chapter  2
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John Szarkowski, The Photographer’s Eye and Stephen Shore, The Nature of Photographs

Both Szarkowski and Shore attempt to give what they feel are the defining

characteristics of photographs. Szarkowski’s book is based on the exhibition of

the same title that he curated in 1966. Shore’s book was published in 1998 and can

be seen as being in the same tradition as Szarkowski’s book. There is a sense in

which whatever else a photograph is, it is first of all what they say it is, although

some would argue that this approach is too limiting.