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Product details

  • Hardcover: 170 pages
  • Publisher: POWERHOUSE BOOKS; 01 edition (19 Sept. 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1576876659
  • ISBN-13: 978-1576876657
  • Product Dimensions: 31.8 x 2.2 x 28.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 733,330 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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."..while Mr. Benn didn't set out to assemble a book 40 years later composed exclusively of Kodachrome work, it happened that that work made up the bulk of his best-preserved images." --"New York Times" LENS blog


"Mr. Benn's unshowy compositions and the rich, clear colors of his Kodachrome slide-film makes his images seem both timeless and particular."
-"Wall Street Journal"

"In picture after picture, America emerges with beguiling freshness"
-"The Independent
"
"[Kodachrome Memory] conjures a by-gone Americana that's poignant, humorous, and full of contrasts: society ladies and impoverished families, vintage cars and aerial crop dusters, lonely rebels and flag wavers. And slide shots evince more surprises from a visually rich era."
-"American Photo"


"Nathan Benn...filled [Kodachrome Memory] with common place objects and people but his images are the product of careful study and imagination. They evoke a sense of time and place and a true feeling of "Americana." It is a beautiful reflection of the time when both Kodachrome photography and America were celebrated"
-"Apogee Photo Magazine"


"[National Geographic] always had important messages to convey and Benn did his best to oblige. Yet that is not why his best pictures ravish us today: despite the passage of time...what remains are the elemental seductions of his craft, a four-way love affair between America, Kodachrome, Leica and gorgeous light."
"-The Independent"

..".while Mr. Benn didn't set out to assemble a book 40 years later composed exclusively of Kodachrome work, it happened that that work made up the bulk of his best-preserved images." -"New York Times" LENS blog

"Mr. Benn's unshowy compositions and the rich, clear colors of his Kodachrome slide-film makes his images seem both timeless and particular."
-"Wall Street Journal"
"In picture after picture, America emerges with beguiling freshness"
-"The Independent""
"
"[Kodachrome Memory] conjures a by-gone Americana that's poignant, humorous, and full of contrasts: society ladies and impoverished families, vintage cars and aerial crop dusters, lonely rebels and flag wavers. And slide shots evince more surprises from a visually rich era."
-"American Photo"

"Nathan Benn...filled [Kodachrome Memory] with common place objects and people but his images are the product of careful study and imagination. They evoke a sense of time and place and a true feeling of "Americana." It is a beautiful reflection of the time when both Kodachrome photography and America were celebrated"
-"Apogee Photo Magazine"

"[National Geographic] always had important messages to convey and Benn did his best to oblige. Yet that is not why his best pictures ravish us today: despite the passage of time...what remains are the elemental seductions of his craft, a four-way love affair between America, Kodachrome, Leica and gorgeous light."
"-The Independent"

..".while Mr. Benn didn t set out to assemble a book 40 years later composed exclusively of Kodachrome work, it happened that that work made up the bulk of his best-preserved images." -"New York Times" LENS blog
"Mr. Benn's unshowy compositions and the rich, clear colors of his Kodachrome slide-film makes his images seem both timeless and particular."
-"Wall Street Journal"
"In picture after picture, America emerges with beguiling freshness"
-"The Independent""
"
"[Kodachrome Memory] conjures a by-gone Americana that's poignant, humorous, and full of contrasts: society ladies and impoverished families, vintage cars and aerial crop dusters, lonely rebels and flag wavers. And slide shots evince more surprises from a visually rich era."
-"American Photo"
"Nathan Benn...filled [Kodachrome Memory] with common place objects and people but his images are the product of careful study and imagination. They evoke a sense of time and place and a true feeling of "Americana." It is a beautiful reflection of the time when both Kodachrome photography and America were celebrated"
-"Apogee Photo Magazine"
"[National Geographic] always had important messages to convey and Benn did his best to oblige. Yet that is not why his best pictures ravish us today: despite the passage of time...what remains are the elemental seductions of his craft, a four-way love affair between America, Kodachrome, Leica and gorgeous light."
"-The Independent"
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About the Author

Nathan Benn was born in Miami, Florida, in 1950 and graduated from the University of Miami with degrees in psychology and mass communications. Immediately thereafter he became a photographer for "National Geographic" magazine, where he remained for 20 years. He was the Director of Magnum Photos, Inc., the prestigious agency of documentary photographers from 2000 2002. He is a Trustee Emeritus at the George Eastman House Museum and lives with his wife, a fine arts photographer, and son in Brooklyn.
Paul M. Farber is a scholar of visual and popular culture. He has a PhD in American Culture from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Farber is one of the authors of "This Is the Day: The March On Washington" (Getty Publications, 2013), and his work has previously appeared in "Vibe" and "Criticism," and on NPR. He currently teaches in the Urban Studies program at the University of Pennsylvania."


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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Jan. 2014
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A delightful slice of pure Americana served up in photo book format. Nathan Benn worked for the National Geographic for many years and the photos here reflect the magazine's house style: technically perfect photos that say something to the reader. Fortunately this means that the more personal style of photography seen in so many art photo books over the last four decades isn't much in evidence here.

The ninety-four photos in the book have been selected from about 350,000 Kodachromes that Benn had put in storage nearly twenty years ago. The great thing about the film was that it didn't fade and the colours in these photos sing out with vibrancy and clarity as if they had been processed yesterday. The pages are in four sections: North East; Heartland; Pittsburgh; Florida, each divided by a spread of life size Kodachrome slides (rather interestingly some of these are the wrong way round). All the images are a slice of life between 1972 and 1990. Almost everyday scenes though how often would you see a farrier or a bunch of Klansmen burning a cross, even back then. There is mixture of exterior and interior and a portrait or two. Virtually every one has beautiful framing and that helps to pull you into the composition.

Excellent though the book is it has a slight flaw because of a lack of captions. The only captions name the place and date (and oddly set sideways in the left and right margins instead of centered under each photo) but several of them made me ask: what's going on here. Two men on page 129 both have two hats on, the front of the book essays says they are seasonal sugar-cane harvesters about to leave Miami International Airport but nothing about the two hats.
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I am working on a project to scan and print old Kodachrome slides, so I was interested to see this publication. The photographer, Nathan Benn, had taken the time to contribute to an online article explaining the effort he had gone to faithfully reproduce the colours, which was a good sign for me. When I got the book I was really pleased, not only with the reproductions, but the quality of the photography. They are both of the highest standard. A really interesting mix of images taken during his time with National Geographic. I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A CAPTIVATING "PICTURE BOOK" FOR KIDS OF ALL AGES! 12 Dec. 2013
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This is a fabulous holiday gift for anyone in your family, kids or adults. There are images in here to entertain and delight everyone. I'd forgotten the pleasure of poring over "picture books" now that my kids are grown. It is fun to imagine and invent different back stories for the pictures in this gorgeous book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book 9 Oct. 2013
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The quality of the images is great and the photography is excellent. This book shall be in every photo enthusiast library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Book 13 Oct. 2013
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This is a great book. You will like this book in you just love historical photos or you are a professional photographer wanting to pick up how another person views the world.
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This contains a marvelous collections of photographs from a disappearing America.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was it only yesterday? 12 Jan. 2014
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
A delightful slice of pure Americana served up in photo book format. Nathan Benn worked for the National Geographic for many years and the photos here reflect the magazine's house style: technically perfect photos that say something to the reader. Fortunately this means that the more personal style of photography seen in so many art photo books over the last four decades isn't much in evidence here.

The ninety-four photos in the book have been selected from about 350,000 Kodachromes that Benn had put in storage nearly twenty years ago. The great thing about the film was that it didn't fade and the colors in these photos sing out with vibrancy and clarity as if they had been processed yesterday. The pages are in four sections: North East; Heartland; Pittsburgh; Florida, each divided by a spread of life size Kodachrome slides (rather interestingly some of these are the wrong way round). All the images are a slice of life between 1972 and 1990. Almost everyday scenes though how often would you see a farrier or a bunch of Klansmen burning a cross, even back then. There is mixture of exterior and interior and a portrait or two. Virtually every one has beautiful framing and that helps to pull you into the composition.

Excellent though the book is it has a slight flaw because of a lack of captions. The only captions name the place and date (and oddly set sideways in the left and right margins instead of centered under each photo) but several of them made me ask: what's going on here. Two men on page 129 both have two hats on, the front of the book essays says they are seasonal sugar-cane harvesters about to leave Miami International Airport but nothing about the two hats. Page 108 shows a selection of flat metal discs and squares of material laying on a wide ledge, who knows what they are but if the photo had appeared in the Geographic a caption would have revealed exactly what they were. An explanation, at least for some of the photos, would have made the book complete for me.

The design and printing are first class, using a 250 screen brings out so much of the detail in these photos and as they were all taken by one person there is a constant color quality throughout the book. Overall a fascinating look
backwards.

*Since I wrote this review Nathan Benn has kindly explained what the photo on 108 is about, please click the Comment below.
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