Category Photography

A Touch of Style

Product DetailsA Touch of Style
By Carlos Mota
Assouline
Retail Price: $85

 

Book Description:
Carlos Mota is the mastermind behind the amazing photographs seen in top design magazines including Architectural Digest, Elle Decor, and Interior Design. His gifted and educated eye for selecting furniture, textiles, accessories, and art has produced some memorable imagery. Known for adding color and sophistication to the set, often by using elegant flower arrangements, Mota influences the way we see the world s most extraordinary interiors. Beautifully illustrated, A Touch of Style presents a curated journey through some of these incredible spaces.

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This is a gorgeous book meant to be displayed prominently in your home or office to have its fullest affect.  It  a virtual feast for the eyes and such a treat for the imagination.  The detailed photos and easy to copy ideas will spark the creative genius in you!  I love to browse through it and enjoy the colors!  And from those who have picked up the book off my coffee table, I’ve heard nothing but praise. 

~Reviewed by Allie B.

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    World Heritage Sites

    World Heritage Sites
    by Unesco
    Firefly Books Ltd.
    Retail Price $29.95
    Amazon Price: $22.35

    Book Description: 

    This new, fifth edition presents the complete and most up-to-date list of 981 World Heritage sites, including the 26 sites inscribed in 2012 and the 19 sites inscribed in 2013. Some of these newly inscripted sites are Red Basque Bay Whaling Station, Canada; Historic Centre of Agadez, Niger; Medici Villas and Gardens, Tuscany, Italy; Mount Etna, also in Italy; and the Nabib Sand Sea in Namibia.

    The strict listing criteria mean only the most extraordinary, important and best-managed sites make the cut. Other inscripted sites include the Statue of Liberty, the Great Barrier Reef, the Historic Center of Vienna, Bikini Atoll Nuclear Test Site, Australian Convict Sites, Prehistoric Caves of Yagul (Mexico), Robben Island, Ancient Damascus, Kremlin and Red Square and the Tower of London.

    Failure to maintain the criteria can result in delisting, the fate of Arab Oryx Sanctuary in 2007 and Dresden Elbe Valley in 2009.

    Clear text gives a brief history of the site, explaining its significance and the criteria that put it on the list. A location map gives readers an instant understanding of where it is in the world and color photographs illustrate the site. This is an ideal reference for trip planning, as a travel guide or for the armchair traveler.

    The World Heritage List is a roll call of the world’s most important cultural, natural and mixed sites. The purpose of the list is to safeguard cultural and natural heritage considered to be of outstanding, universal value to humanity. UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, has overseen the list since its inception in 1959.

    Review

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site is a place (such as a forest, mountain, lake, island, desert, monument, building, complex, or city) that is listed by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) as of special cultural or physical significance.This updated edition gives the most up-to-date list of these sites and it contains a tremendous amount of information. It is like having a travel guide book taking you to the most beautiful sites the world has to offer. With more than 650 color photos, the book is visually appealing and makes it worth the price just for the photograph’s alone. This book would be a great addition to reference sections of public and junior and senior high school libraries.

    ~Reviewed by Dave H.

     

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      Retronaut

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      Retronaut: The Photographic Time Machine
      By Chris Wild
      National Geographic
      Retail Price $25.00
      Amazon Price: $18.63

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      Based on the widely popular blog that started as a side project in a basement, Retronaut reveals strange yet enlightening photographs from the past that somehow seem to depict another version of now. Martha Stewart as a fashion model, Kim Jong Il in a bumper car, and Ronald Reagan modeling for a sculpture class—this quirky page-turner enriched with author Chris Wild’s unique wit and oddball knowledge is a must-have for collectors of the unusual.Wild, a former museum archivist, has revolutionized the way we think of dusty photos—turning them into a sensation that has taken the Internet by surprise. He has selected over 300 of the best photographs from the site’s most visited eras and themes, mashing up Victoriana with vintage advertising from the ’60s and ’70s and unearthing rare snapshots of evil dictators taking vacations. Page by page, this unconventional, thought-provoking photographic time machine will change what you think you know about history.

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      This is a one of a kind coffee table book that will have your guests flipping through it and starting unique conversations about its photographs.  Basically, the author present us with unique photographs from our cultural past with short captions explaining them.  While you will recognize many of the subjects in the photos, I, personally had never seen any of them in these particular poses.  This book transcends time and there is something for everyone.

      ~Reviewed by Tony F.

       

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        Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit

        Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit
        By Paul Martineau
        J. Paul Getty Museum
        Retail Price $39.95
        Amazon Price: $29.15

        Book Description: 

        Controversial, misunderstood, and sometimes overlooked, Minor White (1908–1976) is one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, whose ideas exerted a powerful influence on a generation of photographers and still resonate today. His photographic career began in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, with assignments for the WPA (Works Progress Administration). After serving in World War II and studying art history at Columbia University, White’s focus shifted toward the metaphorical. He began creating images charged with symbolism and a critical aspect called equivalency, referring to the invisible spiritual energy present in a photograph made visible to the viewer.

        This book brings together White’s key biographical information—his evolution as a photographer, teacher of photography, and editor of Aperture, as well as particularly insightful quotations from his journals, which he kept for more than forty years. The result is an engaging narrative that weaves through the main threads of White’s life, his growth as an artist, as well as his spiritual search and ongoing struggle with his own sexuality and self-doubt. He sought comfort in a variety of religious practices that influenced his continually metamorphosing artistic philosophy.

        Complemented with a rich selection of more than 160 images including some never published before, the book accompanies the first major exhibition of White’s work since 1989, on view at the J. Paul Getty Museum from July 8 to October 19, 2014.

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        Minor White was an American photographer, theoretician, critic and educator. He combined an intense interest in how people viewed and understood photographs with a personal vision that was guided by a variety of spiritual and intellectual philosophies. Starting in Oregon in 1937 and continuing until he died in 1976, White took thousands of black-and-white and color photographs of landscapes, people and abstract subject matter, created with both technical mastery and a strong visual sense of light and shadow. He helped start and for many years was editor of the photography magazine Aperture. After his death in 1976, White was hailed as one of America’s greatest photographers. Minor White excelled at noticing and reproducing those graphic instances where the world offers the eye a piece of simple beauty that’s outside the norm.  He inspired millions to take up their cameras and look at the details: to expand the notion of what beautiful meant. The photographs in this book, along with quotations from his journal, help you get a real feel for who Minor White was and where his passions not only rested, but soared.  It makes a great coffee table book and it begs to be displayed.

        ~Reviewed by Jen W.

         

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          Astrophotography

          Astrophotography
          By Thierry Legault
          Rocky Nook
          Retail Price $39.95
          Amazon Price: $24.85

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          Today’s photographic equipment allows amateurs to take pictures of the stars that far surpass images taken just a few decades ago by even the largest observatories-and this book will teach you how.Author and world-renowned astrophotographer Thierry Legault teaches the art and techniques of astrophotography: from simple camera-on-tripod night-scene imaging of constellations, star trails, eclipses, artificial satellites, and polar auroras to more intensive astrophotography using specialized equipment for lunar, planetary, solar, and deep-sky imaging. Legault shares advice on equipment and guides you through techniques to capture and process your images to achieve spectacular results.

          Astrophotography provides the most thorough treatment of the topic available. This large-format, richly illustrated book is intended for all sky enthusiasts-newcomers and veterans alike.

          Learn how to:

          • Select the most useful equipment: cameras, adapters, filters, focal reducers/extenders, field correctors, and guide telescopes
          • Set up your camera (digital, video, or CCD) and your lens or telescope for optimal results
          • Plan your observing sessions
          • Mount the camera on your telescope and focus it for razor-sharp images
          • Polar-align your equatorial mount and improve tracking for pin-point star images
          • Make celestial time-lapse videos
          • Calculate the shooting parameters: focal length and ratio, field of view, exposure time, etc.
          • Combine multiples exposures to reveal faint galaxies, nebulae details, elusive planetary structures, and tiny lunar craters
          • Adjust contrast, brightness, light curves, and colors
          • Postprocess your images to fix defects such as vignetting, dust shadows, hot pixels, uneven background, and noise
          • Identify problems with your images and improve your results

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          This book makes learning how to photograph the night sky easy. In this guide, you will learn the fundamentals of astrophotography – what it is, how it’s done, and how to do it yourself, providing you a comprehensive overview of the basics.  The author gives you tips and techniques you need to take stunning photographs in the dark. You’ll learn how to overcome the unique issues that confront nighttime photographers and capture images of which you’ll be proud.

          ~Reviewed by Jen W.

           

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            The Photobook

            The Photobook
            By Martin Parr and Gerry Badger
            Phaidon Press
            Retail Price $100.00
            Amazon Price: $63.64

            Book Description: 

            Phaidon’s iconic The Photobook: A History series has been hailed as “the most important contribution to the field since modern histories of photography began” (photo–eye). In the third and final volume, legendary photographer Martin Parr and co–author Gerry Badger bring the series fully up to date with a curated selection of more than 200 photobooks dating from World War II to the present day.With the fresh eye to curation that fans of the series have come to appreciate, Parr and Badger present classics of the medium, such as Ryan McGinley’s The Kids are Alright and Paul Graham’s A Shimmer of Possibility, alongside new discoveries and lesser–known works, such as Tano d’Amico’s E Il ’77 and Mao Ishikawa’s Hot Nights in Camp Hansen.Richly illustrated with more than 800 color photographs, The Photobook: A History, Volume III completes the series’ unprecedented visual timeline of photography in its published form.

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            This book provides a unique perspective on history from World War II through present day through the use of  photography.  This is the third and final installment in the series and is really a unique way to share historical events. This book will be enjoyed by history lovers and photography lovers alike. It allows you to experience history in the comfort of your own home and in your own timing. The quality is excellent and it makes a great conversation piece when you leave it displayed.

            ~Reviewed by Dave H.

             

             

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