Great Book..OK Print Quality,
This review is from: 50 Photo Icons. The Story Behind the Pictures (Hardcover)
Photographer Ansel Adams has been quoted in saying "The single most important component of a camera is the twelve inches behind it". If anything, Adams' quote was perhaps the most prominent thing that came to mind whilst I was reading through this hefty book. To sum it up, 50 Photo Icons is an in depth look behind 50 iconic photographs such as Dorothy Lange's Migrant Mother, Robert Capa's The Fallen Solider (credited as Spanish Loyalist) and Alfred Eisenstaedt's V-J at Times Square. Much like the often used saying `it does it says on the tin'; the subtitle for this book "The Story Behind the Pictures" is pretty self-explanatory. The 50 iconic photographs as presented are not necessary analyzed for their composition, technical qualities or various interpretations. Instead, what is presented are facts and information about the photographer themselves, the context and event in which the iconic photographs were taken and presented in. While some traces of analysis can be found, the big bulk of this book soles squarely on the information and context which is really quite interesting considering these factors are easily taken for granted.
However the book does have some issues; however these issues aren't anything to do with the writing or information that is present. Instead these issues are to do with the print quality of book itself. The big problem I found whilst reading this was that the book had to be at a particular angle in order for me to see the images or read the text properly. The easiest way to describe the print quality of this book would be to compare it to a laptop screen; at the right angle, it's perfectly fine but at the wrong angle; such as looking at the screen from a higher or lower intended angle, difficulties can present itself.
Now granted, this "issue" with the print quality can easily dismissed a minor nitpick, especially when one considers the recommended retail price in conjunction with the size and weight of the book itself (I bought this book at £18 from an independent book store). To me, it is slightly disappointing that such a greatly written book has ok print quality.