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'The most important photography book, ever.' (Practical Photography) 'Possibly the best reference book of the year. No photographer should be without this on their bookshelf.' (Amateur Photographer) 'Lush collection of images... By arranging the 500 plates in alphabetical order there are, of course, a number of uncomfortable contrasts, the clearly staged positioned hard by pieces of traumatising reportage. But that only adds to the impact...' (Observer) 'This is a slab of a book and a slab worth having...impeccably organised...Each plate is accompanied by witty text.' (The Times) 'Phaidon has published a miracle of clarity, surprise and information in this collection... Comprehensive and witty, beautifully produced and impeccably organised - if you can afford only one book on the subject, this has to be it...' (The Times ) 'ThePhotography Book ... is the welcome successor to Phaidon's Twentieth Century Art Book ... Its scope provides an invaluable starting point for further study, with a useful glossary of technical terms and stylistic movements.' (World of Interiors) 'The authority in both the selection and the thumbnail sketch to each comes from the author, as Ian Jeffrey's reputation as an informed photography critic is unlikely to be challenged...one side pleasure of the book, giving the informed viewer a chance to opinionate, too, both on status of photographers and the single image to represent them...Jeffrey's biographical notes are admirable in the way they outline both the photographer and the style his/her picture illuminates. For anyone interested in the photographic image (any reader out there who is not?), this book is a treasury of both confirmation and discovery. The A-Z potted-facts presentation style is a godsend to any writer or researcher. Monochrome, duotone and colour reproduction are of high quality, layout is excellent. Can you afford to pass it over?' (The Photographic Journal) 'We gobbled up The Art Book for its ingenuity and value, and now The Photography Book... repeats the formula...' (Insight) 'So how much do you think it would cost: GBP40? GBP50? Actually it's only GBP25, which wins it my vote for the bargain of the year. I've seen dozens of lesser books at twice that price. Frankly, this should be number one on every book-loving photographer's Christmas list- and if you like art in general, check out the previous two titles in this series.' (Amateur Photographer) 'The Guide's editorial team recommends some potential Christmas presents - the books they would like to give to their families and friends, or keep for themselves: The Photography Book.' (The Good Book Guide) 'Fabulous photographs and an illuminating text - this is a must for anyone interested in photographic art.' (Ideal Home) 'The definitive A-Z of the world's top 500 photographers.' (Harper's and Queen) 'One of the season's outstanding books and one that will give lasting pleasure...The spread of subject, composition, angle and message is prodigious: browsing through page after page will amuse and entertain, shock and startle - and leave a deep sense of admiration for the international camera artists whose work is on display.' (The Keswick Reminder) 'A fabulous token of love. Beautifully packaged and printed...' (The Times) 'No debate about the season's star title...Phaidon has followed up the triumph of The Art Book with The Photography Book... A shrewd commentary supplies some cross references and invites readers to configure their own patterns of the past.' (Independent Saturday Magazine) 'Now we are ecstatic. The latest offering is The Photo Book, The Art Book's answer to the photography world...catering for absolute beginners and experts alike. Magnificent.' (What's On in London) 'The ultimate collection of moving stills. This hefty tome should be on everyone's shopping list. We all went out and bought one - have you?' (Practical Photography) 'A fabulous coffee table...' (The Sunday Telegraph ) 'Filled with the most amazing photo
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Ian Jeffrey is a photography writer, lecturer and curator. His other books include Magnum Landscape (Phaidon, 1997), Portraits of Artists (2000) and Revisions: An Alternative History of Photography (1999). He has organized various photographic exhibitions, among them 'The Real Thing' at the Hayward Gallery in 1974 and 'Landscape in Britain 1850-1950', which was held at the Hayward in 1983.