North Atlantic Lighthouses

Guichard, Jean

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Synopsis: "The rapid development of ocean navigation and deep-sea fishing in the nineteenth century led to a dramatic rise in shipwrecks. Tens of thousands of sailors disappeared over the course of the century. The great nations that border the North Atlantic found a technological answer to this human disaster: they developed a spectacular network of lighthouses along their coastlines. These constructions pay homage to those lost at sea and celebrate the genius of modern civilization. Whether on immense cliffs or on reefs submerged at every high tide, man has strived to erect constructions of such resistance that we can only marvel at them today. Built on snow-covered slopes of lava, overlooking spectacular rocks that seem to have sprung only recently from the earth, isolated on small outcrops out to sea, stretched to their limits under the shock of the waves; often festive, dressed in bright colors or pastel shades, magnified by the rays of light between stormy showers, they are always a delight for the eyes.

I have covered tens of thousands of kilometers in the land of lighthouses and the magical landscapes they inhabit. I hope the reader will share the pleasures of this journey to the frontiers of the immense aquatic garden that is the North Atlantic, and the emotions that I have felt before its rocks, waves, and changing light: sometimes joyful, sometimes austere, sometimes peaceful or violent, but always full of surprises."--Jean Guichard

Lighthouses have served humanity for thousands of years. Today's lighthouses, whether old or new, man-powered or electronically operated, are monuments to man's will to challenge the elements. Steeped in history and tales of heroism, these intriguing edifices have an extraordinary capacity to capture the public imagination.

For North Atlantic Lighthouses, acclaimed maritime photographer Jean Guichard has undertaken a series of helicopter flights to take new images of nearly one hundred of the finest lighthouses all over the North Atlantic, from the United States and Canada to Iceland, the British Isles, and France. Guichard perfectly captures the symbolic strength of his subject matter, producing captivating images in all seasons, from the calm summer months when the lighthouses can have a lick of paint, to the wild winter storms that batter them and test their resilience to the utmost.

Author Ken Trethewey relates the history of lighthouses along the Atlantic coast, highlighting both their common past but also the characteristics specific to each country or region. The book is completed by a detailed guide giving technical descriptions of all the lighthouses photographed, maps locating the lighthouses, and a brief history of each light.

About the Author: Jean Guichard spent his childhood on the coast of Brittany before completing his military service in the French navy sailing the treacherous waters off northern Canada and Iceland. He took up photography on his return and has since been active as a photojournalist, initially covering internal French politics, but soon branching out to international news and later to maritime photography. His friendship with yachtsman Eric Tabarly inspired him to begin his unique study of lighthouses, which he started nearly fifteen years ago. Guichard's work has been featured on the cover of Newsweek and Paris Match and his cards, posters, and calendars of maritime subjects sell hundreds of thousands of copies every year.

Ken Trethewey, a descendant of the lighthouse keepers of Eddystone, Britain's most famous lighthouse, is the founder and chairman of the Lighthouse Society of Great Britain. For the past five years, he has written, published, and continually updated his Encyclopedia of Lighthouses. The 2002 edition contains over 7000 entries.

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Title: North Atlantic Lighthouses
Publisher: Flammarion
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