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This book will take us to a journey in time, telling us, through a number of pictures, the history of Photography during most of the 19th and 20th centuries.

The history begins in 1926, when Niepce got the first photographic image.

Photograhy has changed greatly from those first documentary works (Talbot, Fenton, Gardner) in search of its own place in the world of Art.

Compared to the shy first steps represented by the portraits made by Margaret Cameron, the pictorialism of Steichen, the naturalism of Emerson or the singular street scenes of Atget, it is The Steerage by Stieglitzt the picture which marks the inflection point in the attempt to find the real identity of the photographic aesthetics, thanks, to a large extent, to the democratization of photography.

The objectivity in the portraits made by Strand or Sander, or even the more experimental approaches by Blossfeldt or Moholy-Nagy, show us the new turn taken. Feininger or Ulessman were the later confirmation.

Our journey continues with the legacy of the great masters of the 20th century: Cartier Bresson, Brassai, Capa or Evans, or closer examples like Suárez. It concludes with the astonishingly new works of the second third of the last century: Frank, Klein, Clark and Michaels.

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