Just yesterday I started to get word that readers are beginning to receive their copies of Peter's book French Kiss. All the comments I've gotten so far are positive, even glowing—and a pleasure to read. Perked up my day.
The pre-sale during the month of October was much more successful than anticipated, but there are still roughly 1,200 copies left out of the printing of 3,000...and plenty of time to order and receive a book before Christmas.
If you haven't gotten yours yet, it shouldn't be long now. Peter is working hard signing books (it's truly not a trivial task to sign 1,700 books being suitably careful not to damage or mar them in any way) and more books are being shipped every day.
I'd love to hear your impression if you've gotten yours.
The 'fatal personage'
Meanwhile, I've received more than half a dozen selected new books here at sprawling TOP World Headquarters in the past few weeks. Several are beautiful or fascinating, but the one that's got me completely gobsmacked is Aperture's Sergio Larrain, which is just a masterpiece in every conceivable way—just a superlative, superlative book.
...And fast becoming a favorite...I've been dipping into its riches little by little, the same way I read in three of my touchstone tomes, Orwell, de Maupassant, and Montaigne. The last photo book I "read" this way was the great Snaps by EE.
Larrain, who died last year, was too loose for his time. But he's perfect—perfect—for now. Looking through this treasure trove makes my eyes go wide with wonder.
I'll have more to say about this one anon, I'm sure. Whew. What a glory.
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Chap Achen: "Peter Turnley's French Kiss is the best of all the books that I have ordered based on your suggestions. The images that are reproduced in the book make me want to a) go to Paris and b) get back in my darkroom. My wife also wants to know just how many books do you need, and where are you going to put them? Thanks again for all the great suggestions."
Victor Bloomfield: "Got it a couple of days ago. It's terrific: charming and moving scenes, beautifully captured and superbly printed. My wife, who sometimes sighs with impatience when another photo book arrives, said 'This one is really sweet!'"
V. Roma: "Can't believe I had never heard of Sergio Larrain. Thank you!"
ABCALOF: "Peter's new book French Kiss is absolutely fantastic, capturing the beauty and simplicity of Paris. It has inspired me to continue looking for the honesty and beauty in every day life that we so overlook as human beings. I'm honored to own a copy."
Michael Perini: "I received the book a few days ago, A really elegant package for a beautiful book. Knowing many of the pictures is like seeing old friends—you anticipate seeing them, and when they arrive with the turn of a page, they are even better than you remembered. I have my own informal test for separating good photographers from Really Good Photographers. It's in the hesitation to turn the page because the current photograph has a hold on you. Mr. Turnley easily meets the test.
"I am struck over and over by the simple humanity of the pictures. They are not showy but simple, real, and essential. A really lovely book. I did however, put it down to go slap my camera. ;-) More than once."
Giovanni (partial comment): "I totally agree that Larrain's book is to be savored page by page. Rarely seen such density of consistently great images, with a unity of vision that not even your friend Erwitt can match. (Yet I love Erwitt too!)
"Discovering him this summer and then seeing the exhibition running at the H.C-B Foundation in Paris just blew my mind. Still reeling."
Joe Holmes: "Shhh! Not so loud! I'm putting my copy away as a Christmas present for my wife. It would have been a Valentine's Day present, but are you kidding me, an extra six weeks' wait?"
Stephen F Faust: "It was a very good weekend—not only was it my birthday, but I received my copies of both French Kiss AND Here Far Away! Other than cracking French Kiss to briefly flip through it and see Peter's autograph, I haven't spent a lot of time with it, instead deciding to delve into Here Far Away first. No offense to Peter of course. :-) ."
Steve Rosenblum (partial comment): "I like French Kiss so much that I sent signed copies of it to my children to keep as a symbol of love through the years."
Cathy Seith: "Your beautiful book French Kiss arrived in Atlanta today, a birthday gift to myself. Your images brought tears to my eyes. Lovely work Peter. I saw you speak for the National Press Photographer's Association about 25 years ago, when I was just starting out as a photojournalist. Then, and now, it opens up a whole new world to me."
Darnell Newsum (partial comment): "I received my copy of French Kiss late last night—unbelievably, the Post Office rang my bell at 9:30—a true special delivery! It is a beautiful, warm and inspiring book and I have been smiling since I opened it."