New York : Horizon Press, 1969. Hardcover. 175 pages ; b/w photographs ; 27 cm. $12.95 dust jacket. Previous owner name on the front free endpaper. No other markings within the pages. Binding is firm.
Vision and Expression
By Nathan Lyons
An International Survey of Contemporary Photography
176 pages with 154 plates
VISION AND EXPRESSION continues a series of visual books intended to survey the work of a younger generation of photographers. The designation "younger" does not refer to chronological age, but to attitude. It may also be evident that the suggestion "younger" does not imply difference as it relates to stylistic position, but intensity and concern. An objective evaluation of the work might declare the terms by which we may effectively begin to understand the meaning of the limitations, as well as the possible extensions, of photography as it relates to human expression. Selected from the work of over 1200 photographers, VISION AND EXPRESSION represents a current and definitive study of contemporary photographic concerns.
The true significance of man as a picture-maker must rest within the pictures that he chooses to make, and not by any verbal construct we may impose upon them. For many picture-makers, preconceptions about the photographic medium seem less significant at this time than they have in the past. These changes in visual attitude do not necessarily suggest a greater degree of significance, but rather a shifting of the terms needed to explore those enigmatic problems of assimilating the experience of an individual or a culture.
The book may help to clarify the present scope of photography, or it may create some degree of confusion. This interaction between clarification and confusion, is vital and inherent to the generative position of all forms of human expression.
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