“There is a terrible truthfulness about photography": First Edition of John Szarkowski's The Photographer's Eye; Inscribed by Him

  • The Photographer’s Eye.

The Photographer’s Eye.


Item Number: 1115

New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1966.

First edition. Square quarto, original cloth. Inscribed by the author to Robert Lewis; former head of the Yale School of Drama, author, actor, and founder of the Actor’s Studio, “with warm good regards.” Near fine in a very good price-clipped dust jacket. The black jacket almost inevitably shows wear, this is a very nice example with only light wear.

From 1962 to 1991 Szarkowski was the Director of Photography at New York's Museum of Modern Art. The Photographer's Eye juxtaposes masters such as Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Steichen, Strand, and Weston with vernacular documents to analyze the fundamental challenges photographers have faced. "Whether Americans know it or not," his thinking about photography "has become our thinking about photography" (U.S. World & News, 1990).

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