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.
In Search of Albion
From Cornwall to Cumbria: A Ride Through England's Hidden Soul
In this commentary on modern England, music journalist Colin Irwin travels the country in search of traditional events, festivals and gigs, drinking with eccentrics, singing with strangers, attending a concert in Dartmoor Prison, sedan-chair racing in Lancaster, and Christmas swimming in the Serpentine. Slightly off-mint.
The Moon Landings
One Giant Leap
The photographs that astronauts took during the Apollo missions provided a previously unseen picture of the moon but also transformed our perception of the Earth, viewed for the first time from space. This pictorial celebration, containing hundreds of photographs of the American space programme of the 60s and 70s, traces its success from its origins in the Cold War to the final triumph of Apollo 11, and considers its legacy to science and history.
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.
Scotland from the Sky
Founded in 1919 by First World War flyers, Aerofilms Ltd began photographing Britain from the sky as a commercial venture, finding the shipyards and factories of the Clyde among its first customers in Scotland in the 1920s. Published to accompany the BBC TV series, this photographic survey draws on Scotland’s National Collection of Aerial Photography and mixes historical and contemporary images to show changes in the urban and industrial environment, view notable landmarks from a new perspective and reveal traces of prehistoric settlement in the landscape.
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.
Then and Now
Pairing photographs taken during the Belle Époch, from around 1870 to 1910, with modern colour photographs of the same locations today, the authors look at how Paris buildings, monuments and streets have fared over the last century or so. Many of the older photographs were commissioned by the city authorities to record the redevelopment of Paris, and they show side streets and outlying districts as well as monumental buildings such as Notre Dame and the Panthéon.
North Downs Landscapes
Exploring the Glorious English Countryside on London's Doorstep
Stretching approximately 100 miles from Dover through rolling Kentish farmland and along the southern fringe of London to Farnham in Surrey, the North Downs offer some of the most unspoilt countryside and spectacular views within easy reach of the capital. Illustrated with full-page colour photographs, this book follows the course of the Downs, explores their history, geography, geology, ecology and wildlife, and charts the campaigns to protect them from encroaching development.
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.
For the Incurably Curious
Where are the world’s highest mountains, its longest rivers, its deepest oceans? Which country is the largest producer of cinnamon, and how heavy is the world’s heaviest insect? With distinctive maps and a wonderful miscellany of information on subjects from ancient history to football, economics to endangered animals, every page in this unusual atlas is a voyage of discovery. There are maps of the world (including one showing the early explorers’ routes), whole continents, regions, countries and the oceans.
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.
Pennine Way Companion
A Pictorial Guide
Wainwright's classic guide to Britain's first long-distance path for walkers was originally published in 1968. This thoroughly updated, pocket-sized edition contains everything the modern rambler needs to follow the route from Derbyshire to Northumbria, through some of Britain's wildest and most beautiful landscapes: detailed maps, a running commentary, 300 drawings, a skeleton log, suggestions for those who prefer to tackle shorter sections ... and a little mild leg-pulling.
The Haunted Beauty
Isolated monastic settlements such as Skellig Michael off the coast of Ireland; the closed cities of the former USSR; enclaves of elites and ghettoes of minorities; Cold War bunkers; and places remote even today, such as the Berber towns of the Maghreb: with superb colour photographs, Julian Beecroft’s book is a pictorial tour of the world’s least visited places, inaccessible for reasons ranging from military secrecy and political paranoia to the sheer difficulty of getting there.
In the Footsteps of Abraham
The Holy Land in Hand-Painted Photographs
The birthplace of three great Abrahamic faiths, the Holy Land occupies a unique status in history. In the 1920s Arie Speelman, a Dutch Christian, commissioned the hand-colouring of 1,200 black-and-white slides of the area. This book explains their background and reproduces a magnificent selection of these images, which were bequeathed to Amsterdam's Jewish Historical Museum. They offer a rare glimpse of towns, villages and landscapes before the onset of modernization, as Jesus might have seen them.
Elliott Erwitt's Paris
Born in Paris in 1928, Elliott Erwitt grew up in Milan, and emigrated to New York in 1938, but he was a frequent visitor to his birthplace and photographed the city with a rare visual wit, producing what Adam Gopnik describes as ‘the artful, ballet-based comedy of a Jacques Tati’. This volume of 170 photographs taken between 1949 and 2009 shows us Erwitt’s Paris and his favourite Parisians: walkers, waiters, museum-goers, lovers and dogs.
Banaras, or Varanasi, stands on the banks of the Ganges in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. One of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, it is also the holiest in the Hindu religion. In these 249 photographs, the award-winning photographer Christopher Roche has captured the colours and energies of Banaras’ streets and temples, its sadhus or holy men, and the religious rites on the burning ghats of this great spiritual centre.
Illicit Photos from the City's Heights
This strikingly original book offers dizzying images and hair-raising stories collected by a team of intrepid urban explorers who climbed without permission to the tops of gasholders, council blocks, communications antennae and corporate ‘starchitecture’. The result of the team’s expeditions is a series of astonishing views that most people will never see outside these pages, celebrating the stark poetry of London’s ever-changing skyline and reclaiming the city’s hidden spaces before the developers ‘rip the heart and soul out of them’.
The Modern Art Colouring Book
This book of colouring patterns is inspired by shapes found in masterpieces of modern and contemporary art, such as the dots, spirals and paint splashes used by Close, Escher and Pollock respectively. Each illustration is different from the next, but all have a mesmeric quality, so colouring the design, whatever medium is employed, can be a soothing, relaxing activity.
Image and Echo
Duality is the theme running through Xavier Roy’s magnificent photographs of Egypt. Images of ancient Egyptian civilization are echoed in photographs of modern-day Egyptians – or a relief of Horus stands alongside a real hawk – while landscapes capture unchanging scenes such as feluccas on the Nile. The 145 monochrome photographs are introduced by Gamal al-Ghitani.
A Personal Celebration of the National Parks
America was the first country to designate areas of outstanding beauty or interest as national parks, beginning with Yellowstone in 1872. The US National Park Service now oversees almost 400 protected sites, and this book celebrates the centenary of its foundation in 1916 by exploring 21 of the most spectacular environments, from the South Dakota Badlands and Grand Teton in Wyoming to the Yosemite National Park in California.
Beauty in Desolation
What is left when humanity has moved on? Across the world, ruined churches, derelict theatres, rusting fairgrounds, corroding factories, empty houses and dusty shops with nothing to sell are slowly being reclaimed by nature. The photographs and thought-provoking text in this book explore the eerie afterlife of buildings abandoned through war, natural disaster, or economic change. From California to Chernobyl, from Antarctica to Japan, these forgotten places embody the melancholy beauty of dereliction.
Beauty in Desolation
Why do some cities, towns and villages fall into disuse and ruin? This book explores the world’s lost settlements: the remains of ancient Greek and Roman, Aztec and Inca cities, gold-rush ghost towns and abandoned Soviet troop stations, and sites devastated by natural or man-made disasters. The photographs capture the strange beauty of these deserted places, whether rusting industrial hulks or crumbling ruins disappearing, like the Khmer temples in Cambodia, under encroaching jungle.
A Year in the Life of the Bowland Fells
Once the hunting reserve of princes, today the Forest of Bowland is both a recreational haven for the public and a biodiverse region of international importance. As well as the landscape of sweeping fells, Stansfield records the region's rarity - the green hairstreak butterfly - and its wonderful bird life, including the Whitendale eagle owls.
The Way We Were: On Holiday
At the seaside, messing about in boats or rambling between Youth Hostels ... Paul Atterbury's book brings together hundreds of family photographs, advertisements, postcards and ephemera to show the British on holiday between the Edwardian era and the 1960s. As well as depicting aspects of the holiday experience from souvenirs and ice cream to chalet bungalows and charabancs, the images evoke some of the most popular places in their heyday, among them Blackpool, Llandudno, the Derbyshire Dales and St Ives.
Tunnels, Towers and Temples
London's 100 Strangest Places
Taking a sideways look at London, David Long reveals the hidden stories and curious histories behind dozens of often quite familiar places. His book is arranged by themes such as Death, Religion, Establishment, Power and Transport, and whether descending into disused tunnels under the city streets, describing a 'psychogeographer's dream dwelling' (Canonbury Tower) or finding the last surviving streetlamp powered by sewer gas, Long provides engrossing details of London's strangest places - and the people responsible for them.
A Year in the Life of Snowdonia
Blwyddyn Ym Mywyd Eryri
One of Britain's foremost mountain writers and photographers presents another of his acclaimed photographic essays on Britain's mountain areas. This volume finds him in Snowdonia, one of the UK's most beautiful National Parks and one of the most diverse in terms of landscape. Birkett first narrates his tour, beginning in Conwy in the North and ending at the fishing town of Aberdovery, then presents over 115 photographs showing the many facets of the region through the seasons. Text in English and Welsh.
A Complete Guide to the Archipelago's Birdlife
Illustrator Hermann Heinzel and photographer Barnaby Hall made their birdwatching expedition to the Galápagos Islands in the mid 1990s and this book, first published in 2000, is the record of their tour. Part one describes the range of habitats and wildlife on the islands; part two is a detailed field guide to the birds that they encountered, illustrated with hundreds of sketches, paintings and photographs; finally there is a checklist of all Galápagos bird species observed.
A Portrait of Blackpool and the Fylde
Most tourists seeking the bright lights of Blackpool pay little attention to the resort's rural hinterland, a flat wetland landscape in stark contrast to the Illuminations, the Tower and the trams. Jon Sparks's photographs explore the excitement and colour of the famous attractions as well as the peaceful countryside that lies just beyond the town.
A Winter's Tale
Beginning with early winter's deepening gloom, these 140 landscape photographs show Exmoor's journey through the bleakest time of year to spring's returning warmth. They record both the changes in the natural world, with its snow-covered fields, freezing sea fog and striking ice structures, and the traditional events with which local people mark the season – late-night Christmas shopping in Dunster, Minehead's Christmas Tree Festival and a village's candlelit carol service.
Tuscany is both the cradle of the Renaissance and a region of breathtakingly beautiful and richly varied landscapes, from the mountains of the north to the bare clay hills of the Crete Senese to the south. The 150 captivating colour photographs in this book show its many facets: the architectural wonders of Florence, Siena and Pisa, the vineyards of Chianti, the long, cypress-lined roads, the rocky coast, and the peaceful farms nestling amid rolling hills.