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20th Century Photography

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Cologne’s Museum Ludwig boasts one of the world’s most famous collections of photography. The first contemporary art museum to devote a substantial section to international photography, we traverse its rich collection of the most remarkable shots of the last century. Discover more than 850 highlighted works in this tidy volume, covering one hundred years of innovation, evolution, and inspiration.
Hardcover5.5 x 7.7 in.2.50 lb760 pages
“Defining images of photographic art in the 20th century which kept me turning the 750+ pages with enthusiasm for many an hour.”
Photo Art International
20th Century Photography

20th Century Photography


From Ansel Adams to Piet Zwart

The Museum Ludwig’s handbook of photography in the 20th century

The history of photography began nearly 200 years ago, but only relatively recently has it been fully recognized as a medium in its own right. Cologne’s Museum Ludwig was the first museum of contemporary art to devote a substantial section to international photography. The L. Fritz Gruber collection, from which this book is drawn, is one of the most important in Germany and one of the most representative anywhere in the world, constituting the core of the museum’s holdings.

This book provides a fascinating insight into the collection’s rich diversity; from conceptual art to abstraction to reportage, all of the major movements and genres are represented via a vast selection of the 20th century’s most remarkable photographs. From Ansel Adams to Piet Zwart, over 850 works are presented in alphabetical order by photographer, with descriptive texts and photographers’ biographical details, providing a comprehensive and indispensable overview of 20th-century photography.
20th Century Photography
Hardcover14 x 19.5 cm1.14 kg760 pages

ISBN 978-3-8365-4102-2

Edition: English

ISBN 978-3-8365-4104-6

Edition: Spanish

ISBN 978-3-8365-4105-3

Edition: French
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7 Ratings

Interesting selection

Ivan,November 4, 2021
An interesting selection of photographers and their work. It can be used as a historical book but also as a very big catalogue of the Museum Cologne. Some very interesting photographers that are almost obscure await inside accompanied by some of the greats. A book for people who want to broaden their photographic horizon in small bits.

Essential read

Konstantinos,October 29, 2021
Essential for the study of the 20th century. Interesting photos that can make you feel several kind of feelings..

Great additions to photo library

David,October 28, 2021
Comprehensive and well produced, works even though the book format is on the small side.

New information

Petra,October 27, 2021
Another amazing additon to my library and ordering from TASCHEN is always great way of shopping for new books. All you need to know about 20th Century Photography

Awesome book!

Răzvan,October 27, 2021
I enjoyed this title for the overview about 20th century photography. It's really usefull.