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The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography

Nathalie Herschdorfer

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The definitive dictionary covering all aspects of photography, with scrupulous curation both of the entries and their accompanying illustrations

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In one single, elegant volume, this publication features over 300 iconic photographs and contains more than 1,200 concise yet fully detailed entries on all aspects of the subject. Though much information can today be found online, locating it takes time and sources can have questionable provenance and uncertain academic credentials. All previous dictionaries of photography are now outdated, as well, focusing either on the famous and influential practitioners of the genre or presented as mere glossaries of technical terms. This landmark publication is the culmination of ten years of development and research. Working with an international expert panel of 150 consultants and 77 researchers, Nathalie Herschdorfer has triumphed in creating the first source of information for all scholars, practitioners and collectors of photography to turn to in the future.

• The essential, definitive reference on more than 180 years of photography in one authoritative volume

• More than 1,200 concise yet highly informative and fully cross-referenced entries on the art, history, science, masters and proponents of photography – from ‘Abbas’ to ‘Zoom lens’

• Illustrated throughout with over 300 photographs and diagrams, including major works that have defined the genre

• Fresh scholarship by an international team of 77 researchers

• Elegant, modern design.

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'A landmark publication for photography and one that will be read for years to come'
Black & White Photography

'Built from the ground up, with contributions from the world’s most trusted experts, this is an indispensable resource for new readers and professionals alike. The dictionary artfully presents just the right amount of information, with entries on artists and subjects not found in any other volume'
Phillip Prodger, Head of Photographs, National Portrait Gallery

'Painstakingly well-researched … a pleasure to read'
Amateur Photographer

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 30.7 x 20.0 cm

Extent: 440 pp

Publication date: 26 October 2015

ISBN: 9780500544471

About the Author

Nathalie Herschdorfer is an author and curator specialised in photography. She is the director of the Museum of Fine Arts Le Locle, Switzerland, and a curator with FEP (Foundation for the Exhibition of Photography). She has written a number of books amongst which are Afterwards, The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography, Coming into Fashion and reGeneration, all published by Thames & Hudson.

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