May 18, 2012

New Volume Shows the Many Ways Photographers Capture People at Play


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Melissa Crowley
Getty Publications
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LOS ANGELES—Photography and Play (Getty Publications, $24.95, Hardcover) reveals the various ways that artists throughout photographic history have documented leisure activities. As recreation and entertainment flourished in the nineteenth century, so too did the new medium of photography. Cameras became increasingly accessible to amateurs and were quickly deemed an indispensible part of what it meant to have fun. Acting as social commentators, many artists also turned their attention to the subject of pleasure and entertainment, often observing how photography itself has changed the way we spend our free time.

Photographers have turned to topics as diverse as Victorian billiard players, Parisian barflies, moviegoers, sightseers, and suburban sunbathers. The book features eighty-three photographs by such noted artists as Diane Arbus, Eugène Atget, Brassaï, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Bill Owens, Man Ray, Edward Steichen, Joel Sternfeld, Alfred Stieglitz, Weegee, and Garry Winogrand—all of whom documented people at play. The illuminating introductory essay traces the relationship between the growing importance of leisure over the past 150 years and the part that photography has played in changing how we see ourselves.
About the Author—Erin C. Garcia is an independent curator in the San Francisco Bay area. She is the author of Man Ray in Paris (Getty Publications, 2011) and Photography and Fiction (Getty Publications, 2010).

Publication Information:
Photography and Play
Erin C. Garcia
J. Paul Getty Museum
112 pages, 7 ¼ x 8 5/8 inches, hardcover
87 color illustrations
ISBN 978-1-60606-107-7, $24.95 [UK £16.95]

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

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Available at bookstores or through Getty Publications (800-223-3431). Distributed to the trade in the U.S. and Canada by the University of Chicago Press and in the U.K. and Europe by Orca Book Services.

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