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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.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0x99c14960) out of 5 stars 3 reviews
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HASH(0x99ae5f6c) out of 5 stars Haunting 31 Dec. 2000
By Charlise Tiee - Published on
Format: Hardcover
These 42 black and white photographs, taken between 1979 and 1987 with Diana cameras, are eerily beautiful. The cameras were made in the 1960s, are constructed entirely of plastic, and have a lack of focus at the edge of the image. The photographs taken by Lindbloom are all of Florence, but not a familiar Florence filled with commerce and people, Florence is strangely empty and ghostly in these photographs which feature much sculpture and architecture. The text does not go through the photographs to talk about what they are of and how they were taken, so they might make more sense if the viewer has been to Florence, though all the photographs are titled by location. There is a preface by Linda Pastan, an introduction by Ben Lifson, a "Note on the Photographs" by Eric Lindbloom himself, and a very informative afterword on the Diana camera by Italo Zannier.
HASH(0x99ae7678) out of 5 stars Ode to Eric Lindbloom 15 Nov. 2013
By VTWOLFMAN28 - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I’ll have to admit that I’m a slight bit prejudiced on my ranking because I actually know Eric Lindbloom. He and I worked together at about the same time he traveled and took these photographs – but not in the field of art or photography. Eric is a very versatile, intellectual person – and a very pragmatic and unpretentious one. Part of his pragmatism was his realization that he needed a well paying “day-job” in order to support his passions and through this employment is how we met. I remember in the early ‘80’s he and I co-authored a paper that he presented in a conference in NYC and afterward he invited me to accompany him to visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art. I had no idea that he had a book of his photography published and was on display at the Met – but it wasn’t this book. It was another book of photos, ones he had taken with a Mamiya camera with a light-leaking bellows (at least that’s what I remember him telling me). Being a lame-brained twenty-something I didn’t buy the book and have it autographed! To me Eric was just a real nice guy I worked with but I had no idea he was an artist. Now that I can appreciate it – I can’t find a copy of this book.
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!”
HASH(0x99ae7c54) out of 5 stars exotic pictures taken with a singularly wonderful eye, using a crappy little plastic camera 2 Dec. 2015
By Dave B - Published on
Format: Paperback
Fabulous, dreamy, exotic pictures taken with a singularly wonderful eye, using a crappy little plastic camera. Beautiful work....
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