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Abandoned Planet

Abandoned Planet is the latest urban exploration title from Carpet Bombing Culture. In this title, photographer Andre Govia takes us on a journey through his explorations. Govia explains at the start of this book that the idea is to preserve these abandoned places by taking photographs before they simply become too dangerous or inaccessible to enter, or get demolished. Govia has explored everything, from manor houses to car graveyards abandoned hospitals and many more. With only a short ...

Icons of the Highway: A Celebration of Small-town America

Roadside motels with bright, audacious neon lighting is something many think of when they you ask them about the US but now this side of American life is slowly in decline. In this book, husband and wife Tony and Eva Worobiec have captured a selection of images to try and preserve a little bit of American history. From the desert town of Arizona to the Canadian border, this couple have travelled across many, many states to try and capture a little bit of magic that remains. The book is burst...

Port of Culture

This book is a showcase of work taken over a three year period by photographer Peter Carr. His work demonstrates the many moods and scenes that can be found in the city of Liverpool. From Architecture to gigs Peter Carr has covered it all and his HDR images have recorded this city in a brilliant, paint-like way. For anyone who lives in Liverpool or is just a fan of great, varied photography this book would be perfect for them.

Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive

Aftermath is unique archive of photographs taken after the attacks on the World Trade Centre on 11 September 2001. Unique because the photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, was the only person allowed to artistically record the area that had been fenced off and classified as a crime scene. Joel's persistence gained him access to record the changes to the area over a nine month period, starting on 23 September 2001. Five years on, the publication of this book brings Joel's set of pictures together that...

Bridges that Changed the World

Over 270 photographs on 280 pages. Each spread of the book features one bridge with a full page photo on the right and an insight into the history of the bridge on the left with small inset photos. Having photographed many bridges in my time I enjoyed looking at this,but it's not the sort of book I would buy. Many of the photos are record shots and not particularly creative. More for the architectural fans and bridge lovers than photographers.

No Mans Land photography of Lynne Cohen

Since 1971 sculptor, turned photographer, Lynne Cohen has been recording peopleless interiors of labs, classrooms, offices, etc that look stark and uncomforting. The images are bizarre, do we really create such bleak environments? Most of the images are black & white and leave you feeling very cold. Its not the sort of book I would buy, but its certainly worth a once over from the public library.

Black & White Architecture

Terry always seems to take a fresh slant on a subject and here, where you may expect to see the usual collection of skyscrapers, modern metallic industrial units and stately homes, you see instead close ups of rotting wooden structures, beautifully toned and contrasty walls, sepia images, infrared castles (from our favourite Simon Marsden) and grainy images. The book is full of atmosphere and really will get the black & white photographers adrenalin rushing. Its split into chapters on Location, ...

Professional Photography Photographing Buildings

This book houses some superb architectural photography from stunning 5x4in black & white shots emphasising texture to bold and graphic colour imagery. The captions, in true Rotovision style, are extremely informative - I never, for example, thought about waiting until lunchtime to photograph interiors to avoid people. The only criticism, from a UK point, is a lot of the work is from US based photographers and in most English towns we dont have the same dominating skyscrapers where quite a few o...