20th Century Photography

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Photography's history began nearly 200 years ago. It was only recently that is has been fully recognized as a medium in its own right. The first museum of contemporary art to devote a substantial section to international photography was Cologne's Museum Ludwig. The L. Fritz Gruber collection, from which this book is drawn, is one of the most important in Germany and one of the most representative anywhere in the world, constituting the core of the museum’s holdings.

From Ansel Adams to Piet Zwart, over 850 works are presented by photographer in alphabetical order, with descriptive texts and photographers’ biographical details, providing a comprehensive and indispensable overview of 20th century photography. This book provides a fascinating insight into the collection's rich diversity; from reportage to abstraction to conceptual art. All of the major genres and movements are represented in this vast selection of the century's most important photographs. 

This book is essential for photography students, educators, professionals and enthusiasts.

Sized at 5.8 x 8 x 1.9 inches, this compact format is anything but skimpy. Hard bound with jacket and more than 500 pages, the books in Taschen's Bibliotheca Universalis series are a great value for the book collector looking to curate a rich library of art.

Hardcover with jacket, 760 pages

"Defining images of photographic art which kept me turning the 750+ pages with enthusiasm for many an hour.” — Photo Art International, London