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FORBIDDEN PLACES - Exploring our abandoned heritage: 1 Hardcover – 20 Nov 2009
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"That could be the title of this disturbingly addictive book. Think of it as a coffee table book without the pretty pictures. Forbidden Places - An unusual exploration of a forgotten heritage, is the result of 10 years of work during which Sylvain Margaine travelled the world in search of abandoned and forgotten places. It is an exceptional photographic report [...]" --Sally Hammond
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Following their collection of Secret guides written by locals, Jonglez Publishing is proud to announce a new collection of coffee table books. An exceptional photographic report.See all Product description
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The images are excellent and very inspiring.
The text is well thought out and easy to read.
A very good book for both the experience photographer as well as a beginner.
Very good value for money as the quality of the paper and printing is very good.
The final product isn't quite as good as I'd hoped in terms of photographic quality, but still very much worth a look through, especially considering it's so cheap. Many sites I'd never heard of as well as those that I had, which was a pleasant surprise. Such a shame a lot of them no longer exist.
The only real downside to the book is the terrible text written alongside the photographs for each site. Poetic nonsense instead of actual information seems like an obviously poor choice for a book about urban exploration, but that's what we're given. Very little factual information is given, which is very disappointing.
One final point. Considering that many sites only contain 4 or 5 pictures each, the number of blank pages within this book is completely inexcusable. There's one after almost every different location.
Thankfully, the locations themselves mostly make up for the book's shortcomings.
For an alternative, I would strongly recommend Abandoned Places 2, by Henk van Rensbergen http://www.amazon.co.uk/Abandoned-Places-Henk-van-Rensbergen/dp/9020990837/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1302799471&sr=1-1
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