The Ongoing Moment
By Geoff Dyer
(Vintage, Paperback, 9781400031689, 304pp.)
Publication Date: March 13, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Great photographs change the way we see the world; The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both. Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things—barber shops, benches, hands, roads, signs–award-winning writer Geoff Dyer seeks to identify their signature styles. In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers–many of whom never met–constantly encounter one another. The result is a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.
Geoff Dyer is the author of three novels, a critical study of John Berger, and four genre-defying books, including But Beautiful, which was awarded the Somerset Maugham Prize, and Out of Sheer Rage, which was a National Book Critics Circle Award finalist. The winner of a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography, and the American Academy of Arts and Letters' E. M. Forster Award, Dyer lives in London.
“Truly original. . . . A whole narrative of intensely felt and observed moments. . . . After reading it, life seems larger.” —John Berger, Harper’s Magazine
“An ingenious journey through the history of photography.” —Art Review
“Dyer has the naturally generous impulse of a great storyteller.” —The Boston Globe
“A masterful meditation. . . in which great, often melancholy themes are raised with lightness and very dry humor.” —Alain de Botton, Books of the Year, The Observer (London)
“Surprising. . . . [Dyer] pulls off a string of shrewd, often original ideas about a group of artists whose work had until now seemed thoroughly digested.” —The New York Times Book Review