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From its beginnings in the early-19th century, the history of photography has been characterized by a search for artistic legitimacy, with its practitioners struggling (both consciously and unconsciously) to be regarded as equals of artists working in other media. By the 1960s and 1970s, the battle had clearly been won, and photographers hitting their stride in this era flourished. Included in this group are Bruce Davidson and Paul Caponigro, American photographers who focused on, among other subjects, views of Britain and Ireland in the course of their travels in the second half of the 20th century. Accompanying a recent exhibition that pairs their work in this period is this thoughtful and well-illustrated catalogue. The essays by Watts (Huntington Library) and Wilcox (Yale Center for British Art) are informative, insightful, and accessible, and the range of black-and-white images reminds readers of the degree to which art photography is often bound up with a tradition of travel and virtual tourism. As such, this book will be of use to scholars and students of the history of photography and general readers interested in artistic perceptions of the UK. Summing Up: Recommended. All readership levels. --Michael R. Freeman, Western Oregon University
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