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A different approach to HCB's work and life
on 29 June 2012
Having subsequently ordered the much larger 'The Man, The Image & the World - a Retrospective', it was my original intention to keep one and return the other, not because I thought one may be poor and the other good but because I did not know either or their approach, content etc.
Regardless of physical size, this is quite small and definitely pocket-sized and the other a challenge to a briefcase, they take very different approaches to a similar subject. The retrospective is very comprehensive and includes as wide a variety of images as is likely to seen. This is more selective and there are rather fewer images, but few are common to both volumes. The larger contains some of his artworks, as does this, but also included here are miniaturised reprints from 'Life' and a variety of other images of various types, not necessarily of HCB's making, but of probable relevance.
It isn't about photography, but the photographer. There is more textual content in this volume than in the larger one and the whole may be viewed as a heavily illustrated biography rather than simply a book of photographs. I knew a little about HCB before purchasing this and had been familiar with a limited number of his images. Between the two, they provide a very complete picture of the man, his life and certainly his work.
There may be some who will criticise this because some of the images are little larger than a postage stamp, and had it not been for the very nature of the book, I could have been another. However, seen in context, the size of the images is not important - their inclusion simply broadens the reader experience.
An excellent little book and of a style that I would like to see used for other photographers, and perhaps generally.