50 Photo Icons. The Story Behind The Pictures

50 Photo Icons. The Story Behind The Pictures

Landmarks in the history of photography The stories behind history's most extraordinary photographs Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world and influencing our perceptions of reality To demonstrate the unique and profound influence on culture and society that photographs have Photo Icons puts the most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope Each chapter of this special edition focuses on a single image which is described and analyzed in detail in aesthetic historical and artistic contexts The book begins with the very first permanent images Nic?phore Ni?pce s 1827 eighthourexposure rooftop picture and Louis Daguerre s famous 1839 street scene and takes the reader up through the present day via the avantgarde photography of the 1920s and works such as Dorothea Lange s Migrant Mother 1936 Robert Doisneau s Kiss in Front of City Hall 1950 and Martin Parr s New European photography