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Photo Icons. 50 Landmark Photographs and Their Stories

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From Nicéphore Niépce’s 1827 eight-hour-exposure rooftop pictures to the horror of Nick Ut’s “napalm girl,” the 50 photographs in this collection have defined eras, made history, or touched something so fundamentally human that they have become resonant icons around the world. Each image goes under the microscope, revealing the history of the medium and its social, historical, and artistic impact.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.15 lb432 pages
Photo Icons. 50 Landmark Photographs and Their Stories

Photo Icons. 50 Landmark Photographs and Their Stories

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The Shot

The stories behind history’s most extraordinary photographs

Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world. The most successful images enter our collective consciousness, defining eras, making history, or simply touching something so fundamentally human and universal that they have become resonant icons all over the globe. To explore this unique influence, Photo Icons puts some of the most important photographic landmarks under the microscope.

From some of the earliest photography, such as Nicéphore Niépce’s 1827 eight-hour-exposure rooftop picture and Louis Daguerre’s famous 1838 street scene, through to Martin Parr, this is as much a history of the medium as a case-by-case analysis of its social, historical, and artistic impact. We take in experimental Surrealist shots of the 1920s and the gritty photorealism of the 1930s, including Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother.

We witness the power-makers (Che Guevara) and the heartbreakers (Marilyn Monroe) as well as the great gamut of human emotions and experiences to which photography bears such vivid witness: from the euphoric Kiss in Front of City Hall (1950) by Doisneau to the horror of Nick Ut’s Napalm Against Civilians showing nine-year-old Phan Thi Kim Phúc running naked toward the camera from South Vietnamese napalm.
The author

Hans-Michael Koetzle, born 1953, is a Munich-based freelance author and journalist, focusing mainly on history and the aesthetics of photography. He has published numerous books on photography, including Die Zeitschrift twen (1995), Photo Icons (2001), Das Lexikon der Fotografen (2002), René Burri (2004), Photographers A-Z (2011) and Dr. Paul Wolff & Tritschler (2019).

Photo Icons. 50 Landmark Photographs and Their Stories
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm0.98 kg432 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-7774-8

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-7772-4

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-7773-1

Edition: French
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Jean-Jacques,October 28, 2021
Very nice photos

Great history book

Xavier,October 27, 2021
If you're looking for a reference book in the world of photography, this is the one for you !

Lovely book and can't beat the price

John,October 27, 2021
For a photography nut, this is a must-have. Great value for some of the world's greatest photos and their stories.

Maravilloso libro

Mireia,October 27, 2021
Si eres amante de la fotografía, este es tu libro. Las fotos más icónicas con todos los datos curiosos relacionados con ellas. Una maravilla que sin duda recomiendo.

Photo Icons

Olivier,October 27, 2021
Pour les pressés qui veulent avoir une vision périphérique de l'histoire de la photo a travers les 50 plus grandes photographies, forcement subjectif, forcément bien !

Maravilloso libro

Mireia,October 27, 2021
Si eres amante de la fotografía, este es tu libro. Las fotos más icónicas con todos los datos curiosos relacionados con ellas. Una maravilla que sin duda recomiendo.