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On the strength of seeing twenty-five of his airport photos in the excellent 'Winogrand: Figments from the real world' I bought a copy of 'Arrivals & Departures'. Certainly it contains some remarkable photos but I am not convinced that it is a great book of images, good yes.

'Figments from the real world' works for me because of the huge number of photos, just over two hundred. So many that I've found it best to look at three or four chapters at a time. 'Arrivals' has eighty-six photos selected and edited by Alex Harris and Lee Friedlander from hundreds of contact sheets and prints (mostly unpublished) in the Winogrand archive at the University of Arizona, Obviously the choice of what to include was personal to them but I thought there were too many bland photos mixed in with the greats.

In all of the photos the feel of an airport is captured and interestingly though there are more than ten featured you would be hard pressed to identify them. One is clearly the Eero Saarinen's TWA terminal in New York, a stunning architectural shot and my favorite in the book. Turning over the pages I was conscious of so many photos that looked like they were taken in a hurry and included because Harris and Friedlander thought they best represent the feel of an airport.

The book's production is in the usual photo book format: one photo to a page with generous margins and 250+ screen though it has the usual annoyance of having the brief captions at the back of the book and rather oddly the page numbers are printed near the gutter rather than on the outer margin of each page.

I would put 'Arrival & Departures' with Winogrand's 'Public Relations', both of them celebrate a great American photo journalist but I thought each has too many average images.
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on 2 February 2016
one of the best Winogrand books ever..great!!
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