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Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom Hardcover – 15 Sep 2006


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  • Hardcover: 152 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company (15 Sep 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393061450
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393061451
  • Product Dimensions: 2.6 x 0.2 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,547,274 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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[...] Historical in both scope and timing, Wilkes's book has been released just as Ellis Island's south side is being renovated, largely thanks to Wilkes's attention; soon the haunted desolation captured in these photographs will vanish forever. "

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For more than two decades, Stephen Wilkes has been widely recognised for his fine art and photography, and he is the recipient of numerous honours and awards.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Fullick on 30 May 2009
Format: Hardcover
A wonderful evocative and haunting photographic portrait of Ellis Island. Brilliant shots - great eye for composition, colour and texture. Really does capture the amazing atmosphere of Ellis Island - each protograph speaks of long forgotten voices and ghosts.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. P. Green on 19 May 2010
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I have been to Ellis Island and I have seen these photos in an exhibition. I've looked at the book in the gift shop and nearly purchased it. Sadly the $100 they wanted for it was too much for a book. I'd buy this book if it wasn't so expensive. Great documentation (if you can afford it)
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By Joy M on 26 April 2014
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I purchased this book as my mother had been stranded on Ellis Island as a 12 year old child - on her own. The pictures are of the Ellis Island she would have known, albeit not in the same condition, I had often imaged her stay there and how scared she must have been on her own. To see the wonderful pictures brought it all to life. I can't recommend this book more highly.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
Ellis Island: Ghosts of Freedom 5 Oct 2006
By David Kalman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Stephen Wilkes is a wonderful photographer and he makes the gritty details of a run down part of Ellis Island into a moving, dramatic and beautiful experience. It is powerful and also haunting and compelling you to walk in his foot steps. The images are technically exquisite. It is an inspiration to see the routes of our ancestors.

A great book to own.

David Kalman
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
What Is "Historic Preservation?" 9 Dec 2006
By John P Bernat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book brings to light an unusual reflection: pictures taken at a historical site which does not look at all like this any more.

The photos in this book have a haunting quality because of the disrepair of the isolation hospital on the "South Side" of Ellis Island. The dishevelment of the facility has a haunting, poetic quality as captured by Stephen Wilkes here.

We learn, though, that the site looks nothing like this any more. The Ellis Island foundation has enough money now to restore this facility to its former state, as it existed long before this level of deterioration advanced as far as shown in the book.

Meaning that this photographic record is all that survives.

It calls to question the notion of historic preservation. We now have the means to make something old look new - or as it did when it was first built. Does this mean that, eventually, this awful hospital will become a Disney World version of itself?

It's a tough ethical call, for sure. At least, though, I'm so grateful to Wilkes for creating and sharing this rare record with us all.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Book, Great Photographs 26 Mar 2007
By Tali Mindek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I Love this book, the pictures are beautiful, the design and layout make the pictures and quotes very moving. As a photographer I admire the quality of the work, and the bright vivid prints. I love that most of the images are full pages, sometimes spread across two pages, with small text labeling the room, or part of the property. There are no frames, page designs, or paragraphs to take away from the imagery. For more information and details the photographer includes a section of thumbnails with descriptions, stories about the room, or the shooting conditions, or even bitd of history. The thumbnails and text are at the back of the book with an arial shot and map showing the layout of the buildings. It really helps to peice together the history of Ellis Island. The quotes including add to the emotion behind the images, and I like that they were on parchment paper, so that you can see the pictures behind it. The books are being enjoyed by me and my mother, who is very interested in the hostory of Ellis Island, while I enjoy it for the photography. Great book to own, everyone should have a copy.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Stunning, hanunting, beautiful, inspirational for artists 3 July 2007
By Arteest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
As an artist, I purchased this after my artist friend showed it to me, to use as a guide for selecting particular colors and/or color combinations in abstract paintings. It is amazing that the light in the photos has been captured as it truly was--not altered or enhanced with SW to convey a particular mood. Everyone I have showed this to has been propelled to stop and look through every image in the book--it draws you in as you flip through the pages. The colors portray emotion. Content is one of a kind. Highly recommended.
10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beautiful Unusual Haunting Images 1 Dec 2006
By K. Teitelbaum - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful photography book. I loved looking at the photographs. The images convey many emotions - both past and present. A must have for anyone whose ancestors came through Ellis Island.
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