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Our World Now 2

Our world Now 2 dives into the image pool of the photos submitted daily to Reuters to compile an interesting and compact look at 2008. The book is a reminder of the tragedies, the anguish, joy and pain the world witnessed in 2008. The series of images are from all parts of the world and cover all events from the popular world of politics to less known, but still interesting stories. Each image is accompanied by a caption with summarises the stories found behind each picture. There's ...

The Lost Waterfront: The Decline and Rebirth of Manhattan's Western Shore

Shelly Seccombe has documented every aspect of Manhattan's Western Shore. From the everyday activities of New Yorkers to the demolition and catastrophic activities that have gone on there over the years. Words are used sparsely, leaving the viewers imagination to think of explanations and reasons for what's going on in the photographs. The images show an ever changing city and it's a perfect book for any fan of New York or Shelley Seccombe's work.

Our World Now

Reuters bring 2007 to us with over 350 images showing the world during that year. Set out in four factions covering three months in each, the book has roughly an image per page with only the location of the image for company. From time to time, two images will appear on a page to make space for a page of brief descriptions with corresponding page number for reference. If you like your photojournalism it's a nice book to have with some of the best news photography included.

Magnum Photos (Photofile)

Those who are interested in Magnum, but don't the really heavy weight book magnum magnum, this is a great snapshot guide to the group, with a brief history and a photograph from each of the Magnum photographers. It's a really good collection of some of the finest Magnum photos, in a manageable 19x12.5cm format. Each photograph is accompanied with a brief biog of the photographer. Whoever designed the cover needs an eye test you cannot read the text that spoils the photographers portraits grid on...

The 1940s - Britain in Pictures

For those who fancy a nostalgia trip, this series of nine books covering nine decades from 1900 to 1990s will be right up your street, or in this book right up the street of 1940 British people where many of the photos were taken by press photographers in that era. This collection of photos is material that would have appeared in national and local newspapers and has been archived by the Press Association. A great visual guide to the people of Britain in difficult times, shows tragedy, celebrat...

Magnum Magnum

Probably the most comprehensive and informative book on Magnum yet. This 568 page brick, edited by Brigitte Lardinois, delivers a mini portfolio of each of 69 Magnum photographers. If anyone should know the insides of the business it's Brigitte who spent 10 years as Special Projects and Cultrual Director at Magnum Photos in London. She's gathered together personal choices of each photographer into a collection of over 400 photos to deliver a snapshot of the 60 years the photography and photograp...

Our Living Earth: A Next Generation Guide to People and Preservation

We've reviewed Yann's books before and always been inspired by the incredible aerial viewpoints. This version takes a totally different approach thanks to the assistance of Isabel Delannoy. Isabel is a writer specialising in the environment and society so she's selected Yann's incredible photos to illustrate points about environmental issues such as global warming, human exploitation and pollution. "Wow" becomes "Really?" The book has over 150 pages with twice as many poignant facts. It makes a ...

Assignments

Assignments is an illustrative book of works from Press Photographers in 2005. Laid out like a newspaper, it starts with hard hitting news, moving onto politics and current affairs and finishes with sport. It seems to be an attempt to make the viewer aware of what the press have to go through to get the image. The foreword spends three pages talking about how the art of press photography is disappearing and that's why the book was created. The images are well presented, very good quality and h...

Photo-Journalism

Photo Journalism is not a favourite area of photography for me, so I wouldn't normally be picking this one up in the book shop. As a reviewer though I can appreciate the quality for those of you who find this category interesting. It's up to RotoVision's usual high production values - excellent quality paper, superb repro and clean design. The text is small, so those with less than perfect eyesight may struggle on the finer captions. As is becoming typical from Terry Hope's books the thoroughne...

Paris

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...