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Photography Book: Afghanistan by Steve McCurry

Photography Book: Afghanistan by Steve McCurry – Afghanistan has long been a country overwhelmed by tribal rivalries, colonial wars, and geo-political conflict. The Afghans have called their mountains “the land of rebellion,” a land that has not been successfully occupied since the times of Alexander the Great. These invaders — Persians, Arabs, Moguls, Sikhs, British, Russians — may have been thwarted, but wandering through the bazaars of Kabul will attest to their legacy. In the people of Afghanistan, the genes of countless races meet and intermingle. Deep are the fissures in Afghan society; the schism between Sunni and Shia, the endemic violence across clans and tribes, and the blood feuds and rivalries within lineages. Yet born of such chaos and entrenched conflict are these most breathtaking of images. In this definitive retrospective of his work in Afghanistan, Steve McCurry has curated over 140 gripping images to present a torn, proud people, from the desert of Kandahar to the streets of Kabul and remote rivers of Nuristan. For almost four decades, McCurry traveled to the country regularly, documenting its people with a rare and disarming humanity. His most striking portrait Afghan Girl (1984) has graced the covers of magazines around the…

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Fashion and Lifestyle Book Canada Goose, the Essence of True North (1)
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Fashion and Lifestyle Book: Canada Goose, the Essence of True North

Fashion and Lifestyle Book: Canada Goose, the Essence of True North – This book celebrates sixty years of a Made in Canada success story created at both Poles, on top of Everest, in icy urban canyons and on the catwalks of Tokyo, Paris and New York. Canada Goose is a brand that defies genres. It is an icon of adventure tested in the most extreme elements on Earth; it lives at the intersection of luxury and functionality. It is the essence of “True North”—which is as much a state of mind as it is a place. It is as much a feeling as it is shifting ice, hard rock, cold wind and sea. It’s a world of intense purity. Where polar bears can pick up scent kilometers away. There is magic in this cold. For sixty years it’s been guiding everything Canada Goose does. Started in 1957 by Sam Tick as Metro Sportswear Ltd., the Canada Goose story began with functional, quality outerwear designed to protect police and military forces. These real-world credentials earned in some of the most demanding conditions anywhere has made Canada Goose parkas trusted around the world by city dwellers, film crews, celebrities, and adventurers alike….

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 Book Review James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time Re-edition
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 Book Review: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time Re-edition

Book Review: James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time Re-edition – First published in 1963, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time stabbed at the heart of America’s so-called “Negro problem.” As remarkable for its masterful prose as it is for its frank and personal account of the black experience in the United States, it is considered one of the most passionate and influential explorations of 1960s race relations, weaving thematic threads of love, faith, and family into a candid assault on the hypocrisy of the “land of the free.” Now, James Baldwin’s rich, raw, and ever relevant prose is reprinted in a letterpress edition with more than 100 photographs from Steve Schapiro, who traveled the American South with Baldwin for Life magazine. The encounter thrust Schapiro into the thick of the movement, allowing for vital, often iconic, images both of civil rights leaders—including Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Rosa Parks, Fred Shuttlesworth, and Jerome Smith—and such landmark events as the March on Washington and the Selma March. Rounding out the edition are Schapiro’s stories from the field, a new introduction by civil rights legend and U.S. Congressman John Lewis, captions by Marcia Davis of The Washington Post, and an essay by…

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Book Review A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s (2)
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Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s

Book Review: A Cinematic Odyssey through the 2000’s – This Movies series enters the 21st century with this definitive lineup of the most important films made during the 2000s, an age of evergreen franchises, historical epics, and comic-book superheroes, as well as fast-evolving CGI aesthetics, low-key global indies gaining unprecedented audiences, and hard-hitting documentaries (and mockumentaries) becoming mainstream feature hits. Through the gripping stories, insightful dramas, and thrilling, mindless escapism Movies of the 2000s gathers the best of the best around the globe, from the blockbuster Harry Potter and The Lord of the Rings installments to cult classics Lost in Translation, Inglourious Basterds, No Country for Old Men, The Lives of Others, and And Your Mother Too. Each movie masterpiece is profiled with stills and production photos, a synopsis, analysis, and movie-buff trivia, as well as cast, crew, and technical listings.   See also: Free eBook: Get Inspired by 100 Dining Room Lighting Ideas Since Taschen started their work as cultural archaeologists in 1980, the name TASCHEN has become synonymous with accessible, open-minded publishing. Bibliotheca Universalis brings together nearly 100 of our all-time favorite titles in a neat new format so you can curate your own affordable library of art,…

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Book Review: 200 Ilustrated American Style Icons

Book Review: 200 Ilustrated American Style Icons – More than 200 American style icons are illustrated and defined in this book dedicated to the ever-changing persona of fashion in the United States. In an insightful introduction, Harold Koda, curator of the Costume Institute at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, shares his insights on American style throughout American history. Subjects include Courtney Love, Cindy Sherman, Las Vegas, Farrah Fawcett, the Black Panthers, Donna Karan, Bergdorf Goodman, Lilly Pulitzer, Stetson, the Rat Pack, Levi’s, Barbie, Diane von Furstenberg, Vanity Fair, Tiffany’s, Carolina Herrera, Charivari, Madonna, Diana Vreeland, the Playboy Bunny, Russell Simmons, and many more. See also: Book Review: Lauren Rottet -The Substance of Style Kelly Bensimon is an author, model, jewelry designer, and former editor of Elle Accessories. She began her modeling career in New York City. She has appeared in magazines such as ELLE, Cosmopolitan, and Harper’s Bazaar. She has authored several books with Assouline including In The Spirit of the Hamptons, American Style, and The Bikini Book. Kelly also wrote a column in Page Six Magazine called The Socializer: Kelly Killoren-Bensimon. See also: Book review: The American Mater, Jeffrey Bilhuber Keep following Best Design Books for the latest book reviews and…

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Book Review: National Geographic Infographics

Book Review: National Geographic Infographics – Back in the days when the information age was a distant dream and the world a more mysterious place, National Geographic began its mission to reveal the wonders of history, popular science, and culture to eager audiences around the globe. Since that 1888 launch, the world has changed; empires have risen and crumbled and a galaxy of information is today only a click away. But National Geographic endures; its calm, authoritative voice is as respected as ever amid the surfeit of data in our daily lives. In this new anthology, TASCHEN and National Geographic gather the magazine’s best infographics of the past 128 years. Through seven sections—History, The Planet, Being Human, Animal World, World of Plants, Science & Technology, and Space—we encounter the rise and fall of the Roman Empire, the mysterious origins of the Easter Island statues, Cleopatra’s Alexandria, and the anatomy behind a cheetah’s extraordinary speed. See also: Free eBook: 100 Wall Mirrors for Modern Home Interiors We discover how our genetic patterns have been pieced together over the years and how birds make music; we get to grips with global warming and explore our ever-expanding study of an ever-expanding universe. See also:…

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Book Review: Baby Love – The Anne Geddes Phenomenon

Book Review: Baby Love – The Anne Geddes Phenomenon – An infant curled within a seashell, on a bed of flowers, or on its mother’s body. With her distinct style and sensitive compositions, Anne Geddes has become one of the world’s most widely known and loved photographers, celebrated for her unique take on infancy and parenthood in soft, characterful, vibrant portraits. See also: Inspiring Modern Sofas in a Free eBook – Get Yours! Like no photographer before, Geddes strives to capture the beauty, purity, and vulnerability of early childhood and to embody within an image her deeply held belief that each and every child must be “protected, nurtured and loved.” Since its inception in 1992, The Geddes Philanthropic Trust has designated significant funds from the range of Anne Geddes products to help prevent child abuse and neglect in countries around the world. This Geddes retrospective draws from access to the photographer’s complete archive, reaching back to the late 1980s. With many previously unseen images as well as a sticker motif, it honors not only a whimsical and endearing aesthetic but its underlying philosophy of care for the young and vulnerable and for the future of mankind. See also: Free eBook: 100…

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Free eBook: 100 Wall Mirrors for Modern Home Interiors

Free eBook: Any interior design needs a practical and decorative wall mirror. Why? Besides being extremely functional and useful when you need a last minute touch up on your outfit before heading to work, these items can truly make any space look more luxurious and modern. Download Full Ebook Now! Choosing the perfect mirror is often a maze in home decor, but they are actually pretty versatile pieces, whose design can easily be contemplated by different styles. In order to help you, today we decided to present you the 100 Must-see Wall Mirrors Ebook, a unique and curated selection of  wall mirror designs from the world’s most prestigious and luxurious brands including Boca do Lobo and Koket. If you’re looking for the perfect wall mirror for your next interior design project or home improvement, this is your best chance. Within a sophisticated, clean layout, this ebook enables readers a great perception of how you can use these pieces to create the best environment for your clients. See also: Inspiring Modern Sofas in a Free eBook – Get Yours! Furthermore, it contains a wide range of product designs, with different styles, aesthetics, colors and textures to meet your client’s needs and style….

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Book Review: Dressing For The Dark, Red Carpet Edition

Book Review: In her first-ever book, celebrity stylist Kate Young draws inspiration from iconic fashion moments in film to choose the most influential eveningwear styles of all time, and offers her expert insight as to why these looks are so definitive and are worth revisiting today for that special night out. Spanning classic moments Elizabeth Taylor in a white silk chiffon dress in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof and Julia Roberts in that iconic red gown in Pretty Woman , this book, complete with a directory of a go-tos, is an accessory no woman will want to dress for the dark without. See also: Inspiring Modern Sofas in a Free eBook – Get Yours! See also: Free eBook: Top 25 Jaw-Dropping Home Design Ideas Stylist Kate Young has one of the most varied and respected résumés in fashion. She is sought after by celebrities for Oscar night and by top publications for editorial shoots—working with photographers such as Patrick Demarchelier, Inez & Vinoodh, Annie Leibovitz, Steven Meisel and Tim WalkerShe works with megabrands including Cover Girl, Dior, Victoria’s Secret, and others on their advertising campaigns. Young is one of the most influential red carpet stylists in the industry, with clients including…

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