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    Photographer Biographys

    In another thread I had recommended the book "Shadow & Substance" by Jim Hughes. It's a biography about W. Eugene Smith. I think it's the best bio ever written about a photographer. I have all the bio's I could find about EW. and AA. and a lot of other photographers. Nothing comes close to Jim's book.

    Please, let's hear the name of your favorite photo related biography. I need a summer beach read list.

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    Im not a huge fan of the photographers work (although do respect it) but I just finished reading Robert Mapplethorpes Biography by Patricia Morrisroe, its an astoundingly well written book. Highly recommend it.

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    I read a bio of Margaret Bourke-White a few years ago that I found interesting. But I have to agree with Matt that Robert Mapplethorpe was a fascinating individual even through his work is sometimes troubling.
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    Walker Evans by James Mellow
    Diane Arbus, not sure of the author though

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    Does anyone know if there is a good biography of F. Holland Day out there? I've garnered the basics of his life from reading the intros to several volumes of his work, but I don't recall if there is just a biography of him.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pesphoto
    Diane Arbus, not sure of the author though
    ...lok in the current issue of VANITY FAIR, Patricia Bosworth has written an article about herself and her valiantly selfless efforts to make a load of cash off it.

    There are several bios of Henri Cartier Bresson. I'm not so keen on the new Assouline one, the BIG overview book is cool.

    Ed Weston's Daybooks and Roland Barthes Camera Lucida both cover a range of autobiographical responses to photography. Delacroix's journals are another excellent source w.r.t. an artist developing their work (even if it's not photography per se)

    "What Would Zeus Do?"
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    You do not need a beach read list. You need some loaded film holders.
    Claire (Ms Anne Thrope is in the darkroom)

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    Rebecca Solnit's River of Shadows - about Muybridge and absolutley fascinating

    review here

    http://www.villagevoice.com/books/03...,41617,10.html

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    I agree about the Smith biography. Hughes spent several years of his life, and I'll bet didn't make enough off the book to recover minimum wages.

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    I'll second the biography of Margaret Bourke-White. I loved it.
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