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text 5 stars - photographs 1 star,
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This review is from: The Architectural History of Venice (Revised and enlarged edition) (Paperback)
As an architect (who hasn't been to Venice enough), I have enjoyed dipping in to the first edition for years. As a photographer I recognise the quality of the images by A F Kersting in that edition. Without exception they are technically impeccable, well composed, and had a real sparkle and brilliance. Printed on better quality paper, in duotone, I would happily pay 2 or 3 times the cost of the book. By comparison the images from Sarah Quill were very dull and lacking any sort of perspective - surely she had a wide langle lens I thought - worse were the converging verticals, that really had no place in an architecture book. It is easy to avoid them when taking a photograph, why didn't she?
It is a tragic loss, that in this edition Kersting's fine b+w images have been jettisoned, in favour of even more SQ images. That these images still perpetuate converging and diverging verticles is sloppy beyond belief. That they haven't been corrected out at pre-printing stage is astonishing - it is so easy today.. Not `splendid' photographs, merely casual, workaday snapshots, at best.