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Paperback: 206 pages
Publisher: Facing It Publications; 1st edition (8 Mar. 2011)
For people who saw the original exhibition, mounted by Harriet Walter, from which this idea for a book came, this would not have been the delightful surprise it has been for me. Harriet Walter turns out to be not only a consummate actor, she also has a real eye for the attractive, tasteful photograph and for its rightful place amongst others in this book and a way with words which both explains, compliments and elucidates the images she she has chosen. For women who are growing older and are concerned about the way the world sees them, this offers comfort and joy even though punches are not pulled. Harriet even has some delightful pictures of herself in the collection, matching her words with her actions. I have given this book to various women who might find this appealing, and all have loved it unreservedly, as do I. It is one to take off the shelf when you are feeling low and it definitely cheers by example.
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A photo book of ladies of all kinds.23 Oct. 2011
Armando N. Roman
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It's a shame that there are barely any new photo books being printed of 'older women' these days, and to get a good one, you have to search high and low. With the whole 'cougar' trend of the last couple years, there've been a few books full of pictures with glammed up ladies with enough plastic surgery work done on them that could rival Joan Rivers. Facing It, luckily, isn't one of those books. And even better, it's about 90% photos and 10% text. There are no huge essays here, and what text there is, is insightful and genuine. A lot of it is quotes from all kinds of women, with one of them even coming from Madonna.
The variety in this book is fantastic. Women in their 40s, 50s, 60s and older are featured here, and only a small handful of them have the 'professional' look to the photos. I don't mean that in a good or bad way, but it's obvious that the great shot of Annie Lennox was shot in a completely different way from, well, just about everyone else here. Her shot is still gorgeous, and was a big surprise when I saw it. The majority of the photos are very casual, being taken on the street, in the woman's home, or out in the country. The quality of the photographs is all over the place, with some being crystal clear and others being on the grainy side, as if they were just taken out of an old family photo album and scanned for this book. That gives Facing It a special feeling like this book IS an old family photo album, though nearly everyone shown in this book is unrelated from each other.
What keeps it from being a 5 star book is that the layout of the text could have been handled better, and the book has a thin softcover. My first copy was damaged during shipping and I had to search for a replacement, so just be careful with how it's shipped if you purchase it. This book is definitely worth buying though, just for the sheer variety of women shown.