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Classic Africa Hardcover – 31 Aug 2010

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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Publishing; Mul edition (31 Aug. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3832793747
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832793746
  • Product Dimensions: 4.4 x 35.6 x 27.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,034,122 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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" might change the way you think about photography!" The New York Times"

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I bought this book for my husband as a memento for the love of Africa that we have. This book is worth the money. Beautiful suede like cover in dark brown and the narration at the beginning of the book is like poetry to the ears. The photographs are absolutely spectacular. This is a wonderful coffee table book and outshines anything else we have.

Highly recommended.
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I have quite some books about African wildlife. My books also include Michael Poliza's "Africa" and "Eyes over Africa". The latter having not the quality as his first I did some research before purchasing his latest issue. I'm glad I did. You can view all the images of "Classic Africa" at the photographer's website. I'm a huge fan of black and white photography, but these images don't speak to me. Don't get me wrong. The composition and so are very good, but the black and white issues look overdone. I believe the photographer wanted to create a nostalgic look. However, a lot of these have been published as color images before and in that way are excellent without a doubt. If you really want a book by Poliza than I strongly suggest his first "Africa". And for black and white photography of African wildlife there's only one option for me: Nick Brandt. His two books "On this Earth" and especially "A Shadow Falls" are a league of their own. And for a much lower price. You can find them here On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa, A Shadow Falls
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HASH(0x93ddcf24) out of 5 stars Surprisingly unsatisfying 1 Jun. 2011
By Telcontar - Published on
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Let me start by saying that I own all of Michael's previous books and consider him in the top five best African wildlife photographers. His color images transcend being good photos and enter into the cateory of fine art. That's why I was so disappointed in this book. Michael's creative eye for black and white imagery is sadly lacking. The nuances so prevalent in his color photography are completely lost through his heavy-handed editing choices. To see what a true master of black and white African wildlife photography can accomplish, look at the books of Nick Brandt, A Shadow Falls and On This Earth: Photographs from East Africa.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93dde210) out of 5 stars Classic Africa lacks what Africa delivered 22 Mar. 2011
By P. Eleazer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Michael Poliza's photography of African wildlife is some of the best I have ever seen. A few years back I bought 'Africa' by Poliza. I was totally blown away. Amazing images from the air that reveal unique patterns and incredible close-up shots that really make you feel the animals. I also love Nick Brandt's images of African wildlife in black and white. With that backdrop, I couldn't wait to see how Micheal would treat Africa in B&W and sepia tones. Hmmm. Not so happy with the result. The images are okay and few are even special, but in general it seems the book gets carried away with toning and vignettes that don't always fit the image. The result is that not every picture draws you in or tells a story like Poliza's prior giant book on Africa.

Worth adding to the collection ... but only after you own Africa and at least one of Brandt's books such as A Shadow Falls
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93dde450) out of 5 stars Rarely Have Animals Been So Artistically Presented 22 Dec. 2010
By Grady Harp - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Michael Poliza, German photographer of wildlife and landscapes, has created with the help of teNeues Publishing a rare treasure of a book. Simply titled CLASSIC AFRICA this book of photographs of the animals and landscapes of Africa is unlike any he has previously published. As he states in his Introduction titled 'I love Africa' he has taken his favorite photographs from 2002 to 2010, images originally captured in color, and altered those images to black and white by overexposing thee negatives and then manipulating them into duotone photographs. The results are inordinately artistic images of the many animals of Africa seen in detail an in near conversational positions as captured by Poliza both on land and by helicopter. The images are absolutely realistic but are so luminous that they appear like fine drypoint etchings.

Poliza adds a few lines of commentary throughout the book, thoughts that he elects to share with the viewer, hoping that some of the love he has for these animals and this country will be evident. There are images of a jackal mother and her cubs, many 'landscape' surveys of elephants in the wild mixed with amazing details of their trunks, their eyes, lions preening and preying, birds of a spectrum not seen before in one book, hilarious chimpanzees, lord-like giraffes, and eloquent vistas of the land alone as well as the land with animals and birds and other wildlife living in tenuous harmony.

The book as a book is an art piece: the cover of this very large and heavy book is made of rich brown suede with a single eloquent image of a leopard and the name of the book and the artist deeply embossed. This is as fine a book on animal imagery as is available. And Michael Poliza's reputation as a genius in wildlife photography is even further enhanced with this collection. His love for Africa could not be better expressed. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, December 10
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HASH(0x93dde7b0) out of 5 stars Gorgeous 18 Dec. 2010
By Dan Lebryk - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Classic Africa is an amazing collection of duotone (black and white) photographs bound in an equally amazing book. Simply holding this book, lifting it, looking at it, feeling the cover; it is clear this book is special. It is the rare book that begs to be opened.

A strange thing has happened; National Geographic is what we all expect for wildlife photography. The pictures have to be stunning, incredibly detailed, glossy, and have vibrant color. Michel Poliza has taken a completely different approach to wildlife photography, a king of anti-National Geographic style. He finds the patterns, the simplicity, and the majesty of African animals. This is a book of intimate portraits of these animals, shot in black and white.

The photographs are stark and feel dry, much like the landscape where these animals live. The background is pure white or a very light gray. These are tight portraits, cropped very close. Something that doesn't work very well is the border around each image. Some form of manipulation has made the edges look ragged, like a water color painting. Flipping through the book quickly, it is apparent roughly ten or fifteen different kinds of screens were applied. This artifact is somewhat sad for such a gorgeous book.

The printing is exquisite. The extremely heavy weight (almost card stock) paper is a medium cream color. The images are set in a sepia tone, not a pure harsh black, but a very warm jet dark color. The binding is sewn and the large format (roughly 14 x 11) book opens flat to fully view the photographs. The layout is a single large picture on the right side and occasionally a small image on the left. Each picture is captioned on the left side. The layout is really pleasant and lets the images speak for themselves.

The cover is something very special. The material is some kind of synthetic material with an animal fur texture. The book title and author are deeply embossed on the cover. The 5 x 7 photograph of a leopard on the cover is a great example of the photographs inside.

This is a magnificent volume of about 150 pictures. It is a surprise to see such gorgeous black and white photographs in an era of ultra high def color images.

A copy of this book was provided for review by the publisher.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x93dde9cc) out of 5 stars Less is more 13 Dec. 2010
By ardyk - Published on
Format: Hardcover
If you love beautiful images of African animals and dream of experiencing an exciting safari, this book is it. The simple black-and-white images and overexposure give it a timeless look. The pictures can pass for photographs from the 1940s. It's that timelessness that appeals to the National Geographic explorer in my husband and looks wonderful on our coffee table.
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