This book, long out of print,is based on MoMA's landmark 1964 photo exhibit. John Swarovski, a curator, gives readers a foundation for interpreting images. Celebrated works by such masters as Cartier-Bresson, Evans, Steichen, Strand, and Weston are juxtaposed with vernacular documents and even amateur snapshots to analyze the fundamental challenges and opportunities that all photographers have faced.
Read an excerpt here. (PDF)