Book Review: 50 Photo Icons

 
50 Photo Icons—The Story Behind the Pictures by Hans-Michael Koetzle

50 Photo Icons—The Story Behind the Pictures by Hans-Michael Koetzle

Have you ever looked at an iconic image and wondered how it came to be made? What could be the story behind it? Hans-Michael Koetzle takes you through 50 important images ever made and the story behind them in the photo book 50 Photo Icons—The Story Behind the Pictures. The book features images from 1827 to 2001.

Predictably, the book begins with Nicéphore Niépce’s View from the Study Window, considered to be the first photograph ever made. However, through the pages, you will visit iconic images like Dorothea Lange’s Migrant Mother, Alfred Eisenstaedt’s VJ Day, Nick Ut’s Kim Phúc – Napalm Against Civilians, amongst many others.

The book is filled with stories never heard before. For example, did you know that Nick Ut’s image of the Vietnam War played a big part in changing the world’s outlook towards war? Did you also know that Bert Stern was the last person to photograph Marilyn Monroe a few weeks before she committed suicide?

50 Photo Icons is a treasure trove for anyone who is passionate about photography. Hans-Michael Koetzle provides an insight into what went in the making of some of the most recognisable photos in the world. The book is beautifully compiled, with equal importance given to Koetzle’s words as well as the various masters’ photographs. The book is one of those reads which you can refer to every time you feel like a photography rut is setting in.

Title: 50 Photo Icons—The Story Behind the Pictures
Author: Hans-Michael Koetzle
ISBN: 978-3-8365-2693-7
Publisher: Taschen
Price: USD 29.99 (approx. Rs. 1627)

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