Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art by John Szarkowski is a 215-page softcover distributed by New York Graphic Society Books, Little, Brown and Company, 1973. This copy is the sixth printing of 1988. There are some creases to the front cover but no tears. The bottom page edge is marked with a small "used" stamp. Inside, the pages are clean and unmarked. The overall condition is good.
"This is a picture book, and its first purpose is to provide the material for simple delectation," says author John Szarkowski in his introduction to the first survey of The Museum of Modern Art's Photography Collection. A visually splendid album, Looking at Photographs is not only a treasury of "benchmark photographs," but also an introduction to the aesthetics and the historical development of photography.
Since 1930, when the Museum accessioned its first photograph, a vast and unique archive of pictures has been assembled for study, preservation, and exhibition. Among the photographs reproduced and discussed here are works by Hill and Adamson, Cameron, O'Sullivan, Stieglitz, Steichen, Strand, Weston, Walker Evans, Cartier-Bresson, Lange, Brassai, Adams, Minor White, and Robert Frank.
Some of these photographs are classics, familiar and well-loved favorites; but many are surprising, little-known works by the masters of the art, and a number are hitherto unpublished works by unknown photographers of the past.