全書內容縱貫20世紀。按字母依次介紹過去百年，全球最具影響力的攝影大師與其代表作、出版品與展覽，以及各自對攝影及文化藝術的貢獻；內容論述兼顧深度與廣度的，地點遍佈歐美、日本和中國等地，包括Andy Warho,lAnsel Adams, Manuel Álvarez-Bravo, Nobuyoshi Araki, Diane Arbus, Richard Avedon, David Bailey, Diane Arbus, Elmer Batters, Peter Beard, Cecil Beaton荒木經惟、細江英公、深瀨昌久等大師。
除了攝影作品與大師的介紹，本書也對於在攝影應用上有卓越成就的Julius Shulman, Terry Richardson, Cindy Sherman, and David LaChapelle，也有深入介紹。
Masters and monographs: An encyclopedia of 20th century photographers and their finest publications Arranged alphabetically, this biographical encyclopedia features every major photographer of the 20th century alongside her or his most significant monographs. From the earliest representatives of classical Modernism right up to the present day, Photographers A-Z celebrates those photographers who have distinguished themselves with important publications or exhibitions, and who have made a significant contribution to the culture of the photographic image. The entries include photographers from North America and Europe as well as from Japan, Latin America, Africa, and China. Richly illustrated with facsimiles from books and magazines, the collection also features photographers working in "applied" areas, whose work is regarded as photographic art. Star turns include Julius Shulman, Terry Richardson, Cindy Sherman, and David LaChapelle.