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New York in Color [Hardcover]

Bob Shamis
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Oct. 1 2011

New York in Color presents the best color photography of New York over the last century. From its iconic landmarks like Times Square and Coney Island to the visual poetry of its streets and skyline, New York presents an ever-changing visual collage best seen in color. Here, neon lights define the spirit of the night, a young Bob Dylan lingers in the snows of Greenwich Village, subway trains are rolling murals, and New Yorkers of every era become dramatic actors on the world’s greatest stage. Presenting work—much of it unknown—by major photographers, including such masters as André Kertész, William Klein, Helen Levitt, and Joel Meyerowitz, New York in Color is destined to be a classic photographic survey of the world’s most visually vibrant city.

Praise for New York in Color:

“Even in black-and-white, New York’s colors come through. They do so more vividly in New York in Color, a stunning, color-only anthology.” —New York Times

“Shamis . . . is to be praised not only for his selections but also for the fine sequencing—we see a picture of Coney Island circa 1902, for instance, right before another circa 1956—that adds to our appreciation of the individual images.” —William Meyers, Wall Street Journal


“The two hundred images represent a visual conversation about New York, one that is inflected with everything from soft, pastel hues to jolting reds and yellows. There is grit and grace, lightness and laughter. And, yes, tragedy—a selection of images near the end is devoted to the World Trade Center.” —New York Times Lens Blog

 “Offer[s] a rare glimpse of colorful city life. . . . Flipping through the book shows that New York City life was never gray” —New York Post

 

“A fantastic collection and the perfect gift book for anyone who loves the city or fine photography.” —Connecticut Post

“There’s no shortage of iconic black-and-white New York images. What you may be less familiar with, however, is the city’s rich history of color photography. This history is the subject of curator Bob Shamis’s stunning new coffee-table book, New York in Color, which is filled with some two hundred vibrant photos from the past hundred years.” —PureWow.com


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Bob Shamis is a photographic historian, independent curator, and photographer. From 1998 to 2006 he was the curator of prints and photographs at the Museum of the City of New York, where he organized many exhibitions. He lives in New York City.


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5.0 out of 5 stars City capture from Eve Arnold to Charlie Zoller Oct. 15 2011
Format:Hardcover
Bob Shamis choice of 235 color photos in these pages clearly lift it way above the usual New York photo book and there are enough of those around already. I thought this was a vibrant selection of work mostly from known photographers, a hundred of them and they all have something to say about the world's leading cultural center. Obviously very few photos are pre-forties but Steichen's 1904 Flatiron Building is here and over the page is Alfred Dutertre's Pointillist style shot of the Plaza Hotel from 1908. Other older images were originally in mono and hand colored including one from Jacob Riis taken in 1888.

The city comes alive with color from the fifties onward and Saul Leiter has some great work included, sort of color versions of the influential mono New York School work of the period. Most of the fifties and some of the sixties photos come across with muted colors probably as much to do with the technical aspects of film back then as to do with the subject choice of photographers experimenting with this new medium. The vibrancy and dazzle of color had to wait until the eighties, now it's permanent. There's a stunning shot by Andrew Moore (page sixty-five) of Times Square taken in 2002 that sort of sums up the color image one expects of the city now. Thomas Hoepker's famous 9/11 photo (page 210) and one by Joel Meyerowitz, also from 9/11 (page 217) are also good examples of the documentary color style.

The subject matter of the photos is a mixture of cityscapes, street scenes and a some interiors. A few feature personalities, Gay Talese, Diana Vreeland for example but it is basically the city that comes across so strongly.

The book's square format works well with one photo a page, printed in a 175 screen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars City capture from Eve Arnold to Charlie Zoller Oct. 15 2011
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Bob Shamis choice of 235 color photos in these pages clearly lift it way above the usual New York photo book and there are enough of those around already. I thought this was a vibrant selection of work mostly from known photographers, a hundred of them and they all have something to say about the world's leading cultural center. Obviously very few photos are pre-forties but Steichen's 1904 Flatiron Building is here and over the page is Alfred Dutertre's Pointillist style shot of the Plaza Hotel from 1908. Other older images were originally in mono and hand colored including one from Jacob Riis taken in 1888.

The city comes alive with color from the fifties onward and Saul Leiter has some great work included, sort of color versions of the influential mono New York School work of the period. Most of the fifties and some of the sixties photos come across with muted colors probably as much to do with the technical aspects of film back then as to do with the subject choice of photographers experimenting with this new medium. The vibrancy and dazzle of color had to wait until the eighties, now it's permanent. There's a stunning shot by Andrew Moore (page sixty-five) of Times Square taken in 2002 that sort of sums up the color image one expects of the city now. Thomas Hoepker's famous 9/11 photo (page 210) and one by Joel Meyerowitz, also from 9/11 (page 217) are also good examples of the documentary color style.

The subject matter of the photos is a mixture of cityscapes, street scenes and a some interiors. A few feature personalities, Gay Talese, Diana Vreeland for example but it is basically the city that comes across so strongly.

The book's square format works well with one photo a page, printed in a 175 screen. There is a minor designer's conceit in having no page numbers on the left-hand pages and on the right-hand pages the number is placed near the book's gutter, a pretty pointless position in my view, especially when a reader uses the Index and then to find a particular page.

'New York in color' is sort of comparable with Taschen's huge, wonderful New York: Portrait Of A City. Both books look at the city using work from the same photographers though the Taschen book is arranged historically and has as many mono photos as color ones.

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1.0 out of 5 stars Not as promised Dec 29 2013
By Albert Brunsting - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Great book but it was in bad shape, not. as it was advertised. The cover was torn all over and book had marks of heavily use. Inside of book was fine.
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