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Disgraceful production spoils fantastic images.
on 8 January 2014
I now have 2 copies of this book, both of which will be returned to Amazon and we'll see if it's a case of 3rd time satisfactory.
This is a book that should recognise and do justice to the talent of the photographers work presented within, sadly this is not the case with the 2 examples I have in front of me. In fact I would go as far to say I've not seen such poor quality in printing and production for a book of this type - this view based on owning and having seen a fair number of photography books across various genres.
Both books are plagued with white specks, some which appear to be paper dust and can be wiped away with a soft cloth, others are firmly stuck to the page. This is particularly distracting on darker areas of images and seems to be especially prominent on the black pages within the books.
One of the books has numerous images where there appears to have been a problem with the printing as there are areas of white specks on the images which are clearly not paper dust or similar, and are clearly not part of the image (a comparison between the 2 copies I have confirms this as some images in one book are ok, but not so in the other copy).
On one image there are large purple splodges printed within the image, again absent in the same image on the other copy - overall there appears to be little consistency between the 2 copies I have.
Finally one of the books has a whole section, p51-72 where the pages have been incorrectly cut or bound and so every image and section of text on these pages is noticeably askew.
The images themselves are spectacular, inspirational and worthy of 5 stars, but have been badly let down by the production of this book (were quality control on holiday?) hence a 1 star rating unless a significantly better copy turns up. I'm so frustrated with this I am going to write to the publishers for their comment as I really think it is an insult to the achievements of the photographers.