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Bill Cunningham New York [DVD]
Bill Cunningham New York [DVD]
Dvd ~ Richard Press
Price: 10.99

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Documentary, 15 April 2012
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Beautifully made and edited documentary about the great New York fashion photographer Bill Cunningham.

Bill is a small, hunched, elderly, deaf man with bad teeth and a Nikon film camera round his neck. He rides his bike through the streets of New York before chaining it to a lamppost (he's had 27 bikes stolen) and taking photographs of street fashion for the New York Times. In the evenings he cycles to glittering charity events and takes photographs of the clothes. Bill doesn't care how famous you are (his dismissive of celebrities in their "free dresses"). If you are wearing interesting clothes well he will make a photograph if not he'll look elsewhere.

A private and reserved man whose only interest is in recording the evolving fashion trends. He lives a spartan life in a tiny apartment in Carnegie Hall full of filing cabinets holding all the film he has ever exposed with hundreds of books on fashion tucked into every nook and cranny. Bill knows everybody who's anybody in New York but hardly anybody knows Bill. He goes to Paris for Fashion Week and waits patiently outside one of the shows with his invitation amongst all the other photographers. It looks like there's no space for for this little old man and the security person can't find his name on the list when someone rushes out of the building and leads him in "this is the most important person in the world" Bill gets seated in the front row but he will only photograph the clothes that are interesting.

The film has cameo appearances by the New York Glitterati and some wonderfully eccentric fellow residents of Carnegie Hall but the enigma which is Bill dominates.

Finally the film lifts a small corner of Bills facade and we get a hint of the price that his monomania has exacted from his emotional life.

Magnum Contact Sheets (Int'l Center of Photography, New York: Exhibition Catalogue)
Magnum Contact Sheets (Int'l Center of Photography, New York: Exhibition Catalogue)
by Kristen Lubben
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 71.30

30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating content, Badly bound, Dreadfully packed by Amazon, 18 Nov 2011
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If you are a serious photographer than you will be fascinated by this book. You will already know many of the photographs featured in the book. What you won't have seen is what other photographs were on the same roll of film. This book shows you that. If you've spent hours agonising over which of several versions of a picture is the one to show the world you'll want to see the images which were rejected by some great photographers.

If I was rating the content alone I'd give it 5 stars However.....

This is a huge a very heavy book. Thames and Hudson have cosen to attach the bound pages to the cover by the end papers alone (see the user contributed picture on this page). The consequence of this is that the weight of the pages begins to pull the endpaper off the covers. If you are unlucky the endpaper begins to tear and the covers come off the book.

Also Amazon packs this book in a box which is quite a bit bigger than the book itself. They put screwed up paper in the space round the book to "protect" it. This is a recipe for disaster. The box gets thrown about during shipment, the box stops but the book keeps going. The screwed up paper is no protection and the cover gets badly damaged. I've had two copied from Amazon and both were severely damaged in transit.

To Amazon's credit their refund and replacement service is first rate.

Sadly I've had a refund and will not be buying this book.
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Groovy Recipes: Greasing the Wheels of Java (Pragmatic Programmers)
Groovy Recipes: Greasing the Wheels of Java (Pragmatic Programmers)
by Scott Davis
Edition: Paperback

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Resource, 6 Mar 2008
This book needs to be next to your keyboard if you are writing Groovy programs

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