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The Plight of the Torpedo People Hardcover – 1 Dec 2012


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  • Hardcover: 100 pages
  • Publisher: Distributed Art Publishers (1 Dec 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1938922085
  • ISBN-13: 978-1938922084
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 1.8 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,635,541 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Surfer Nomad on 17 Sep 2013
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a beautifully presented book about something I feel passionately about, well photographed, probably though only of interest to body surfers and free divers
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Hoping for a little more, especially for the price. 3 May 2013
By Lunchbox - Published on Amazon.com
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It has some pretty cool pictures. Great little coffee table book, but I was hoping for a little more dialogue. In my opinion too expensive for what you get.
A highly recommended "read" 10 April 2013
By Barry K. Haun - Published on Amazon.com
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This book takes surfing back to its original roots, no board, just you and the ocean. Beautifully photographed and well written.
Striking photography, from a swim-fin perspective 8 Feb 2013
By David Martin - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a paper companion to the bodysurfing movie "Come Hell or High Water" and perhaps should have included a pocket to hold the movie. So, perhaps, get the movie first. The book is largely photography by Chris Burkard, who did still photos for the film, and is already a much-published young surf photographer. I have one other book of his photos, "The California Surf Project." The book works very well as an independent project, thanks to Burkard's impressive vision and those of the 11 other photographers.

"Torpedo People" has wondrous underwater photos, making me wonder about "Flying Through the Clouds: Surf Photography of Jim Russi", which I haven't seen. In terms of composition, page 52's shot is impressive: Keith Malloy echoing the shape of the wave he's beneath. It would look good on a wall. So is the two-page spread showing bodyboarder and Pipeline master Mike Stewart shooting Mark Cunningham at Teahupoo, Tahiti. It's featured at the book's website, and does not disappoint.

The one-page essays and paragraphs by bodysurfers are mostly very good. I'd single out Dave Parmeter from Hawaii, Bruce Jenkins of the San Francisco Chronicle, and Judith Sheridan from the San Francisco area, "Using the exact same gear (fins, wetsuit, attitude) in 20+ foot Maverick's and two-foot Pacifica. Watching a board surfer drive up with 3 boards and laughing as he leaves because he didn't bring the right one."

It's an extremely fresh look at being in the surf and proof that you don't need boards, much less Jet Skis, for engaging photography. The cover, by the way, is by Burkard, of Chris Kalima breaching like a whale.
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