642 pages. 400 photographers. “The most influential photographers of the 20th century”.
This book is a true encyclopedia of photographers, from Ansel Adams, past Andreas Gursky and Peter Lindbergh to Alex Webb. Each photographer spans approx. 2 pages, including a short biography, there most known works along with book titles, key facts and exhibitions.
The book is being published by the most renowned art publisher, TASCHEN, its not necessary to comment on the quality as it is excellent. As its available in a hardcover edition in many languages it isn’t something one should pass on buying.
With all this information about such a large spectrum of photographers and styles it is a constant source of inspiration and ideas, packed into such a small format. Covering the most famous, in documentary, street, landscape, fashion etc, it is the book for every photographer. It’s a book to lose yourself in, going through each page, learning and soaking up information. This is one of the books, in which I do always get caught up in.
The official price at €49.99 is by no means cheap, nor did I pay that much. I paid €20 second-hand, which made it quite the steal for me. Whether €49.99 is too much for what is offered in this package is up to ones self. I find that questionable.