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The first four volumes in the new Aperture History of Photography Series, each presenting a sequence of memorable images by a distinguished photographer, briefly prefaced and unencumbered by captions--which follow at the close, along with a chronology and selected bibliography. Cartier-Bresson introduces his own work with a few terse, encompassing observations; Stieglitz disciple Dorothy Norman portrays the master's career, touchstone by touchstone, as the enactment of a creed; David Fuess is informative but not particularly illuminating about Wynn Bullock; Rudolph Wurlitzer briefly paraphrases Robert Frank's pictures. But in any case it's the photographs, in carefully articulated order, that speak to the observer--shown singly, in a neat 8 x 8 format (bound in paper over boards), and reproduced (given the dimensions and the cost) with uncommon clarity and richness. Interspersed with the Stieglitz icons are images seldom if ever reproduced; Cartier-Bresson's world of experience is available to ponder over. An auspicious outreach to the general public and a sure way for the photo-shy to discover what the shouting's been about.

Publisher: Aperture