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China has the longest and most highly developed ceramic tradition in the world, encompassing early Neolithic earthenwares, the finely glazed stoneware pieces of the Song period - widely regarded as among the greatest ceramics ever produced - and the year of Imperial patronage and export ware for the new markets of the West.
Travellers in ancient times marvelled at seven man-made wonders located in various countries bordering on the Mediterranean. Over hundreds of years since then, civilisations have risen and declined, the world has been built and rebuilt, and many more works of human genius lie scattered across geographies and eras. Exploration and discovery has revealed more of nature's wonders too, that stretch and humble human imagination. India, with an area of well over three million square kilometres, is a continent within a continent. Within the folds of an astounding 5,000-year-old history and vast multitude of landscapes that include the world's highest mountains, great rivers, long coastlines, deserts and dense forests, is an awesome legacy of man-made and natural wonders - some legendary for long, others no less magnificent but not so well known. Each is described with details of history and brought to life with vivid colour images. Also included is useful information for travellers, all of which blend to make this an attractive book for history buffs, art lovers, nature enthusiasts and all those who want to be acquainted with India's magnificent wonders.
Raghubir Singh who died in 1999 was considered by many to be India's greatest photographer. A Way Into India was his last great photographic project and is a testament to his love affair with the sights, sounds and colours of his homeland, but also with one of its most unexpected icons - the Ambassador car. Continuously in production in India since 1957, the Ambassador is everywhere to be seen, in all possible guises, from delivery van to diplomatic limousine, and has become something quintessentially Indian. Travelling back and forth across the country, Raghubir Singh reveals India through the windows of the Ambassador.
AARON SISKIND (1903-1991) was an acclaimed photographer and teacher who sought to develop a new pictorial language for photography. Best known for his remarkable abstract images, Siskind sought inspiration for his photographs in music, poetry, and painting. Siskind's aptitude for teaching led him to become one of the most important photography teachers in America in the twentieth century, influencing generations of photographers at the Chicago Institute of Design and the Rhode Island School of Design over a forty-year period.
Adventure travel is a fast-growing trend all over the world, with vacationers questing for more and more exciting ways to experience the limits of their dare-devilry in the remotest reaches of the earth's jungles, seas and mountains. Whether it's snorkelling in the Galapagos Islands, cross-country cycling around Ireland, heli-skiing in the Himalayas or leaping off a bridge in New Zealand, there's an adventure waiting in every corner of the world. Perfect for both the seasoned traveller and the armchair dreamer, Adventure Sites of the World takes you to twenty-five thrilling adventure destinations on six continents, complete with information about when and how to get there, the activities available for a range of ages and interests, their physical demands, and links to the most relevant websites. Gorgeous photos of extraordinary wildlife, awe-inspiring feats and the world's best beaches perfectly complement the vivid prose. You've imagined yourself river-rafting in Ladakh or climbing Mt Everest for years, but this book will inspire you to experience the exhilarating exploits of your dreams.
Presents remarkable pictures in the archive that visually relate the catastrophic destruction of the 9/11 attacks and the physical and human dimensions of the recovery effort. This book provides a record of the extraordinary extent of the World Trade Center attacks and documents the recovery efforts.
Ageless Mind and Spirit is a path-breaking photography book. It is a product of an eight-year effort covering 400 elderly people all over India to create a series of engaging human-interest stories in the voices of the elderly themselves. Each story represents one or more facets of ageing. Together they form a picture of the way we are or will be. Meet the man whose family once owned whole of Calcutta or the eye doctor who spent over half a century traveling across India to examine and treat some ten million people without charging a penny! Or a man continuing a 900-year old textile tradition that is now confined to only three families; the man behind India's green revolution or the one responsible for the white revolution that took India away from shortages to world's largest milk producer, the swashbuckling female doctor who commandeered world's first women military regiment, or an illiterate woman who planted and nurtured hundreds of trees even though she couldn't count them; a social worker who sorted out 70,000 disputes in remote villages and now finds his approach changing the Indian judicial system; an actor who was called in to essay the same role over and over again in films and ended up in the Guinness Book of records; the film maker who began in the silent era and is still active after eight decades!
Graham Clarke is an introduction to the photography of Alfred Stieglitz, one of the most important cultural figures of his day and an important force in the history of photography. Includes iconic images and lesser-known work.
Andre Kertesz (1894-1985), was a highly original artist. Eschewing the dogma of schools and movements, he was guided only by his intuition, drawing on his private life for inspiration. His quest for authenticity led to the invention of an innovative visual language.
In the years between 1930 and 1980, some of the best-known photographers from around the world came to London and made its streets, buildings and communities their subject. This title demonstrates the variety of the responses London provoked from visiting photographers during the period.
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“An essential book for anyone interested in contemporary photography.”—ArtReview Now revised and expanded, this essential survey presents the work of eighty of the most important artist-photographers in the world. The book is divided into seven sections—Portrait, Landscape, Narrative, Object, Fashion, Document, and City—that explore the diverse subjects, styles, and methods of the leading practitioners. Introductions to each section outline the genres and consider why photographers are attracted to certain themes, and how issues like memory, time, objectivity, politics, identity, and the everyday are tied to their approaches. Each photographer’s work is accompanied by Susan Bright’s commentaries and by quotations from the artist. Leading artists such as Andreas Gursky, Cindy Sherman, Sophie Calle, Nan Goldin and Martin Parr, Gregory Crewdson, Candida Höfer, Gabriel Orozco, and Wolfgang Tillmans are featured alongside emerging international figures, including Viviane Sassen, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Leigh Ladure. The introduction explores the historical relationship between art and photography from the early nineteenth century, and a new final chapter looks at the changes photography has undergone in recent years. 254 full-color and 21 black-and-white photographs
Includes an introduction with approximately 35 photographs. This book contains a selection of the most important works of the epoch. It features artists such as: Francesco Albani, Caravaggio, Valentin de Boulogne, Jan Breughel the Elder, Annibale Carracci, Anthonis van Dyck, Adam Elsheimer, Georg Flegel, Luca Giordano, Guercino, and others.
The spirit of Berlin: a photographic journey into the city's history Berlin has survived two world wars, was divided by a wall during the Cold War, and after the fall of the Wall was re-united. The city emerged as a center of European power and culture. From 1860 to the present day, this book presents the story of Berlin in photographs, portraits, maps, and aerial views. With nearly 700 pages of emotional, atmospheric images, from giddy pictures of the Roaring Twenties to devastating images of war to heartwarming postwar photos of a city picking up the pieces?the Reichstag in ruins and later wrapped by Christo and Jeanne-Claude?this is the most comprehensive photographic study on Berlin ever made.
Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680) was the greatest and most influential sculptor of his age. Endlessly inventive and gifted with extraordinary skill, he virtually created the Baroque style. In his religious sculptures he excelled at capturing movement and extreme emotion, uniting figures with their setting to create a single conception of overwhelming intensity that perfectly expressed the fervour of Counter-Reformation Rome. Intensity and drama also characterize his remarkable portraits and his world-famous Roman fountains.