A Maritime Album

100 Photographs and Their Stories

John Szarkowski and Richard Benson; Photograph selection & introduction by Richard Szarkowski; Essays by Richard Benson

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August 11, 1999
248 pages, 9 x 11
ISBN: 9780300073997
Paper

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Copublished with the Mariner`s Museum, Newport News, Virginia

This fascinating book features 100 historical photographs selected, introduced, and explained by two preeminent figures in photography. Each photograph chronicles a fragment of the mariner’s experience—shipbuilding, commercial fishing and whaling, deep-sea diving, naval encounters, and more.

“Each of these beautiful, informative and idiosyncratic photographs must be savored. When juxtaposed with Benson’s extended captions, however, they become focal points through which readers can assess the relationship of our humanity to the rationalizations of our seafaring. . . . A moving testimonial to the exaltation and apprehension of human interaction with the sea. In fishermen’s parlance, it’s a keeper.”—W. Jeffrey Bolster, New York Times Book Review

“This diverse selection explores the human relationship to the sea in an engaging combination of historical text and fascinating photos. . . . Each photo is arresting, whether for the story it tells or the beauty of the tones and forms within frame.”—Cheryl Shugars, Philadelphia Inquirer

“Offers a capsule overview of an unfamiliar, vanishing world.”—Douglas Baiz, Chicago Tribune

“The album allows the reader to relish the artistry of the visionaries behind the lenses.  The lovely essay that accompanies each picture connects the reader to individual pieces of United States maritime history.”—Susan L. Sweetnam, Christian Science Monitor

John Szarkowski is widely considered the most influential living figure in the field of modern photography. Internationally renowned as a photographer, historian, and author of photographic books, he served as director of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art in New York until his recent retirement. Richard Benson, dean of the Yale Art School, is a photographer and master technician. He has produced the film for many innovative photographic books and has shown his work in numerous solo and group exhibitions. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation award for 1986-1991, Benson is acknowledged as the world’s expert on photo-mechanical/photo-electronic reproduction.

"[The book] allows the reader to relish the artistry of the visionaries behind the lenses. The lovely essay that accompanies each picture connects the reader to individual pieces of United States maritime history."—Susan L. Sweetnam, Christian Science Monitor

"This diverse selection explores the human relationship to the sea in an engaging combination of historical text and fascinating photos. . . . Each photo is arresting, whether for the story it tells or the beauty of the tones and forms within its frame. Images include shipbuilding, raging storms, a fisherman posed with a huge halibut, and the sculptural forms of propellers and wooden boats."—Cheryl Shugars, Philadelphia Inquirer






"The photographs in A Maritime Album are beautifully printed and compare well with fine reproductions of art. . . . The photographs in A Maritime Album are then a kind of knowledge, and they are indeed 'good to look at.' They are also sometimes startlingly beautiful or fascinating for reasons not easy to specify, rather as if they had captured metaphysical qualities imperceptible to the unaccommodated eye swimming in time. . . . A Maritime Album contains a number of beautiful photographs of ships smashed up or mangled by some violence and made spectacularly still with the poignancy of finality."—Leonard Michaels, Los Angeles Times Book Review

 

"Together, the images and essays offer a highly entertaining ramble through photography's oceangoing past."—Boston Phoenix

"A Maritime Album is a book for coffee tables and collectors, a moving testimonial to the exaltation and apprehension of human interaction with the sea. In fishermen's parlance, it's a keeper."—W. Jeffrey Bolster, New York Times Book Review

"Not a book of maritime history but a book of splendid photographs that fire memory and imagination about the relationship of humanity to its centuries of traffic with the sea."—New York Times Book Review

"Each of these beautiful, informative and idiosyncratic photographs must be savored. When juxtaposed with Benson’s extended captions, however, they become focal points through which readers can assess the relationship of our humanity to the rationalizations of our seafaring. . . . A moving testimonial to the exaltation and apprehension of human interaction with the sea. In fishermen’s parlance, it’s a keeper."—W. Jeffrey Bolster, New York Times Book Review

"[A] book of hauntingly beautiful nautical images."—Anthony Barzilay Freund, Town & Country

"The Mariners', always generous in providing access to its unexcelled photography collection, is to be congratulated on this fine volume, which opens its riches to all who cherish the sea."—Sea History

"Strohm has written an excellent study that in general would be useful to a wide circle of historians interested in intellectual, cultural, dynastic, and eighteenth-century European history."—Jerome V. Reel, Jr., Clemson University

"Offers a capsule overview of an unfamiliar, vanishing world."—Douglas Baiz, Chicago Tribune

"[A] splendid book."—Washington Post Book World

"Each of the b&w plates selected by John Szarkowski for [this book] has a tale ably told by Richard Benson . . . luminous images."—Publishers Weekly

"An interesting culling form the collection of The Mariners Museum by the pre-eminent photography critic of our time, John Szarkowski, and the pre-eminent printer of photographs, Richard Benson."—Jack Fischer, A Maritime Album

"[This book] should appeal to anyone with an interest in the sea or an appreciation of fine photography. . . . Reading the book gives one the impression of taking a guided tour through a first-rate photography exhibition."—Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce

"This exceptional, eclectic mix ranges from an aerial view of the port of New York to documentary images of the bombing of the USS Alabama. Each is enhanced by an illuminating essay."—Robert Armstrong, Minneapolis Star Tribune

"These are modest, honest pictures, and they deserve to be remembered for the quality of their vision."—Douglas Balz, Chicago Tribune

One of 6 books to receive the 1997 Golden Light Awards for Photographic Book of the Year given by the The Main Photographic Workshops, Rockport, Maine

Selected as a 1998 Notable Book by the New York Times Book Review

Received a Special Mention from the George Wittenborn Memorial Award Committee for 1997 sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)  

Selected as the Photo-Eye Books and Prints Runner-Up for Best Historical Anthology of 1997
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