The triumphal march of photography into the halls of art has proceeded unhindered since the early 1970s: no other medium has risen in the public's esteem in quite the same way. The story of its success cannot be separated from the people who have worked toward its recognition, and who continue to do so. They include the artists themselves, curators, collectors, gallery owners, dealers, publicists, and art lovers. This extraordinary compendium brings together more than 100 masterpieces from the history of photography, each presented with commentary from one of the more than 10 of those key figures in the development and reception of the medium, including, among others, John Szarkowski. Points of View covers artists from Richard Avedon to Yva, from Diane Arbus to Umbo, and from Bernd and Hilla Becher to Edward Weston, alongside more than 100 personal statements from those whose expertise and passion have made the medium a permanent fixture in the art world.