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New York, Portrait of a City [Hardcover]

Reuel Golden
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5 Sep 2010
This book presents the epic story of New York in photographs, photo-portraits, maps, and aerial views - nearly 600 pages of emotional, atmospheric images, from the mid-19th century to the present day. Supplementing this treasure trove of images are hundreds of quotations and references from relevant books, movies, shows and songs. The city's fluctuating fortunes are all represented, from the wild nights of the Jazz Age and the hedonistic disco era, to the grim days of the Depression and the devastation of 9/11 and its aftermath, as its broken-hearted but unbowed citizens picked up the pieces. Chapter one (1850-1913) focuses on New York's dramatic emergence as America's greatest metropolis. Chapter two (1914-1945) traces the boom of the 1920s, the Great Depression, and the construction of the city's most famous landmarks: the Empire State Building, Chrysler Building and Rockefeller Center. Chapter three (1946-1965) sees New York become the world's first truly international city, with the construction of the U.N. headquarters. In chapter four, the Big Apple loses its shine (1966-1987) during a period of economic decline, social protest and mean streets. Chapter five (1988-2009) sees New York rise again from the lean times of the 1970s and early 80s, only to be devastated by the 9/11 terrorist attacks, which forever alter the city's landscape - and its sense of self. More than just a remarkable tribute to the metropolis and its civic, social, and photographic heritage, New York: Portrait of a City pays homage to the indomnitable spirit of those who call themselves New Yorkers: full of hope and strength, resolute in their determination to succeed among its glass and granite towers. It features hundreds of iconic images, sourced from dozens of archives and private collections - many never before published - and the work of over 150 celebrated photographers, including: Victor Prevost, Jacob Riis, Lewis Hine, Alfred Stieglitz, Paul Strand, Berenice Abbott, Walker Evans, Weegee, Margaret Bourke-White, Saul Leiter, Esther Bubley, Arnold Newman, William Claxton, Ralph Gibson, Ryan McGinley, Mitch Epstein, Steve Schapiro, Mary Ellen Mark, Marvin Newman, Allen Ginsberg, Joel Meyerowitz, Andreas Feininger, Neil Leifer, Charles Cushman, Joseph Rodriguez, Garry Winogrand, Larry Fink, Jamal Shabazz, Allan Tannenbaum, Bruce Davidson, Helen Levitt, Eugene de Salignac, James Nachtwey, Ruth Orkin, Joel Sternfeld, Bruce Davidson, Keizo Kitajima, and many more.

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  • Hardcover: 572 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH; Mul edition (5 Sep 2010)
  • Language: French, English, German
  • ISBN-10: 3836505142
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836505147
  • Product Dimensions: 10.2 x 20.3 x 30.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,816 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Reuel Golden graduated in politics from the University of Sussex, England. Formerly the editor of British Journal of Photography and executive editor at Photo District News, he is the author of two books: Masters of Photography and Witness: The World's Greatest News Photographers. He has lectured on photography in London, New York and Los Angeles, and judged numerous photography competitions. He lives in Brooklyn.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New York, N-E-W Y-O-R-K! 23 Sep 2010
This lovely book follows the same format as Taschen's Los Angeles (ISBN 978-3836502917): a history of the city based on named photographers though there are many fine images taken by anonymous snappers. The LA book had thirty-nine photographers but as this is New York it takes 124 of them and over 500 photos to expose the city.

All the regulars are here, photographers who have created that special look over the years. Abbott, Bubley, Eisenstadt, Feininger, Klein, Orkin, Riis and a good showing from Weegee but what I found fascinating was the number photos from anonymous sources. Right up to the late Forties unknowns had taken some quite remarkable shots revealing a particular aspect of city. Some of these run over spreads throughout the book and they look stunning. Pages 108-109 have that famous shot of the sunlight streaming through windows at Grand Central Terminus, anonymous from 1929.

The book's five chapters look backwards over 160 years starting in
1850 and though maybe one could fault it by only using historical photos rather than a wider range of graphic images I think it succeeds because of this. The city has a long pedigree of photographic interpretation and some of the best works are in these pages. Nearly all the images are exteriors showing the changing landscape, people (either New Yorkers or personalities) or just out on the street. I thought it was a plus that there are very few celebrity shots here.

Several pages have largish thumbnails of cultural graphic items: book jackets and posters for plays and movies. The back pages have brief artistic listing of suggested reading, listening and viewing. All the named photographers get a hundred or so word biography.

Like Taschen's LA book this is a lovely designed and produced title that takes a different and fresh look at the city. The large page size and huge photos celebrate one of the world's great cities.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 15 Sep 2010
By Lee
Very pleased with this book, great double page photos, and gives great overview of the city and at this price you get alot for your money highly recomended and is the best photo book of nyc.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great (big) book for lovers of NYC 30 Dec 2010
This is another great big photo book from Taschen which represents excellent value for money.

The photos are in approximate chronological order and the book serves as both a love letter to New York and also an interesting historical document.
I have many books on New York and this one is easily up there with the very best.
Buy this book, you won't regret it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 23 Jan 2011
The pictures in the book are amazing. High quality and it really gets the motion of New York - the good and the bad side of the city. It's not much of a history lesson but it outlines the most important events of the city. The book follows a timeline - from the beginning to the present and the evolution of the city.
The pictures are astonishing, it tells you something.. a history tale or a special atmosphere. The book's quality is great as well.

It's a bit expensive but i highly recommend the book!! especially if you're going to New York.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it. 9 Mar 2011
By lovemurakami TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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Yet again Taschen have produced an excellent photography book, overflowing with images from over 150 years, shows the heart and soul of New York. Wonderful book. Great gift for anyone who loves New York, photography or just nice coffee table books. Also a great gift for yourself!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fabulous 12 Jan 2014
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A wonderful, gorgeous and HUGE book which I ordered for Christmas for my mother who celebrated her 75th birthday in New York. She was absolutely delighted!
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