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Bruce Davidson: Central Park Paperback – Jun 15 2005


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; New edition edition (June 15 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0893819921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893819927
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 29.3 x 24 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 930 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,279,467 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
Bruce Davidson's "Central Park" is a compelling look at one of the world's most unique urban places. Unlike "Brooklyn Gang" or "Portraits," Davidson shoots his subjects here with a wide-angle panoramic camera. The result is fascinating as the images meld odd angles, distorted bodies and expansive views, and at no point does it come across as cliched or gimmicky. Instead, the photographs are hopeful, intimate, and revealing. Davidson shows us some of the park's secret places, but mostly he has discovered, through his visual explorations, the secret of what makes Central Park an essential part of New York life.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Central View of "Central Park" Aug. 14 2000
By Michael B. Richman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Bruce Davidson's "Central Park" is a compelling look at one of the world's most unique urban places. Unlike "Brooklyn Gang" or "Portraits," Davidson shoots his subjects here with a wide-angle panoramic camera. The result is fascinating as the images meld odd angles, distorted bodies and expansive views, and at no point does it come across as cliched or gimmicky. Instead, the photographs are hopeful, intimate, and revealing. Davidson shows us some of the park's secret places, but mostly he has discovered, through his visual explorations, the secret of what makes Central Park an essential part of New York life.
Masterpiece of human-hearted photography. Feb. 25 2014
By martin fritter - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Davidson has phenomenal range - obviously using a number of different cameras (discussed somewhat in the essay) - including a Noblex pano. Unlike the three star reviewer, if found the extreme wide angle work quite impressive - very difficult to pull off.

Davidson seems like the most humane of the NY street school - non-ironic and warm.
Extreme angles Dec 4 2012
By Tim Malone - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I'm gonna be in the minority, but I found this book subpar. I love his Subway series, but this one fell flat for me. I found the distorted angles of his wide-angle lens distracting. They didn't add anything to the photos, they just made them look off. I found myself paying more attention to the distortion than to the subjects. I also really hate two-page spreads. Books don't lay perfectly flat. Two-page spreads become problematic.
Anyway, if you're looking for a Davidson book, get Subway instead.

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