"The third of Prestel's "Icon" series, which is devoted to gathering landmark work from a featured medium, this chronological assembly of 90 photographers, from Berenice Abbott to Heinrich Zille, offers a carefully gathered spectrum of photography in this century. Each artist
is given a two-page spread, including a portrait shot and an example of a key image; there are 165 images in all, representing the artists' best and most challenging work. In the hands of these daring practitioners, photography looks like a tool of revelation
, with imagination, mystery, and the range of human experience on display throughout. These captured instants ramed, composed, labored over, and at times accidental create an important legacy that will be reviewed for a long time to come. They also reveal
what parts of the 20th century have looked like. Recommended for the value of its content and its careful, consistent presentation of great photography". David Bryant, New Canaan P.L.,...