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For the reason that its first book in 1937, this lucid and scholarly chronicle of the historical past of images has been hailed because the vintage paintings at the topic. No different publication and no different writer have controlled to narrate the cultured evolution of the artwork of images to its technical techniques with such an soaking up blend of readability, scholarship and exuberance. via greater than 2 hundred works through such grasp photographers as William Henry Fox Talbot, Timothy O'Sullivan, Julia Margaret Cameron, Eugene Atget, Peter Henry Emerson, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Alvin Langdon Coburn, guy Ray, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Walker Evans, Ansel Adams, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Harry Callahan, Minor White, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus, writer Beaumont Newhall offers a desirable, accomplished research of the numerous traits and advancements within the medium because the first pictures have been made in 1839.

Beaumont Newhall (1908-1993) used to be an influential curator, paintings historian, author and photographer. In 1935 he turned the Librarian on the Museum of recent paintings, big apple. In 1940, he turned the 1st Director of MoMA's images division. He served as Curator of the overseas Museum of images on the George Eastman condo from 1948 to 1958, then as its Director from 1958 to 1971. whereas on the Eastman condo, Newhall was once liable for gathering one of many maximum photographic collections on this planet.

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