I've discovered this book on Amazon. It looked interesting with encouraging reviews so I've ordered it. It was good decision, one of the best I've made this year. I finished it yesterday and I'm amazed.
Barry Thornton was on the side of classic BW photography and his enthusiasm or fascination with the sharpnes is the main line of the book. He is going through whole process - from camera to negativ and to the print. As a bonus there are some stories or notes from his life - very interesting is for the example the part about closing coal mines in Wales. But the strongest points of the book are in the parts where he is writing about what si the photo for him personaly, about how it "connecting him with the intense clarity of beings in moments experienced."
There were only two bad points. His previous book - Elements - is sell out. And when I looked on the net on his homepage I found out he passed away few months ago.
I can only strongly recomanded this book for everybody who loves landscapes or BW photo generaly. JK
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