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3.0 out of 5 stars Insight into a different world, 14 April 2011
This review is from: Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke (Hardcover)
In Exposure Simon Garfield attempts to expose the life and inner workings of Bob Carlos Clarke. The format used is to splice up interviews and words of people who knew Bob, Bob himself and Simon. This gives a picture of the world in which Bob worked. Along the way there are also insights into how photography has developed as a business over the years. There are some thought provoking views on the effect of digital on the profession.

That said there the format of splicing narratives together detracted from a good analysis and narrative summary and meant the book isn't as cohesive as it could be. I didn't really feel connected to the people and this is where I feel more effort could have been placed on putting things in context, explaining events or places that the speakers were well versed with but readers may not be. I don't really feel the state of BCC leading up to his suicide was explained particularly well. Also while not being a book about the BCC's work, it would have been useful to have more photographs of it, and interspersed throughout the book, rather than in clumps in the middle.
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