At last summer is over! - Any good books?

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  1. matti

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    This year I actually thought I should miss the summer when it ended. But now, when it is over, I feel so good about being able to get down in the dark room, take care of the developing back log and engage in some APUG-discussion. (Since I sent of my print exchange prints last week, I don't have to feel too guilty, coming here either.)

    To really get going again, I would like some inspiration. For me, that means books! So, can anyone please advice on a couple of books to order from Amazon or an antiquarian?

    It can be technical, photo books, maybe a good art book on composition in classical paintings, some photo historical stuff, alt techniques. Actually it can be anything as long as it gives me inspiration the same way I find inspiration in Thorntons Edge of Darkness, Sally Manns Immediate family, Keepers of Light or th book "Bystander" on Street photography.

    I already decided to find something by Anders Petersen.

    /matti
     
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    What, summer is over! It never got started in Ireland :sad:
    As I'm going to live in denial and continue to wait for summer, I can't suggest any books yet.

    David
     
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    We are having a late summer here - Oh, and the light in winter is better than the summer.
     
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    It still feels like summer here too. I'll be glad when it cools off a bit. I can get out more with the camera. :D My only problem with winter is when we turn on the heat in the house. It makes printing very difficult because the humidity drops to low levels. :sad:
     
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    Sorry, I have a back-log of books to finish myself, but I've not had one lately that I would recommend. :sad:

    Summer is alive and well in Texas, too. Still, a couple of us are heading to the Hill Country on Wednesday to brave the "higher than average" temps (it's never average - have you noticed?) and burn some film. All hail air conditioning! :D
     
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    What? No other people living at 59°19′ N here? And Lewis doesn't count. I suppose it is 15°C there all year around. (It was when I sailed there in July seven years ago.)

    Please, try. Soon I will start to reread BTZS for the third time, and I know I won't really get it this time either. Even though it is good, it's not really that much of an inspiration.

    /matti
     
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    For general reading on art and the life of artists I find nobody interests me as regularly and as pleasurably as Peter Campbell, who writes essays in the twice-monthly London Review of Books. Many are available for free here (although minus the often interesting illustrations):

    http://www.lrb.co.uk/contributors/camp01

    If you haven't already got Gerry Johansson's "Sverige" you should rush out and buy a copy as soon as the bookshops open.
     
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    It's been near 90f for days in NYC...we call it Indian Summer over here.

    It may be dry for some but I found Beaumont Newhall's "The Daguerreotype in America" fascinating, funny and inspiring. If a 10 year old "operator" could make a perfect $1 dag in Mathew Brady's NYC galleries, I can make a decent cyanotype.


    http://www.amazon.com/Daguerreotype-America-Beaumont-Newhall/dp/0486233227

    Also "The Poet of Prague" about Josef Sudek. He had one arm and lugged an 8x10 or a huge panoramic camera all over that city and I was moaning about my Mamiya c330f.

    http://www.amazon.com/Josef-Sudek-P...8232428?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1191877091&sr=1-1

    Be well

    Victor
     
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    You are in the middle of the Gulf Stream. You are spared from our horrible -20 C freezing days. OK, you get the darkness, but I bet it is still about 15 C outside in January, isn't it? Some day I will move away from the cold.

    /matti

     
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    Hi, thank you. I never saw "Sverige" but found some images on the web. Looks interesting! But I can't find it on an online bookstore. So guess I have to actually walk to a bookshop!

    I'll check out the lrb-stuff. But for some reason I can not take in online material as well. It feels a bit too much like work...

    /matti

     
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    Thank you! This is exactly what I had in mind. (My daughter is only six, I wonder if it is OK to let her play with mercury vapors or if I have to wait four years.)

    We call it Indian Summer here as well, it's just that we don't have it... maybe I should restart this thread in a month?

    /matti

     
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    I've just got this book called 'Foto-modernity in Central Europe 1918-45'-looks fantastic and covers one of the most exciting eras of photography. Contains work by Sudek, Funke etc and many lesser known but fascinating photographers.Also 'Atget:the pioneer'-looks at a hugely influeuntial photographer and his legacy.You can see why the Surrealists (see also previous book) loved his work.
    Mario Giacomelli-Italy's Bill Brandt (rather a crude generalization but well worth a look).
     
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    Thank you. I ordered the Atget-book. I have been thinking of finding something about him. The Foto-modernity in Central Europe 1918-45 wasn't really an easy book to find...

    /matti
     
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    Matti-I bought my copy of 'Foto' of Amazon (published by Thames & Hudson).If you like the Atget book then Walker Evans & Company (ed Peter Galassi) is top stuff and a good companion. 'Self Portrait' by lee Friedlander is another fave of mine-classic offbeat stuff (retrospective recently published again edited by Peter Galassi).
     
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    "Power of Art" by Simon Schama. It discusses a key masterpiece from eight masters (Carvaggio, Bernini, Rembrandt, David, Turner, Van Gogh, Picasso and Rothko). This is the companion book to a PBS series from last year.

    Very compelling read about the issues and struggles that great artists go through.
     
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    Simon Schama is such a great writer on art-if you work in the landscape then 'Landscape & Memory' should definitely be on your shelves.