608 pages, 150,000 words and over 500 iconic photographs!
“In 1982, when I commenced working on A Few of the Legends, I had no idea how a seemingly simple idea – born with a bunch of inebriated photographers during a boozy lunch – would result in such a fascinating and extended journey through the valleys and peaks of photography.
“Attending that lunch were half-a-dozen luminaries of photography and, along with the coffee and after-dinner mints, we started playing our own version of Photographic Trivial Pursuit. The raising of the flag at Iwo Jima? The Hindenburg disaster? The Kent State massacre? The general executing a Viet Cong in Saigon? Who made those pictures? What did the photographers look like? Were they still alive? And from the ensuing conversation the idea for A Few of the Legends had its conception.
“Had I known then, what I know now, the outcome might have been different.”
40,000 film negatives later…
“I had no idea, for example, that I would travel more than 370,000 miles, or that in the course of photographing around 500 photographers that I would expose approximately 3000 rolls of film. Not every photographer made it into the book, but more than half of them did.
“Someone once wrote ‘Put two photographers in a room and you will have a conversation. Put six photographers in a room and you will have an argument. A room containing 100 photographers may quickly descend into a battle!’ But that of course is the charm of photography: because every photographer thinks differently, no two images – even of the same subject matter – will be alike.)
A great Christmas gift ... even if it’s not Christmas!
Individually signed by the author and in a presentation slipcase.
Ruth Bernhard, USA.
“It is my privilege to know Peter Adams, whose work I enthusiastically admire and respect.”
Rob Imhoff, Australia.
“Probably the most in-depth contextualisation of global photography ever undertaken.”
Paul Hill, UK.
“No one has produced – or even attempted – a book as outrageously ambitious as this,
and to produce so many outstanding portraits too is truly remarkable.”
Lucien Clergue, France.
“As the founder of the Recontres of Arles, I have a deep appreciation of what Peter has done.”
Anne Geddes, New Zealand.
“What an extraordinary collection of portraits of so many true characters and photographic legends.
This book is a testament to Peter’s talent as a photographer and his dedication over so many years.”
Arnold Newman, USA.
Peter is one of the few who understands that a portrait needs a bit of the photographer and a bit of the subject. The trick is finding the right balance between the two.”