Great photographs change the way we see the world. The Ongoing Moment changes the way we look at both.
With characteristic perversity and trademark originality, The Ongoing Moment is Dyer's unique and idiosyncratic history of photography. Seeking to identify their signature styles Dyer looks at the ways canonical figures such as Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Walker Evans, Kertesz, Dorothea Lange, Diane Arbus and William Eggleston have photographed the same scenes and objects (benches, hats, hands, roads).
In doing so Dyer constructs a narrative in which those photographers, many of whom never met in their lives, constantly come into contact with each other. It is the most ambitious example to date of a form of writing that Dyer has made his own: the non-fiction work of art.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 278 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 24 mm
Dyer is a master of the close-up, a hawk-eyed spotter of small coincidences * * Independent on Sunday * *
Dyer's subtle, understated, unforgettable masterpiece deserves to join Susan Sontag's On Photography on our bookshelves * * Scotland on Sunday * *
Enjoy a witty, incisive lesson in how to rescue cultural criticism from shuttered academia * * Independent * *