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Hasselblad Master: Emotion V. 2 [Hardcover]

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30 Sep 2010
Hasselblad--manufacturer of the finest photographic technology for more than five decades--sponsors the elite Masters contest each year, recognizing both the top established and upcoming photographers. Starting with 1,700 accomplished entrants who submitted ten photographs each, the Hasselbald team rigorously narrowed the selection to 100 finalists. Five editors of respected international photo magazines were then assigned the difficult task of choosing ten ultimate winners. These ten Hasselblad masters were given access to the finest photographic equipment and asked to interpret the theme "emotion" in their own distinctive ways. This book contains the compelling projects from each of the winning photographers.

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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues Publishing; Bilingual edition (30 Sep 2010)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 3832794115
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832794118
  • Product Dimensions: 34.5 x 28.4 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,044 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3.0 out of 5 stars high quality but content some what disapointing 28 Jun 2013
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it is a great quality book, but the content is kind of boaring. i would have expected more exciting photos
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great 22 April 2013
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Bought as a present for the boyfriend who's a photography student has been very useful and was very grateful for the book. Great purchase, good delivery and packaging.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Photographers - Remarkable Book 15 Dec 2010
By Daniel G. Lebryk - Published on Amazon.com
Hasselblad Masters: Emotion, Volume 2, is the latest edition of the annual Hasselblad master photographer competition, in its ninth year.

This is not so much a single book, but a portfolio of ten different photographers each taking a different approach to the word emotion. This will be a long review, since each photographer stands on his own; the book is not so much a cohesive single piece that can be described easily.

Overall this is a magnificent book. At roughly 11 x 14 inches, the pictures are large and easy to study, many span two pages. Given that each picture was taken with the finest camera mass produced in the world, Hasselblads, the detail is remarkable, tones are perfectly smooth, and there is no grain visible in any of these pictures. When the photographer looked for perfection, the images are razor sharp. TeNeues has done a remarkable job at reproducing color and black and white photographs. The images stand out from the page, they have an amazing depth. This is a sumptuous heavy book to hold. The printing and production of this book is up to the lofty standards set by the cameras used to take these pictures. If I were to dare take this book apart, each image could be framed and hung.

Text is kept to a minimum so as to not distract from viewing the images. The book opens with a description of the Hasselblad Masters program. Each portfolio is prefaced with a blank page, the photographer's name, website, and a brief discussion of how they approached the Emotion assignment. For this review, I looked at each photographer's website to compare their work to this project. The book closes with a much longer interview with each photographer and thumbnails of their work. Finally there is a listing of the judges.

Strap on the reading glasses and grab a drink, this will be a lengthy discussion while I give my reaction to each photographer's portfolio.

Joao Carlos - Wedding/Social. Carlos is influenced by film, the pictures have a cinematic, Technicolor, "Gone With The Wind" feel to them. These are gorgeous images, deeply saturated color, and beautiful velvet skin tones. The series starts in black and white and color is progressively added to the photographs, as if the series is coming to life. The cover photograph is part of this series, and is one of the most powerful of the entire book. A woman sitting in a forest is another of the best photographs in the entire volume.
There is a problem with this series, which crops up with a few other photographers, editing their work. The middle two pictures are very similar, they almost look like one is cropped close and the second is the wide view. There are subtle differences between the two images, and they do somewhat progress the story line of this series. But they are just too similar and are distracting next to each other. There are four pictures, if removed, would have improved the power of this portfolio.

Lyle Owerko - Up and Coming. Stark, black and white portraits set against a solid white background. There are mostly two images of each person, a wider view and a close up. In this case the two images side by side work extremely well. Owerko has a sense of irony and a fresh look at details possibly missed in the larger overall view. He shows a sense of the inner spirit in a kind caring way. This leads to a warm relationship with the subject. This portfolio is in sharp contrast to his earlier work. He is credited with the famous cover of the Twin Towers burning on Time Magazine, September 11, 2001. From that day, he published a book of people jumping from the building.

alexandfelix - Fine Art. The first image is very strange, a heavily made up face, poking through a hole in a board around a maze of tiny "random" objects. The following pages are many more images of Rube Goldberg-esque objects, tiny springs, wheels, wires, lamps, toys, and etc. all in sepia / yellow tones. These images look disconnected, just a random maze of stuff. The final image reveals that the previous images were details of this huge machine that was built around the person's head from the first image. Alexandfelix create the absurd and surreal worlds. The feel is as if a human head were placed in the middle of a Magritte painting.

Mark Zibert - General. A disturbing series of black and white nudes. The images are of a youngish male and female with a hideous smooth plastic mask over their face. There is a sort of dance between the two until they are both captured in a saran plastic cover. His video and magazine work are much more cutting edge and accessible. This portfolio appears to come out of nowhere compared to his much better other work. I did not care for this portfolio at all.

Bang Peng - Landscape. Peng's photographs of China are difficult to describe. They are incredibly beautiful images of stark mountain landscapes littered with thousands of flags and no humans. There is a cold beauty in each image. I am reminded of the Akira Kurosawa films, Ran and Kagemusha. These are the most beautiful images in this book.

Stephan Zirwes - Architectural. A completely different view of architecture, Zirwes did aerial photographs of an airport during the air shut down from the Icelandic volcano ash incident. The images are a view few people ever see of an airport. The patterns and ground color are beautiful. Zirwes is at his best with these aerial photographs when the image looks like a pattern or something other than an aerial photograph. His other work looks organic. This series is mechanical in contrast.

Kirk Rees - Fashion / Beauty. This series is smoky, fuzzy, dirty, and lit harshly. Rees was overly literal with the concept of emotion, the images ended up trite. Sadly, I can almost hear him yelling at his models to show more emotion. Stomp harder, throw that powder harder, whip that flare over here, show emotion. These are the weakest photographs of the book.

Mark Holthusen - Products. These are ironic pictures. Holthusen takes a classic painting, sculpture, or film and throws in a major twist. In one image he has built a robot made of car parts (seat parts, transmission gears, dashboard parts, etc.) sitting on a stack of three tires in "The Thinker" pose. Another has a long train of men in the desert hauling sinks in a scene from the "Ten Commandments." These are remarkable, strange, compelling, beautiful, photographs.

Nina Berman - Editorial. Black and white pictures of the Brooklyn Steppers, "Marching toward a brighter future." The pictures are all heart felt and taken with love. Each image appears to be carefully constructed, with the plain of focus deliberately chosen. In the process, Berman uses strange out of focus objects that are distracting. In film, out of focus foreground objects work well, it is extremely difficult to make them work in still photography. The first few pictures are powerful and work rather well. However, the last few look more like a proud parent taking pictures at a parade. Her usual work is much more politically charged and looks more like snapshots than this portfolio.

Claudio Napolitano - Portrait. This portfolio contains the more photographs than any other artist. These are somewhat disturbing pictures of children. The first two pictures appear to be normal images, not overly manipulated, a boy dressed up like an old time clown in front of a circus tent; and a princess standing in an overgrown playground on the edge of a woods after all the leaves have fallen off the trees. The latter feels a bit like Alice in Wonderland. The third photograph looks like Le Petit Prince standing on a cliff at night above a big city.
From here the images go strange. The rest of the portfolio appears to be over manipulated, with heavily saturated colors, overly smoothed lighting, and children that look like they were Photoshoped in over a background. These are odd disturbing pictures, a child in a yellow poncho standing beside a yellow bucket with a red hose in front of a forest that was recently burned down. This portfolio suffers from the same editing problem as the very first in this book. Side by side images that just looks like mild cropping of the next image. It looks like the photographer just couldn't decide which image of the two he preferred.
The final image of the book is of a boy with paper and bamboo wings spread wide, standing on a stairway landing that leads nowhere. He is looking up smiling as if he is ready to jump in to the abyss below him.

A copy of this book was provided for review by the publisher.

Hasselblad Masters is a remarkable book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing Pictures Not Worthy of the Beautifully Done Book 21 April 2011
By James R. Holland - Published on Amazon.com
This 11 x 14 inch beautifully produced photographic collection seems like an echo of the same type of books the Hasselblad Camera Company was printing 40-45 years ago when I first became interested in photography. Apparently these are the 10 winners of Hasselblad's 2009 Masters Competition that drew entries from almost 3,000 photographers.
The ten winners were then assigned the topic of "Emotion" to illustrate. Oddly enough, these razor sharp, perfectly exposed and printed images all seem to be severely lacking any emotion. Naturally, there are some pretty good photographs included in this collection but they feel like the images of industrial photographs. They are perfect technically, but otherwise uninspiring.
My own favorites were the landscapes of Bang Peng because the mountainous, Chinese subject matter is so alien to most Americans. The Stephan Zirwes architectual photographs of an airport taken from above also produced some beautiful aerial patterns. Alexandfelix produced some interesting Fine Art collages but they too appeared too much like industrial photographs of computer chips.
Sadly, while these are nice samples of the 10 individual winners of this photographic competition, they aren't very inspiring although they do confirm that Hasselblad makes wonderful cameras. Somehow the book made me wish to see the original portfolios from which these 10 winners were selected.
2.0 out of 5 stars Bad photographs 18 Jun 2011
By Mishka - Published on Amazon.com
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Having liked the vol.1 "Passion", I have bought the vol.2 sight unseen. Bad mistake. The book is a collection of meaningless ego-boosting photographs that have absolutely nothing to do with the theme. Basically, it looks like the guys sent in bunch of pictures and said, "go, figure somehow how to connect this with the subject". Duh -- one guy just shoot pictures of airfields. Maybe nice pics, but how emotional is that? In essence, the editors made zero effort to make this book a meaningful collection. Big disappointment.
5.0 out of 5 stars Hasselblad Masters - Vol 2, Emotions (TeNeues) 4 Mar 2011
By BlogOnBooks - Published on Amazon.com
Each year, Hasselblad, the maker of what is generally regarded as the finest square format mass-production cameras in the world, hosts a competition to find the 10 best photographers using their equipment. In this, the second edition of the Masters series from TeNeues, the theme is `emotion,' and while the beautiful results depicted herein showcase the ten winners' interpretation of emotion, well, some are more emotional than others.

First, let it be said that TuNeues has done a fine job in the duplication and printing of the winning contestant's work. Each photo, each page, is printed to the top standards of mass-production photo book standards with nary a grain of film being visible among the many, finely focused subjects (one cannot beat, for example) the intricate detail of the mechanical renderings of Swiss duo Alex and Felix.)

Further, in terms of conceptuality (is that a word?), the photographers have delivered portfolios that are tight and hold together exceedingly well in demonstrating not only their master use of the camera, lighting and exposure, but richness of concept and therefore all around execution of assignment.
The only issue we have with the book, is perhaps the emotion concept itself. While some submissions are spot on when bringing the emotion concept to life (England's Dirk Rees, Portugal's cover photographer Joao Carlos and America's Claudio Napolitano among the category defining best), while others (in particular, USA's Mark Holthusen's cyborg pics and Germany's Stephan Zirwes collection of aerial photos of closed airports) seem purposely devoid of emotion - mechanical and stark - the look of anti-emotion.

Regardless of how closely the winners hued to the theme, the photographs in each and every case are mezmerizing, spellbinding and make for one of the most suberb, multi-photographer bound exhibits around. Our advice, forget the theme. Enjoy the book. It's quality is superior to most of what is one the market, `emotional' or not.
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