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Steve Meltzer  |  Jan 14, 2015  |  0 comments

An American Odyssey (Taschen 2014) is a spectacular photo scrapbook voyage across turn-of-the-century America. Gathered from the 19th and early 20th century “color” print and picture postcard collection of photographer Marc Walter, with the assistance of documentarian Sabine Arqué, it is a huge 612-page coffee table book that tips the scales at nearly 16 pounds.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Jan 08, 2015  |  0 comments

Yves Saint Laurent was born in Oran, Algeria in 1936 and by the time he was a teen his artistic passion lead him to leave his home for Paris to begin a career in fashion design. Working for Christian Dior allowed his talent to blossom and grow and it wasn’t long before his creations began to attract attention making his name synonymous with style, elegance and high fashion.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 20, 2014  |  0 comments

Born in Toronto Canada, Douglas Kirkland used his talent for photography to build a successful career that spans 60 years. Starting out with Look magazine, Kirkland then moved on to Life magazine where he became a photojournalist. This provided him with the exciting opportunity to explore such places as Greece, Lebanon and Japan. This position soon took him to Hollywood where he worked with stars such as Marilyn Monroe and Elizabeth Taylor and be on the set while iconic films like 2001 A Space Odyssey were being created. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 19, 2014  |  0 comments

Author, pro photographer and educator Jeff Smith owns and operates two successful portrait studios and has written a number of helpful photography guides. In this book titled Portrait Pro: What You MUST Know to Make Photography Your Career, Smith uses his years of experience and expertise to help others learn the best ways to build and grow a successful business as a portrait photographer.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 14, 2014  |  0 comments

Photoshop hall-of-famer, author and noted digital imaging pro Martin Evening recently updated this popular guide to include detailed instructions for the recent updates to Photoshop CC (Adobe’s Creative Cloud). The book includes a variety of new features such as: Focus Area selections, enhanced Content-Aware filling, Spin and Path Blur gallery effects.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 12, 2014  |  0 comments

Focal Press recently introduced the comprehensive photography book, Twentieth Century Photographers: Interview on the Craft, Purpose, and the Passion of Photography, by Grace Schaub, edited by George Schaub.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 10, 2014  |  0 comments

Photography: The Definitive Visual History is a true celebration of the greatest photographs and photographers from around the world. This is a lavishly illustrated visual history of photography (from its start in the 1820s to the present day) written and curated by world-renowned photographer, writer and broadcaster Tom Ang.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 06, 2014  |  0 comments

Nearly every culture holds the horse in high regard. Symbolic of strength and freedom, these majestic and intelligent animals strike a certain cord with people. We all seem to have an almost instinctive bond with them even if we’ve never been in close contact with a horse before. Renowned equine photographer, Tony Stromberg became aware of the phenomena after the publication of his first books Spirit Horses and The Forgotten Horses. The feedback he received was filled with glowing praise for his work and expressions of deep feelings of respect (and even love) for the horses. This information amazed Stromberg and inspired him to explore the healing aspect of this relationship through the art of photography.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 04, 2014  |  0 comments

Although photography has always been his one real passion, life initally took Michael Reichmann in another career direction. Over the years, Reichmann held various positions in the field of telecommunications and computer software and it was there that he found success but he also made time to stay involved in photography through extensive writing for various magazines and teaching part time. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Nov 03, 2014  |  0 comments

Moving far beyond the accepted norm, Brad Wilson put a fresh and unique twist on wildlife photography. Wilson wanted to capture the beauty of wild animals outside of their usual natural environment—or even the safe confines of a zoo enclosure. He wanted us to see the animals (including lions, owls, elephants, chimps, bulls, jaguars, cheetahs, alligators and more) in a setting that he had total control over, his own studio. 

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 27, 2014  |  0 comments

It could be said that American photographer Vivian Maier was one of a kind. The embodiment of the new liberated modern women, she was never afraid to speak her mind—often very passionately—and explore the world on her own terms. Born in the Bronx, New York to a French mother and Austrian father, Maier was an intensely private person. Her life remains a mystery of sorts but a new book is certainly effective at pulling back that dark curtain.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 21, 2014  |  0 comments

It is said that everything is big in the great state of Texas and that certainly includes the rugged sense of individualism and the independent spirit of those who live there. Michael O’Brien is well known for being one of America’s top portrait photographers. In his latest book, The Face of Texas, he presents us with a wonderful collection of finely crafted portraits featuring unique Texans (both native and naturalized).

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 17, 2014  |  0 comments

Hollywood, is so much more than just a spot on the map. Hollywood is a well-oiled machine, a fantastic dream factory where stars are born and ideas become reality on celluloid. This book offers a rare glimpse behind-the-scenes of films such as Some Like It Hot, Psycho, Dirty Harry, The Godfather, Taxi Driver, The Thing, Wall Street, The Crow and many more. Images captured on the set—and some candid moments caught between scenes—are all presented in the form of contact sheets, the direct prints that photographers used in pre-digital days to edit their work.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 15, 2014  |  0 comments

The Terminal Bar opened its doors in New York City for the first time in 1958 and was located just across the street from the Port Authority bus terminal, near (world famous) Times Square. In 1972, Sheldon (Shelly) Nadelman began working there as a bartender and stayed for the next ten-years until it closed in 1982. Featured in the iconic Scorsese film Taxi Driver, at that time the Terminal Bar was know for being one of the roughest dive bars in the city.

Cynthia Boylan  |  Oct 07, 2014  |  0 comments

In decades past, barbershops were a vital part of every American community. At that time the Barber’s responsibilities included far more than just trimming hair and beards, he was often the town’s only surgeon and dentist. Unfortunately times have changed and this once common sight has become very rare.