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Aerial Photographs Hardcover – 27 Oct 1994

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  • Hardcover: 174 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press; First Edition edition (27 Oct. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520084454
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520084452
  • Product Dimensions: 30.7 x 30.3 x 2.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,966,413 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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William Garnett has been awarded three Guggenheim Fellowships and his photography has been included in over 200 invitational art shows worldwide. Winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award for Landscape Photography from the American Society of Magazine Photographers, he is Professor Emeritus of Landscape Architecture at the University of California, Berkeley, and lives in Napa, California. Martha A. Sandweiss is Director of the Mead Art Museum at Amherst College and editor of "Photography in Nineteenth-Century America" (1991).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1998
Format: Paperback
This book contains 73 black and white aerial landscape photographs, with a brief introduction and a list of Garnett's exhibitions and publications/photo essays. The photographs are amazing. Pure form, pattern, and texture. The scale of many images is completely deceptive - fractals 30 years before the word was invented! The introduction by Martha Sandweiss is concise and insightful. I would have liked to know more about how the pictures were made, but this information is probably available from the bibliographic references. My only criticism is that the binding on my copy is failing slightly.
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William Garnett takes a different view of the landscape from other aerial photographers. The seventy-three mono photos in the book show the ground in a very abstract way. Photographers like Alex MacLean, Marilyn Bridges or Jim Wark capture what is below them whether natural or man-made, Garnett seeks out the abstract in the landscape so you get to see the country in a new way.

Sand dunes, hills, rivers, canyons, soda lakes, and sometimes agriculture are all presented as strong graphic shapes and if there wasn't a caption with each photo you might think some of these were black and white prints of some abstract artist's work. Plate thirty has a freight train crossing the desert at Kelso California but taken at such a distance that it is just a straight, thin, horizontal line across the middle of the photo though you can just make out the individual units, Plate twenty-four shows a tractor ploughing a cotton field creating fascinating shapes in the soil, Plate fifty-two of eroded hills in Maricopa, California in part could pass for the back of an old gnarled hand. This is a fresh perspective on what is there all the time but we never see it like this until you come across Garnett's work.

The large square format of the book works well with the photos printed with a 175 screen (the back cover says 200 but I think that is wrong) and nicely they vary in size throughout the pages, landscape, oblong, full bleed and nearly all of them face a blank left-hand page which carries a one line caption.

William Garnett took these amazing and subtle photos over a thirty years but they look as fresh today as when they were originally taken.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
it's wonderful 29 Aug. 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book contains 73 black and white aerial landscape photographs, with a brief introduction and a list of Garnett's exhibitions and publications/photo essays. The photographs are amazing. Pure form, pattern, and texture. The scale of many images is completely deceptive - fractals 30 years before the word was invented! The introduction by Martha Sandweiss is concise and insightful. I would have liked to know more about how the pictures were made, but this information is probably available from the bibliographic references. My only criticism is that the binding on my copy is failing slightly.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
The Finest Photography 14 Nov. 2001
By Jonathan Sachs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Garnett's work is for me the absolute essence of what the art of photography is all about. He has an incredible eye for beauty and the technique to bring it to life. The printing is top notch, and the introduction enriches the book further.
These are black and white aerial photographs only in the most literal sense. They also exist as simply exquisite patterns, textures, abstracts, but always with a second hit of pleasure when you realize what the literal subject was.
Of 50 books of photography I own, this is the most precious to me.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Taken over thirty years but the land still looks like it today 5 Mar. 2014
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
William Garnett takes a different view of the landscape from other aerial photographers. The seventy-three mono photos in the book show the ground in a very abstract way. Photographers like Alex MacLean, Marilyn Bridges or Jim Wark capture what is below them whether natural or man-made, Garnett seeks out the abstract in the landscape so you get to see the country in a new way.

Sand dunes, hills, rivers, canyons, soda lakes, and sometimes agriculture are all presented as strong graphic shapes and if there wasn't a caption with each photo you might think some of these were black and white prints of some abstract artist's work. Plate thirty has a freight train crossing the desert at Kelso California but taken at such a distance that it is just a straight, thin, horizontal line across the middle of the photo though you can just make out the individual units, Plate twenty-four shows a tractor ploughing a cotton field creating fascinating shapes in the soil, Plate fifty-two of eroded hills in Maricopa, California in part could pass for the back of an old gnarled hand. This is a fresh perspective on what is there all the time but we never see it like this until you come across Garnett's work.

The large square format of the book works well with the photos printed with a 175 screen (the back cover says 200 but I think that is wrong) and nicely they vary in size throughout the pages, landscape, oblong, full bleed and nearly all of them face a blank left-hand page which carries a one line caption.

William Garnett took these amazing and subtle photos over a thirty years but they look as fresh today as when they were originally taken.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
A view inward from above 19 Jun. 2007
By westscapes - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I've just revisited this book for what must be at least the hundreth time. It is an old friend that never fails to bring new hope. Garnett goes beyond the stunning simplification of a harsh and chaotic world at the horizons into one of harmony and purpose from a loftier perspective: It allows me a better perspective on my own place in the world, and - more importantly - the world's place in my own sphere. It reminds me that it can be a place where beauty and inspiration intersect.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
The Best Graphical Landscape Photographs Ever 30 Jun. 2004
By Bukkene Bruse - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book features a broad range of Garnett's highly graphical aerial photographs. While almost all are striking in pattern, form and texture, I particularly enjoyed the agricultural shots, the sanddunes, and the fractal/branching patterns. Garnett's work is so very different than almost everything else I've seen, that I felt I needed this book to round out my collection.
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