Robert Adams
Aperture, New York, 1994, English
Nonfiction, Photography
ISBN: 9780893815974

This critically acclaimed work brings a selection of poignant essays by master photographer Robert Adams. In this volume, Adams evinces his firm belief in the importance of art. Photographers “may or may not make a living by photography,” he writes, “but they are alive by it.”

Also see Understanding a Photograph by John Berger (Aperture, 2013).

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Rudy VanderLans

Just as quiet and unassuming as his photographs, Robert Adams’s writing is an exercise in restraint—clear and concise, yet nuanced and complex. Here’s a taste: “At our best and most fortunate we make pictures because of what stands in front of the camera, to honor what is greater and more interesting than we are. We never accomplish this perfectly, though in return we are given something perfect—a sense of inclusion. Our subject thus redefines us, and is part of the biography by which we want to be known.”

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