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What this book does is take selection of content from the mammoth Fourth edition of the Focal Encyclopedia of Photography. The question is have the bits that have been taken been pulled together in a way that will satisfy an audience? Suggested readership of this book is photography enthusiasts, teachers, students, collectors. I'd delete enthusiasts and thing twice about suggesting it for collectors. Yes there are some useful sections biographies of selected 20th century photographers is an interesting snapshot, but hardly detailed. There are also some good areas that teachers could use as foundation for debate, but the structure does seems rather random and digital plays a weird role while 19th century processes are cleanly delivered, and it's already out of date (Photoshop CS2 is mentioned rather then CS3) . Very much daunting read rather than an entertaining one. It's the sort of book that may have red pen/pencil underlining thought provoking sentences and looks like a large collection of white papers pulled together with a few pics added.