am 7. März 2009
Turn the pages of this beautiful book and see over forty GM cars photographed by Michael Furman and perhaps the only word to describe them is: luscious. He must surely be the greatest car photographer anywhere and if you've never seen his work before you're in for a treat.
As the book covers the history of GM's Art and Colour Division (I wonder if the English spelling of Color was to suggest a bit of snobbery ) the photos start with a 1903 Cadillac Model A and end with a 2009 Chevrolet Camero. This particular GM division was the bright idea, in 1927, of company president Alfred Sloan and with thirty-three year-old Harley Earl in charge of styling a successful future for the division was assured.
The pages explore styling at GM with essays from ten contributors. Nothing particularly new here as you'll see from the back of the book bibliography, though the two I found interesting were Michael Lamm on the Motoramas and Tracy Powell on the rise (and fall) of the tailfin. The essays are illustrated with the usual stock historic black and whites but fortunately are they on self-contained pages between the Furman's portfolio pages. Strangely there is no index.
For me this is Furman's book and thankfully the publishers have taken the trouble to do it properly with a 300 lpi screen printing on first class paper. I don't think you'll see better photos of a 1940 LaSalle; 1951 LeSabre; 1958 Chevrolet Bel Air; 2000 Cadillac Imaj Concept or the amazing jet fighter on wheels: the 1958 Firebird.
These stunning photos and other GM cars lift the book way above the usual pictorial titles from other transport publishers.