[Distributed Books]: Focus on Photography: The Fotografis Bank Austria Collection

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Focus on Photography

The Fotografis Bank Austria Collection

Edited by Toni Stooss 
 

Published by Hirmer Publishers • Distributed by the University of Chicago Press

Publication date: February 28, 2014 240 pages • 131 color duotones • 9 1/4 x 11
  ISBN-13: 978-3-7774-2153-7 • Cloth $49.95

 

From the earliest silver-chloride calotypes of inventor of photography William Henry Fox-Talbot to developments in digital photography and the tiny but surprisingly capable cameras that are a component of every smartphone today, photography has changed dramatically over the past 150 years. As technology has advanced, so too has photography as a living, dynamic art form, as evidenced by the innovative techniques and compositions of contemporary photographic artists.

Drawing on a diverse collection of historical and contemporary photographs held by Bank Austria and on display at the Museum der Moderne Salzburg, Focus on Photography provides a rich visual record of the history of photography. The photographs reproduced here date from the 1840s to the 1970s and include works by Julia Margaret Cameron, Lewis Carroll, André Kertész, Josef Sudek, Eadweard Muybridge, Alexander Rodchenko, Lászlo Moholy-Nagy, Man Ray, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, and Arnulf Rainer, among others, and range from landscapes and portraits to cutting-edge modern compositions. Together, they offer readers a series of invaluable reference points for thinking about of the important trends and developments throughout the history of photography.

A stunning, kaleidoscopic portfolio featuring nearly two centuries of photographic art with representation from among many major movements and figures, Focus on Photography will be welcomed by all with an interest in this powerful medium.

 

Toni Stooss is an art historian and director of the Museum der Moderne Salzburg.

 

Please contact Melinda Kennedy at mkennedy1@press.uchicago.edu or (773) 702-2945 for more information.

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