Posters A Global History

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Posters are ubiquitous. They hang on bedroom walls, on shuttered shopfronts and in bus shelters. But what relevance do they have today, in our age saturated with images, social media and electronic devices? This comprehensive book tells the story of this ephemeral art form, charting its rise from the revolutionary lithographs that papered nineteenth-century London and Paris to twentieth-century works of propaganda, advertising, pop culture and protest.

Posters: A Global History considers the lives of posters: where and why posters were made, and why and how they endured, and argues, that even among the burgeoning digital media of the present day, few forms of graphic design can rival posters for their tangibility, sheer spatial presence, force and immediacy. The book demonstrates how posters provide new opportunities to communicate, not only across public spaces but across the globe - from London to Ramallah, Los Angeles to Lagos - in an increasingly connected world. 

Spanning works of every type and style, from the familiar - Toulouse Lautrec's 'Moulin Rouge' advertisement and the iconic 'Obey' of Shepard Fairey - to lesser-known examples from China, Eastern Europe and the Middle East, such as Polish film posters of the '60s and those commemorating martyrs in Palestine, Posters conveys the true richness and variety of the medium. Beautifully illustrated, this book provides a fresh history of the poster as well as providing insight into the designs and creative practices of our twenty-first century world.

Product details

Format: Paperback, 319 pages, 185 illustrations, 121 in colour

Dimensions: 19 x 25 x 2.3cm

Publisher: Reaktion Books


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