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Cape Light Meyerowitz Paperback – 1 Apr 1981


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  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (1 April 1981)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878461310
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878461318
  • Product Dimensions: 23.2 x 1 x 26.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,234,956 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A beautiful collection of images taken at Cape Cod which concentrate on the subtle action of the light. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Joel Meyerowitz is a photographer best known for his large format colour work published in CAPE LIGHT and several other books. He lives in New York City and Provincetown, Massachusetts. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Shuttleworth on 7 May 2010
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A collection of beautiful photographs, broad colour fields, subtle studies of expansive light. Of a growing number of books of photographs I own this is one of the three I would grab if I had to run outside in a fire. I have no idea what the only other reviewer (so far) is talking about
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Bishop on 23 Oct 2011
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This is work by meyerowitz that is slightly different to his street photography but just as brilliant. Its a large, well layed out book that screams quality and professionalism. i was not dissapointed at all and i too do not know why the other reviewer gave it such a low score :S If you like photography of any genre then this book is for you, its the perfect book to look at in a comfy arm chair in silence and take your time looking at some genius work
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2 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Steps Ahead Fan on 5 May 2010
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I'd learnt of Joel Meyerowitz through watching him photograph in the BBC documentary The Genius of Photography. Joel is a VERY likeable fellow. He is sincere and helpful. He's out there photographing New York most of the time I'd guess, after all he is a street photographer.

I bought this book believing that I'd be in for a treat, since Joel certainly knows how to talk up an image.

When I received the book and looked at what was inside, I truly was speechless. The only thought which could come out from my mind was that if he thinks he can take those sorts of pictures, then so can I - only better !

This book wins the award from me as being so bland, so uninteresting, so AWFUL that it is the ONLY book I have EVER returned to Amazon for a full refund.

I have since looked at more work from Joel and I have to say that it's nowhere near what I would call master photography level. It lacks creativity and consistently his images look mundane.

Sorry Joel !
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
this is it! 8 Jan 2003
By Paul Vecsei - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I first saw this book while i was looking through the photography section at the University of Guelph library. This book probably influenced my photography more than any other. Unfortunately, it also made me start doing shots with my nikon that are better suited for a large format system. The introductory interview with the photographer is possibly the most interesting discussion on the topic of light and photography. If you plan to become anything more than an amature photographer, PLEASE get this book NOW.
10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Takes your photographic breath away 4 Mar 2002
By J.S. Sommer - Published on Amazon.com
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Ansel Adams said that this book was his favorite book of color photographs (the reason I bought it, long ago). Meyerowitz's use of little contrast, incomparible colors, and unusual subject matter makes this a must MEMORIZE book for all serious photographers. If you don't go nuts over his photographs, you don't like photography as much as you thought you did.......
john in texas
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
One of the Best Photo Books Ever Published 28 Nov 2009
By Jeff Wignall - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm a little stunned that this book only has six reviews and that they're not all five-star reviews. I can only attribute that to the reasons one of the reviewers gives below, that this is a sub-standard edition of what is one of the greatest photo books ever envisioned or published. I first saw this book (the year it was first published, 1978, I think) in a bookstore outside of Boston and it was so beautiful that I had to sit down on the floor of the shop and study every page. I couldn't have been more blown away by the utter simplicity and yet great emotional depth of the images. Meyerowitz, one of the masters of New York "street" photography in the 1960s had burned out on the intensity of his street and commercial work and retreated to a small house in Truro on Cape Cod and, leaving small formats behind, brought with him a pair of 8 x 10-inch Deardorff field cameras. He then spent that summer (and much time after, I assume) using the huge view cameras almost as if they were smaller-format cameras: in some cases keeping a camera on a tripod in the back seat of his car and then, when a great moment occurred, hopping out of his car and shooting the photo in just minutes.

And when you look at the spectacular photos in this book (and they include some of the simplest and most interesting landscape photos ever made) you can see and feel that moment of awareness, that instant when a photograph was waiting to be made and Meyerowitz was there. He took a huge artistic chance in shifting from small-format cameras to large-format field cameras, but it seems in retrospect like a completely inspired decision. I think he changed forever the way that art photographers (the great Stephen Shore among them, I'd guess) look at large-format cameras.

The photos in this book are fun, they're brilliantly lit, they're natural, they're human, they're the heart and soul of Cape Cod. And they will teach you more about light and composition than any how-to book ever written (and I write photo how-to books for a living). Joel Meyerowitz is a true artist and I hope that some publisher will show the integrity and respect due to Joel to republish this book in its original large-format hardcover edition. The book deserves it, the photos deserve it and the photo world deserves it.

In the mean time, look for used copies of the original and know that you will be buying a forgotten masterpiece and no doubt one of the greatest photography books ever published. Meyerowitz is the real deal, he's a modern master. His book Aftermath on 9-11 Aftermath: World Trade Center Archive is certainly the greatest artistic and journalistic achievement to come out of that tragic event.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
The Best Color Photography Book....Ever 19 Mar 2008
By Noel Kerns - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I don't know what reviewer "K Raustol" (a couple reviews down)has been smoking, but this work, along with Ansel's body of B&W work is to my mind the finest large-format photography ever produced. This book is ALL about composition and capturing the subtle naunces of the changing light, and this book represents that concept better than any other published color work that I've ever seen. As another reviewer mentioned, if you're serious about photography, this book in an absolute MUST.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
great book, awful edition 13 Sep 2009
By Raul CHARLIN Fernandez - Published on Amazon.com
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I've bought this book as it's one of the classic color photography books. Pictures are sensational, but this edition is "too cheap", not just because of the paperback, but because images don't have space enough to show themselves. Moreover the print quality is really bad. I suggest you to spend some more money and by a "decent" edition of this great book.

Raúl
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