Photos Framed: A fresh look at the world’s most memorable photographs – Ruth Thomson

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  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Grade Level: 5 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 1090
  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Candlewick (August 5, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0763671541
  • ISBN-13: 978-0763671549

EXCERPT from School Library Journal:
A brief introduction provides the framework for this slim book, which details 27 photographs under four thematic sections: portraits, nature, and documentary, and art images. Each quality, full-page reproduction sits opposite a page of information that includes a few facts (title, date, and name of the artist), along with a paragraph on the picture, noting its artistic or historical relevance, and one on the photographer discussing his/her medium, subjects, etc. Most of the featured artists are American or European. “Photo Thoughts” are presented as questions, which focus on the artist’s decisions and/or the composition. They, and the “Blow Up” and “Zoom In” boxes, which point out additional details, are generally relevant but occasionally superfluous. The selections span a number of years and subjects, offering a look at how the art form developed, and about some of photography’s most famous practitioners. For example, under portraits, readers will find a daguerreotype of Louis Daguerre (by Jean-Baptiste Sabatier-Blot, 1844), who produced the first eponymous permanent photograph. Nature photography highlights Eadweard Muybridge’s “The Horse in Motion” (1878), which is credited as one of the precursors to high-speed photography and film. Modern images and artists are represented in work of Martin Parr, David Hockney, and Cristina Garcia Rodero. Consider Framed for collections needing an introduction to the topic.—Daryl Grabarek, School Library Journal

Rationale for Inclusion:
Here is an engaging book that will delight all visual learners. It includes 27 different photos which range from normal to the abstract, with lots of insights and factoids about each one. It offers an excellent way to foster interest in photography, history, and more.

Bonus: Learn more about one of the featured photos in this book, the famous “Afghan Girl” by Steve McCurry here.


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