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Video review of White Stripes: Under Great White Northern Lights photo-book

My colleague Julie loves the White Stripes, and Jack and Meg and all that. I only know one song by them but then again the Beatles were still together when I was born. This photo-book documents the White Stripes’ Under Great White Northern Lights tour across Canada. Photographer Autumn de Wilde travelled with the band […]

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Cecil Beaton’s books: Master of photography, writing & design

You may not be familiar with Cecil Beaton unless you are a person of a ‘certain’ age (hello, baby boomers!). Beaton photographed the world’s rich and famous for six decades. He also designed Oscar-winning costumes for famous movies like My Fair Lady and Gigi. He led a remarkable life and was an avid diarist. This […]

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Video review of At Work by Annie Leibovitz

Here’s my review of At Work by photographer Annie Leibovitz. It’s half memoir, half photography book. She describes her career from a young snapper on Rolling Stone magazine to becoming one of the world’s most prestigious photographers. Lots of great photos of Hunter S. Thompson, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, the […]

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Writers and Kitties

Writers and kitties. This right here? This is the good life.

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Larry Clark retrospective sparks interest in Teenage Lust

One of the most searched for books on AbeBooks at the moment is Teenage Lust by Larry Clark, the influential photographer and filmmaker. Clark will be featured in a major retrospective called Kiss the Past Hello at Musée d’Art Moderne in Paris. The show is already stirring emotions because there is going to be an […]

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Author photos: My thoughts on The Thinker pose

Further to the comments of my colleague Beth below, here’s my two pence on this subject. I do not believe anyone should place their hand beneath their chin when posing for a photograph. No-one does it in real life. Just looks silly. I blame Rodin. In our author interview section, there are a good number […]

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The Books of Ansel Adams: Photography Pioneer

The impact of Ansel Adams on photography can be measured by the fact that a pile of glass negatives, discovered at a secondhand sale and believed to represent his early work, were recently valued at £1.2 million. There are many books dedicated to his work, including some very collectable editions. Yosemite, New Mexico and Yellowstone […]

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Ansel Adams’ garage sale negatives worth ‘$200,000,000′

Some of you may remember an old story about someone finding Ansel Adams’ negatives at a garage sale and buying them for $45. Now an appraiser has confirmed the find is kosher and worth $200 million. However, Ansel’s grandson, Matthew, says it’s all cobblers.

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AbeBooks introduces multiple bookseller-supplied images

AbeBooks has just introduced the capability for our booksellers to upload listings with multiple images. As regular customers will be aware, you will see two sorts of images on AbeBooks’ listings – stock images (pulled from a database) and bookseller-supplied images (photographs taken by the seller him or herself). You will now start seeing listings […]

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Dennis Hopper’s photography books in demand

Hollywood bad boy Dennis Hopper died on May 29 at the age of 74. Since the news broke, AbeBooks has seen much interest from customers looking for books portraying the photographic side of his varied career. Hopper, famous for films like Easy Rider, Apocalypse Now and Blue Velvet, began taking photos in the 1960s when […]

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