Message from the Darkroom Eugène Atget

ISBN: 9788889082034

Published: March 1st 2007

Hardcover

448 pages


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Message from the Darkroom  by  Eugène Atget

Message from the Darkroom by Eugène Atget
March 1st 2007 | Hardcover | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, audiobook, mp3, ZIP | 448 pages | ISBN: 9788889082034 | 6.41 Mb

Once upon a time, in the first half of the twentieth century, photography was considered a purely mechanical art--if it was considered an art at all. Carlo Mollinos Message From the Darkroom, originally published in Italy in 1949 and now one of theMoreOnce upon a time, in the first half of the twentieth century, photography was considered a purely mechanical art--if it was considered an art at all.

Carlo Mollinos Message From the Darkroom, originally published in Italy in 1949 and now one of the most coveted books in the history of photography, was one of the first strikes against that attitude, and one of the most visually extraordinary. In 323 plates illustrating the work of 132 photographers and nine painters, Mollino traced a history of the form and the evolution of taste over the years, highlighting the work of Nadar and Hill, Atget, Alvarez Bravo and Man Ray, with a chapter dedicated to each.

An equal number of pages are allotted to mastery of photographic techniques, including retouching, as every means to make the print coincide with the artists vision was legitimate in Mollinos eyes--even required. For work to reach the status of art and communicate the artists message, it needed to move beyond the accidentally beautiful through crafted subjective transformations.

Message From the Darkroom is also a fundamental text in understanding Mollinos own development as a photographer--his work, like the books first edition, is now widely collected. Here for the first time, this early plea for the acceptance of photography among the higher arts is being published in English. The new edition replicates the original, as designed by Mollino himself, with color tipped-in images again pasted in by hand.

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