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Ireland - Timeless Images by Giles Norman [Hardcover]

Giles Norman
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10 Mar 2013
To mark 25 years since the opening of his gallery, renowned Irish photographer Giles Norman presents more than 150 of his most enduring black and white images in this remarkable collection. From rugged headlands and windswept oceans to fragile flora and shadowed skies, these images capture the timeless splendour of Ireland. Since the gallery opened in historic Kinsale, County Cork, 1000s of visitors have witnessed his special talent. Handed his first camera at the age of 18, Giles is entirely self-taught, inspired by photographers such as Ansel Adams. Giles takes his 35mm Nikon to create images of the Irish landscape that evoke a purity of vision, mostly stripped of manmade intrusion. Wider views of wild, remote places intermingle with small details of windows and moments in urban and rural life with little concession to the human form. Preferring to keep his pictures 'real' he shuns the special effects of modern photography. Skeletons of fishing boats, lonely roads, deserted ruins and cobbled streets speak of a life apart from the image, and of our temporary passage. A shaft of light between clouds, a breaking wave, the elegance of a single flower remind us how special these moments are. Accompanied by his own observations and insights on his work, this book is a must for anyone who shares Giles' passion for photography and the Irish landscape.

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  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: The Collins Press (10 Mar 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1848891687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1848891685
  • Product Dimensions: 25 x 1.8 x 25 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 179,160 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Giles Norman lives in Kinsale, Co. Cork. A chance request to photograph a school project provided his first opportunity to use a camera and, by 1981, he was creating his first portfolios. He developed his distinctive style, travelled Ireland in search of images and opened his own gallery. The gallery was a success and gained Giles recognition as one of Ireland's leading photographers. He still travels a lot in search of photographs. Giles may have inherited his talent from his mothers's family as her great uncle was the Belgian painter, Henri de Braekeleer. His paintings still hang in the Royal Museum of Fine Arts in Brussels and he was considered one of Van Goghs great influences.

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4.0 out of 5 stars best Irish rural photography book 3 July 2013
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If this book was to be published on colours would be as nice as on B&W.
It's the best way how to describe rural Ireland and Ireland in general, maybe I like the B&W more but that's gives more feel to images itself and country connected to.
I've seen many times Giles Norman work when I go so often to Kinsale where he has his gallery based, and Giles has developed a special style to best represent Ireland at outside world which most shows connection to the past rather in future.
I'd have liked to see more photos of cities as well people and culture itself, but still it's a book to have if you like something about Ireland and photography in general.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely Images Well Printed Publication 9 May 2013
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If you appreciate good quality Black and white landscape photography then this book is a good buy. It is very well printed - the images have a look you would expect from a traditional print with a nice graduation of tones. Recommended for the coffee table or as a gift.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Like going home again. 25 July 2013
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It was everything I expected and more. The monochromatic images of Ireland seem to me to have more empathy than color images. Thanks for rekindling fond memories.
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