A gift guide for the photographer in your life (or a hint for those who don't know what accessory you want this holiday season).
Each year we present our annual guide to some of the best photography and imaging books published in the past year. This year's selection spans a wide variety of monographs, essays, and contemplations on the state of the world, all...
I must say that this past year produced a truly wonderful assortment of titles and since it's holiday time, I present a collection of a few of the finest photography books of 2003 as my gift to you. I hope you find them to be as inspiring and creatively enlightening as I did.
Time flies when you're having fun and this year has been no exception. I certainly enjoyed perusing and reviewing the generous supply of books we've shared with you these past few months. As the year finally comes to an end, I'm happy to offer a brief look at what I consider to be the best photography books of 2005.
As another year comes to a close, it's time to reflect upon some of the finest coffee-table books of 2004. Here is a collection of my personal favorites and I'm certain that you will enjoy them as much as I have.
Flying Flowers; by Rick Sammon; Welcome Books, 6 West 18th St., New York, NY 10011; hard cover; 100 pages; $40; (ISBN 1-932183-27-2) ...
Hotel Mariachi: Urban Space And Cultural Heritage In Los Angeles; by Catherine L. Kurland and Enrique R. Lamadrid, photographs by Miguel A. Gandert, Introduction by Evangeline Ordaz-Molina; University Of New Mexico Press; $29.95; (ISBN: 978-0-8263-5372-6)
East Los Angeles is virtually alive with Latin culture, pulsing to the red-hot beat of the music and glowing with all of its vibrant colors. Such is the world in which you’ll find the famous Mariachi Plaza de Los Angeles, a very popular gathering place for Mariachi bands for over 50 years. It is located near the Boyle Hotel—it was constructed in 1889 by one of author Catherine Lopez Kurland’s ancestors—the landmark hotel marks the gateway to East Los Angeles. Known as the “Hotel Mariachi” the building resonates with decades of music and that is what makes it dear to the residents of the neighborhood.
Sylke Jackson is a writer and a teacher with a true passion for architectural preservation. This book clearly expresses that passion as we join Jackson on a virtual tour of the US and Canada to explore lighthouses. This is both an educational and a visual treat since Jackson wisely included a brief and high informative history of lighthouses from the Roman era to the twentieth century and a history of each of the structures photographed.
Photography books make wonderful gifts because they have the unique power to educate as well as entertain. Some take us on amazing adventures. Some fill us with emotion and others teach us new techniques that raise our work to the next level.
For this unique book, photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent 5 years exploring the Grand Canyon searching for locations where others had created their images and recreating them with a fun twist. Their resources were landscape shots taken from old souvenir postcards, drawings and historic photos that they expertly recreated using todays technology. Klett and Wolfe wisely gave the images a wider view and placed them in context by adding cars and tourists illustrate the passage of time. This is an interesting and highly entertaining look the Grand Canyon, a beloved national treasure.