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Photos That Changed the World: The 20th Century [Paperback]

By Peter Stepan (Editor)
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A compilation of memorable photographs captures the execution of a Viet Cong officer, a woman mourning over one of Kent State's massacre victims, Martin Luther King delivering his "I have a dream" speech, and the devastation of New Orleans by Hurricane Katrina.

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This book includes: images of joy, and of sorrow, of new beginnings, and of heartbreaking losses - photographs that grip us, move us, and do anything but leave us cold; masterpieces of photojournalism - images that garnered Pulitzer Prizes and World Press Awards, and have become milestones in the collective memory of nations and the world; images by the great names in photojournalism featured next to stellar one-time performances and anonymous shots, all of which have evolved into icons; photography without borders: images from Europe and North and South America, as well as from Africa and Asia; and each photograph is discussed in a clear, concise accompanying text that explains the image's historic background and overall significance.

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Pages   190
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 7.5" Height: 9.5"
Weight:   1.64 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Apr 30, 2006
Publisher   Prestel Publishing
ISBN  3791336282  
ISBN13  9783791336282  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! PETER STEPAN is an art historian and curator whose many books include Icons of Photography: The 20th Century and Photos That Changed the World (both by Prestel).

Peter Stepan was born in 1956.

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Interesting photos, but not world-changing  Apr 29, 2007
Most of these photos are of notable events or people; the photos themselves did nothing to change the world. There are exceptions--for example, the photo of Cuban missile sites certainly affected U.S. policy towards Cuba in 1962. However, the famous portrait of Che Guevara did not change the world--it is simply a remarkable photo of a man who was particularly influential.

That being said, the photos in this book are all interesting. The accompanying commentary betrays the authors' bitter hatred of conservative views, but perhaps the reader will be inspired to learn "the rest of the story" that is not quite so one-sided. Of course, if you are already a socialist, then this book is perfect for you--it will say all the things you love to hear over and over: wars are the fault of the Bush family, people are starving in Africa because of heartless American corporations, and the use of depleted uranium ammunition in Kuwait has made the whole region into some sort of desert. This book has all the American self-loathing today's liberal craves.

Leave out the anti-American, anti-capitalism commentary and this would be a great book.
It should be required "reading"  May 16, 2002
Some of the photo's are more mundane than riveting (like Marilyn Monroe's skirt billowing around her in Manhattan), but most are galvanizing moments of great importance, frozen in time.

I disagree with the platitude that a picture is worth one thousand words. Many are not, but these are worth many more. The pictures speak for themselves, but are accompanied by a descent amount of text.

The century of the photograph  Feb 1, 2002
The biggest criticism of this book may be that the title is misleading. There are a lot of great photographs here, but only about half-a-dozen that truly mobilized public opinion.

That being said, this is the century of the photograph, or certainly the news photograph. And many of the iconic photographs of the century are here: planting the flag on Iwo Jima, Buzz Aldrin standing on the moon, the screaming student at Kent State. Other photographs are notable for what they depict: the signing of the Treaty of Versailles, the fall of the Berlin Wall, the AIDS quilt laid out on the Mall.

Each photograph is accompanied by a commentary of varying substance and quality. Some discuss the technical aspects of the photograph, others the background, and others attempt to draw conclusions. The later photographs seem to inspire rather politically biased and arguable commentary, most notably the discussion of the famous Tiananmen Square photograph with an unarmed man halting four Chinese Army tanks. The commentary suggests that the photo depicts individual powerlessness against the "overpowering might" of a ruthless government. I always saw it as showing that an individual could stop tanks.

That being said, this is a fascinating and extraordinary collection of photographs that depict key political events of this century. It's riveting browsing.


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