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Vanishing Landscapes Hardcover – 11 Sep 2008

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln (11 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0711229287
  • ISBN-13: 978-0711229280
  • Product Dimensions: 29.2 x 32.5 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,344,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Art should not be propaganda - but it can change minds. At its best, it is a connecting rather than a dividing force. This is the difficult territory that a new and visually stunning collection, Vanishing Landscapes, occupies. Some of the images are truely shocking. No one can flick through these pages and not be appaulled at the scale of the devestation that humanity has inflicted on the landscape. (New Statesman)

Landscapes will soon no longer exist the way we know them. Landscape photographers may have differing responses to recording these challenging scenes. They can glorify nature, record its remaining beauty, or enlighten the spectator - sometimes all at once. (Traveller)

The images are both beautiful and unsettling, and capture vulnerable, ever-changing environments, from Japan to Sussex to Greenland. (Harpers Bazaar)

This sobering book hammers home how much of our planet is being lost. (Wanderlust)

Unknown aspects of our contemporary world are the focus of the polemical book Vanishing Landscapes, a collection of contemporaty photographs by 21 photographers including Hiroshi Sugimoto, Michael Kenna, and the Czech born Jitka Hanzolva. Nothing takes the light more gratefully than a pane of blue-green ice and Olaf Otto photographs ice sheets in Greenland with clinical beauty. While the texts harangue us about the moral burden of man-made climate change, the photographs speak calmly with wisdom and authority. (Times)

5 stars: Vanishing Landscapes asks us to look again at the world around us. Closet eco-warrior or not, this is a book no landscape - or indeed any other - photographer should be without. (Amateur Photographer)

This book is not only full of beautiful photographs; it is a record of our planet skilfully rendered by each artist within it delivering a powerful message, as all good art should. (London Independent Photography)

About the Author

John Berger is a storyteller, essayist, novelist, screenwriter, dramatist and critic, whose body of work embodies his concern for, in Geoff Dyer's words, "the enduring mystery of great art and the lived experience of the oppressed." He is one of the most internationally influential writers of the last fifty years, who has explored the relationships between the individual and society, culture and politics and experience and expression in a series of novels, bookworks, essays, plays, films, photographic collaborations and performances, unmatched in their diversity, ambition and reach. His television series and book Ways of Seeing revolutionised the way that Fine Art is read and understood, while his engagement with European peasantry and migration in the fiction trilogy Into Their Labours and A Seventh Man stand as models of empathy and insight. Central to Berger’s creative identity is the idea of collaboration, with people, places and communities as much as with other writers and thinkers. Democratic and open exchange is embedded into his project, and among those artists with whom he has worked are some of the most imaginative in their fields - theatre director Simon McBurney of Complicite, the late artist Juan Munoz, photographer Jean Mohr, composer Gavin Bryars and film-makers Mike Dibb, Alain Tanner and Timothy Neat.

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The book aims to give an overview of how a large number of different contemporary photographic artists of today have approached the subject of Climate Change. The artists covered range from the obvious, and essential photographers such as Edward Burtynsky, to less prominent but still entirely relevant work of Jem Southam and An-My Le. Sugimoto's seascapes make an appearance but for me they are the least relevant works in the book, perhaps included to get a 'big' name on the list?
I found the lay out a little tricky at first. It has four chapters, Water, Ice, Plants, and Land, and not all the photographs appear to belong entirely to one group (or any). After reading the whole book however it does seem to work well as a device of collating and presenting the work, without distracting from it.
The photographs are generously printed and to a high degree, and the forewords go some way to setting the scene before the photographs begin, included a piece of writing by John Berger, that, whilst interesting, certainly isn't his best for me!
It is difficult to fault a book that has pretty much seamlessly presented the varied work of more than 20 contemporary photographers all dealing with the same, very important subject. I found it well designed, and a very interesting read, and best of all it wasn't too condescending or pretentious as some books of this nature can be. If I were forced to complain about one thing it would be that I found the information a little thin on the photographers themselves and their practice, but it is certainly a great starting point to find new artists and see fresh work. If nothing else, it is an accomplished collection of beautiful and thought provoking images!

Buy it! Great quality, its bigger than I thought, and at this price I am very happy.
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A collection of wonderfully printed and presented photos by a range of contemporary photographers. There are enough images from each artist to make them work as a set, and enough variety in style that you'll never get bored of looking at them.
The introductory text is a little trite, but don't let that put you off - you don't need to read the simplistic politicising to enjoy the images, or understand the deeply held concern for landscape and environmental issues that they present.
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This book is full of amazing and breathtaking photos. Despite minimalism (or rather thanks to it) pictures are really very emotional.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful 11 April 2012
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Not much to say about this book, besides that it's amazing in every single way. If you're into the Edward Burtynsky - Jörn Vanhöfen - Henrik Saxgren-like photography ... than this book is a must have for you. It beautifully conects nature with all our current socio-economical and ecological issues. Worth every cent!
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A very interesting set of landscapes I bought as a gift for a friend. I was highly appreciated and made a great impression on him.
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