Photography: The Whole Story

The cultural significance of this widespread medium condensed in a fascinating new book

Since its genesis in 1839, photography itself has evolved tremendously as a medium, with the very essence of its output forging culturally significant technological, social and artistic movements. In Prestel‘s new visually compelling tome, “Photography: The Whole Story,” editor Juliet Hackering and her team tackle the daunting task of mapping photography’s extensive scope and its dynamic historical impact. Organized chronologically in easily navigable, color-coded sections, …

David Byrne: How Music Works

David Byrne's epic reflection on his art form

David Byrne has added yet another accomplishment to a CV that includes musician, former Talking Heads frontman, creator of the record label Luaka Bop, photographer, artist, film director and author, with his new follow-up book to “Bicycle Diaries” (2010), “How Music Works,” available today. The two-pound, 344-page work is in part a historical exploration of music’s origins, part intellectual analysis of the evolution of music, …

Century of the Child

The influence of kids on 100 years of design

The historical ebbs and flows of an entire century can certainly encompass a significant amount of societal change, but did anyone bother to ask about the kids? The new book “Century of the Child: Growing by Design, 1900-2000” by MoMA’s architecture and design curator Juliet Kinchin and the department’s curatorial assistant Aidan O’Connor does just that, compiling an extensive history of objects and ideas linked …