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Books for Your Library: ‘Olympic Portraits’

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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 …

If you know nothing about photography you probably still have heard of Annie Leibovitz and probably can recall at least one photograph she has made over the years. Leibovitz is quite possibly the most well-known photographer in the world and for good reason … she’s that good.
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You might already know her biography – she started working for Rolling Stone magazine shortly after it launched and by 1973 was named its chief photographer. She photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono for a Rolling Stone cover some five hours before he was shot by a crazed fan. She photographed the Disney Parks “Year of a Million Dreams” campaign in 2007 and she was Queen Elizabeth II’s official portrait photographer for the Queen’s visit to Virginia.

But her book “Olympic Portraits” is something different. It’s not musicians and actors. It’s not officials and heads of state. The book’s focus is on the athletes prior to the Atlanta Olympics.

Leibovitz doesn’t focus on the fame and action of the athletes. Instead, she focuses on the solitude and almost singular purpose exhibited by these icons of sport. The images are both beautiful and haunting. If you purchase no other photography book, this is THE one to own.

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Written by jeremyparce

April 14, 2009 at 7:32 am

Books for Your Library: ‘X-Ray: See Through the World Around You’

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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 …

Nick Veasey’s book, “X-Ray: See Through the World Around You” offers both technically-sophisticated and stunning images of the world through X-ray photography. Collaborating with scientists, Veasey photographs the world just beneath the surface using security scanners and X-ray machines. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “beauty is only skin deep,” then you owe it to yourself to purchase this book.
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Veasey is a self-taught, award-winning photographer whose X-ray photography has been commissioned by some of the world’s leading companies. His work as also been featured in Time magazine, the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The book is available at Amazon.

Books for Your Library: ‘Fighter: The Fighters of the UFC’

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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 …

Reed Krakoff’s recent work, “Fighter: The Fighters of the UFC,” is a stunning and not-too-often seen look at the men who fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Krakoff, the president and executive creative director of Coach, is a fan of the UFC and trained his Mamiya medium format camera on capturing images of the fighters in a new light. This project may deviate from his usual fashion photography, but his background allows him a unique perspective in photographing the fighters.

Krakoff studied photography at Parsons School of Design and has shot many of the Coach ad campaigns over the years.

The 224-page hardcover book features such fighters as Mac Danzig, Diego Sanchez, Chuck Liddell, George St-Pierre and Matt Sera. It is available at Amazon.

Books for Your Library: ‘The Sadness of Men’

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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 Sadness of Men is a 50-year retrospective by accomplished photographer Philip Perkis. Perkis, a noted photography educator, began photography in 1957 while serving in the U.S. Air Force as a tail-gunner. His formal training began when he started studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. He studied with famed photographers Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. In addition to his photographic work, he has taught at numerous schools, including the graduate faculty at the School of Visual Arts at NYU and is a professor emeritus at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
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The book is his first published collection. Each image in the book builds upon the previous, guiding the viewer along the world through Perkis’ eyes. The images are a subtle look at the everyday; its sadness and the rhythm of the world.

The book is available at Amazon.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 7, 2009 at 8:00 am