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From Library Journal
This handsome catalog documents an exhibit at Spain!s Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia devoted to photography and the phenomenon of modernity. As the introductory essay by exhibit curator Fernandez explains, from its invention photography has been a public medium, yet technological advances during the interwar years allowed large-scale reproduction and publication. Arranged alphabetically from Berenice Abbott to Piet Zwart, including Russian constructivists as well as photographers of the American WPA and FSA, each entry discusses the role of a specific photographer, designer, publication, or one of the many influential countries. With appropriately aesthetic graphic design, the volume includes beautifully reproduced color and black-and-white images of newspapers, magazines, books, posters, and other printed material. It offers parallel texts in Spanish and English and is recommended for all appropriate collections with an interest in art photography."James E. Van Buskirk, San Francisco P.L.
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Print Magazine, Winter 2000 –Fred Ritchin
…this book evokes an energetic optimism, a fascination with machines, the human body, and the dynamics of societies in transition.
Edited by Horacio Fernandez.
From its inception, photography has been both a medium of documentation and of artistic creation. However, it did not acquire its standing as a large-scale reproducible and publishable art until the interwar period of this century, when the work of artists and publishers contributed to the creation of an international style. Photography, photomontage, and the photogram were techniques that established a new world of visual communication, a new world of modernity. Fotografa Pblica: Photography in Print chronicles works by artists, from Japan to Mexico, the whole of Europe and the U.S., who produced work of great quality, whether for recording events, artistic experimentation, or propaganda. Beautifully organized and printed, this book presents artist biographies, histories of the publications in which their creations were first published, and a detailed and informative essay by the Horacio Fernandez, curator at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia. Contrary to the 20s and 30s, we now continually receive an overwhelming quantity of visual information which, to a certain extent, is discarded at the same time it is consumed. In this book, the spectator of today can discover the prehistory of his or her sensibility, and will probably find it more extremist, though no less rich and possibly even more exciting.
Includes works by: Alexander Rodchenko Bernice Abbott John Heartfield Herbert Bayer Karl Blossfeldt Eugène Atget
Cecil Beaton Margaret Bourke-White Brassa Alexey Brodovitch Gabriel Casas Bruno and Robert Schultz Walker Evans Augustn Jimnez Andr Kertsz Gustav Klucis Germaine Krull Dorothea Lange El Lissitzky Man Ray Herbert Matter Tina Modotti Lszl Moholy-Nagy Nicolai Prusakov Paul Schuitema Piet Zwart And many others