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Between Nature and Culture: Photographs of the Getty Centre (Getty Trust Publications: Getty Information Institute) Hardcover – 31 Mar 2006


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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Getty Publications (31 Mar. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0892365498
  • ISBN-13: 978-0892365494
  • Product Dimensions: 24.8 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,139,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Joe Deal is Dean of the School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis. His photographs are in major collections throughout the United States and have appeared in numerous exhibitions throughout the U.S. and Europe. A major exhibition of his work held in Spring 1992 at the Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery was accompanied by a book, Joe Deal: Southern California Photographs 1976-86.Mark Johnstone is public art administrator of the Department of Cultural Affairs of the City of Los Angeles.

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By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 1 Oct. 2010
Format: Hardcover
Joe deal in his short essay about this assignment says: 'It was always my intention to interpret not Richard Meier's work, but the construction of culture in a unique site'. As such I think he has succeeded admirably with these wonderful photos.

The 116 photos of the portfolio section are divided into: Site; Position; Occasion and Place which show the building emerging from the prepared site. For some reason Deal declined to photograph the finished building. This reluctance to show the Getty from start to finish is in a way reflected in the editorial of the book. The photos are presented as images on the page with no reference as to their significance. This is not a title for the trade showing off the work of a world famous architect.

Because the photos do show technical aspects of building some sort of captioning is essential but to keep the photos just as that: photos, the captions are all at the back of the book. I've never understood the thinking behind denying the readers an explanation of what they are looking at and asking them to constantly flip backwards and forwards from a photo to a back of book caption listing. How does a line of type discreetly placed under a photo detract for its integrity?

The book is a pleasant production with attractive endpapers, good paper and printing. The photos, mostly one to a page, have generous margins and the first few pages of text from the four contributors are in a very readable format. The book continues the work of Joe Deal in the New Topographics genre.
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Getting Getty 1 Oct. 2010
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Joe deal in his short essay about this assignment says: 'It was always my intention to interpret not Richard Meier's work, but the construction of culture in a unique site'. As such I think he has succeeded admirably with these wonderful photos.

The 116 photos of the portfolio section are divided into: Site; Position; Occasion and Place which show the building emerging from the prepared site. For some reason Deal declined to photograph the finished building. This reluctance to show the Getty from start to finish is in a way reflected in the editorial of the book. The photos are presented as images on the page with no reference as to their significance. This is not a title for the trade showing off the work of a world famous architect.

Because the photos do show technical aspects of building some sort of captioning is essential but to keep the photos just as that: photos, the captions are all at the back of the book. I've never understood the thinking behind denying the readers an explanation of what they are looking at and asking them to constantly flip backwards and forwards from a photo to a back of book caption listing. How does a line of type discreetly placed under a photo detract for its integrity?

The book is a pleasant production with attractive endpapers, good paper and printing. The photos, mostly one to a page, have generous margins and the first few pages of text from the four contributors are in a very readable format. The book continues the work of Joe Deal in the New Topographics genre.

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Joe Deal layed bare 5 April 2008
By Stuart Murdoch - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Joe Deal is another of my favourite photographers, from the new Topography movement of the 70's. I have been long aware of this project of Mr. Deal's.

The insight into the process involved is indeed fascinating. I would however personally preferred the writing to have been more secondary in this book, perhaps using a different layout and approach. Still a great book with some stunning imagery.
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Fascinating look at the site and construction of the Getty. 18 Jun. 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The transformation of one of the most imposing "wild" parcels of land in Los Angeles into what is now the Getty Center (Museum, etc.) is the story of these stunning, beautiful black and white photographs. These images and thoughtful essays will be appreciated by anyone interested in art, landscapes, culture and/or modern architecture.
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