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  • Hardcover: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The Museum of Modern Art, New York; 01 edition (7 Nov. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0870708163
  • ISBN-13: 978-0870708169
  • Product Dimensions: 29.5 x 1.8 x 20.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,329,179 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The rich and striking photographs here range from Rhode Island seascapes to California mountainscapes. But what's most satisfying on this visual roadtrip is that Mr. Benson, a former dean of the Yale University School of Art and a MacArthur fellow, isn't just seduced by conventional beauties. He unmasks too the primal allure to be found in a pile of gravel and iron gone to rust, in stacks of bricks and in truck tracks stamped into the mud and the muck.--Dana Jennings "The New York Times "

About the Author

Peter Galassi is Chief Curator in the Department of Photography at The Museum of Modern Art.

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By Robin TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2012
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I noticed in Benson's (no relation) superb analysis about the history of printed images: The Printed Picture, that he used several of his own photos to illustrate contemporary printing techniques. This book, with 105 of his photos, confirms that as well as an authority on printing he can also take wonderful pictures.

The images are a selection of the natural environment and man-made commonplace. The latter are easily comparable to the work of Brouws, Eggleston, Plowden, Shore and Tice in my view. So many of the shots are rich in detail, colour and perfect framing and like those I've mentioned Benson has the eye to capture something so everyday and visually ordinary but presented as a compelling image that is worth returning to over and over.

There is something extra in many of these photos though. They are the kind that the graphic arts industry uses to sell their product. It has to be a great shot with: texture; colour; depth; clarity. You'll see them sparkle on beautiful papers using the finest four colour screens and printed by craftsmen on quality presses. The book, of course, is a good example of this.

The landscape format works well with the one photo to a page though eight pages each have two uprights and printed in an impressively fine screen (three hundred+ I think). There is a little extra feature in the book, ten pages at the back where Benson writes about his many years exploring the art of photography and the printing press. I thought this was a lovely addition to come across after looking through the pages of his work.

>>>LOOK AT SOME INSIDE PAGES by clicking 'cusomer images' under the cover.
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HASH(0x939cc738) out of 5 stars Hi-grade commonplace 27 Mar. 2012
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Format: Hardcover
I noticed in Benson's superb analysis about the history of printed images: The Printed Picture, that he used several of his own photos to illustrate contemporary printing techniques. This book, with 105 of his photos, confirms that as well as an authority on printing he can also take wonderful pictures.

The images are a selection of the natural environment and man-made commonplace. The latter are easily comparable to the work of Brouws, Eggleston, Plowden, Shore and Tice in my view. So many of the shots are rich in detail, color and perfect framing and like those I've mentioned Benson has the eye to capture something so everyday and visually ordinary but presented as a compelling image that is worth returning to over and over.

There is something extra in many of these photos though. They are the kind that the graphic arts industry uses to sell their product. It has to be a great shot with: texture; color; depth; clarity. You'll see them sparkle on beautiful papers using the finest four color screens and printed by craftsmen on quality presses. The book, of course, is a good example of this.

The landscape format works well with the one photo to a page though eight pages each have two uprights and printed in an impressively fine screen (three hundred+ I think). There is a little extra feature in the book, ten pages at the back where Benson writes about his many years exploring the art of photography and the printing press. I thought this was a lovely addition to come across after looking through the pages of his work.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x939cd1ec) out of 5 stars Truly lovely work 8 Oct. 2012
By A photographer - Published on Amazon.com
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While I can't say I love all the photographs presented here, the work is superb in every respect. Benson is a gifted photographer with an uncanny eye for elevating to high art the most commonplace subjects. If there is any point for criticism it would be that the pictures are almost too perfect. But given Benson's history as an expert in the area of printmaking, this is expected. A most satisfying book in both technical and aesthetic terms.
HASH(0x939cd570) out of 5 stars Very nice 26 May 2015
By Bob H. - Published on Amazon.com
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wonderful collection of the great American southwest from a humanistic side of things
2 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x939cd468) out of 5 stars nice - not spectacular 14 Oct. 2011
By B. Bates - Published on Amazon.com
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Nice pictures. I am amateur and my pictures are comparable. I did not keep the book, just passed it on to a friend.
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