Angels at the Arno Paperback – 1 Sep 1995
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A collection of photos made by Lindbloom in Florence between 1979 and 1987, using a Diana camera virtually a child's toy with a plastic lens (the story of which is explained in an afterword). The photos have an intriguing strangeness and intimacy. 10x9.25" Annotation copyright Book News, Inc. Portland, Or. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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The Florence revealed in Eric Lindbloom's Angels at the Arno is almost startling in its intimacy and quiet solitude. Lindbloom's view of the city - rendered exclusively through the plastic lens of a Diana camera, virtually a child's toy - brings this venerable city to new life and light. With unabashed subjectivity and an offbeat, oneiric sensibility, Lindbloom conveys his sense of an unveiled Florence, filled with views striking for the beauty they contain rather than for the history they suggest. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.See all Product Description
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I suppose I’m not helping anyone decide to buy this book on its own merits. But buy the book and look at the photos taken by a person who is a genuine intellect with a knack of dealing with photography with an unstable, unpredictable instrument and being able to process the prints the “old-school” way. There’s way too much “perfection” with today’s digital photography so enjoy the abstract serendipity that only this instrument can produce. You just can’t do this with Photoshop. Enjoy the framing, the light/shadow patterns, the presentation of form and mass, the eerie effects of leaking light and the illusion of solitude in an otherwise too busy world. And ignore the too-wordy critique in the forward. I can only imagine the only conscious thoughts in the head of the person I know who took these photographs were:”Gee, that looks cool, I think I’ll take a photograph of it!”