Malcolm Tremain

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Saul Leiter: Early Black and White by Martin Harrison
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
This should have been a great book but it suffers from poor choice of images, confused purpose and poor editing.
There is no question that Saul Leiter was a great photographer and artist. He is, without doubt, one of the leading photographers of the 20th century, on the same level as Robert Frank and Ernst Haas for his unique colour and black and white work. His other books Early Color, Colour and especially the magnificent monograph Saul Leiter published by KEHRER VERLAG testify to his artistic credentials and skill.
So where does this eagerly awaited Steidl monograph fail?
The first problem is the choice of… Read more
In England by Don McCullin
In England by Don McCullin
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars England's Elegy, 30 May 2014
Don McCullin is a photographer of war and conflict. But war is not always on the battlefields of some foreign place.
In England there has always been an enormous gulf between the priveleged few and the desperate millions. The streets of London can change from wealth to poverty just by turning a corner. It was always so and Don McCullin made it his business to record the terrible inequality. Not only London but Liverpoool and Bradford among many others. There is a stark and terrible beauty about McCullin's work that hits the viewer where it hurts - in his very soul. And that's where this book is aimed - at the soul of England and the English (or British if you prefer politically… Read more
Bailey's Stardust (National Gallery of Scotland: E&hellip by David Bailey
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I've seen the exhibition at the NPG in London and I was disappointed at the quality of many of the prints on view, all of which (at least the black and white ones) were apparently printed by Bailey himself. The 11"x14" prints are particularly poor, considering that they are contact prints. They are badly over-printed and appear just as they do in book:dark and muddy. Not much point having the resolving power of such a large negative and then burning the life out of the prints by over-exposure. There are many other prints that just don't have the quality expected, and the reproductions in the book are very close to the actual prints, so the fault isn't the book, it's the original… Read more

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