PRINT March 1967


Photographers on Photography

Photographers on Photography, edited by Nathan Lyons (Prentice Hall [in collaboration with George Eastman House]), 256 pages, illustrated.

MR. LYONS HAS FASHIONED HIS BOOK in three parts: complete texts of the photographers’ articles; a carefully researched section of biographical notes and bibliographies; and his own comment, which consists solely of selected reproductions from the writers’ photographs.

These three sections are not independent; they interact to provide statement, context, demonstration and their permutations, the whole forming a symposium, an extremely successful example of that synergistic effect long advocated by the Newhalls.

The sections devoted to Berenice Abbott and Henry P. Robinson are excellent examples of the efficacy of this method. Miss Abbott’s level of writing (it is impossible to call this ill-considered nonsense thought), is so obviously at variance with her

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