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New York at Night Hardcover – 10 Sep 2010

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers Ltd (10 Sept. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1858945291
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945293
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 25.7 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 683,352 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hawkes' images are nothing short of miraculous --Big Think

Hawkes delivers stunning results --New York Press 'City Arts' Review

About the Author

Jason Hawkes has specialised in aerial photography since 1991 and has received awards from D&AD and the Association of Photographers. His Previous Books include Britain from Above (2008) and London at Night, published by Merrell in 2010. Christopher Gray has written the streetscapes column in the New York Times since 1987. He is the author of New York Streetscapes: Tales of Manhattan's Significant Buildings and Landmarks (2003).


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I bought this as a Christmas gift for a friend who is a keen photographer and who is fascinated with New York. The book seemed to be well received but as we looked through it together (the first time for me as it was poly-wrapped) it did sometimes come across as 'samey' with the night time pictures all merging into one as you turn from page to page. But I still think it delivers what is promises and is a totally different look at New York to the other books I looked at which contained too many people shots. This book is the ideal present perhaps for someone who appreciates the technicalities of taking night time photographs and who wants to 'witness' a different look at New York.
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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 28 Jan. 2011
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The world's premier city looks pretty cool in daylight so its look after dark should be dazzling. Photographer Jason Hawkes has done his best to capture the dazzle in these 130 images. It should have worked but I didn't think the idea quite comes off, partially because of the concept and also because of the book's presentation.

The bright lights of the city really only look dramatic where the skyscrapers are: midtown and the Wall Street area. The rest of Manhattan, after dark and from the air, sort of looks like any other huge metropolis stretching to the horizon. There are many photos in the book with not much to look at and taken from above doesn't help. Apart from the skyscraper area distance reduces what lights there are to small dots and the shapes of buildings disappear. The same shots during daylight, of course, look much more fascinating. Some of the aerial shots of skyscrapers do look quite stunning but the rest could just have as easily been taken from the top of buildings in midtown. This is what two other photographers have done with their photo books: New York vertigo (ISBN 9780810995116) and Manhattan lightscape (ISBN 1558591214). Both include some night shots among the panoramas of the city and both books are a landscape shape rather than Hawkes square format.

I thought the book's presentation rather reduced it to a tourist offering rather than a creative photo book. Everything in the book is black, reasonable enough, it goes with the theme but unfortunately there a many spreads with two photos and a thin black strip which separates them, only it doesn't. Because darkness makes building shapes disappear two photos frequently look like they merge together and destroying the feel of both and all the photos bleed off the edge of the page.
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Having visited New York last year, I'd been on the look out for a decent coffee table book of NYC photographs ever since - one that captures the city at night in particular. This is a stunning collection of aerial photographs that includes all of the famous landmarks across Manhattan and beyond. Its been very professionally compiled and certainly evokes many memories of the city that never sleeps. I'm inclined to get the London version as well as its that good. Highly recommended.
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i enjoy the book so i even ordered the London at night. never been to New York but now i want to go more then ever.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x955cba08) out of 5 stars Night caught 28 Jan. 2011
By Robin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
The world's premier city looks pretty cool in daylight so its look after dark should be dazzling. Photographer Jason Hawkes has done his best to capture the dazzle in these 130 images. It should have worked but I didn't think the idea quite comes off, partially because of the concept and also because of the book's presentation.

The bright lights of the city really only look dramatic where the skyscrapers are: midtown and the Wall Street area. The rest of Manhattan, after dark and from the air, sort of looks like any other huge metropolis stretching to the horizon. There are many photos in the book with not much to look at and taken from above doesn't help. Apart from the skyscraper area distance reduces what lights there are to small dots and the shapes of buildings disappear. The same shots during daylight, of course, look much more fascinating. Some of the aerial shots of skyscrapers do look quite stunning but the rest could just have as easily been taken from the top of buildings in midtown. This is what two other photographers have done with their photo books: New York Vertigo and Manhattan Lightscape. Both include some night shots among the panoramas of the city and nicely, both books are landscape shape rather than Hawkes square format (check out the Product Details).

I thought the book's presentation rather reduced it to a tourist offering rather than a creative photo book. Everything in the book is black, reasonable enough, it goes with the theme but unfortunately there a many spreads with two photos and a thin black strip which separates them, only it doesn't. Because darkness makes building shapes disappear two photos frequently look like they merge together and destroying the feel of both and all the photos bleed off the edge of the page. Another problem are the long captions. They are white text on black panels and annoyingly, quite often, these are placed on the photo.

If these photos had been presented in a more formal photo book style with more thought given to the text, still keeping the all black page design, I think it would made a more interesting book.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x95586a08) out of 5 stars Collections strong in either urban photography or New York City views need this! 15 Feb. 2011
By Midwest Book Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
NEW YORK AT NIGHT packs in full-page color photos of the New York skyline and comes from an award-winning aerial photographer who offers a dramatic view of the skyscapes of New York at night. From Times Square to the Empire State Building and more, this travels the length of the city and provides striking photos paired with lively captions by New York Times journalist Christopher Gray. Collections strong in either urban photography or New York City views need this!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x955ce018) out of 5 stars Fabulous book, 4 Mar. 2011
By Leaca - Published on Amazon.com
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Having travelled to New York last year, I still love reading about & looking at pictures of this amazing city! This book has both fabulous pics & interesting historic mentions, & as most are aerial & nightshots, it's got that point of difference to other picture books. I read it over time & time again.
HASH(0x95bb8c3c) out of 5 stars Five Stars 22 Feb. 2016
By J. Morgan - Published on Amazon.com
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I LOVE NYC. Book is worth the cover photo alone. Great Seller.
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