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The Earth from the Air: 365 Days Hardcover – 22 Oct 2001

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  • Hardcover: 738 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson Ltd; New edition edition (22 Oct. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500542384
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500542385
  • Product Dimensions: 23.8 x 15.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (30 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 298,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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French photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand can be forgiven for looking down on the world when his latest global survey, The Earth from the Air, 365 Days bears such bold witness to the variety of our lives and our planet. More compact than the original The Earth from the Air, but somehow no less heavy, Arthus-Bertrand's glossy portrait-diary of privileged panoramas formalises the concept of looking at a single piece of art each day by arranging yet another stunning array of bird's-eye glimpses of the lives we lead, and the multitude we don't and never will. His now-recognisable preferences are much in evidence, such as a person or animal to give scale or reference to a shot (the relationship between man and beast greatly informs his more traditional portrait work, such as Dogs and Cats, local markets, primitive enclosures and dwellings, seaweed, water as transport, life-sustainer, destroyer and habitat and an irresistible attraction to the flamingo's brilliant hue. This time, even greater emphasis is placed on verbal context for each image, with a predominantly social commentary which acts as a moral tax on the visual delights. Oceans are overfished, rainforests destroyed, but Nature can play as malevolent a role, through hurricanes, or volcanoes, which feature prominently both as beautiful perils or as forces of geological shape. Indeed, perhaps the most beautiful photographs reveal tortured, sinewy geological formation, showing how much our world is formed by the fragile strength of its own internal forces and resources as much as humankind deforms it. Images stick in the mind: mangrove clearings in New Caledonia in the shape of a heart; stilt houses on the Orinoco Delta in Venezuela--literally Little Venice; an abandoned town near Chernobyl. Some exist aesthetically, some metaphorically, while others provoke, but almost without exception, they draw in the browser to contemplative delight. Textured works of art, daily balm for the vertiginous, The Earth from the Air, 365 Days is manna from heaven, and sure beats the Pirelli calendar --David Vincent

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'Amazing' - The Sunday Times 'A picture book on an altogether higher plane' - The Sunday Telegraph 'Little short of sensational' - Amateur Photographer 'A phantasmagoric revelation of the shifting patterns of colour, form and human activity that adorn which planet' - The Independent 'Stunning' - The Irish Times 'The most comprehensive book of aerial photography ever published' - Scotland on Sunday --Scotland on Sunday

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By Simon G VINE VOICE on 16 Aug. 2004
Format: Hardcover
This book is fabulous. I have it lying around in the living room and just look at a few of the pictures at a time - this way it takes a while to read and every picture can be savoured. There is a picture for every day of the year and a couple of paragraphs about each picture that gives some background to the picture and ties it into the theme of the book - Ecology. The beginning of each month has a short essay by a scientist or similar subject matter expert about a particular ecological subject. I personally have not been reading them very closely!
The pictures are obviously why people buy this book and they certainly impress - they range from the famous (Venice) to eye-opening (The Hiroshima memorial building) to the whimsical (tyre tracks on an airport runway)! Every picture is wonderful and even if one does not appeal there are 365 other pictures to drink in. A nice feature is that the Lat/Long of each picture is shown so the very adventurous can go and see the locations for themselves!
All in all, a brilliant book to leave lying around and to sample whenever you have a spare five minutes. Drink in the wonderful pictures and then fantasise about visiting the locations in person. Brilliant.
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Almost pointless to review this book of lavish photographs on a site where you can't see the images, but take this one on trust: this is the most beautiful book in the world, ever. The photographs, one for each day of the (leap) year, are stunning aerial shots of the most striking features of every country in the world. It outscores its sister volume, The Universe: 365 Days, in sheer variety, believe it or not. Leave it open on your table, turn a page every day and you have a year's worth of wonder and fascination. Yesterday I had ice floes in northern Canada, near the Arctic Circle - just to the corner of the page, in the middle of one of the great white slabs, is a tiny speck than turns out to be a person. Today it's a village of subsistence living in the Sahara desert, near Timbuktu, where the only thing that makes the crops grow is the manure from the animals they feed with the crops...
Best of all, it's not just showy natural phenomena that catch the cameraman's eye - a lattice of working-class housing in Belfast or the scarred and crazed surface of a highway in Kentucky carry just as much interest. The only low point is the occasionally sanctimonious tone of the accompanying text, which invariably switches halfway through each description from telling you what you're seeing to a jeremiad against human beings and how we're wrecking everything. I could have done with more detailed explanations of the images. But you don't have to read the words: just look.
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'Earth from the air - 365 days' is a compact compilation of some of the most beautiful aerial photographs ever. Beginning with its appearance, I find the book aesthetically captivating, both in its size and content. Although considerably smaller than Bertrand's former large-scale 'The Earth from the Air', I find this daybook version allows for more efficient presentation and viewing of Bertrand's beautifully photographed images. The only drawback of the book's smaller size may mean for some viewers, the images viewed are a tad too small to be fully appreciated. Yet I find, for a surprisingly small book, its compactness is completely adequate for viewing some of the most amazing collection of world landscapes and environments. The book has an amazing great big wow! factor. And if I had to sum up in one word, it would be impossible to describe a book that I find incredibly irresistible, compelling, amazing, stunning, gorgeous....
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This is a delightful book! It contains 365 arial photographs, one for each day of the year. They cover the whole world, cities, cultivated and uncultivated land, rivers and oceans,some showing an unspoiled paradise, others the visual effects of war, pollution and despoilation.All the images are beatiful. some clearly recognisable, others more like absract paintings. Each is accompanied by a page of thought provoking commentary, This is a book to return to again and again.
My only criticism is that is deserved a larger format to do justice to it... but that would have moved it outof my price range!
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A gorgeous book for anyone who loves travel, photography or just books generally.
If, like me, you're the sort of person who requests a window seat on aeroplanes in the hope of a glimpse through the cloud of the land beneath then this is a book you simply must have - don't wait til Christmas!
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This book was well worth the wait from mid-November when it was put on my "wish-list" until I opened it on Christmas Day. You won't believe the weight of this book, considering it's size. It's very heavy. The pictures are too good for words, and the words that accompany each picture are both interesting and informative.
A wonderful book for either the coffee table, or if like me you don't have a coffee table, it will live a happy life in the bathroom!
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By Tony Watson VINE VOICE on 15 April 2002
Format: Hardcover
I'd flicked through this in the bookshop and resisted shelling out so much money on just one book, but my wife bought it for my birthday.
Stunning photography, one can imagine that some of the scenes were especially staged for the shot (obviously not!), and some of the shots are so bizarre that one has to double-take to make sure one is seeing right.
I think a previous revieqwer missed the point, it's about images, not well-known places. The author's eye for beauty and form can even find it in rubbish, pollution and slums, very often it is the angle of the light which transforms the picture from an ordinary shot, into something startling, as in the evening view of Haghia Sofia in Istanbul, with the rest of the city in shadow - just awesome!
The text is opposite the photo - so you are not constantly having to refer to an appendix - with an apposite quote to help you appreciate the beauty (or not) of the composition.
Highly recommended.
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