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  • 29 b/w illus.
  • Page extent: 264 pages
  • Size: 254 x 203 mm
  • Weight: 0.846 kg

Library of Congress

  • Dewey number: 770/.973/0904
  • Dewey version: 20
  • LC Classification: TR23 .B86 1993
  • LC Subject headings:
    • Photography--United States
    • Photographers--United States
    • Photography--United States--History--20th century

Library of Congress Record


 (ISBN-13: 9780521327510 | ISBN-10: 0521327512)

  • Published June 1993

Unavailable - out of print March 2007


This selection of essays and reviews written between 1962 and 1983 focus on the creativity of the American photographer as artist and on the nature of his work and life, placing special attention on the creative impulse of the art photographer and the significance of his pictures as expressive works of art. Among the major artist photographers examined are Alfred Stieglitz, Walker Evans, Diane Arbus, Harry Callahan, Emmet Gowin, and Jerry Uelsmann. Topics discussed include the collecting of photographs, the nature of pictorial vision in photography, photographic portraiture, and manipulative photography. Degrees of Guidance differs from other anthologies in that it focuses on individual photographers rather than on the more social or ontological aspects of photography.


List of Illustrations; Preface; Part I. A photographic vision/pictorial photography 1889–1923 (1980); Alfred Stieglitz and camera work (1974); Clarence H. White/The reverence for beauty (1987); Part II. Observations on collecting photographs (1971); Why photograph now (1977); The current acceptance of photography (1981); Part III. Walker Evans/an introduction to his work and his recollections (1976); Robert Frank/Fouth of July - Jay, New York (1976); Diane Arbus (1973); Lisette model (1980); Part IV. Taken from life/photographic portraits (1972); Part V. Brassai/the secret Paris of the 30s (1976); The photography of Wright Morris and photography and reality/a conversation (1977); Elliot Erwitt (1974); Edward Weston on photography (1983); Barbara Morgan (1972); Aaron Siskind/75th anniversary (1979); Harry Callahan (1978); Part VI. Photography as printmaking (1969); Observations on photographic sensitivity (1970); Photography into sculpture (1970); Part VII. Jerry N. Uelsmann (1970); Jerry N. Uelsmann/silver meditations (1975); John Pfahl/altered landscapes (1981); Lynton Wells/paintings 1971–1978 (1979); Ray K. Metzker (1979); Paul Caponigro/photography 25 years (1981); Emmit Gowin/photographs 1966–1983 (1983); Nina Alexander/photographs (1987); Permissions.

Prize Winner

The 1993 Golden Light Photographic Book of the Year Competition

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