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One Hundred Seashells Hardcover – 6 Oct 2005

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Book Description

* Features 100 exquisite full colour photographs of seashells

About the Author

Harold Feinstein's distinguished career in photography began in 1950. His work has appeared in such periodicals as Life and Connoisseur.

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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not worth owning 12 Jan. 2006
By Greg Hills - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
There is nothing particularly noteworthy about this book. Many of the pictures are reversed negatives, making the shells "sinistral," or reversed...a big oversight to shell collectors worth their weight in salt. Many of the specimens are ordinary, not intrinsically special in form or in color. It is as if the photographer simply took fairly nice photos of whatever happened to be at hand -- which is not acceptable. Where is Oliva porphyria? Conus dalli? (color/pattern) Malea ringens? Stellaria solaris? (form) My mind nearly boggles with the missed opportunities here! There are so many other existing shell books that are superior to this (The Shell, Abott, 1968, well worth owning, being a classic of the type) that I am speechless as to why this one was published. Compared to what could have been it adds very little indeed, and is not worth owning.
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars One Hundred Seashells 10 July 2006
By David Grosz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Although this book has some compelling and beautiful photographs, they fall short of the high resolution photos we have all become used to. The photos (or perhaps the printing) lacks the clarity and detail that high-res photos (or printing) would have given.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Intrinsic Beauties of Seashells 27 Mar. 2006
By Grady Harp - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Photographer Harold Feinstein has an eye for detail, a gift he uses to produce this very polished and beautiful book of the mysteries of shells. The book is not meant to be a resource for shell collectors or a scientific treatise on the development and geographical influences on the presence of types of shells that strew the ocean floor as well as the secret beachcombing regions of the world. Feinstein elects to approach the shell as an art form and in doing so he has edited a dazzling assortment of the sizes and intricacies of his subject.

After a brief but eloquent introduction by Sydney Eddison who shares her passion for seashells and their complex and astonishing architecture, the remainder of this volume is devoted to full color photographs of every type of shell imaginable. The cover piece is the Nautilus shell and that shell is explored more fully inside the book. The clarity of the photographs is excellent and the studio lighting Feinstein uses allows the viewer to examine the myriad shells from both the inner aspects, the outer form, and a combination of both with backlighting and sensitive illumination seemingly from within.

This is one of those books to while away hours of contemplation. Recommended as an art book. Grady Harp, March 06
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars ANTICLIMACTIC TO THE FRONT COVER 29 Dec. 2005
By PC - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I praise Harold Feinstein for getting "One Hundred Seashells" to print and was excited to receive my own copy. Now that I have read through the book, overall I was disappointed, the book was anticlimactic to what the front cover promised to be. The contents of the book strayed it from being an excellent coffee table book. Several shells were photographed repeatedly in different angles and lighting, but does it still count in the 100 seashells? One photo was unusually blurry. It makes Mr. Feinstein look like he ran out of high quality photographs to print and just threw any photo in. A couple of the photos, he titled the shell/sea creature with two different names; it's one or the other, not both. A quick research could have provided Mr. Feinstein with the correct names before the book went to print. As it's been said..."don't judge a book by it's cover."
8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By Judith Thompson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting Feinstein's books eversince the first one entitled ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS. His images never fail to inspire and take my breath away. The extraordinary detail in his work, the perfection of color and tonal nuances, the sense of reverence contained in his portrayal of flowers, and now shells, is truly unsurpassed. A bit of exploration led me to find out that he is also a master of black and white photoarts and we can only look forward with great anticipation for what he can offer us in that department. In the meantime, I highly recommend this collection of fine art to anyone -- shell lover or not! A perfect gift and something to place in the center of your coffee table for all to see. You will not be disappointed!
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