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This adaptation of the highly successful Earth From The Air book takes the original 170 aerial views and adds a further 195 to create a year of pictures. The quality is amazing with pictures of every corner of every continent. We are treated to a highly visual feast making us appreciate our world at a higher level. Better still each photograph is accompanied by a description of the area being photographed from above, so as well as being inspired by stunning landscapes we can learn loads at the ...
I've seen the odd beetle scuttle by over the years, but I never realised there was such a variety of fascinating colours. Living Jewels has just opened my eyes! It's a book of close up photos of dead beetles carefully arranged so that the legs are splayed uniformly and the body is square on to camera. The photos are excellent with insects reproduced to fill the 9.5x13.5inch pages each with a lovely subtle shadow that's almost like a ringflash effect. The only thing that lets the book down are pa...
FlipSigns, as the publisher says, shows how everyday street signs can be transformed into multilayered, kaleidoscopic designs. The question is why would anyone want to view 176 pages comprising little more than the 259 colour graphics. Okay, maybe the occasional graphic design student may get some ideas, but I'll be filing it under art!
This book has a stylish cover that uses just type to create the illustration, this, of course, being the theme for the book. To designers type is the essential element that makes a page pleasing to read or jarring. Much time is spent carefully laying out pages with different faces and sizes, bold serif sans serif italic small large. Basically a lot of time is wasted trying to determine what will and wont work for the new concept that's being created. It is designed to help and it does so perfect...
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.
I always remember being fascinated by Sarah Moons soft and low contrast photography from a portfolio in Creative Photography magazine back in the 80s, so I awaited this new arrival with excitement. The first edition is hardback and a typically heavy coffee table style art book. It has 193 photographs each full page and just one page intro from Sarah and a couple of conversations splitting up the images. The images are split into chapters with no explanation of the relevance or titles; one chapte...
When I saw this book I was expecting another one of those books that provides a shallow overview of digital photography written by a highly respected traditional photographer. I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning lived down to my expectations, a typical formulaic intro, but this soon shifts a gear and has some great advice on shoot with a computer and calibration. Then in chapter 2 there are some excellent illustrated pieces on digital image editing with levels, histograms, selection tools ...
If you have children and take pictures that you would like to improve on this book is perfect. It doesn't have a regional feel that some portrait books have and show some new and interesting ways to capture your children on film. The cover shows a hand coloured photo, which is lifted from the finishing chapter that looks at presentation and printing techniques. Elsewhere we are given examples of how to determine what the client wants (assuming you are shooting for a living) how to develop a rela...
Melanie Manchot studied photography and art at New York University and the Royal College of Art in London. In this book she claims to challenge socially and culturally constructed ideas about beauty, aging, sexuality and fantasy. This includes a series of images where she goes up to people in the street and photographs them while asking for a kiss. Their reactions appear visually in images and verbally in text. She photographs her aging mother against backgrounds such as the London Eye, and fema...
Hard back book with 96 pages and 69 duotone photographs offers a rich and multi-faceted portrait of the French capital over the last five decades. Paul, a Hungarian photographer and keen traveller, started his career as a journalist and has covered the world and settled in France in the 50s. His images capture the social conditions experienced by the rich and the poor of the country and in this book we see a collection of photographs spanning three decades. Its a real insight into the street lif...