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Inspirational Photo Books – Color Photography by Assouline Books

Gabriel Bauret regularly organizes photography exhibitions in Europe and has written for Zoom magazine. Inspirational photo book Color Photography is his most popular book. Color Photography (published by Assouline Books) is an homage to the photographers who elevated the use of color to an art form. Depending on the photographer, the subject and the period, color can be beautiful or ugly, showy or neutral. Color Photography represents an incredible range of styles and genres, including nudes and still lifes, fashion, portraits and landscapes, in the work of more than one hundred photographers. The collection includes images by John Rawlings, Louise Dahl-Wolfe, Cecil Beaton, Guy Bourdin, Paolo Roversi, Erwin Blumenfeld, Edward Weston, Joel Meyerowitz, Martin Parr, Andreas Gursky, William Eggleston, Edward Steichen, Annie Leibovitz, Sarah Moon, Sheila Metzner, Paul Outerbridge, Horst P. Horst, Javier Valhonrat, among others. This oversized coffee-table book mainly comprises meticulously printed, full-page reproductions of 150 images created by many of the premier photographers working in the color medium during the 20th century. The illustrations are divided into eight thematic sections, including nudes, landscapes, fashion, and reportage. The works on display Larry Burrows’s Vietnam combat scenes, Robert Polidori’s architectural studies, Andres Serrano’s ironical body fluids, and Richard Misrach’s Dali-esque desertscapes, among many…

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The essential guide: Design of the 20th Century by Taschen Books

Charlotte&Peter Fiell have written numerous Taschen books,including1000 Chairs, Design of the 20th Century, Industrial Design A–Z,Scandinavian Design, Designing the 21st Century, Graphic Design for the 21st Century,1000 Lights and Contemporary Graphic Design. They also edited Taschen’s Decorative Art series and the 12-volume domus 1928-1999. From Art Noveau to minimalism and everything in between Design of the 20th Century (published by Taschen) shows clearly that the previous century was marked by momentous changes in the field of design. Aesthetics entered into everyday life with often staggering results. Our homes and workplaces turned into veritable galleries of style and innovation. From furniture to graphics, it`s all here – the work of artists who have shaped and recreated the modern world with a dizzying variety of materials. From the organic to the geometric, from Art Deco, through to Pop and High-Tech, this book contains all the great names – Harry Bertoia, De Stijl, Dieter Rams, Philippe Starck, Charles and Ray Eames, to name only a very few. This essential book is a comprehensive journey through the shapes and colors, forms and functions of design history in the 20th century. An A-Z of designers and design schools, which builds into a complete picture of contemporary living. Lavishly illustrated, this is design in the fullest sense. “This is…

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Christmas gift guide: 5 must-have graphic design books

Want to buy a gift for a graphic designer (or give someone a hint about what you’d like)? Then check out this list of must-have books. We don’t want to freak you out, but Christmas is just round the corner. But if you can’t think what to buy a friend, relative or colleague who’s into design, then you’ve come to the right place. Invest in any one of these superlative books on graphic design, and they’ll love you forever. And hey, you might want to pick up one or two for your own enjoyment too. 01. Love Song by Non-Format An iconic studio for the modern age, Non-Format is a fruitful transatlantic collaboration between Oslo-based Kjell Ekhorn and US-based Brit Jon Forss. This 2007 monograph is packed with awe-inspiring imagery and insight into the duo’s creative process over five years between 1999 and 2003, from advertising work for Coke and Nike to stunning art direction for The Wire magazine. 02. Just My Type by Simon Garfield Graphic designers are trained to look at type faces, but Garfield’s book will encourage you to look closer. A well chosen font communicates to the reader on an almost subliminal level and it can…

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