I've always thought Beaumont Newhall's, ' History of Photography,' is very good- though written a while ago and also covers the beginning of photography as well. I have that book and have always liked it for reference, though I'm sure there are many others, perhaps written more recently, and in a more engaging style. Still, I've always liked it. I would think anything written by Peter Bunnell, on that particular period, would be worth investigating, too. And I don't have this book, nor have I seen it, but a friend of mine (who teaches) mentioned it to me once-- Robert Hirsch's 'Seizing the Light: A History of Photography.' Again, not sure of the exact years that one covers, but my friend seemed to think it was worthwhile.
On Oct 29, 2008, at 12:59 PM, francis schanberger wrote:
Sorry this is off topic but I need to draw upon the collective wisdom of the group. For the last few years I have been teaching alt processes and black and white photography. Next semester I have been handed an assignment of teaching a second semester photo history class covering the years 1945 to the present. Can anyone point me towards a text that strongly deals with this time period?
It could be a text book covering the entire history but preferably it would be more specific to the last half of the twentieth century and most importantly, still in print.