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Video review of illustrated edition of Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau & Scot Miller

Cape Cod by Henry David Thoreau is one of the great travel books. Published in 1865, Thoreau describes the natural environment and people of ‘the bare and bended arm of Massachusetts’ during three short visits to Cape Cod spread over six years. A first edition will cost over $1200 but a great alternative is the […]

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Chicks with Guns

When I heard there was a photography book called Chicks with Guns, I forlornly hoped that it was baby chickens with guns but it’s ladies packing heat. The Today Show featured the book this morning and MSN has a dramatic slideshow of images from the photo-book. The book features nearly 80 portraits and captions in […]

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Cecil Beaton’s back in New York

The Museum of the City of New York is running an exhibition about Cecil Beaton from October 25 until February 20, 2012. Cecil Beaton: The New York Years describes Beaton’s adventures in the Big Apple from the 1920s until the 1960s. Our feature about this author, designer and photographer puts his long career into perspective. […]

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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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