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A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard (5)
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A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard

A Portrait of Africa’s Wildlife Crisis by Peter Beard – “The deeper the white man went into Africa, the faster the life flowed out of it, off the plains and out of the bush, vanishing in acres of trophies and hides and carcasses.” — Peter Beard. A landmark publication on Africa, The End of the Game combines Peter Beard’s salient text and remarkable photographs to document the overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in Kenya’s Tsavo lowlands and Uganda parklands in the 1960s and ’70s. Researched and compiled over two decades, Beard’s work is a powerful and poignant testimony to the damage done by human intervention in Africa. His own images and texts are supplemented by historical photographs of, and writings from, the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries, and big-game hunters whose quest for adventure and “progress” were to change the face of a continent: Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courteney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Philip Percival, J.A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway, and J.H. Patterson. Marking the 50th anniversary of its first publication, Taschen now republishes The End of the Game in a limited edition of 5,000 copies, with an updated foreword by internationally renowned travel and fiction writer Paul…

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In focus: National Geographic Photography Book

The Collectors Series edition of In Focus (published by National Geographic) is simply the existing book at a smaller trim size. This magnificent collection of 280 photographs by many of the world’s greatest photographers tells the tale of portrait photography over time in page after page of arresting images. Each photograph stands proudly on its own, yet taken together, they tell a much more complex and subtle story of the ever-evolving art form in constant creative response to new ideas, new eras, and new technologies. Through the years, National Geographic magazine’s staff photographers have often elevatedstock depictions of “exotic” cultures into haunting glimpses of other lives. In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits presents a century of captivating images of ordinary people from around the world – 280 photographs of pleasure, grief, stoicism, shyness and sheer endurance. In thoughtful essays, five photographers frankly assess changing notions of authenticity and discuss their own methods of capturing a stranger’s personality on the run. In the beginning, the magazine showed people stiffly posed in their native costumes, viewed as anthropological specimens. Advances in camera technology created a greater degree of intimacy and spontaneity. Then came color film, which ushered in an era dominated by corny themes and perkily posed subjects…

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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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PHOTO:BOX by Roberto Koch
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PHOTO:BOX by Roberto Koch

Roberto Koch is the author/photographer of Exit, Album, and Istanti di Russia, for which he received the 1991 Kodak award. As publisher of Contrasto, one of the world’s leading publishers of photo books, and founder and CEO of Forma, the International Center of Photography in Milan, he is deeply knowledgable about photography. PHOTO:BOX (published by Abrams Books) presents a collection of 250 photographs by 200 of the world’s most prominent photographers, ranging from legendary masters to contemporary stars, in an appealing format with a portfolio binding. Photographers include Ansel Adams, Richard Avedon, Yann Arthus-Bertrand, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Elliot Erwitt, Robert Frank, Nan Goldin, David LaChapelle, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, and many more. Each image is accompanied by an engaging commentary and a brief biography of the photographer. The book is organized by subject and theme, offering a fresh perspective on the medium: from reportage to nature, and also covering war, portraits, still lifes, women, travel, cities, art, fashion, the nude, and sports. PHOTO:BOX is an irresistible and amazingly affordable survey of photography. “The book is organized in such a way that you are exposed to the things you would normally not look at. I’m more apt to dwell on Dorothea Langes’ “Migrant Mother-California 1936″ or any of the other contemporary photos than let’s…

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50 Photo Icons, The Story Behind the Pictures

Hans-Michael Koetzle is a Munich-based freelance author and journalist, focusing mainly on history and the aesthetics of photography. He has published numerous books on photography, including Die Zeitschrift twen(1995), Photo Icons (2001), Das Lexikon der Fotografen (2002), and René Burri (2004). 50 Photo Icons, The Story Behind the Pictures (published by Taschen) is a resume of some of the most remarkable and unforgettable photographs of history. “A picture is worth a thousand words” as the saying goes. Taschen‘s beautifully bound edition is a fascinating must read for photographers and photo enthusiasts. Filled with images of the “decisive moment” every photographer strives to capture, “50 Photo Icons. The Story Behind the Pictures“ not only provides a historical account behind the shot but also serves an inspirational and compelling addition to any photographer’s library.” Photographs have a strange and powerful way of shaping the way we see the world and influencing our perceptions of reality. To demonstrate the unique and profound influence on culture and society that photographs have, Photo Icons puts the most important landmarks in the history of photography under the microscope. Each chapter of this special edition focuses on a single image which is described and analyzed in detail, in aesthetic, historical, and artistic contexts. The book begins with the very…

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Inspiration in Photography by Brooke Shaden

Brooke Shaden  is a fine art photographer and popular blogger living and working in the Los Angeles area where she runs photo workshops. Her passion lies in creating new worlds through photographs, a passion which was recently recognized by Academy award-winning director Ron Howard when he chose her work as part-inspiration for a short film in Canon’s Imagin8tion competition. Her vision extends beyond the realm of the camera, creating images that resemble paintings and speak of an era that is not our own. Each image is a story. All photographers have trained the mind to see inspiration in any situation. The book Inspiration in Photography: Training your Mind to Make Great Art a Habit through the unique look of Brooke shows how. Brooke Shaden is one of the most recognized names in modern art photography. The book presents techniques and exercises we can do to be inspired every day , anywhere . The truth is that all artistic photographers seeking a specific style , but is not always easy to know how to get there. This book is the perfect balance between knowledge and education to help you find inspiration when needed. The book is an incentive to search for inspiration whether…

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Axel Vervoordt: Living With Light

About This Book Following the best seller Axel Vervoordt: Timeless Interiors, this volume of twenty new interiors expands on the Vervoordt vision for creating exceptional homes that combine natural elements, antiques, and fine art. The art of harmonious living is extolled in this volume through twenty bespoke interiors designed by the Axel Vervoordt company. Each room incorporates natural elements—light, water, metal, wood—blended with a modern aesthetic and punctuated with fine art. The Vervoordt concept of the home is revealed through a refined balance between art and nature to create timeless living spaces. The range of featured properties includes homes by the sea as well as in urban and rural locations, demonstrating a breadth of styles possible within the essential Vervoordt design principles. Photography by Laziz Hamani brings into focus both the unique design details and the carefully constructed interiors that fuse to create each striking setting. These exceptional residences are rich with inspirational ideas to incorporate into your own home so that you can celebrate your living space in the singular Vervoordt style. About the Author Axel Vervoordt is an internationally acclaimed antiques and art collector and dealer based in Belgium. He has organized numerous exhibitions around the world, including…

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Allure of Beauty: Women in Hollywood

In celebration of Hollywoods legendary actresses from the 1930s to the present, Assouline together with Elle magazine and renowned fashion photographer Gilles Bensimon presents The Allure of Glamour: Women in Hollywood. From Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich to Anita Ekberg and Julia Roberts, each page of this vibrant anthology radiates with provocative images of unforgettable faces and moments that have forever changed the place of women in Hollywood as well as in our social culture. Elle magazine film critic Karen Durbin delves into the history of Hollywood, highlighting females who have proven their femininity, strength, and talent. The glitzy narrative accompanies a carefully researched, sexy selection of photography that captures the individuality of each woman.

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