History of Photography Book/Textbook

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  1. Aquarium Dreams

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    Has anyone read one or know of one that is used in college classes? There are quite a few on Amazon, so I'm wondering which ones people here like.
     
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    As you say, there are lots of books on the subject (and I have quite a few of them).
    The thing to remember is that they all contain the same information so they will all get you through a College class (but it's worth asking your tutor for a recommendation).
    Buying your own is a matter of choice dictated by prose style, approach and cost.
    Approach is probably the biggy. Different books look at different aspect so you get a slightly different view (as well as some different pictures and photographers).
    A good one to start with covering most things well is Photography by Ian Jeffrey ( http://www.thamesandhudson.com/books/Photography/9780500201879.mxs/27/0/ ). Thames & Hudson actually do a cracking good selection of books and they are all worth a browse.
    Another good one (but I think it is out of print) is The Birth of Photography by Brian Coe (one time curator of the Kodak Museum).
    I have one or two others I like to use in conjunction with these - in particular a French history which gives you a whole new view on the subject and introduces you to lots of great photographers you've never heard of.
    The bottom line is: haunt second hand bookshops and buy all the HoP books you can afford. They will all be useful ;)
     
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    Thanks Hertz. I'm not using this for any class-- unfortunately, none on this subject are available where I live. I'll probably start out with the Ian Jeffrey book and A World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum. [ame]http://www.amazon.com/World-History-Photography-Naomi-Rosenblum/dp/0789203294/ref=sr_1_1/102-8774412-7587336?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1176777372&sr=1-1[/ame] One review said, "there are no author's opinions, or philosophical discussions in this book, just facts," which is exactly the approach I'm looking for to start off. I really do need to get out to the used bookstore more often.. now that I work in a retail bookstore, I haven't been prowling around the used bookstores or the shelves at Goodwill like I used to!
     

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