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Kodachrome Memory : American Pictures 1972-1990 [Hardcover]

Richard Buckley , Nathan Benn , Paul M Farber
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19 Sep 2013
Kodachrome Memory presents a last glimpse of an America that was, the last stand of the old order, the final tired, proud, alive moments of distinctive regionalism before the information age hastened a great cultural flattening. It exemplifies forthright storytelling about everyday people and vernacular spaces. The photographs organised by geographic and cultural affinities (Yankee, Heartland, Pittsburgh and Florida), raise questions rather than purport facts; they enchant with elegant forms and unexpected details.

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  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: POWERHOUSE BOOKS (19 Sep 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576876659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876657
  • Product Dimensions: 28.4 x 31.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 517,581 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars Was it only yesterday? 12 Jan 2014
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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A delightful slice of pure Americana served up in photo book format. Nathan Benn worked for the National Geographic for many years and the photos here reflect the magazine's house style: technically perfect photos that say something to the reader. Fortunately this means that the more personal style of photography seen in so many art photo books over the last four decades isn't much in evidence here.

The ninety-four photos in the book have been selected from about 350,000 Kodachromes that Benn had put in storage nearly twenty years ago. The great thing about the film was that it didn't fade and the colours in these photos sing out with vibrancy and clarity as if they had been processed yesterday. The pages are in four sections: North East; Heartland; Pittsburgh; Florida, each divided by a spread of life size Kodachrome slides (rather interestingly some of these are the wrong way round). All the images are a slice of life between 1972 and 1990. Almost everyday scenes though how often would you see a farrier or a bunch of Klansmen burning a cross, even back then. There is mixture of exterior and interior and a portrait or two. Virtually every one has beautiful framing and that helps to pull you into the composition.

Excellent though the book is it has a slight flaw because of a lack of captions. The only captions name the place and date (and oddly set sideways in the left and right margins instead of centered under each photo) but several of them made me ask: what's going on here. Two men on page 129 both have two hats on, the front of the book essays says they are seasonal sugar-cane harvesters about to leave Miami International Airport but nothing about the two hats.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Photography, wonderful reproduction 6 Nov 2013
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I am working on a project to scan and print old Kodachrome slides, so I was interested to see this publication. The photographer, Nathan Benn, had taken the time to contribute to an online article explaining the effort he had gone to faithfully reproduce the colours, which was a good sign for me. When I got the book I was really pleased, not only with the reproductions, but the quality of the photography. They are both of the highest standard. A really interesting mix of images taken during his time with National Geographic. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was it only yesterday? 12 Jan 2014
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A delightful slice of pure Americana served up in photo book format. Nathan Benn worked for the National Geographic for many years and the photos here reflect the magazine's house style: technically perfect photos that say something to the reader. Fortunately this means that the more personal style of photography seen in so many art photo books over the last four decades isn't much in evidence here.

The ninety-four photos in the book have been selected from about 350,000 Kodachromes that Benn had put in storage nearly twenty years ago. The great thing about the film was that it didn't fade and the colors in these photos sing out with vibrancy and clarity as if they had been processed yesterday. The pages are in four sections: North East; Heartland; Pittsburgh; Florida, each divided by a spread of life size Kodachrome slides (rather interestingly some of these are the wrong way round). All the images are a slice of life between 1972 and 1990. Almost everyday scenes though how often would you see a farrier or a bunch of Klansmen burning a cross, even back then. There is mixture of exterior and interior and a portrait or two. Virtually every one has beautiful framing and that helps to pull you into the composition.

Excellent though the book is it has a slight flaw because of a lack of captions. The only captions name the place and date (and oddly set sideways in the left and right margins instead of centered under each photo) but several of them made me ask: what's going on here. Two men on page 129 both have two hats on, the front of the book essays says they are seasonal sugar-cane harvesters about to leave Miami International Airport but nothing about the two hats. Page 108 shows a selection of flat metal discs and squares of material laying on a wide ledge, who knows what they are but if the photo had appeared in the Geographic a caption would have revealed exactly what they were. An explanation, at least for some of the photos, would have made the book complete for me.

The design and printing are first class, using a 250 screen brings out so much of the detail in these photos and as they were all taken by one person there is a constant color quality throughout the book. Overall a fascinating look
backwards.

*Since I wrote this review Nathan Benn has kindly explained what the photo on 108 is about, please click the Comment below.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CAPTIVATING "PICTURE BOOK" FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES! 12 Dec 2013
By sarah reed - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a fabulous holiday gift for anyone in your family, kids or adults. There are images in here to entertain and delight everyone. I'd forgotten the pleasure of poring over "picture books" now that my kids are grown. It is fun to imagine and invent different back stories for the pictures in this gorgeous book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 13 Oct 2013
By Flying Dutchman - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a great book. You will like this book in you just love historical photos or you are a professional photographer wanting to pick up how another person views the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 9 Oct 2013
By Javier F. alonso - Published on Amazon.com
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The quality of the images is great and the photography is excellent. This book shall be in every photo enthusiast library.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Okay at Best 18 Dec 2013
By Barbara Clark - Published on Amazon.com
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This book was advertised using a very creative and unusual photo and that picture is the best one in the book. The other pictures looked like they were taken by my Mother and Aunts.; They show the era but not in a very interesting way.
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