The Contact Sheet

The Contact Sheet Cover

The Contact Sheet

By Steve Crist

Ammo Books, Hardcover, 9780978607692, 224pp.

Publication Date: November 1, 2009

Description

Behind every great photograph is a story.  For every noteworthy image there are many more images taken before and after "the moment" that are often left unseen to anyone but the photographer himself.

Featuring a diverse collection of original contact sheets from over forty international photographers, The Contact Sheet allows in-depth insight into the subject matter and the photographic process -- often revealing a deeper story that has not been told.  From William Claxton to William Wegman the photographers in this collection are both well-known names as well as up-and-coming artists, making this an indespensable addition to the library of any serious lover of photography.

Featuring over forty international photographers, including:  William Claxton, Chuck Close, Michel Comte, Anton Corbijn, Imogen Cunningham, David Doubilet, Elliot Erwitt, Nan Goldin, Nadav Kander, Art Kane, David Hume Kennerly, Dorothea Lange, Saul Leiter, Peter Lindbergh, Jerry McMillan, Joel Meyerowitz, Richard Misrach, Arnold Newman, Paul Outerbridge, Martin Parr, Ed Ruscha, Julius Shulman, Jeanloup Sieff, Jerry Uelsmann and William Wegman



Praise For The Contact Sheet

"Before the digital era, contact sheets preserved a photographer's thought process and were a graveyard for burying mistakes. The strips here reveal how and illustrious group—William Claxton, Nan Goldin, Dorothea Lange, Julius Schulman, William Wegman and others—went about their business. ... It's not always clear why the photographers chose one picture over another, which only adds to the value of this archival material." —Wall Street Journal



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