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Monday, 04 December 2017

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Some decisions are easy. Mine is ordered (through your link of course!)

When will Amazon start selling enough hours in a day -- Prime members only to read all the great books mentioned here?

"The vast majority of photographers shoot in color now, but very few are color photographers."

I like that. I've been thinking a lot about colour recently. How to see in colour, the way I try to see in black and white. I've been studying the works of Saul Leiter and Cig Harvey to try and make colour a compositional element.

Looks like this book would be one to get.

Excuse me while I write Santa.

I pre-ordered one of these from Target of all places and it's quite a good book. The print quality is great, but not quite to the level of the big one from last year. Or maybe it's better? I don't know, but looking at pictures side by side, say the one of the balding guy standing in the blue tiled bathroom, in the eponymous book, it's contrasty and saturated and gritty; in East it's a bit more muted, not quite as saturated, and it doesn't grab me quite as much. Also, the pictures in the airport lounge that knocked me out in Harry Gruyaert are still impressive in the new book(s), but no longer quite the WOW that I felt when I first encountered them.

Oh, and after swearing off Amazon in 2014, I floated around, ordering books from all over. Books from B&N invariably come with dented corners and dings in the edges. Books direct from publishers are usually good. Books from Walmart are hit and miss, but generally better than B&N. But Target takes it. They ship in these flimsy looking wrap around stiff cardboard envelopes that have been sorta shrink-wrapped to the books, and I've never seen even the slightest bit of damage on a single book. Highly recommended, if you avoid Amazon like I do (crazy, I know...).

"They ship in these flimsy looking wrap around stiff cardboard envelopes that have been sorta shrink-wrapped to the books, and I've never seen even the slightest bit of damage on a single book. "
Hmm, I'm about to ship three or four hundred books" in a couple of weeks, I'll have to order a book from Target and see this wrapping.

The best book wrapping I've seen it the box the Graingers catalog comes in.

* two tons of postage!

Another intriguing publication that I noticed from Amazon is coming out soon: "In My Room", a collection of Saul Leiter's nudes (http://amzn.to/2BKXzJA). The few I've seen in other collections - particularly the beautiful "Lanesville" shots - has piqued my interest.

Would love those - loved the first - but excessive printing across the gutter is usually a deal breaker for me.

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