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21. Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky
22. My Kind of County: Door County,
23. West and West: Reimagining the
24. Marking the Land: Jim Dow in North
25. Colonialist Photography: Imag(in)ing
26. Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography
27. Travelers Guide to Photographic
28. Life: Heaven on Earth: 100 Places
29. Rajasthan: Panoramic Photography
30. Some Trains in America (Photography)
31. Nat Geo Amazing!: 100 People,
32. Bystander: A History of Street
33. Ireland Your Only Place (Spanish
34. Port of Culture: Liverpool Through
35. Andrea Robbins & Max Becher:
36. A South Carolina Album, 1936-1948:
37. Travelers Guide to Photographic
38. Of This Place and Elsewhere: The
39. There's A Place In France, A Kid's
40. Accommodating Nature: The Photographs

21. Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky (Great Plains Photography)
by Joel Sartore
Paperback: 144 Pages (2006-11-01)
list price: US$21.95 -- used & new: US$14.69
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Asin: 0803259700
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Welcome to a journey across Nebraska. Relax, take your time, and enjoy the vistas. From Chadron to Falls City, Carhenge to the Wayne Chicken Show, Burwell to Omaha, and everywhere in between, this book captures all that is Nebraska—the people, places, and events that make this state our home. Joel Sartore drove ten thousand miles in a beat-up Chevy truck to record the essence of Nebraska in the images that grace this book. Every page offers readers a chance to reminisce about their own lives and their special times in this great state. If you don’t find at least a few photographs that make you smile or remember something fondly, then you haven’t been in Nebraska long enough.
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5-0 out of 5 stars More than a picture book
What a great perspective on Nebraska. I lived there for two years as a young girl while my father was on a missile site and wanted to try going back without physically being there. The pictures are wonderful but the words are what really capture Nebraska.The humor was LOL and the Authors' gift for taking you into the photo gives the reader a great respect for the people of Nebraska. This book did take me back to Nebraska.Loved it

5-0 out of 5 stars A Book That Really Shows What Nebraska Is All About
I moved away from Nebraska about 3 years ago to pursue opportunities elsewhere, and shortly after moving I purchased this book.Joel Sartore is a photographer for National Geographic and very active in local enviromental issues so I knew beforehand this would be an excellent testament to my home...and he did not dissapoint.

Coming from a rural place I did not miss the photos of the Old Settler's Picnic and June Jubilee...both major festivals in the Saline/Filmore county area.In one of the pics there was even a girl that was in my high school class, front and center!However, Joel didn't cover just my area of the state but the entire state.His photos evoke the culture and natural beauty of the state that go way beyond proving to folks from the coasts that we are more than just rednecks living on a flat plain.

5-0 out of 5 stars An Incredible Picture Book for Nebraskans
In a word - gorgeous. The author - Joel Sartore - is a contributing photographer for National Geographic Magazine, so you know that the photography is going to be something special and it is. Sartore travels throughout Nebraska, taking pictures of everything - an endangered beatle, rodeos and the cowboys that compete in them, pheasant hunters and fisherman, and Carhenge.
It's is a book that will those of us who live outside the state homesick for Nebraska. It is a reminder of Nebraska's true spirit - it's people. People who live in a state that's dismissed as uninteresting by most, but who make up for any perceived geographical shortcomings by being interesting themselves
Sartore honors his craft, as he captures those traits in the pictures of Nebraskans throughout this book. There isn't a lot of writing, just enough to describe what's happening with each photograph.
"Nebraska: Under a Big Red Sky is a perfect Christmas present for that Husker fan who already has everything colored red. The price is right (less than $15 at Amazon, click the link above).

It's the kind of book you can pass around amongst your family at Christmas time, and I guarantee that they'll spend a few hours pouring over the pages. Well worth the money just to have around, even if you're not going to give it as a present. Leave it on your coffee or end table - someone will pick it up and it will provide hours of quiet entertainment for the holiday season.

Seriously, you don't want to miss this one.

5-0 out of 5 stars Fabulous for non-Nebraskans too
Joel's work is extraordinary and will be appreciated by even those whohave never set foot in the state of Nebraska.It will definitely make youwant to visit, though!

5-0 out of 5 stars Postcards from Nebraska
Joel Sartore has captured the subtle essence of why so many Nebraskans that leave the state eventually come home to roost.Unbeknownst to most residents as they grow up, a strong imprinting slowly takes place.As Joelexplains, the unique sense of family, community, place, and weather, allcontribute to this phenomenon.Joel's photographs are a collection ofthese innocent but pervasive features of life in Nebraska.If you haveever struggled to describe Nebraska to a person who has never visited thestate, this book is for you.It will crystalize your thoughts. ... Read more

22. My Kind of County: Door County, Wisconsin (Center for American Places - My Kind of . . . series)
by John Fraser Hart
Hardcover: 192 Pages (2009-04-01)
list price: US$27.50 -- used & new: US$17.87
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Asin: 1930066864
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The shores of Door County, Wisconsin have long served as an idyllic retreat for Midwestern families. The region’s scenic beauty is augmented by a rich history that reflects the classic American experience and John Fraser Hart now pays homage to the “Cape Cod of the Midwest” in this engaging chronicle.

A renowned scholar and a summer home owner in Door County for over fifty years, Hart possesses intimate knowledge of the physical geography and cultural history of the region. With his incisive geographer’s eye, he charts the gorgeously sprawling landscape that draws more than two million visitors annually, including the limestone bluffs along Green Bay that loom as high as 200 feet. He also explores Door County’s agricultural heritage—including the famous cherry orchards—as well as the difference between the Green Bay and Lake Michigan sides of the peninsula, and the quiet interior region. The book then turns to the cultural aspects of the region, examining diverse topics such as the history of the first ethnic European settlers, the tourist economy, and the settlements’ primarily Belgian architecture.

Detailed maps and vibrant photographs complement Hart’s engaging prose, making My Kind of County the perfect gift for day trippers, summer residents, and geographers alike.
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23. West and West: Reimagining the Great Plains (Center for American Places-Center Books on American Places)
by Joe Deal
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2009-10-01)
list price: US$60.00 -- used & new: US$37.97
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Asin: 193519500X
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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The Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854 officially opened the Great Plains to westward settlement, and the public survey of 1855 by Charles A. Manners and Joseph Ledlie along the Sixth Principal Meridian established the grid by which the uncharted expanse of the Great Plains was brought into scale. The mechanical act performed by land surveyors is believed by photographer Joe Deal to be powerfully similar to the artistic act of making a photograph.To Deal, both acts are about establishing a frame around a vast scene that suggests no definite boundaries of its own.  Thus, when approaching his own photographs of the Great Plains, Deal viewed his photography as a form of reenactment, a method of understanding how it felt to contain the Great Plains in smaller, more measurable units.


In West and West, Deal, who was born and raised in Kansas, revisited the Kansas-Nebraska territory and applied his photographic understanding of the landscape grid and horizon line to illuminate the sense of infinite space that transcends the reality of the survey. As Deal writes in his concluding essay: “If the square, as employed in the surveys of public lands, could function like a telescope, framing smaller and smaller sections of the plains down to a transect, it can also be used as a window, equilaterally divided by the horizon, that begins with a finite section of the earth and sky and restores them in the imagination to the vastness that now exists as an idea: the landscape that is contained within the perfect symmetry of the square implies infinity.”


The stunning photographs in West and West present the Great Plains from a rare perspective. From this vantage point, Deal is able to distill and contemplate its expanse.



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5-0 out of 5 stars An Important Photographer
Joe Deal has made a highly significant contribution to the world of landscape photography over the past 40 years, and this is his latest collection of works. This book is a "must" for anyone serious about photography.

3-0 out of 5 stars Horizontally plain
Looking through these photographs reminded me of what Walter Prescott Webb wrote in his fascinating and definitive book on the Plains, that the early European settlers came upon this huge area and were initially stopped in their tracks.They were used to hills, rivers, trees, woods, villages and neighbors within a reasonable walking distance.The horizontal Plains were an alien concept to many of them but the hardy ones pressed on, settled and then endured the searing heat, long winters, loneliness and a wind that could blow for weeks.He quotes Beret Hansa, the heroine of Ole Rolvaag's 'Giants of the earth': "Why, there isn't even a thing that one can hide behind!"

The fifty-one photos certainly capture the look and timelessness of the Plains though the folk who live there see it in color and I wonder why these photos are black and white?Surely color photography long ago shed its strictly commercial image.Color would certainly help I think because I found these photos rather dull overall.The vision is predominately horizontal and passive though there are several photos that feature a rock formation and even a tree or two to break up the horizon.Any man-made activity is totally absent.

Deal writes in his Introduction that half the counties of the Great Plains now have, on average, fewer than two people per square mile.An interesting point because, as he says, this is approaching the definition of wilderness and his photos could justifiably show a bland landscape because it is reality but I just don't find it a landscape that I'll want to look at too often on these pages.

The book's almost square format, beautiful printing (with a 200 screen) paper and elegant design are the quality one would expect from the Center for American Places.There are two essays, front and back of the portfolio pages and a slightly unfortunate editorial slip on a spread with two maps in color but no in-depth captions to explain their significance.The map's reference in the text is none too helpful either.

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24. Marking the Land: Jim Dow in North Dakota (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places)
Hardcover: 224 Pages (2007-08-15)
list price: US$75.00 -- used & new: US$74.82
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Asin: 1930066635
Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars
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The demanding frontier life of My Ántonia or Little House on the Prairie may be long gone, but the idyllic small town still exists as a cherished icon of American community life. Yet sprawl and urban density, rather than small towns and farms, are the predominant features of our modern society, agribusiness and other commercial forces have rapidly taken over family farms and ranches, and even the open spaces we think of as natural retreats only retain the barest façade of their former frontier austerity. The fading communities, social upheaval, and enduring heritage of the Northern Plains are the subject of Jim Dow’s Marking the Land, a stirring photographic tribute to the complex and unyielding landscape of North Dakota.


Jim Dow began making pilgrimages to this remote territory in 1981 and, with a commission from the North Dakota Museum of Art, he took photographs of the passing human presence on the land. The simple, stolid pieces of architecture carved out against the Dakota skies—whether the local schoolhouse, car wash, prison, homes, hunting lodge, or churches—evoke in their spare lines and weather-battered frames the stoic and toughened spirit of the people within their walls. Folk art is also an integral part of the landscape in Dow’s visual study, and he examines the subtle evolution of local craftsmanship from homemade sculptures, murals, and carvings to carefully crafted pieces aimed at tourists. Anchoring all of these explorations is the raw and striking landscape of the North Dakota plains.


Marking the Land is a moving reflection by a leading American photographer on the state of the Northern Plains today, forcing us all to rethink our conceptions of America’s forgotten frontier.



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2-0 out of 5 stars North Dakota???????
descent photography,I feel as though if you are going to say "Jim Dow in North Dakota" the photos should be only from ND and not the surrounding states.If you are from ND you may not like it.

5-0 out of 5 stars Northern Plains quietude
Jim Dow has done us all a favor with his remarkable book of photos.In the final chapter called Dreaming and Redemption he says `Those unfamiliar with North Dakota habitually say that it is cold, boring, flat, desolate and empty -- inadequate generalizations that simply don't hold up'.Just look through the 185 color photos several times and the Peace Garden State will grow on you and although none of the photos contain people you really feel their presence.

One of the strengths of the book is the editorial flow.Rather than just run page after page of photos here the work is divided into eight chapters each with a page introduction.Some are quite short like the first one: Views ofNorth Dakota, which surprisingly is made up of twelve shots of the inside walls of the state penitentiary where bad guy Charles Olive, murderer and sign painter created a series of murals showing the North Dakota landscape.The Marking the Land chapter has thirty-seven photos of man-made signs, rusting agricultural machinery (deliberately left as a mark on the landscape) and larger than life animal statues.Artists and Workplace chapter (sixty photos) features workshops, bars, retail interiors and commercial architecture.Religious Life (twenty photos) reflects the diverse nature of grave markers and church buildings found in the State.

Although I have a paperback copy (2500 printed according to the imprint)I think it could be considered a book of coffee table proportions, well printed in an impressively fine screen and unusual for a photo book it has an index, too.I would only fault this book of photos in the way captions have been handled.Like many photo books they are at the back with a thumbnail and page number when nearly all the text would easily fit under the relevant images.

I think Jim Dow's impressive photos reveal a lot more of North Dakota than the predictable cold, boring and flat cliché.

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25. Colonialist Photography: Imag(in)ing Race and Place (Documenting the Image)
Paperback: 352 Pages (2004-08-24)
list price: US$41.95 -- used & new: US$37.76
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Asin: 0415274966
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Colonialist Photography is an absorbing collection of essays and photographs exploring the relationship between photography and European and American colonialism. The book is packed with well over a hundred captivating images, ranging from the first experiments with photography as a documentary medium up to the decolonization of many regions after World War II.

Reinforcing a broad range of Western assumptions and prejudices, Eleanor M. Hight and Gary D. Sampson argue that such images often assisted in the construction of a colonial culture.

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26. Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography
Paperback: 144 Pages (2000-02-17)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$370.72
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Asin: 0898866901
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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  • This retrospective corresponds with a traveling exhibit of Washburn's photography, debuting at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
  • Stunning black and white images from one of America's greatestphotographic talents
  • Includes an intimate interview with Bradford Washburn

Traveling the world for eight decades, mountaineer, explorer, cartographer, and aerial photographer Bradford Washburn has documented the landscape from the Grand Canyon to the Alps, from Mount McKinley to Mount Everest. Genius has inspired him to pioneer photographic techniques that capture the most remote and inaccessible points on earth under conditions worthy of a stunt man. Genius has also transformed his photos-conceived for a purely functional purpose-into works of expressive art. Now the career of America's most celebrated mountain photographer is presented for the first time in book form.

In Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography, one hundred large-format mountain photographs, selected from more than 10,000 through Washburn's lifetime of accomplishments. Aerial images of high mountains, looking more like bold relief maps, are captured in extreme raking light. There are picture essays of early Alaskan expeditions-striking modern still lifes of supply caches and camp conditions-plus portraits of team members and colorful characters and situations encountered along the way. Additional aerial photos reveal, in breathtaking clarity, the workings of the earth, continuously transformed by upheavals and erosions, and the slow march and retreat of glaciers.

An in-depth Washburn interview by Antony Decaneas brings a voice to the life portrayed in images. Also included is an extensive, unique chronology of the major events in Washburn's life and career, illustrated with 40 additional images.

Boston photographer Antony Decaneas supervises photographic production for Bradford Washburn and exclusively represents him in the licensing and sale of his photographic artwork. He is the author of two photographic books on Greece. ... Read more

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3-0 out of 5 stars Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography
I was looking for something different.The photographs are beautiful but they are mostly not of the mountain in which I was interested.

1-0 out of 5 stars Bradford Washburn: Mountain Photography

4-0 out of 5 stars Picture the mountains in all their glory...
This book is a marvelous record of mountain exploration and photography with photos that span a period of almost 70 years. This small collection representing much less than 1% of Washburn's photographs is a remarkable record of photography rivaling Ansel Adams or Vittorio Sella. Although the photos were originally taken to support his geological or surveying research or to provide guide shots for climbers, Washburn soon realized that he had a knack for taking photographs as art that were as good as any being produced by other photographers.

This book may be a disappointment for those who want expedition photographs as few of the photographs include people. Indeed, having a few more pictures of people would have warranted five stars. Yet, many of the pictures are aerial photographs so the lack of people in many is not surprising. What makes it ultimately worthwhile is the crispness of the pictures, the attention to details on the ridges and valleys of the mountains, the patterns revealed in the flow of glaciers, and so on.

One other point of interest is that this book was the Grand Prize Winner of the 2000 Banff Mountain Book Festival -- the only pure photography book to win that award.

3-0 out of 5 stars A slight disappointment
After the exhiliration generated by Washburn's classic book on Denali, this one left me slightly disappointed. There are many exquisite photographs and a few truly great ones, such as the famous picture of climbers on the Doldenhorn (in the Bernese Alps). But on the whole there are just a little bit too many pictures of abstract geological features. These reveal a more scholarly side of Washburn's art: interesting to round out our view on this great artist, but less captivating than the epic mountain pictures. Also, there is an appendix with a detailed account of Washburn's career, with many little inset pictures of people he worked with (Barbara Washburn being the most prominent amongst them). I would have liked to see many more of these pictures and at a size more amenable to detailed study. A final point of criticism on this book concerns the interview with Washburn by the editor: it is very revealing but way too short! I would have guessed that Decaneas would have been able to extract much more material from all the conversations he has had with Washburn in the final years of his life. So, it's a nice book to have in the library, but Decaneas missed an opportunity to put together an absolute classic. Pity.

5-0 out of 5 stars Museum quality visual images
Bradford Washburn roamed the globe for eighty years as a mountaineer, explorer, cartographer, and aerial photographer. In Bradford Washington: Mountain Photography, Tony Decaneas as assembled one hundred full-size landscape mountain photographs from the more than ten thousand images that Bradford made during his lifetime of photographic accomplishments. From the Grand Canyon to the Alps, from Mount McKinley to Mount Everest, these black and white landscape photos of mountain peaks and picture portraits of team members and colorful characters that are each of them museum quality visual images showcasing Bradford's photography as having risen to the level of fine art. ... Read more

27. Travelers Guide to Photographic New England MASSACHUSETTS: How to Find and Photograph MassachusettsAE Most Scenic (Places Peoples Pictorial Works)
by Jacqui Taylor
Spiral-bound: 104 Pages (2010-05-24)
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Asin: 0981821405
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Travelers Guide to Photographic New England: Massachusetts provides travelers and photographers with only the best places and subjects to photograph in Massachusetts. The book lists the best time to photograph the subject, photo tips, and directions. It includes five appendixes including "How to Turn Your Photographs into Note Cards," a glossary, and an index. Travelers Guide includes fifteen subjects, forty-five places, and thirty-five color photographs. It is spiral bound so it will lay flat and is in a compact 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 format for portability.
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28. Life: Heaven on Earth: 100 Places to See in Your Lifetime
by Editors of Life Magazine
Hardcover: 128 Pages (2006-04-04)
list price: US$29.95 -- used & new: US$15.78
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Asin: 1933405058
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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From the Great Pyramid and the Sphinx to the mysteries of Easter Island and Stonehenge, the editors of Life draw on the world's finest photography to reveal why you must include these truly special 100 places in your life's itinerary. Drink in the kaleidoscope that is Australia's Great Barrier Reef and gaze at the majesty of Africa's Mount Kilimanjaro. Sample the sophisticated splendor of the Tuileries Gardens in Paris and the sun-baked wonders of the fortress city of the Andes, Machu Picchu.And, of course, the treasures of America are not forgotten, such as the awe-inspiring Grand Canyon and the serene Atlantic beauty of Nantucket Island. ... Read more

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4-0 out of 5 stars Pretty amazing
The product was in great condition. Most of the pictures are really amazing, but others could definitely be better. Also, I feel like some major places are missing. Other than that, it is pretty incredible.

5-0 out of 5 stars It's wonderful!
I saw this book at my daughter's home and I knew I wanted one.Since then I have been looking and trying to get it....and now I have it!It's so enjoyable to look at parts of the world I cannot visit at this time in life.How beautiful creation is!

5-0 out of 5 stars Gorgeous!
The photos in this book are absolutely amazing!It is a beautiful and interesting book to put out on your coffee table with a variety of different illustrations.Sure, there's not a lot of text, but I think it's pretty clear that it's intended to be a coffee table-like picture book.

5-0 out of 5 stars Amazing value for money
What amazing value for money this book is. Each page is full of the photo and the information and description is kept to a minimum so as not to spoil any part of the scenery. It reminds me how beautiful this planet is.I bought it for my nephew who is 11 years old. At school he learns about the world that we as humans have created - the history, the economics and the suffering. This book and its pictures will show him true natural beauty of places that humans have not spoilt and I hope for future adventures for his life as a young man. Amazon never fail to deliver quality. Thanks again. Excellent.

4-0 out of 5 stars Beautiful pictures
I bought this book for just a table book for people to look at and it's just that.People love to pick it up and look at the beautiful pictures inside.Makes you want to take a journey. ... Read more

29. Rajasthan: Panoramic Photography
by Reiner Sahm
Hardcover: 160 Pages (2007-12-05)

Isbn: 187733958X
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30. Some Trains in America (Photography)
by Andrew Cross
Hardcover: 156 Pages (2002-06)
list price: US$55.00 -- used & new: US$24.22
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Asin: 3791326791
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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This powerful collection of photographs celebrates American trains, railroad stations, and landscapes. Presented in a beautifully designed horizontal format book, these photographs offer a truly original depiction of America’s romance with its frontier and one photographer’s passion with trains. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Workin' on the railroad.
The first thing you'll notice about this book is the shape, just over twelve inches wide by six and a half deep, just the right landscape size to show very long freight trains.This is not really a book for train fans though, photographers like the brilliant Greg McDonnell, Gary Benson or Gary Dolzall have produced much better train imagery but Andrew Cross uses freights to say something about the American landscape, the German photographer Lothar Baumgarten approached the subject in much the same way in his excellent book 'Carbon'

Most of the photos have part of a train in them, some are just of tracks in the country or suburbia.The seven sections cover southern California, Texas, Appalachia, Northeast, Midwest, Northwest and finally central California.I think the best photos are the ones taken in the west with an empty prairie where you can see six (or sometimes ten) diesels pulling a mile and a half long consist, either boxcars, trailer-on-flat-cars or monster unit coal trains.The section on central California is interesting because Cross shows the area around Tehachapi Loop (but unfortunately not the Loop itself, where freights circle and go over themselves) and the trains seem to merge into the landscape, even the eye dazzling Santa Fe's or the yellow Union Pacific diesels.Overall an interesting collection of photos that support the photographer's point that freight trains are an everyday part of the American scene.

The production of the book is worth commenting on, the shape is fine but the typography is rather quirky, the page numbers are presented as four numerals, 0084 or 0140 and the first page of the seven sections has the number filling the whole left hand page, the captions use arrows to show which photos they apply to even when the photo is on the next page.All this is a bit of designer whimsy and not really necessary in my view.

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31. Nat Geo Amazing!: 100 People, Places, and Things That Will Wow You
by Melina Gerosa Bellows
Paperback: 192 Pages (2010-06-29)
list price: US$19.95 -- used & new: US$8.49
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Asin: 1426206496
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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Nat Geo Amazing! (a.k.a. National Geographic Amazing) is National Geographic as you've never seen it before—a celebration of the world's 100 most fascinating people, places, and things, showcased in a large-format, full-color trade paperback. 

The thrilling images, incredibly stories, and cutting-edge design of NATGEO Amazing! will have you doing double-takes at some of the most fascinating and fun information in the world, including Amazing Animals, Interesting People, Weird But True Facts, Ancient Discoveries with Modern Twists, Natural Wonders, and more! You'll find that truth is often stranger—and way more arresting—than fiction as you witness natural beauty, raw emotion, and odd phenomena through the discerning prism of the people who know the world best: National Geographic. We hope that each and every page inspires you to say the book's name: AMAZING!  

Some of the amazing things you'll see:

• the true face of Golden King Tutankhamun revealed through DNA scans and forensic reconstruction
• all the letters of the alphabet on butterfly wings
• how New York City looked more than 400 years ago
• unlikely animal friendships, including the dog and the fish
• the adreneline-rushing sport of parkour and how it all began
• apes laugh when tickled and chimpanzees mourn their dead
• the real spiderman, who climbs skyscrapers without ropes
• that more people die from falling out of bed than from shark attacks
• the incredible story of the skydiving dog

...plus 90 more stories that will WOW you.

Nat Geo Amazing! will have no trouble grabbing your attention and never letting go. This 192-page collection of the world's most fascinating information is the must-have companion to a new National Geographic Channel series of the same name on Fridays at 7 PM (check local listings).Amazon.com Review

A Look Inside Nat Geo Amazing!
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The Lady Who Married the Eiffel Tower, Nudi-Whats?

Feeling ChummyVisions of Mars

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5-0 out of 5 stars AMAZING book!
As expected, this is awonderful book from Nat Geo. As soon as I brought it home, I was mesmerized but the awesome photography. Friends have also enjoyed flipping through the pages. Eye candy and loaded with fun information. I was wowed and amazed. Go Nat Geo!!! ... Read more

32. Bystander: A History of Street Photography with a new Afterword on SP since the 1970s
by Joel Meyerowitz, Colin Westerbeck
Paperback: 440 Pages (2001-08-15)
list price: US$35.00
Isbn: 0821227262
Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars
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This landmark book, a monumental chronicle of thephotographic genre created from the chaotic energy of everyday streetlife, grew out of a fifteen-year collaboration between an esteemedcurator and a distinguished photographer. The work of such celebratedmasters as Atget, Stieglitz, Cartier-Bresson, Brassaï, Walker Evans,Robert Frank, and Garry Winogrand are presented here, along withextraordinary photographs by complete unknowns. Colin Westerbeck'senlightening text illuminates each of these images, and a newillustrated afterword by Westerbeck, only available in this paperbackedition, examines contemporary street photography. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars About This Book...and the Table of Contents
A quality piece of work from Bulfinch (Little, Brown.) Green cloth over hardback boards with a sewn binding in dustcover; 430 pp; approximately 300 b&w illustrations.

Indexed, 3 pp of End Notes, and a 10 p Bibliography.

Part One: Eugene Atget & the 19th Century
- Before Photography
- In the Beginning
- The View from Abroad
- Busmen's Holidays
- Art for Art's Sake
- Documents for Artists

Part Two: Cartier-Bresson & Europe in the 20th Century
- Children of the Century
- The Decisive Photographer
- Hungarian Rhapsody
- Foreign Correspondents
- The Fourth Estate

Part Three: Walker Evans & America Before the War
- Social Uplift
- Collective Vision
- American Classic

Part Four: Robert Frank & America Since the War
- Displaced Persons
- Naturalized Citizens
- An American in Paris
- In the American Grain
- The Chicago School
- Still Going

4-0 out of 5 stars Too many words, not enough images
This book is more of a written history of street photography than a visual history.Too much space is given up to text, and there aren't enough images to satisfy.

Nevertheless, the book is an interesting read, or should I say an interesting skim.I skimmed through the text, stopping to read interesting bits here and there.Had those interesting bits been retained, much of the rest of the text eliminated and more images included, it would be a 5-star book.

One other comment is that the emphasis is on American street photography, to the point that some notable non-American street photographers are excluded completely.

5-0 out of 5 stars street photography descibed in detail
A history of street photography described in both text and photos. The authors are well knowledged in the field and provide a very well layed out book that is enjoyable to read. A great coffee table book.

4-0 out of 5 stars it's the photos...
BYSTANDER embraces the social & cultural history of street photography. It touches upon the works of master photographers, yet leaves out so much about the actual photographs.

Trying to follow Meyerowitz's & Westerbeck's conversation, both obviously deeply emotional about the subject of street photography, simply went over my head in a rush of technical details & passionate positing as to why which photographer did what.

It is, however, the photographs in BYSTANDER that draw you back, again & again. The earliest ones that beg to have been enlarged, so rich in texture & composition; the later ones with their implicit social commentaries.

When we say that a picture is worth a thousand words, we're not kidding! Each & every photograph, even those that I couldn't make head nor tail, tell stories of our predecessors' lives & times, letting social history unravel before our eyes.

BYSTANDER is for everyone who loves to look at the past - the everyday, angular, shadow & light city past, through the window of a camera.

4-0 out of 5 stars well done...
first off, the authors do a fine job presenting to the reader an insightful history of street photography. they especially succeeded in explaining (or at least theorizing) how the various photographers came to create their respective photographic styles by finding sources of influence in modern art, architecture, and of course each other.
although there are other reviewers who believe the authors didn't give enough credit to hcb for shaping street photography into what it is today, it is important to note that even in the chapters which focus on the american photographers hcb is continuously cited as a major influence. just remember that this book is a history of street photography, not a bio of hcb!
i also agree with the reviewer who thought the photo placement within the book was a little inconvenient at times. but that minor problem does in no way detract from the overall value of such an insightful look at the history of street photography. enjoy! ... Read more

33. Ireland Your Only Place (Spanish Edition)
by Jan Morris, Paul Wakefield
 Hardcover: 160 Pages (1999-06)
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Asin: 1860198236
Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars No one book can ever do Ireland Justice.

I have a large number of books about Ireland in my collection .While many are about history,and literature;I have many that are just "picture books" I have visited Ireland three times and while there are so many things that never cease to amaze me,the sights you encounter are spellbounding.
This book has to be one of the more unusual approaches to "photographing Ireland" that I have ever seen.
To start with, neither of the authors are Irish. Jan Morris who wrote the text is from Wales and Paul Wakefield ,who took the photographs is from Britian.Therefore it quite appropriate to say that this is Ireland as seen by outsiders.

On the dust jacket is this comment;

"Together,Paul Wakefield and Jan Morris have created a striking tribute to a country that is both exotic and uncertain,whimsical and mysterious." ..That they certainly did!!!
The book contains 75 photographs,that are quite unlike anything you normally come across in similar books.Many photogtaphs are quite melancholy and all but one or two were taken on sunless days.Most of these pictures are full page or larger.An interesting aspect of this book is that there is no corelation between the photographs and the text. Therefore one could just viev without reading.That would be a mistake;because the text is superb and written with insight and understanding.Some of the photographs would be more interesting if Wakefield had provided some details for them.
Many of the photographs are of such ordinary things that they prove the old adage that "Artists see where others only look". Beauty is everywhere,but it takes photographs like Wakefield's to show it to us.
This book was first published in 1990 and republished again in 1998. It is certainly worth the effort to search out and enjoy because it is definitely a different approach to photographing Ireland. ... Read more

34. Port of Culture: Liverpool Through the Photography of Pete Carr
by Pete Carr
Hardcover: 112 Pages (2008-12-10)
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Port of Culture is a showcase of images from a three-year photographic project undertaken by Peter Carr which sought to capture the city of Liverpool in an alternative light. A specialist in High-Dynamic Range photography, Carr uses a technique which enables photographers to record a broader range of tonal detail—ultimately producing a painterly quality to the image. The end results are the incredibly dynamic images included in this collection, each one capturing one of the many moods of the city—from scenes of protest to the opaque and glassy waterfront to local architecture, old and new. A visually stunning volume, Port of Culture reveals the astonishing creativity of this young photographer—whose work is exhibited in more than sixty images—providing a wholly refreshing take on a city evolving before our eyes. 
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35. Andrea Robbins & Max Becher: The Transportation of Place
by Lucy Lippard
Hardcover: 156 Pages (2006-05-01)
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Asin: 1597110108
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Andrea Robbins and Max Becher draw on a rich visual vocabulary gleaned as much from travel brochures, postcards and National Geographic as from the photography of Walker Evans, Edward Curtis and Stephen Shore. Their work, a somewhat surreal nonfiction, uses documentary images to examine contradictions of place and cultural identity: that is, when Germans tie on Native American headdresses and Midwesterners parade in Bavarian costumes, Robbins and Becher are there. In their own words, ìThe primary focus of our work is what we call the transportation of place--situations in which one limited or isolated place strongly resembles another distant one. Everywhere, not only in the new world, such situations are accumulating and accepted as genuine locales. Traditional notions of place, in which culture and geographic location neatly coincide, are being challenged by legacies of slavery, colonialism, holocaust, immigration, tourism and mass-communication. Whether the subject is Germany in Africa, Germans dressing as Native Americans, American towns dressed as Germany, New York in Las Vegas, New York in Cuba or Cuba in exile, our interest tends to be a place out of place with its various causes and consequences.î Their work posits vital questions for a globalized world and for photography. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars Bring a "Transportation of Place" to your bookshelf
Transportation of Place, photographs by Andrea Robbins and Max Becher, is an exceptional collection of documentary photographs whereby Robbins and Becher record cultural conditions of simulation, mimesis, and re-enactments that occur due to political events, tourism, entertainment, and cultural longing. Their collaborative photos function as "surreal nonfiction" and demonstrate a lucid vision (as much as this is possible) of the growing global phenomenon of displacement, artifice, fabricated identity, and cultural confusion. Their work beautifully pinpoints conditions where simulated environments and personas become preferable to actual cultural or historical contexts. Robbins and Becher's photos of "places out of place" make it possible to imagine more clearly the consequences and complications of denying or subverting one's surroundings or identity. In addition their images give us insight into the global, postcolonial conditions enabling alienation, loss of identity, and loss of history of place.

German villages in Africa, "Old West" frontier towns in Spain, Wall Street in Cuba, New York in Vegas, people in Washington state altering local architecture and dress to become a Bavarian community, and people in Germany attempting to dress and live as Native Americans are just some of the interesting series presented by Robbins and Becher in this superb book. In addition, Transportation of Place includes excellent essays by Lucy Lippard and Maurice Berger. This book is a must-see/must-read for contemporary artists, photographers, art audiences, and anyone interested in travel, politics, or the humanities.

One photographic series presented in the book documents "Old Tucson" (an outdoor film stage set - turned tourist attraction) in Arizona. "Old Tucson", constructed in 1938, miles away from, and built after the actual Tucson, Arizona, is neither "old" nor "Tucson." One image from the series keenly documents a wooden sign on the exterior of a "Candle Shop" that states in capital letters, "THESE BUILDINGS ARE ORIGINAL STRUCTURES FROM 1939's `ARIZONA' THEY WERE BUILT WITH ADOBE, THEN CONVERTED TO A WESTERN STREET THEN TO A MEXICAN COLONIAL STYLE FOR THE `THREE AMIGOS', RED TILE REPLACED THE ORIGINAL WOODEN BOARDWALKS, THE CURRENT FAÇADE IS APPROXIMATELY ONE FOOT IN FRONT OF THE ORIGINAL WESTERN BUILDINGS." Dislocated images and odd visual information of this nature illustrate why Robbins and Becher's work is truly "Surreal Nonfiction"... This is a wonderful book and highly recommended.
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36. A South Carolina Album, 1936-1948: Documentary Photography in the Palmetto State from the Farm Security Administration, Office of War Information, an
by Constance B. Schulz
 Paperback: 142 Pages (1992-04)
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37. Travelers Guide to Photographic New England NEW HAMPSHIRE: How to Find and Photograph New Hampshire's Most Scenic Destinations (Places Peoples Pictorial Works)
by Jacqui Taylor
Spiral-bound: 108 Pages (2010-06-06)
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Travelers Guide to Photographic New England: New Hampshire provides travelers and photographers with only the best places and subjects to photograph in New Hampshire. It lists the best time to photograph the subject, photo tips, and directions. The book includes four appendixes including "Printing Digital Pictures Yourself vs. Using a Professional Online Printing Service," "How to Turn Your Photographs into Note Cards," a glossary, and an index. Travelers Guide includes sixteen subjects, forty-nine places, and fifty-one color photographs. The book is spiral bound so it will lay flat and is in a compact 8-1/2 x 5-1/2 format for portability.
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38. Of This Place and Elsewhere: The Films and Photography of Peter Mettler
by Jerry White
Paperback: 250 Pages (2007-01-25)
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Asin: 0968913253
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A key figure in the Toronto New Wave of the 1980s, Peter Mettler is one of the most intriguing and audacious filmmakers in English Canada, known not only for his work as a director but also as a cinematographer and editor. His films are distinguished by an innovative approach to the medium, regardless of genre, bridging the gap between experimental, narrative, personal essay, and documentary. All of his work is visually stunning, particularly the two films he is best known for: Picture of Light and Gambling, Gods and LSD. Mettler is also an accomplished photographer and a pioneer in multimedia work. His live visual mixing performances are groundbreaking and legendary, and he has long been considered a leader in this field.

In Peter Mettler, Jerry White focuses on Mettler’s career as a director, emphasizing the global nature of his films. White also discusses Mettler’s groundbreaking explorations in the field of visual mixing and his work as a still photographer and cinematographer. The book is richly illustrated with examples of Mettler’s work. ... Read more

39. There's A Place In France, A Kid's Guide To Paris
by Penelope Dyan
Paperback: 44 Pages (2009-04-03)
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Asin: 1935118579
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Paris is a fun place for kids if you know where to look.And our photographer and writer certainly do know where to look for things kids will really like to see.After all, it is all in the presentation!So whether you want to travel vicariously though Paris or prepare for a trip, this is the book for you.Enjoy the photographs of John D, Weigand and the poetry of Penelope Dyan and see Paris through their eyes and camera lens. John D. Weigand is an experienced television engineer and an accomplished photographer who has teamed his skills with Penelope Dyan to create several wonderful books, all of which you and your child are certain to enjoy, books meant for kids that look great on your coffee table.Penelope Dyan is a former K-12 teacher, published in ‘The Kindergartner,as well as in‘Instructor Magazine and in ‘Humpty Dumpty childrens magazine.Dyan is the author of ‘Surfer Girl. ‘Surfer Girl was the winner of best teen book at both the 2008 New York Book Festival and the 2008 Hollywood Book Festival and is recognized by Girls Voices In Literature Database, Miami University, Florida.Dyan and Weigand are also the co-creators of ‘The Comeback Kids Book Series and the ‘Animal Rescue Series, also published by Bellissima Publishing, LLC. ... Read more

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5-0 out of 5 stars There's A Place In France
These kid sized geographically fun fact books by Dyan are absolutely great!Every new addition in this series is absolutely captivating to my kids.The little history facts tucked into the simple poetry keep the reading light yet educational.Several pages even sparked conversations!I don't always see what my children see in their reading materials, but Dyan has seemingly found the magic formula for capturing their attention.There is a Seuss-like quality to the rhyming.And, the photography is not all about perfection... there is a distinctly unique and interesting perspective of each photographed subject matter (and an Eiffel addition to some!) which opens little minds, too.All around, this book is tremendously enjoyable!There's A Place In France, A Kid's Guide To Paris ... Read more

40. Accommodating Nature: The Photographs of Frank Gohlke (Center for American Places - Center Books on American Places)
by John Rohrbach
Paperback: 176 Pages (2007-09-15)
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Asin: 1930066651
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Wind, water, and molten rock constantly tear apart and resculpt the natural world we live in, and people have always struggled to create structures that will permanently establish their existence on the land. Frank Golhke has committed his camera lens to documenting that fraught relationship between people and place, and this retrospective collection of his work by John Rohrbach reveals how people carve out their living spaces in the face of constant natural disruption.
An acclaimed master of landscape photography, Golhke explores in Accommodating Nature how people configure the places where they live, work, and commune, both on an everyday level and in the aftermath of catastrophic destruction. Whether a ranch house anchored fast on an endless Texas plain, the shattered buildings and whipped trees left by a category 5 tornado, or the jagged cliffs of ash and rock created by the volcanic eruption of Mount St. Helens, the photographs unearth the ways in which new homes and lives emerge from the fragments of the old. Thought-provoking essays by Rebecca Solnit, Frank Gohlke, and John Rohrbach expand upon the issues raised by the images, contemplating the complexities of human and cultural geography and the relationships we have with our respective place.
An arresting and vibrant visual essay combining magnificent vistas with intimate emotional detail, Accommodating Nature exposes the intricate threads that bind our lives to the land surrounding us.
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5-0 out of 5 stars Consider
Wonderful book Frank has a way of making you consider things that are sometimes or even many times looked over with hardly a glance.His eye can capture through the viewfinder a whole new ideal, a whole new beauty, and a brand new perspective.
Happy to have ordrerd this and at a very decent price!

5-0 out of 5 stars Wonderful book, important photographs
This book is packed full of gorgeous black and white and color photographs of the American landscape. The essays are interesting and add context. Overall, this is one of my favorite photography books of 2007. ... Read more

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