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Sunday, 19 October 2008


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For Dutch readers, quite by chance I picked up a copy yesterday at de Slegte for €9.99. A bargain, though about €2 more expensive than the UK price.

Mike (or anyone else who might know),

Any sense of how the reproductions in this version of Camera Work compare to the 800 page (!) version from 1999?

Best regards,

D'oh! I was just about to post a heads-up article on that Taschen Camera Work book!

Adam: The reproduction quality of Camera Work is actually very good. I have never seen the earlier edition you referenced but I have seen a few of the original prints. Note, though, that the book is actually only the size of a paperback book. But for ten bucks what do you expect?!

Not to broadcast my ignorance but even as a Pgh [Pittsburgh, PA --Ed.] area native and Life reader (although I was not much of one in '60) I never saw that photo and have never been up in the Cathedral of Learning. Wonderful memories. Clemente's basket catches. Taking my little brother there in the 60's on Pgh Press' (or was that the Post Gazette?) free 'Straight A' promotional tickets- I seem to recall I was 13 or so and the lady next to us was a Mt Lebanon substitute teacher that dropped all her peanut shells on my little brother. Amazing what a photo can do aint it? but I am preaching to the choir.

George now residing in the town of Elvis' Birthplace

Yikes! I followed the link and just wound up buying $100 worth of books (since they were all only $10 - $15). Mike, please stop recommending this stuff!!!

- Life: The Classic Collection
- Stieglitz: Camera Work (25th Anniversary Special Edtn) [Illustrated]
- Atget, Paris (Taschen 25th Anniversary Edition)
- Brassai, Paris (Taschen 25th Anniversary Special Editins) [Illustrated]
- Henri Cartier-Bresson (Aperture Masters of Photography)
- The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers (HCB)
- Breaking the Spell: Religion as a Natural Phenomenon (not photography related)

I was fortunate enough to able to have seen the Vancouver Art Gallery's show, TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photographs as Art, 1845-1945 earlier this year. I found it a very beautifully produced show, with many of the late great names in photography showing their work, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz. I quite enjoyed it.

I've never seen that George Silk photograph before... I think it's wonderful. Hard to say just what about it draws me, maybe the way all the people seem to be connected, how it goes from black to gray to lighter gray from bottom right corner to upper left... not sure. And what are they standing on, so high above the field? An enjoyable photo!

Here's the caption, from Sports Illustrated's website: "When recalling the 1960 World Series, in which the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the New York Yankees four games to three to claim their first title in 35 years, many fans bring up Chuck Thompson's radio call of the final play: baseball's first-ever series-ending home run. "There's a swing and a high fly ball going deep to left, this may do it!...Over the fence, home run, the Pirates win! Ladies and gentleman, Bill Mazeroski has just hit a one-nothing pitch over the left-field wall to win the 1960 World Series!" The classic photograph to emerge from that series wasn't even taken in the ballpark, but from atop the Cathedral of Learning at the University of Pittsburgh, where students got a bird's-eye view of the action and George Silk got an altogether unique sports photo."

Here's a photo of the building:


Mike J.

Wow, that is very inspiring. I am just starting out. I love that someday, they can actually be turned into book format.

Actually, I have read "The Anatomy of Melancholy," and once knew another melancholic who also read it...some books are not for all, but very much for a certain few.

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