In Focus by National Geographic Society
National Geographic Greatest Portraits

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National Geographic Greatest Portraits tells the story of portrait photography through the eyes - and words - of five accomplished National Geographic photographers. The book showcases images never-before-seen alongside award-winning favorites. New and fascinating text reveals photographers' individual experiences photographing people and their evaluation of NG portraits produced during each decade - from the late-19th century until today. In Focus opens with a beautiful and surprising look at National Geographic's contribution to the knowledge of the world's peoples through photography. Five chapters follow, each spanning approximately two decades and covering an era in world history and photographic style. The chapters are: Before 1930 (Exploring the power of photography), 1930s-1940s (The Great Depression and World War II), 1950s-1960s (Bright colors and perky smiles), and 1970s-1980s (Back to realism), and 1990s-Present (Everything is relative). Each of these chapters is a portrait of the world.
 

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Billie W. Kapp, a Social Studies consultant for the Connecticut Geographic Alliance, acted as chief educational consultant for this atlas. She is a PIER Fellow at the Yale Center for International and Area Studies and the recipient of the Milken Family Foundation National Educator Award.
 
Published October 1, 2004 by National Geographic. 504 pages
Genres: Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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The prickly political implications of portrait photography are perhaps at their most evident in this hefty (seven pounds) and gorgeously glossy compilation of work by Nation

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Still, a photograph of thieves' severed heads on a billboard in China, or even the photograph "Afghan Girl," published in 1985 and arguably National Geographic 's most well-known photograph, pierce through this self-imposed emotional shield.

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Reviews in History - is an electronic publication which reviews and reappraises significant work in all fields of historical interest, covering the principal areas of the subject as taught in i...

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Rather than postulating clumsy and inappropriate social-science models to explain the relationship between warfare and state development, this notion preserves the possibility of the individual and the distinctive in responses by par...

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He sees plague in England as a defining moment which liberated great hordes of people (to a greater degree than any revolution could) but there is a danger here, which Platt acknowledges, of misrepresenting pre-plague England: the mobility, ...

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The social and cultural diversity of that populace also remains unexplored by Hilberg, whose insistence that leadership is simply located within the German-imposed administrative elites fails to bring to life the 'complexity, variety...

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