Photography as Fine Art

Bryan Holme, Other Lawrence Hill Books $16.95 (224p) ISBN 978-0-940595-01-9
This historical survey of art photography presents over 175 reproductions of classic and contemporary photographs, including work by Steichen, Stieglitz, Weston, Cartier-Bresson, Man Ray and Penn. Its stated purpose is the acceptance of photography as fine art, a point about which the photographic community can never seem to say enough. One wonders why insecurity expressed here exists about a collection marked by such talent, sensitivity and imagination. Indeed, Davis's introduction ends on a note of eye-rolling pomposty (""photography is finer than art''). Still, he admirably traces the medium's early development and its earliest polemicists and practitioners. (April)
Reviewed on: 01/01/1983
Release date: 01/01/1983
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