I have just finished reading this book Photography a Concise History by Ian Jeffrey, published by Thames and Hudson. ISBN: 0-500-20187-0. This book was first published in 1981; so the history only goes up as fay as 1979 and is typically biased towards black-and-white images. I guess partly due to the attitude towards colour photography at that time and also most amateurs and artists who may be reading this book would have predominately been working in black-and-white anyway. Jeffrey sums up in the last lines of his book that he felt that American photographers were producing more diverse and interesting imagery than their European cousins at that time (1970s).
Interesting book for timeline of development of photography for mainly Europe and America the rest of the world is hardly mentioned. Early images are linked to the technical development of photography but this thread appears to be is lost by the 1920s and the development of the Leica. However, very little is mentioned about Japan’s development of cameras or examples of artists work using any. Interestingly by the time this book went to print most professional and amateurs were all using Japanese cameras.
A book to keep for reference.