12 AT WAR: Great Photographers Under Fire by Robert Hood

12 AT WAR: Great Photographers Under Fire

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The title, the Jacket, the subject have such an immediate attraction, and the twelve (with one possible exception) are such distinct individuals that you can overlook the frequently fulsome treatment and the inadequate sampling of photographs in the confidence that any youngster will be back for more, probably for the autobiographies referred to in the text, certainly for collections of photos. The pioneers are Roger Fenton, the ""founding father,"" at Crimea, Matthew Brady during the Civil War, Jimmy Hare, the flamboyant action photographer who went everywhere, Andre Kertesz, the soldier who made the first candid shots; following them are Margaret Bourke-White, Edward Steichen, Carl Mydans, David Douglas Duncan, and Horst Faas (Vietnam); in a class by themselves are David Seymour, Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Capa. We see a photo of each and three or four of his pictures, learn something of his life, his achievements, his aims--an introduction only, and both the tone and the format are rather Juvenile, but the power of the subject penetrates and it might do especially well with kids who are wary of adult books.

Pub Date: Nov. 1st, 1967
Publisher: Putnam