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Books for Your Library: ‘American Music’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Annie Leibovitz is a photography icon. She is one of the most celebrated photographers in the world for her unique and captivating way of photographing popular culture.
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Her book, “American Music,” is a perfect example of her ability to document the American experience. The book focuses on, as the name implies, music in the American society. From jazz and blues to punk and hip-hop and everything in between, Leibovitz brings viewers and intimate look at the music and musicians who are part of the American experience.

Leibovitz has a unique way of bringing out the “natural” in her subjects. Even when the shot is overly-posed, she has a unique way of relaxing her subjects so that their “real” personality is expressed.

If you’re a fan of both music and photography, then this book is a definite must-have for your bookshelf or coffee table.

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Written by jeremyparce

May 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

Books for Your Library: ‘Seen Behind the Scene’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Mary Ellen Mark has the ideal job for those who love both still photography and movies. Since the 1960s, she has worked on more than 100 film sets as a special stills photographer, making thousands of documentary photographs of life behind the scenes rather than the posed and polished photographs used for marketing.
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Her book, “Seen Behind the Scene,” is a collection of the best of those images. Her photography has taken her to the set of Francis Ford Coppola’s “Apocalypse Now,” to “One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest.” She has also photographed behind the set of “Tootsie,” “Gandhi,” and “Showgirls.”

She continues to work documenting life behind the scenes. She has worked on “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street,” and worked on “Moulin Rouge.”

Her work also documents the rising power of “celebrity.” In her early career, she had full access to actors on the set. Now, with actors surrounded by an entourage of publicists, agents and assistants and a schedule that is airtight, her portrait work has become increasingly more difficult.

Books for Your Library: ‘African Air’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

“African Air,” a photo essay by George Steinmetz, offers a unique, bird’s-eye view of Africa through the lens of an award-winning National Geographic photographer.
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Steinmetz, who has been a contributing photographer to National Geographic and GEO magazines for more than 20 years, takes to the air in this book, flying sometimes thousands of feet in the air with the aid of a motorized paraglider (think parachute with a motor).

This book features amazing panoramic photos taken in more than 14 African countries. From urban sprawls to remote villages and miles upon miles of seemingly endless desert, Steinmetz offers the viewer a unique look of the African landscape.

Since 1986, Steinmetz has completed 18 major photo essays for National Geographic magazine and 25 stories for GEO magazine. Born in Beverly Hills in 1957, he graduated with a degree in geophysics from Stanford University. He began his photography career after hitchhiking through Africa for 28 months.

Books for Your Library: ‘Footprint: Our Landscape in Flux’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Stuart Franklin’s book, “Footprint: Our Landscape in Flux,” is a classic look at the impact humans have on the environment. The landscapes featured by Franklin, a photographer who also is the current president of the Magnum Agency, documents Europe, which is in the middle of an economic crisis and a growing environmental crisis.
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This book brings together images that offer a true testament to the growing environmental challenge that faces the world. The images aren’t “pushy” or “preachy” but offer irrefutable proof that a solution to environmental issues needs to be found.

Franklin, born in 1956 in London, left school at the age of 16 and went on to study photography at the West Surrey College of Art and Design. His photographic career started with work for the Sunday Times and Sunday Telegraph Magazine.

In 1989, he took his widely-recognized and acclaimed images of the freedom demonstration in Tianenmen Square, which ended in a massacre. His photo of a lone man defying a tank is an iconic image of that short-lived revolution. Between 1990 and 2004, he photographed about 20 stories for National Geographic Magazine.

In addition to his photographic career, Franklin earned a doctor of philosophy degree in geography from the University of Oxford. He has won the World Press Photo Award, the Tom Hopkinson Award and the Christian Aid Award for Humanitarian Photography.

This book is available at Amazon.com.

Books for Your Library: ‘Extreme Birds: The World’s Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

The biodiversity found on this planet is too large to fully comprehend. The complex adaptations made by species in order to not only survive, but thrive in the various environments are not only scientifically amazing but also artistically beautiful. Dominic Couzens’ photo essay, “Extreme Birds: The World’s Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds,” is a look at birds on the extreme edge of biodiversification.
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Couzens states in the book’s introduction, birds are more constrained than other animals by their physiological and physical adaptations for flight and yet are still able to take their bodies and behaviors to amazing extremes. His photo essay documents 150 birds that are unique in the extreme way they live, play and mate.

This is a great book for anyone interested in not only bird photography but any form of wildlife photography. It is available at Amazon.

Books for Your Library: ‘Planet Shanghai: Architecture Family Food Fashion and Culture of China’s Great Metropolis’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Justin Guariglia’s book, “Planet Shanghai: Architecture Family Food Fashion and Culture of China’s Great Metropolis,” is a wonderful photo essay on Shanghai, the legendary city of the East.
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The 240-page hardcover book is full of images that show a variety of emotion: striking, whimsical, reverent and light-hearted. The work is an intimate portrait of the people and places that make Shanghai an attraction to the masses.

Guariglia is no stranger to the city. Born in Maplewood, New Jersey, he was a student in China during the 1990s. He took an interest to the Daoist and Buddhist philosophies and spent months traveling to temples and holy sites. He spent nearly a decade documenting the Far East.

The book is available at Amazon.

Written by jeremyparce

April 19, 2009 at 8:04 am

Books for Your Library: ‘The Transparent City’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Big Brother may not be watching but Michael Wolf might be. Wolf’s work, “The Transparent City” is a fascinating yet oddly spooky project … he was, in effect, a voyeur.
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Wolf, a German-born photographer whose work has been largely focused in China, was commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Photography in Chicago to photograph the increasing urban footprint of the Chicago metro area. To do so, he focused on the Chicago Loop towers and, in particular, the people in the buildings.

Think of the window as a view onto a stage and you’ll get the idea behind Wolf’s work. Armed with telephoto lenses and high vantage points, Wolf photographed his subjects at work in the buildings.

An interesting work, this book is worth your time and investment.