National Geographic: The Photographs Hardcover – Sep 16 2008
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About the Author
Leah Bendavid-Val , Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books, is the author of Propaganda & Dreams; Changing Reality; National Geographic: The Photographs; Stories on Paper & Glass, and most recently Song Without Words: The Photographs and Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy. She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.
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It is in reality an excellent survey or synthesis of photo images that permits readers to follow the evolution of photography dating back one hundred years until today. In fact, as mentioned in the book, although the techniques may differ, some of the earliest photos still compare favourably with those of today.
This is quite evident when you view the 1902 photo shot by photographer George Shiras lll entitled Loon Lake, Ontario, Canada. Here we notice a lynx sitting proudly along the banks of the lake and unfazed by the photographer's lantern that detects the glow of its eyes. However, as indicated, the lynx was alarmed by the flash photography. As an added detail, the reader is apprised of the fact that Shiras pioneered nighttime close-ups of wildlife and the use of remote-control devices. It is noteworthy to mention that scattered throughout the book are these very interesting tidbits pertaining to the history and science of photography.
Fast forward to the cover and back of the book where we immediately are exposed to the renowned photographer Steve McCurry's spellbinding images of the young Afghan girl with the penetrating eyes taken in a refugee camp in Pakistan in 1984 when she was 17 years and rediscovered in Afghanistan in 2002.
In all of these instances we see the superb focusing of the lens on the subject matter and the reflection of someone or something.Read more ›
....And as I try to submit my bad review, they system doesn't allow me. #failamazon
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Beautiful, stunning photographs! Images from all over the world - riders entering a crater in Hawaii to beer pong in Daytona Beach! Every photo is incredible!Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
This book is so small!! Should have looked at the size before purchasing! It's like a stocking stufferPublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
Nostalgic to say the least - I really enjoyed perusing the pages and remembering a lot of the events.Published 10 months ago by Renata M Vlaho
National Geographic has always been integral in my education about the world and its people. Love this book! Would recommend it as a gift.Published on Dec 3 2013 by Kem
It was an okay book. It has some of the famous NG covers. If you love National Geographic, you'll be satisfied with this book.Published on Oct. 17 2013 by Bulaga26
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