marais and the Left Bank. A detailed colour map shows the location of every view.
Irreplaceable: A History of England in 100 Places
Launched by Historic England and Ecclesiastical, the History of England in 100 Places project called on the public to nominate sites that have played a crucial role in the nation’s science, industry, arts and culture. The final list, selected by a team of judges including Tanni Grey-Tompson, Monica Ali, Mary Beard and Tristram Hunt, includes both familiar landmarks such as Stonehenge and St Paul’s, and lesser-known but crucially important places such as the ICI research laboratory in Widnes.
German Photographic Cultures Across The Iron Curtain
From 1955, when Edward Steichen’s touring exhibition The Family of Man opened in West Berlin, and Bertolt Brecht’s Kriegsfibel (‘War Primer’) was published in the East, to the 1980s, this study examines five documentary projects by photographers Karl Pawek, Evelyn Richter, Rudolf Schäfer, Bernd and Hilda Becher and Michael Schmidt, looking at their work in relation to a world transformed by the Holocaust and the ideological, cultural and technological impact of the Cold War.
The Camera as Historian
Amateur Photographers and Historical Imagination, 1885–1918
Elizabeth Edwards's study of the nature of photography and its role in the historical imagination focuses on the British photographic survey movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Her research has uncovered 73 of these surveys and looks in detail at 17, exploring a body of work that includes images of buildings, cultural events and traditions, working life and soldiers, but which has been largely ignored by historians of photography.
The Nude in Photography
The first photographic nudes of the mid 19th century took their cue from classical sources, but as the medium developed, artists such as Alfred Stieglitz and Edward Weston developed new ways of looking at the human form. This well-curated survey is drawn from the collection of the J Paul Getty Museum and contains 78 works by artists ranging from Thomas Eakins and Man Ray to Diane Arbus and Robert Mapplethorpe.
Last Days of Steam on the LMS & BR
A Railwayman's Memoirs
Rod Fowkes grew up a couple of miles from the country's biggest marshalling yard at Toton, between Nottingham and Derby, inspiring a love of the railways that encouraged him to sign on as a junior porter at Trent station in 1956. He spent the first 20 years of a long railway career in the London Midland Region and this memoir recalls operations during the 1950s and 1960s and includes many photographs, railway correspondence and paperwork.
Classic Modern Traction in Action
Diesels and electrics of the 1950s to the 1980s increasingly kindle nostalgia among railway enthusiasts. Taken during the 1980s, the 150 colour photographs in this collection give a snapshot of the network at that time, with modern traction operating across the country, mostly in BR blue or InterCity liveries; and, as they capture the trains within their working environments, the pictures also reveal changes in lineside features and infrastructure.
Italian Renaissance Architecture
Theorized by artists such as Filippo Brunelleschi and Leon Battista Alberti, Italian Renaissance architecture adapted Greco- Roman architectonic forms to the churches, palaces and villas of its own era and profoundly influenced the styles and trends of following centuries, throughout Europe and in other parts of the world. Arranged by structural type, major architects and geography, and richly documented with contemporary plans and drawings and modern photographs, this is a magnificent survey of 100 Renaissance buildings. Text in English, French, German and Dutch.