Herbert List: The Monograph

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Herbert List, who died in 1975, was one of the most influential photographers of the twentieth century. Early in his career he photographed primarily in Italy and Greece, attracted like many previous travelers to the countries' beauty. List came of age in Germany during the development of the "new objectivity"; his photographs, surreal in aesthetic, in certain ways parallel de Chirico's paintings. After World War II he photographed the ruins of Munich, portraying the consequences of destruction by means of a classical visual form. List was the youngest of a famous group of photographers -- Hoyningen-Huene, Cecil Beaton, and Horst P. Horst -- and his photographic oeuvre is perhaps the freshest and most artistic of these distinguished individuals.

This large volume assembles 250 of Herbert List's most famous images in the first comprehensive compilation of his work. The photographs are organized according to five themes: Metaphysical Photography, Ruins and Fragments, Eros and Photography, Portraits, and Moments. Accompanying the images are essays written by five important historians of photography and art.

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German-born photographer Herbert List (1903-75) defined his work through a clarity of artistic vision and dedication to technical excellence. List began making photographs in his late teens and continued in earnest until his sixties, when he turned his attention to his collection of 16th- to 18th-century drawings. This impressively thorough monograph, the first representative survey of his photographs to be published, gives the reader a deep introduction to List's body of work. The book is divided into sections on still lifes, formal compositions, and surrealist experiments; portraits; architectural images of Greece and postwar Germany; street shots and photo essays; and List's iconic and sculptural images of the male body (an early precedent to Mapplethorpe, among others). Each section opens with a wonderfully informative essay by the likes of Edmund White, Bruce Weber, or Wilfried Wiegand. Also included is writing by List on photography and detailed end matter. List's aesthetic was informed by his time, but his sensitive, monumental, and tonally rich images continue to serve as fine examples of how great photography can be. This gorgeous and well-organized volume is highly recommended for photography sections in large public and academic libraries.DDebora Miller, Minneapolis
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