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Photodiscovery

TWO THINGS DISTINGUISH PHOTODISCOVERY from the usual run of coffee-table compilations of photographs. First, it includes an exceptionally high percentage of little-known pictures, and second, it lacks almost any shred of thematic unity.

The book is an expanded version of a series of articles that Bruce Bernard originally prepared for the London Sunday Times magazine—where he’s the picture editor—on photographic treasures hidden away in archives and other collections. Bernard has a good eye for grabbers. Photodiscovery is chock-full of photographs that delight, puzzle, amuse and startle. Many are by such long-heralded and widely published photographers as Julia Margaret Cameron, Edward Steichen, Lewis Hine and Dorothea Lange, but Bernard has selected unfamiliar or even uncharacteristic images by these masters. And perhaps a third of the pictures in the book are by little-known or anonymous

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