Wildlife photography typically aims to capture animals in their natural environments, inviting us to study their behaviour as unseen observers. This portfolio takes a different tack, bringing tame or trained animals into the studio for controlled portraits. The resulting pictures frame each subject against a pure black background, focusing attention on their form and texture and drawing us to engage with the eyes and face of a kangaroo, a giraffe or a tiger as we would with a human subject.
The photographer Philippe Halsman (1906–1979) is known for his collaboration with Dali in the 1940s and 1950s, for portraits of prominent figures including Albert Einstein and JF Kennedy and for the famous ‘jump’ portraits. This volume by his grandson presents Halsman’s ‘unknown’ work: more than 110 images mined from the photographer’s own archive, many dating from his years with Dali, and accompanied by his handwritten texts reflecting on photography and creativity.
Cecil Beaton: Portraits and Profiles
Cecil Beaton (1904-1980) became famous for his society portraits in the 1920s and went on to photograph people in all walks of life - from royalty to rock stars. This volume presents more than 120 of his portraits, accompanied by the photographer's written observations or reflections on his sitters. His thoughts are often wicked - John Betjeman is described as 'an Edwardian vaudeville tramp' - but always compelling as notes from Beaton's vast experience of the worlds of society, art, literature and performance.
The Three Graces
Snapshots of 20th-Century Women
Chosen for some distinctive element - an enigmatic pose or whimsical outfit - this collection of 135 snapshots dating from 1910 to the 1940s and reproduced in sepia tone, all depict three women posing together. Such snaps, displaced from personal albums, give only fragments of stories, but for Michal Raz-Russo, the photographs are 'transformed into cultural artefacts that collectively reveal a great deal about the evolving ritual of self-presentation before the camera'.
In the Studio
Artists of the 20th Century in Private and at Work
From its first issue in March 1949, Paris Match magazine has run features on artists, 'eavesdropping' on painters and sculptors as they worked in their studios or relaxed in private.This volume opens the magazine's photographic archive to present almost 150 photographs, including portraits of artists, their models and a whole chapter devoted to Chagall at work on the Opera Garnier ceiling in 1964, as well as the revealing images of artists making art and posing with their finished works.
Face to Face
Battling the elements at sea is as stern a test of character as any, and resilience and resolve can be read on the faces of many of the 100 'ocean portraits' chosen for this collection. Including a foreword by Sir Robin Knox-Johnston and essays about maritime photography, the book includes images drawn from historic museum collections and the work of contemporary photographers' and features notable seafarers from 19th-century skippers to champion surfers, Jacques Cousteau to Ben Ainslie.
A Distant War
Robert Nickelsberg accompanied a group of mujahideen crossing the border from Pakistan to Afghanistan in 1988 and has been photographing in the troubled country for publications including Time magazine and Newsweek ever since. Illuminating the destruction, poverty and oppression of the continual conflict, this volume presents 100 of his images, from the withdrawal of Soviet troops to the departure of the Americans in 2014. The photographs are accompanied by essays by leading journalists and experts on Afghanistan.
Painting and Photography
After Louis Daguerre unveiled his photographic process in 1839, the technique was taken up with widespread enthusiasm and soon became enormously popular. But this new way of representing reality also excited controversy, particularly among artists, to whom it posed a unique challenge. Illustrated with hundreds of paintings and early photographs, this ground-breaking study examines the fraught relationship that developed between the two art forms across a range of genres, from portraiture and still life to landscape and the nude.
Weddings and Movie Stars
Beginning with the fairy-tale wedding of Grace Kelly and Prince Rainier of Monaco and Kelly's movie marriages to Bing Crosby in High Society and Gary Cooper in High Noon, and ending with the non-wedding of Katharine Ross and Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate, this volume covers on- and off-screen nuptials, from silent movies to Sex and the City. Along with hundreds of studio and informal photographs, the book has details of the brides and grooms, their weddings and the all-important dresses.
Peep Show Pinups
People have been creating nude images since the dawn of history. But in 1839 the daguerreotype was invented, and the world of erotic photography was born. This title charts the early years of sexually driven photographs of women in Europe and North America from the 1840s to the 1930s, offering sketches of the photographers and the models and following the evolution of technology through to mass-market saucy postcards, and reproduces hundreds of images, many of which feature full-frontal nudity.
Perspectives on Place
Theory and Practice in Landscape Photography
Aimed at students, and illustrated with images from photographers such as Fay Godwin, Mark Power and Michael Wolf, this guide explores the rich and diverse history of landscape photography and the ways in which contemporary photographers engage with their surroundings. The book also demonstrates how to explore themes and communicate ideas visually; provides practical advice on composition, lighting and lenses; and includes discussion questions and assignments to track your progress. Required Reading Range series.
Planning, Developing and Creating Original Photography
Improvements in technology have made it easier to take good photographs but making meaningful and original photographic art requires the thoughtful development of ideas as well as practical skills. Featuring the work of artists such as Ernst Haas, Robert Rauschenberg and Oscar Rejlander this manual considers contemporary and historic photographic art in a variety of disciplines, including portraiture, landscape, still life and abstraction, and discusses how to plan and develop photographic projects as well as exploring practical creative techniques.
Life: The Classic Collection
Launched in 1936, Life magazine created a new kind of visual journalism, using the world's best photographers to bring readers the drama of events, introduce them to the people making the news and show them the wonders of the world. This collection presents its 100 most iconic pictures, among them Eisenstaedt's VJ Day image of a sailor kissing a nurse in Times Square, Robert Capa's 'Falling Soldier' from the Spanish Civil War, and the portrait of Gandhi by Margaret Bourke-White. Includes 25 removable 10 inches x 8 inches prints. Off-mint.
Waiting for the Magic
The Photography of Oscar Marzaroli
Oscar Marzaroli (1933-1988) was Scotland's most prestigious photographer of the 20th century, renowned for his images of Glasgow, and particularly the Gorbals, in the throes of urban renewal. This volume brings together a selection of those iconic photographs along with previously unpublished pictures, including many of friends and family, a sketch biography by his widow, and essays examining less familiar aspects of Marzaroli's work in portraiture and landscape.
Celebrated American photographer Annie Leibovitz's first place of pilgrimage was Emily Dickinson's house in Amherst, Massachusetts, and this trip inspired her to begin a personal project seeking out the locations and objects associated with people who mean the most to her. This beautifully produced volume intertwines Leibovitz's notes on her visits with the images she took while exploring places connected with people as diverse as Georgia O'Keeffe, Elvis Presley, Virginia Woolf and Annie Oakley.
Moments in History
Born in the Bronx, Margaret Bourke-White (1904-1971) was a pioneering photojournalist who had, in her own words, 'an insatiable desire to be on the scene when history was being made'. With essays by Rubio and Quimby, this book brings together some of the images she captured at key moments of the 20th century, among them Germany and the USSR in 1930-32, Czechoslovakia in 1938, the opening of Buchenwald concentration camp and Germany in the aftermath of war, 1945.
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. Off-mint.
An inspiration to preserve what remains, this volume draws on the photographic collections of the Irish Architectural Archive to present a substantial sample of Ireland's lost built heritage. The book is arranged geographically and shows buildings and thoroughfares that range from dry-stone huts, workers' terraces and open markets - bustling with life in 19th century photographs - to grand houses and even castles, including John Nash's Gothic-revival masterpiece at Clogheen, 'destroyed by malice and indifference in 1957'.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
During the golden age of Hollywood the style and elegance of the studios' most famous stars were enhanced by the regular appearance of well-groomed dogs in their promotional photographs. The images collected here feature more than 130 actors posing alongside their canine friends, from the greats of the silent era, such as Charlie Chaplin, Buster Keaton and Mary Pickford, to Joan Collins and Lee Marvin in the 1960s, while Elvis Presley meets a real-life Hound Dog.
Photographs from the John Kobal Foundation
'Never act with children or animals,' they say, but many of Hollywood's greatest stars were only too happy to be captured on film with their feline companions. This collection of over 100 vintage photographs offers a glimpse of such luminaries as Dirk Bogarde, Marlon Brando, Ava Gardner, Cary Grant, Carole Lombard, Jayne Mansfield, Kim Novak and Elizabeth Taylor in charming unguarded moments with their beloved pets, as well as the nameless strays who ruled the studios.
A Reporter's Life
The Spanish-born photojournalist Enrique Meneses (1929-2013) had a knack of being in the right place at the right time, earning his reputation with a unique set of images of Fidel Castro and his rebels in the Sierra Maestra mountains before the Cuban Revolution. With text and captions in Spanish and English, this large-format edition collects the best of his work, from reportage of the Suez Crisis and the American Civil Rights movement to portraits of celebrities like Dali and Muhammad Ali.
One of the most photogenic cities in the world, Paris has been immortalized by photographers such as Eugene Atget, Robert Doisneau and Henri Cartier-Bresson. Thierry Colin's photographs, taken between 1982 and 2012, are very much in that tradition, portraying Paris and its people in atmospheric and carefully composed black-and-white images, whether the bridges, quais and rooftops of the city, or Parisian life in boulevard cafes and nightclubs. Colin’s introduction is in French and English.
90 Degrees of Shade
Over 100 Years of Photography in the Caribbean
With a poor population emerging from centuries of colonial exploitation, the Caribbean region experienced radical politics, revolutions and dictatorships during the 20th century with charismatic and controversial figures such as 'Papa Doc' Duvalier in Haiti, Castro in Cuba and Michael Manley in Jamaica. This large-format collection presents a curated mixture of images of Caribbean culture and history, from plantation workers of the 1900s, through the upheavals and diaspora of the mid-century to the tourist industry of today.
Culture on the Edge
The Tibetan way of life is changing fast, with new transport links and communications infrastructure bringing ever more tourists and technology. The environment itself is also in jeopardy as the region heats up and glaciers that feed important water sources flowing into China, India and Pakistan recede. This photographic portfolio presents studies of the striking people, landscapes and customs of Tibet with reference to how these modern threats are affecting the country's traditional devotional Buddhist culture.
The Lens of Impressionism
Photography and Painting along the Normandy Coast, 1850-1874
This magnificent catalogue, with over 100 reproductions, juxtaposes work by pioneering photographers with Impressionist paintings and drawings, demonstrating the crucial role of photography in the development of Impressionism.
Portraits of the World's Peoples 1840-1880
Almost as soon as photography was invented, its practitioners rushed to the four corners of the earth to document its peoples. Accompanying a major travelling exhibition, this catalogue reproduces more than 240 rare photographs from the Wilson Centre for Photography in London. On subjects ranging from Italian street musicians to opium smokers in Tonkin, these images reveal the tensions in 19th century society as it struggled with issues of personal and national identity in an age of exploration and imperial expansion.
A Darkness Visible: Afghanistan
Afghanistan is one of the world's most ancient and fascinating countries, yet in recent decades it has been scarred by successive invasions and civil conflict. These stunning, richly atmospheric photographs by Seamus Murphy - taken on many expeditions over 14 years - inevitably confront the ravages of war, but they also capture the stark beauty of the landscape, the dignity and resilience of its people, and the richness of its culture.
Queen Elizabeth II
Portraits by Cecil Beaton
The photographs of the British royal family by Sir Cecil Beaton (1904-80) are among the most widely published portraits of the 20th century and were instrumental in shaping the monarchy's public image. From teenage princess to mother and sovereign, Elizabeth II posed for his camera on numerous occasions. Containing over 50 formal portraits as well as candid behind-the-scenes photographs, and enlivened with anecdotes from Beaton's personal diaries, this book celebrates a unique collaboration.
The Nude in Contemporary Photography
The Erotica series presents selections of the nude work of contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur, from Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan. Each volume contains around 500 photographs, including both monochrome and colour images, mostly reproduced full-page. This first book in the series contains the work of 58 photographers, arranged by themes such as Light and Shadow, Performance, Portrait and Couples. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.
The Nude in Contemporary Photography
The Erotica series presents selections of the nude work of contemporary photographers, both professional and amateur, from Europe, Russia, the USA and Japan. Each volume contains around 500 photographs, including both monochrome and colour images, mostly reproduced full-page. This third volume in the series presents selections of the nude work of 17 photographers. Text in eight languages. Sexually explicit.
A Portrait of Leeds
Like many great cities, Leeds has undergone periods of expansion and degeneration and the story of the city's growth and industrial decline can be read in the renovated textile mills, terraced housing and impressive Victorian town hall. This photographic essay demonstrates how Leeds's past contributes to the buoyant modern city with views of its buildings from Anglo-Saxon churches to modern offices, redeveloped industrial areas and post-war concrete.
World War II in Photographs
Although this photographic history of the war includes iconic shots such as MacArthur wading ashore in the Philippines and the Russian flag being raised over the Reichstag, much of the material is less familiar, and some published for the first time. Painstakingly selected - and avoiding staged pictures - the photographs cover as many theatres of war as possible and, with Richard Holmes's accompanying text and captions, narrate the war, year by year, from its origins to the Japanese surrender in August 1945.
Looking at Ansel Adams
The Photographs and the Man
America's most honoured photographer and one of its most influential and effective environmental advocates, Ansel Adams (1902-1984) led a life marked by bursts of creative energy, a tireless dedication to his craft and a joie de vivre that earned him a wide circle of friends and admirers. In this intimate and richly illustrated account, Andrea Stillman explores Adams's life and photography in 20 chapters, each devoted to a significant image, from Lodgepole Pines (1921) to El Capitan, Yosemite (1968).Felt-tip mark on upper trimmed edge.
Portrait of a No-Nonsense People
Described as 'the photographic equivalent of Ken Loach', Sefton Samuels has been documenting everyday life across the north of England for more than six decades. As well as shots of mines and mills, gurning and greyhound racing, the photographs collected in this book illustrate the changing face of Manchester's Moss Side and include portraits of such eminent northerners as Sir John Barbirolli, LS Lowry, Harold Wilson and Morrissey.
Top of the Pops
Originally planned for six episodes in 1964, the success of Top of the Pops earned it an indefinitely extended run which only came to an end in 2006. This celebration of the programme recalls the famous appearances and iconic performances that influenced generations of pop fans, as well as revealing some of the backstage secrets and telling the story of the producers, presenters, dancers and regular performers that shaped the show over the decades.
Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) is best known for the pioneering photographic studies of humans and animals in motion that anticipated the invention of cinematography. This concise account of his extraordinary life and work describes his childhood in England, his emigration to the United States, where he built a career as a photographer, his adventures in the Wild West, the stagecoach accident that nearly killed him, and his trial for murder.
The Second World War in Photographs
From the build-up to war in Nazi Germany and the invasion of Poland in September 1939, to the sinking of the Graf Spee in December, this book follows events in the first months of the Second World War using around 250 contemporary photographs, artworks, posters and ephemera, including many rare and previously unpublished images, all with informative captions.
The Second World War in Photographs
From heavy losses to U-boats at sea in January to Londoners celebrating Christmas underground in Tube station air raid shelters, this book follows events in the second year of the Second World War, using around 250 contemporary photographs, artworks, posters and ephemera, including many rare and previously unpublished images, all with informative captions.
The Second World War in Photographs
During 1941 the war spread from Europe to north Africa, to the USSR and, in December to America and the Pacific as Japan's raid on Pearl Harbor brought the USA into the conflict. This book follows events during the year that the Second World War became truly global, using around 250 contemporary photographs, artworks, posters and ephemera, including many rare and previously unpublished images, all with informative captions.
The Second World War in the Air in Photographs
The progress of the air war is followed month-by-month through Archard's remarkable collection of contemporary photographs of aircraft in action, air crew, anti-aircraft defences and the devastating effects of Allied and Axis bombing. This volume covers the intensive Blitzkrieg on the Eastern front as Germany invaded the USSR and, later in the year, the widening of the war following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
Between the wars Pierre Yves Petit, known professionally as Yvon, produced some of the most hauntingly evocative photographs of Paris ever created. Shunning the bright light of noon, he captured the quais, the alleys, the bookstalls and the down-and-outs beneath the looming bulk of Notre Dame in the mist of dawn or dusk. Originally printed as postcards, more than 60 of these images are reproduced here at the scale and in the detail they deserve.
Inventing Robert Capa
Gerda Pohorylle and Andre Friedmann met in Paris in the 1930s and together the two political emigres created the fictitious photographer Robert Capa under whose name they published and marketed their pictures. This beautifully printed book assesses the life and work of Taro who was tragically killed while covering the Spanish Civil War with Friedman (who kept the name Capa), and includes many images recently discovered from the so-called 'Mexican suitcase' containing negatives by Taro, Capa and David 'Chim' Seymour.
An Exmoor Panorama
Unlike other moorland areas of Britain, Exmoor is dotted with tiny hamlets and settlements adding to the visual appeal of a region of spectacular and varied landscapes. Geographic features include the glacier-carved Punchbowl and the highest sea-cliffs in the UK along the unspoilt north Devon and Somerset coastline. This photographic collection examines the area in over 70 images created with a large-format panoramic camera and each printed over a double-page spread.