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Title
See/saw - looking at photographs
Author
Geoff Dyer
format
Hardback
Publisher
Canongate
Language
English
UK Publication Date
20210415

See/Saw is an illuminating history of how photographs frame and change our perspectives. Starting from single images by the world's most important photographers - from Eugne Atget to Alex Webb - Geoff Dyer shows us how to read a photograph, as he takes us through a series of close readings that are by turns moving, funny, prescient and surprising.

Following Dyer's previous books on photography, The Ongoing Moment and The Street Philosophy of Garry Winogrand, See/Saw brilliantly combines visual scrutiny and stylistic flair. It shows us how a photograph can simultaneously record and invent the world, and reveals a master seer at work.

In the spirit of the intellectual curiosity of Berger, Sontag and Didion, Geoff Dyer helps us to see the world around us, and within us, afresh.

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Geoff Dyer is the author of Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi and
three previous novels, as well as nine non-fiction books. Dyer has won
the Somerset Maugham Prize, the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for
Comic Fiction, a Lannan Literary Award, the International Center of
Photography's 2006 Infinity Award for writing on photography and the
American Academy of Arts and Letters' E.M. Forster Award. In 2009 he was
named GQ's Writer of the Year. He won a National Book Critics
Circle Award in 2012 and was a finalist in 1998. In 2015 he received a
Windham Campbell Prize
for non-fiction. His books have been translated
into twenty-four languages. He currently lives in Los Angeles
where he
is Writer in Residence at the University of Southern California.

Praise for Geoff Dyer: Quite possibly the best living writer in Britain
Daily Telegraph

A national treasure
ZADIE SMITH

Brilliant . . . Dyer's eyes miss nothing
Observer

There's no other writer quite like Dyer
Time

Inspiring and informing
Guardian

Even Chekhov might have envied Geoff Dyer's
talent . . . Almost perfect
Spectator

Geoff Dyer is a true original - one of those rare
voices in contemporary literature that never ceases to surprise, disturb and
delight
WILLIAM BOYD

Reading Dyer is akin to the sudden elation and optimism you feel when you make a new friend, someone as silly as you but cleverer too, in whose company you know you will travel through life more vagrantly, intensely, joyfully
Daily Telegraph

Illuminating
Financial Times

Type
BOOK
Keyword Index
Photography, Artistic - History and criticism.
Country of Publication
Scotland
Number of Pages
336

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