The Importance of Elsewhere
Philip Larkin's Photographs
The most widely read British poet of the 20th century, Philip Larkin was also a gifted amateur photographer. This handsome book reproduces the best of his images in short, thematic chapters arranged in chronological order to form a visual biography, capturing the places and people - including his lover Monica Jones and his friend Kingsley Amis - that meant the most to him. These haunting pictures are infused with the poignancy of everyday life that also informs his verse.
All the images in this portfolio, some spectacular and some slightly bizarre, capture dogs in a moment of dynamic vitality, leaping, bounding, playing or catching balls and frisbees. From thoroughbred greyhounds and whippets in full flight to springing spaniels and jumping Jack Russells, every dog is captured in mid-air. Top land speeds are given for each breed.
The Swinging Sixties
An Iconic Decade in Pictures
In this photographic portrait of the 1960s, drawn from the Mirrorpix archive, musicians, models, fashion designers, actors and artists dominate the ‘swinging’ scene; but amid the hair-dos, festivals and flower power, there’s also Bobby Moore kissing the World Cup and the new Concorde being wheeled out to meet its adoring fans.
A Visual Celebration of Sailing Past and Present
With photographs of classic and historic yachts, regattas and racing scenes, harbours, marinas and yacht clubs, this illustrated volume considers all aspects of the appeal of sailing, pinpointing the essence of yachting culture down to varnished wood, Dockside shoes and the yacht club bar. Exciting and exotic locations, expensive boats and famous owners are part of the picture but the author also identifies the 'beautiful discomfort' that lies behind the glamour – the sailing itself. Off-mint.
A Place in History
Britain's Headline News Stories Remembered
Through archival and modern photographs, this book revisits the scenes of headline-grabbing events from 20th-century British history. Disasters such as the Crystal Palace fire of 1936 are commemorated, alongside the sporting triumph of Roger Bannister’s four-minute mile in Oxford and Liverpool’s cultural landmark – the Cavern Club. Comparing the appearance of these places then and now provides a pictorial record of the far-reaching social and economic changes that Britain has experienced.
Fashion in Pictures
Pop stars and actors as well as models and society figures feature in this pictorial survey of fashion since 1900 through photographs taken for the Daily Mirror newspaper. From reportage images of Royal Ascot to studio fashion shots and tabloid-style photographs, the images reflect the changing times as well as changing attire.
Twentieth Century in Pictures
Since the beginning of passenger air travel, photographers have recorded the rich and famous as they arrive at their destination. These 300 images from the Press Association's archives form a gallery of 20th-century celebrity, from Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall to Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie.
Britain in Pictures
Drawn from the Press Association’s archives, the photographs in this collection start with a penny-farthing race in 1932 and end with a jitterbug competition in 1939 – but in between are years of mass unemployment, fascists in London, the abdication crisis and the declaration of war.
The World's Greatest Electric Guitars
Includes Classic, Modern, Rare and Vintage Instruments
This compendium, arranged alphabetically and illustrated with over 100 photographs, provides a description of each guitar’s origin, design and influential players. There are milestone instruments from manufacturers including Fender and Gibson, examples by lesser-known independent luthiers, and famous one-offs such as Brian May's homemade 'Red Special'. This selection by the editors of Guitarist magazine reflects the artistry of the finest guitar makers, and examines how their models continue to inform today’s evolving designs.
Extraordinary Edens from Around the World
Throughout history, monarchs around the world have created magnificent gardens both for relaxation and to advertise their wealth and power. Illustrated with 150 colour photographs, this book explores 20 of the finest, including Louis XIV’s Versailles, Frederick the Great’s Sanssouci, the royal palaces of Fez and Edo Castle in Tokyo. Each entry charts the history of the garden, profiles its creators, describes its style, planning and principles, and includes interviews with the present owners.
Power & Style
A World History of Politics and Dress
From the feathers and pigments of ‘naked’ societies to the cufflinks and suits of modern global leaders, clothing reflects both social ranking and the local weather. This illustrated survey of regalia and its numerous accessories examines the art of ‘power dressing’ through the ages, and features some of history’s great costumes, including those worn by Ptolemy VI, the Emperor Augustus, Louis XIV, Napoleon Bonaparte, Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Queen Elizabeth II.
The technically precise images in this collection of photographs by Swedish photojournalist Lennart Nilsson follow a biological tour of the human body, taking in DNA, the embryo, the eye, the organs, bone, hair and muscle. The photographer’s microscopic lens also falls upon bacteria and viruses, including HIV, SARS and herpes, and, as with all his imagery, captures the extraordinary colour, form and intricate detail of life, however hazardous.
The Legendary Akhal-Teke
The Akhal-Teke is one of the oldest of horse breeds. Renowned for its speed, stamina and intelligence, it is also distinguished by its striking appearance, in particular its shimmering coat. Over 150 photographs of the animal in movement and at rest, in close-up, silhouette, at full gallop, and within beautiful landscapes from around the world, accompany an account of the origins and genealogy of the breed in a tribute to this most beautiful of horses.
Roland and Sabrina Michaud have spent most of their lives exploring Africa and Asia. Organized by region, this account of their travels features nearly 500 colour photographs depicting the temples of India, Chinese monasteries, and the tents of Mongolian nomads. Their commentary explains the background to the images and describes the sense of shared humanity they felt with people whose lives were very different from their own.
The Wonder and Beauty of Westonbirt
Planting at Westonbirt, the National Arboretum, began in the 1850s and the site is now home to thousands of native and exotic trees and shrubs. Through over 500 images, this photographic portfolio reveals the natural beauty of the gardens and parkland throughout the seasons.
For more than half a century, North Korea has been a pariah state, ruled by a dynasty of Communist autocrats and closed to the outside world. Philippe Chancel obtained rare permission to take photographs there. His calm, restrained images convey an eerie unreality: the meticulously choreographed celebrations, the heroic statues of the Dear Leader, and the broad, empty boulevards. The accompanying essays chart the country’s political history and explore the aesthetic of Chancel’s photographs.
Turkish Mosques & Tombs
At their peak in the 15th and 16th centuries, Ottoman architects created some of the most beautiful buildings in the world. The 125 photographs in this book offer breathtaking and surprising glimpses of some 20 mosques and tombs in Istanbul, Bursa and Edirne. Mary Cross charts the development of the Ottoman style, its unparalleled use of space, ornament and colour, and the role of the great architect Sinan and his pupils. A map, glossary and timeline of sultans are included.
Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography
The profound influence of Le Corbusier (1887–1965) on architects and urban planners was due in part to his use of photography in the promotion of his architectural works and ideas. In six essays and over 400 photographs by Lucien Hervé, Thomas Flechtner, Guido Guidi and many others, including Le Corbusier himself, this volume explores the role of photography in the architect’s thinking and as a major tool for the promotion and dissemination of his ideas.
The Lost Photographs Of Captain Scott
Beaten to the pole by Amundsen and expiring in the frozen wastes of Antarctica, Scott's ill-fated expedition of 1911–12 is chiefly known from the adventurer's diaries and the remarkable photographs of Herbert Ponting. Less well known, and until recently forgotten and unconsidered in the vault of a photo agency, are the pictures taken by Scott himself. This unique book reproduces all 109 of these images with comprehensive explanatory text and contextual material including maps and additional photographs by Ponting.
Creating the Illusion
A Fashionable History of Hollywood Costume Designers
Spanning over 100 years of movie history, from the Silent Era to the present day, this volume profiles 65 costume designers, including Coco Chanel, Erté and Cecil Beaton, and describes the work and artistry that went into creating some of Hollywood’s most iconic costumes. Richly illustrated with film stills, photographs and original sketches, the authors draw on archival material and dozens of new interviews to offer a comprehensive and entertaining history of fashion on film.
Michael Caine: 1960s
Michael Caine’s film characters, such as Alfie and Harry Palmer, as well as his distinctive looks, working-class background and glamorous lifestyle, made him the model of male cool in the 1960s. This celebration of his style presents a portfolio of photographs of the actor during the period, including portraits, film stills and candid pictures, on and off set. A brief introduction and captions set the scene and identify celebrity co-stars and companions, including Natalie Wood, Terence Stamp and Mia Farrow.
Britain Yesterday & Today
Like their modern counterparts, Britons of the 19th century visited the seaside, ate fish and chips, attended football matches and cheered royal processions, but today these activities look rather different and other aspects of British life have changed beyond recognition. This collection of photographs compares images of similar scenes, a century or more apart, to present a nostalgic look at the changing times and the unchanging traditions of British life.
A Personal Memoir of 1960s Britain
At the core of this photographic collection are the images taken by the author during the 1960s, charting everyday events and people in his life. The addition of a variety of facsimiles of period ephemera, including excerpts of magazines, advertising and tourist brochures, and the fact that the Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, was the author's cousin and appears in a number of the images, make this an unusual and fascinating evocation of the period.
An Illustrated Biography
Bapu, ‘father of the nation’, the Mahatma: Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi (1869–1948) was relentless in his pursuit of equality, justice and India’s independence, leading non-violent protest from the 1930 Salt March that challenged a British monopoly, to 1948 and his final fast to improve Muslim and Hindu relations after Partition. Using contemporary accounts and 275 illustrations, Kapoor’s biography examines the contradictions of Gandhi’s character as well as his unparalleled achievements.
Doris Kloster's Demimonde
A Visual Exploration of Fetish
Doris Kloster, the photographer and editorial director of FAD magazine, presents an album of 160 photographs celebrating the world of night people, drag goddesses, dominatrixes and divas that inhabited New York’s club scene in the 1980s and 1990s. Sexually explicit.
New York Air
The View from Above
New York has one of the most recognizable skylines in the world and its iconic street plan and waterfront make fascinating viewing from the air. Over the course of a year, George Steinmetz photographed the city in all seasons and at different times of day from a small manoeuvrable helicopter, capturing spectacular views of landmarks and streetscapes but also getting close enough to observe workers, tourists, diners, sunbathers and park players going about their business below.
Broads, Brecks, Staithes and Churches
Closer to the Netherlands than to London, Norfolk is England’s most easterly county, bounded on two sides by the North Sea and the Wash. For many, its abiding image is of flat expanses beneath huge skies. This photographic exploration reveals the rich variety of Norfolk’s landscape: its lanes and byways, the medieval splendour of Norwich Cathedral, the round-towered churches, the fens and saltmarshes, and the fragile habitat of the Brecklands.
The Lost Border
The Landscape of The Iron Curtain
For almost half a century, the Iron Curtain divided the nations of Europe. Then, almost overnight, it vanished. During the 1980s, the photographer Brian Rose followed its course, before going on to record its disappearance. His images capture the eerie concrete and barbed-wire barriers running through mundane towns and villages, the tumultuous scenes as the Berlin Wall came down, and the ghostly traces that are all that remain today.
In The Camera Eye
When Barbra Streisand began to make her mark on Broadway in the early 1960s, her unusual and striking looks were as notable as her singing and acting. Beginning with studio portraits made when she was only 18, this portfolio collects some of the finest images of the star throughout her whole career, including stills from iconic stage and film productions and commissioned portraits by leading photographers including Bob Willoughby, Cecil Beaton and Philippe Halsman.