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Fuji
Fuji
by Chris Steele-Perkins
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £32.50

4.0 out of 5 stars Chris Steele-Perkins FUJI, 22 Dec. 2010
This review is from: Fuji (Hardcover)
This is a beautifully designed book, with high production values in the manufacture made clear by quality paper and a gorgeous cover.

Unfortunately the photographs are not as consistently brilliant as you might expect. The cover image is also slightly misleading as to the style of photography within. If you're a fan of Steele-Perkins then obviously this won't be an issue, but for the casual amazon browser, it's worth bearing in mind.

The medium format photography that Steele-Perkins produces is complex and not always pleasing on a first view. Thankfully, the images are large and well printed, so you can spend some time examining them to discover their intricacies.


Daido Moriyama: The World through My Eyes
Daido Moriyama: The World through My Eyes
by Filippo Maggia
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £39.95

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Moriyama: The World through My Eyes, 5 Oct. 2010
This book is an excellent primer for readers looking for an introduction to Daido Moriyama's work. All the classics are here, including the stray dog. There are something like 250 pictures in this book, and unless you are a DM obsessive, some of them will be new to you. The interviews and biographies are fairly illuminating, but certainly won't blow your socks off.

The only negative comment I can make is that the book is so thick that opening the central pages all the way out is very difficult without damaging the spine and binding, so viewing the double page spreads (of which there are many) is hard.

Overall, this is a quality book, and I would recommend it to anyone with an interest in photography.


The Blue Room
The Blue Room
by Eugene Richards
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £50.00

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Eugene Richards: The Blue Room, 12 May 2010
This review is from: The Blue Room (Hardcover)
This is Richards' first publication in colour, despite having a cover featuring two black and white photographs (found by Richards in the abandoned houses that feature in the book). It is an enormous book, difficult to view without a supporting table or similar. The quality of the printing is fantastic, and the paper is of a good weight, texture and finish.

There has, for some years now, been a vogue for 'urban exploration' photography, and on the surface Richards' exploration of abandoned rural houses across North America might seem to fit into that category. This, however, is a far more personal meditation on memory, loss and grief. Indeed, the blurb in the book describes it as being about 'the fragility of life and the transient nature of things'.

If you are new to Eugene Richards, it might be better to have a look at Dorchester Days or The Knife and Gun Club - books which are perhaps more representative of his sphere of work. If you know those books, this is more than a mere 'Richards Does Colour' curiosity and certainly worth buying, especially as it is now available at a heavily reduced price. My copy was bought some months ago at a gallery, signed by the man himself, and is one of my most prized possessions.


William Eggleston - 5X7
William Eggleston - 5X7
by William Eggleston
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £42.00

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful work for a completist, 24 July 2009
This book is a collection of William Eggleston's early black and white work will captivate anyone familiar with his other, more famous, photographs. There are a couple of colour shots interspersed throughout the book, which are far more 'Eggleston'. They exhibit the same style and wit that Eggleston became famous for, and the reproduction is exquisite.

If you are new to William Eggleston, I suggest you buy the Guide, or The Democratic Forest, both available on Amazon. They are far more representative of his great images, whereas this book might serve as a fascinating, but slightly less relavant, footnote.

Photography geeks will love the interview in the back of the book, and also enjoy the photo of ol' Bill chatting to that other great photographic legend, Garry Winogrand. Check out their clothes, and their attitudes to photography are revealed.

All in all, this is a brilliant book for students of Eggleston, but there are better books of his photographs out there. The sheer scale of this one (it's huge) makes it an attractive prospect, and now that the second edition has been released, the price has been brought down to levels that mere mortals can afford...


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