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Aronson, Marc and Budhos, Marina  Eyes of the World: Robert Capa, Gerda Taro, and the Invention of Modern Photojournalism
High school  
   294 pp.     Holt

This biography begins with the D-Day landing, then flashes back and follows Capa and Taro through the development of photojournalism, including their documentation of the Spanish Civil War. Carefully selected and positioned photographs create parallel narratives to the biography, adding depth to the fervor of Taro and Capa’s intense relationship, political beliefs, and art. Timeline, websites. Bib. ind.
Subjects: Visual arts; Capa, Robert; Taro, Gerda; History, Modern—Spanish Civil War; Photography; Women—Photographers; Journalism; War; History, Modern—World War II

Greenberg, Jan and Jordan, Sandra  Meet Cindy Sherman: Artist, Photographer, Chameleon
Gr. 4–6, middle school   
  64 pp.     Roaring Brook/Porter

Greenberg and Jordan tackle the mighty task of introducing children to enigmatic photographer Sherman, who rose to fame in the 1970s with her edgy performative self-portraits. Clear, unpretentious prose is punctuated by excellently reproduced photographs (all, astonishingly, of Sherman herself in various guises). The authors consulted real children to interpret Sherman’s photographs; their comments are interspersed, underscoring the message: “art is for everyone at every age.” Bib.
Subjects: Visual arts; Sherman, Cindy; Photography; Biographies; Artists; Women—Artists; Women—Photographers; Biographies; Women—Biographies

Loney, Andrea J.  Take a Picture of Me, James VanDerZee
Gr. K–3 
    40     pp.     Lee

Illustrated by Keith Mallett. Loney skillfully depicts Harlem Renaissance photographer VanDerZee’s lifelong determination to capture the beauty of the people around him. Alongside the conversational text, Mallett’s illustrations depict the artist at work; yellow and brown tones lend themselves to the nostalgic feel. Back matter includes an informative afterword that shows how VanDerZee achieved his goal with techniques that were novel for their time. Reading list. Bib.
Subjects: Visual arts; Van Der Zee, James; Photography; Biographies; African Americans; Harlem (New York, NY); Harlem Renaissance

Rosenstock, Barb  Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth
Gr. K–3, 4–6     32 pp.     Boyds/Calkins

Illustrated by Gérard DuBois. From childhood struggles in the turn-of-the-twentieth-century NYC area (including contracting polio and being raised by a single mother) to her acclaim documenting Americans’ struggles during the Depression, Lange’s empathy is the emotional core of Rosenstock’s clipped present-tense narrative: “Dorothea sees with her eyes and her heart.” DuBois’s subdued acrylic and digital art aptly captures the era; six Lange photographs are appended. Reading list, timeline. Bib.
Visual Arts; Lange, Dorothea; Photography; Artists; Women—Artists; Women—Photographers; Biographies; Women—Biographies; Diseases—Polio; Poverty

Weatherford, Carole Boston  Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Whitman

Illustrated by Jamey Christoph. Straightforward present-tense text presents the life of this groundbreaking African American photographer, whose iconic 1942 photo “American Gothic” became a symbol for civil rights. As a Farm Securities Administration photographer in Washington, DC, “Parks vows to lay bare racism with his lens.” Illustrations recreating Parks’s photographs appear throughout. Browns, tans, and yellows infuse the images with warmth; cooler hues catch the light.
Subjects: Visual Arts; African Americans; Parks, Gordon; Photography; Race relations; Biographies

From the October 2017 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.

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