- Gebundene Ausgabe: 250 Seiten
- Verlag: Thames & Hudson; Auflage: 01 (27. Juni 2005)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 1933045043
- ISBN-13: 978-1933045047
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 28,4 x 36,2 x 2,5 cm
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- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 904.841 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Looking at Los Angeles (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 27. Juni 2005
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A fascinating journey in to the heart and soul of a city that is both real and imagined, a place of dreams and startling realities. Features some 220 stunning black and white and colour depictions of the city.
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The book is loosely divided into themes: freeways and autos, shops, buildings, suburbs, signs, vegetation, swimming pools, beach and the last section LA at night. Julius Shulman with fourteen photos rightly has the most. No other photographer captured the range and style of LA contemporary architecture over the decades. His well-known night photo of Pierre Koenig's Case Study home is included. Another famous photo is Stephen Shore's stunning 'Beverley Blvd and La Brea Avenue'. Other photos just stop you like Michael Light's aerial freeway shot on page forty-three or John Divola's '5800 South block of Hoover Street' which opens up to an image just over twenty-seven inches wide on pages seventy-seven and eight. However, as far as I can see there is nothing to represent NWA-land: Compton or Watts.
The photos (in 175dpi) are impressively large and mostly one to a page and more or less split equally between color and black and white. There is though an annoying fault with the production - so four stars - the captions are all at the back making the reader to constantly keep turning the pages to find out about a photographer and their work. Most pages have plenty of space for a caption. There is an extra wrinkle unfortunately because many pages have no numbers either: 56 to 61, 156 to 161, 172 to 189 and in the night section nothing between 200 and 225. It must have been amateur night at the publishers and it really is inexcusable for an expensive book!
The images themselves are also of the highest quality (I have to wash my hands everytime I pick this book up to read it! It is so glossy and given the quality of the images I couldn't bear to have any stains even on the edges!) This book really is a labour of love for all those who participated in its creation.
The only minor negative I would note is in agreement with one of the reviewers below who note that you do have to turn to the back of the book every page to see where/when the photo was taken (at the index - the image descriptions are not contained together with the images but rather in the last few pages of this very large book). Given 'Looking at Los Angeles' is indeed a large/heavy book, this can be a little cumbersome sometimes. Then again, on the other hand the images are so beautiful that to have a brand 'new' page after every image to introduce a description of the next one would have probably disrupted the flow and beauty of the images so, not really a negative but just a point to note.
4.5 stars for me and highly recommended.
Three Weeks Later: Pictures are great, but still undercut by the silly format.
The copy and photography complement each other elegantly and thoughtfully in this great tribute to a wonderful city.
It is a must-have for anyone who loves Los Angeles.
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