The Ongoing Moment (Paperback)
Great photographs change the way we see the world;The Ongoing Momentchanges the way we look at both.
Focusing on the ways in which canonical figures like Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz, Edward Weston, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus, and William Eggleston have photographed the same things barber shops, benches, hands, roads, signs award-winning writer Geoff Dyer seeks to identify their signature styles. In doing so, he constructs a narrative in which these photographers many of whom never met constantly encounter one another. The result is a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.
About the Author
Geoff Dyer s books includeBut Beautiful(winner of the Somerset Maugham Award);The Missing of the Somme; Out of Sheer Rage; The Ongoing Moment(winner of the ICP Infinity Award for writing on photography);Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi;Zona, and Another Great Day at Sea.His many awards include the E. M. Forster Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, a Lannan Literary Fellowship, and, most recently, a National Book Critics Circle Award for the essay collectionOtherwise Known as the Human Condition.He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature, and his books have been translated into twenty-four languages. Dyer currently lives in Venice, California."
“Truly original. . . . A whole narrative of intensely felt and observed moments. . . . After reading it, life seems larger.” —John Berger, Harper’s Magazine
“An ingenious journey through the history of photography.” —Art Review
“Dyer has the naturally generous impulse of a great storyteller.” —The Boston Globe
“A masterful meditation. . . in which great, often melancholy themes are raised with lightness and very dry humor.” —Alain de Botton, Books of the Year, The Observer (London)
“Surprising. . . . [Dyer] pulls off a string of shrewd, often original ideas about a group of artists whose work had until now seemed thoroughly digested.” —The New York Times Book Review