Photography and Society by Gisele Freund – CULTURAL HERITAGE BOOKS


Photography and Society by Gisele Freund

David R. Godine

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Boston : David R. Godine, 1980. First edition. Hardcover. 231 pages ; b/w photographs ; 21 cm. Very good copy; no underlines or markings within the pages. Satisfaction guaranteed!

Photography & Society by Gisele Freund

Gisele Freund is one of the world's great photographers, and her images, many of which have appeared in the pages of Time and Life, remain classics in their genre. Her seminal scholarly work on the history of documentary photography is not known, however, to the English-speaking world. It is good news indeed, then, that Photography & Society, a book available for years in French, German, Danish, and Japanese editions, is now published in English.

This landmark study explores the intricate and ever-changing relationship between the photographer and the surrounding society. It considers the ubiquitous commercial, social, and political demands with which the photographer must deal and examines how the photographic reactions to these demands have in turn changed the society they reflect. It asks the basic question: 'How does the photographer reflect, integrate, affirm, or deny the profound social values he selects to record?'

Freund leads the reader through the maze of photographic history with a steady hand, beginning with the origins of documentary photography in France in the 1840s and continuing through to the visions of such great photojournalists as Lewis Hine, Lucien Aigner, Robert Capa, Heinrich Zille, and many others. She brings to this subject the passion of a social historian and the narrative power of a novelist. This volume is illustrated with classic images both by the photographers themselves and of the equipment they used.

Gisele Freund was born in 1912 in Berlin, Germany. She attended university at Freiburg and at Frankfurt and, after fleeing Nazi persecution in 1933, became a student at the Sorbonne, where she received her Ph.D. in 193 6. Her photographs have been exhibited worldwide and she is the author of La photographie en France au dix-neuvi&me si&cle, James Joyce in Paris: His Final Years, Le monde et ma camera, and Mémoires de l'oeil.

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