Author(s): Paul Lowe (General Editor)
Packed with information that will entertain, inform, educate, and surprise you. This is an unmissable gallery of breathtaking photographs and is an essential reference for all lovers of photography. Is photography art, documentary, or both Should images simply reveal the world we live in, or provoke us to think, act, and react A visually arresting reference, 1001 Photographs You Must See Before You Die is an invaluable guide to the history and practice of photography. Sweeping through the arts, fashion, society, war, peace, science, and nature, the images in this enticing book are as eye-catching as the commentary is engaging. Some you have seen, others will be unfamiliar, but what all the photographs have in common is their ability to move you, shock you, and open up the notion of what it is to be human. Organised chronologically by the date that each image was made, and featuring a reproduction of each photograph, the selection provides some fascinating and unexpected juxtapositions. Insightful text uncovers the creative process behind each image, revealing its visual, aesthetic, and historic significance, Why was the photograph taken Was it set up What was the intention How did the world react? From Fox Talbot to Nick Knight, from Roger Fenton to William Eggleston, and from Cartier Bresson to Diane Arbus, all the photographers featured in this book transgressed the boundaries of the camera with a skill and spirit that helped to develop their field into a highly evocative art form. In a world where millions of snapshots are taken every day, these exquisite images stand out for their eye-catching content and technical prowess, provoking reactions that range from joy, exasperation, and horror to fascination, repulsion and ecstasy. Uncovering the compelling tales behind the lens, this comprehensive global encyclopaedia reveals how this powerful art form has shaped the modern world.
Paul Lowe is an award-winning photographer whose work has appeared in a wide range of publications, including Time, Newsweek, Life, The Sunday Times Magazine, the Observer, and The Independent. He has covered breaking news the world over, including the fall of the Berlin Wall, the release of Nelson Mandela, the conflict in former Yugoslavia, and the destruction of Grozny. He is currently Course Director of the Masters program in Photojournalism and Documentary Photography at the London College of Communication, University of the Arts London, and a consultant to the World Press Photo Foundation in Amsterdam regarding the online education of professional photojournalists in the world.