PRINT April 1981


Photography: Essays & Images; Illustrated Readings in the History of Photography

THIS ANTHOLOGY IS AN immensely valuable sourcebook for anyone interested in the history of photography. It includes 50 texts of various kinds from all periods of the medium’s past—essays by critics, historians, photographers; interviews with significant figures in the field; news reports of major events; and reports on technical advances—all illustrated profusely, and each introduced by a short background note by Beaumont Newhall. In form it is strongly reminiscent of Nathan Lyons’ 1966 Photographers on Photography. In fact, the two volumes complement each other well—while Newhall’s is weakest in its treatment of the 20th century, Lyons’ book doesn’t even attempt to deal with the 19th.

Before the publication of Essays & Images, many of the included texts could only be found in relatively inaccessible archives. If Newhall had done no more than make available Lady Elizabeth Eastlake’s remarkably

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