Another great collection from National Geographic,
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This review is from: Work: The World in Photographs (Collectors (National Geographic)) (Hardcover)
This is one of a series of books published by NatGeo that both offers some of the images that were once published in its magazines but many more which were not and thus rarely or never previously seen.
The failure of any one image to appear was not a negative critique of its quality but, as it published photo-essays, there was an agreement with the writer/photographer (who may be a single person but more likely a small team) that an article was to consist of a certain number of pages. There would be a fixed number of full page images and a certain number of smaller ones. There may therefore be a dozen or thereabouts for any one article. During their travels, the photographer may well have exposed 3 or more rolls of 35mm per day for months. There could literally be thousands of images taken of which a dozen may be used. That is a lot of unused images!
When you consider how many articles may be commissioned per year, and not all were used, there may be millions of images to select from. It is small wonder that NatGeo have published this series.
This one concentrates on the subject of 'Work', which is only loosely interpreted here. The companion 'In Focus' is also a loose interpretation of the theme of portraits although 'Through the Lens', another companion is non-specific and predominantly covers landscapes and what may be called 'travel'. There are several others, each following a different theme.
Although the published price is quite reasonable, Amazon's discounted price is even lower and makes these must-have volumes for any photographer. They are not text heavy and it is the images contained within that are the reason for their existence. Although the photographers used are not necessarily those whose names are well-known, they are all competent and very capable and the images may be used as a source of photographic ideas. Although of necessity, by the nature of the magazine that National Geographic was and continues to be, the images were taken more or less worldwide, you need not travel to be able to take similar images in some instances.