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New York in Color [Hardcover]

Bob Shamis
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1 Oct 2011
Colour is where it's all happening in photography today, and New York City is colour photography's greatest subject. "New York in Colour" presents the best colour photography of New York over the last century and celebrates one of the world's most visually vibrant cities. From such iconic landmarks as Times Square, Central Park, and Coney Island to neighbourhoods and locales unknown even to many New Yorkers, colour photography provides a new perspective on the city. More than anything else, though, it is New York's famous energy, anarchy, and diversity as observed on the city's streets and in its public spaces that have inspired many of the photographers in this collection. "New York in Colour" shows the city as an ever-changing visual collage, 'a beautiful catastrophe,' as the Swiss architect Le Corbusier famously described it. Organized in thematic sections that capture the vibrancy and poetry of the changing streetscape - such as the skyline, the teeming streets, the constant motion, the nerve centres of activity, the famous landmarks, the water's edge - "New York in Colour" is destined to be a classic photographic survey of the world's most exciting city.

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  • Hardcover: 228 pages
  • Publisher: Abrams; 1 edition (1 Oct 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1419700618
  • ISBN-13: 978-1419700613
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 30 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,493 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bob Shamis is a consultant, independent curator, and photographer. As an independent curator he has organized photography exhibitions for galleries and museums, including the National Gallery of Canada. From 1998 to 2006 he was the Curator of Prints and Photographs at the Museum of the City of New York where he organized more than a dozen exhibitions. A fine art photographer, his work has been shown in one-person and group exhibitions in the United States and Europe is represented in the permanent collections of the Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris; the Brooklyn Museum; the Museum Ludwig, Cologne; the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston; and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars City capture from Eve Arnold to Charlie Zoller 15 Oct 2011
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Bob Shamis choice of 235 colour photos in these pages clearly lift it way above the usual New York photo book and there are enough of those around already. I thought this was a vibrant selection of work mostly from known photographers, a hundred of them and they all have something to say about the world's leading cultural centre. Obviously very few photos are pre-forties but Steichen's 1904 Flatiron Building is here and over the page is Alfred Dutertre's Pointillist style shot of the Plaza Hotel from 1908. Other older images were originally in mono and hand coloured including one from Jacob Riis taken in 1888.

The city comes alive with colour from the fifties onward and Saul Leiter has some great work included, sort of colour versions of the influential mono New York School work of the period. Most of the fifties and some of the sixties photos come across with muted colours probably as much to do with the technical aspects of film back then as to do with the subject choice of photographers experimenting with this new medium. The vibrancy and dazzle of colour had to wait until the eighties, now it's permanent. There's a stunning shot by Andrew Moore (page sixty-five) of Times Square taken in 2002 that sort of sums up the colour image one expects of the city now. Thomas Hoepker's famous 9/11 photo (page 210) and one by Joel Meyerowitz, also from 9/11 (page 217) are also good examples of the documentary colour style.

The subject matter of the photos is a mixture of cityscapes, street scenes and a some interiors. A few feature personalities, Gay Talese, Diana Vreeland for example but it is basically the city that comes across so strongly.

The book's square format works well with one photo a page, printed in a 175 screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars City capture from Eve Arnold to Charlie Zoller 15 Oct 2011
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bob Shamis choice of 235 color photos in these pages clearly lift it way above the usual New York photo book and there are enough of those around already. I thought this was a vibrant selection of work mostly from known photographers, a hundred of them and they all have something to say about the world's leading cultural center. Obviously very few photos are pre-forties but Steichen's 1904 Flatiron Building is here and over the page is Alfred Dutertre's Pointillist style shot of the Plaza Hotel from 1908. Other older images were originally in mono and hand colored including one from Jacob Riis taken in 1888.

The city comes alive with color from the fifties onward and Saul Leiter has some great work included, sort of color versions of the influential mono New York School work of the period. Most of the fifties and some of the sixties photos come across with muted colors probably as much to do with the technical aspects of film back then as to do with the subject choice of photographers experimenting with this new medium. The vibrancy and dazzle of color had to wait until the eighties, now it's permanent. There's a stunning shot by Andrew Moore (page sixty-five) of Times Square taken in 2002 that sort of sums up the color image one expects of the city now. Thomas Hoepker's famous 9/11 photo (page 210) and one by Joel Meyerowitz, also from 9/11 (page 217) are also good examples of the documentary color style.

The subject matter of the photos is a mixture of cityscapes, street scenes and a some interiors. A few feature personalities, Gay Talese, Diana Vreeland for example but it is basically the city that comes across so strongly.

The book's square format works well with one photo a page, printed in a 175 screen. There is a minor designer's conceit in having no page numbers on the left-hand pages and on the right-hand pages the number is placed near the book's gutter, a pretty pointless position in my view, especially when a reader uses the Index and then to find a particular page.

'New York in color' is sort of comparable with Taschen's huge, wonderful New York: Portrait Of A City. Both books look at the city using work from the same photographers though the Taschen book is arranged historically and has as many mono photos as color ones.

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0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not as promised 29 Dec 2013
By Albert Brunsting - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book but it was in bad shape, not. as it was advertised. The cover was torn all over and book had marks of heavily use. Inside of book was fine.
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