In America's Stage: Times Square, street photographer Betsy Karel (born 1946) uses five New York City blocks as a metaphor for urban America today. Her premise is that many of the major trends of our society are present in Times Square: globalism, consumerism, ubiquitous sexualization, hucksterism, surveillance, narcissism. All are compressed and amplified here. In Karel's photos fantasy parades as reality, corporate interests invade almost all public spaces, and Times Square becomes a vivid, almost hyper realistic, form of theater."Karel is a native New Yorker who haunted Times Square to find what most of the city's dwellers seek to avoid: the tourists and everything that exists for them in that historic mecca. She records the intermingling of those responsible for the cacophony, those reacting and those who appear oblivious. She recognized the sadness that co-exists with outrageous exhibitionism, the excessive signs competing for attention with 24/7 congestion, workers, beggars and lovers." --Anne Wilkes Tucker
Bad habits, bad attitudes, bad breath. With a weakness for bad outfits and having bad hair days. Dogs are no less bad than cats, so it was only a matter of time before, emboldened by the runaway success of Bad Cat, the #1 New York Times bestseller with 487,000 copies in print, dogs would be begging for the chance to speak out. Dogs like:
Trixie, the puppy eating her own foot, who says: "If you're wondering, it tastes like chicken." Or the aging Sam, eyes popping out of his head and granny glasses askew: "Sweet mother of mercy--the Viagra's working " Or Tasia, a big mutt forced to wear little Santa hats, who snarls: "I'd like to roast your chestnuts on an open fire." There's Dallas the surly yoga instructor. The old letch Samson, half-mastiff and half-slobber. Barley of the Order of the Vested Shih Tzus. Devil-worshipping Penny. Friend of sailors Miz Skeeter Bug. And Charlie, whose words should be heeded by every owner who thinks it's cute to dress up the family pet: "Listen to me I am not a bird. I am not a plane. I'm just your dog, Charlie." In the same format as Bad Cat, with 244 truly funny photographs (including a number of group portraits), plus name, age, hobby, and candid quote.
A lavishly illustrated tour of America's most compellingly beautiful places.
The America the Beautiful series takes readers on a photographic tour of the country's most beautiful states and most vibrant cities. Top photographers contribute their best images -- from dazzling cityscapes to quiet forests -- of both well-known destinations and hidden gems. Clear and informative captions bring each scene to life. These handsomely designed books show the beauty of each destination, to be enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.
Chicago is the third largest city in the United States, President Barack Obama's hometown. This city is a big tourist destination and vibrant with its wealth of attractions which include:
- Museums, including the renowned Art Institute of Chicago
- The popular Navy Pier Extraordinary architecture and eye-popping skyscrapers
- The famed Magnificent Mile
- Outstanding parks and beaches along its Lake Michigan shoreline
- A lively nightlife
- And many historic landmarks.
In short, it's everyone's kind of town -- diverse, beautiful, exciting and brought to life here in great photographs and lively captions.
This is Serge Cl ment's first major retrospective, including forty years of work. The title D Pays refers partly to the disorientation of one's living environment and in the mind. The universal cityscape surfaces as abstract multiple layers of asphalt, architecture, and streetlights. Like a journey into the heart of urban solitude and its periphery, Cl ment's work draws the viewer into an intimate relationship with the image. As the images accumulate, they create an imaginary density of timeless fragments.
Serge Cl ment has had solo exhibitions around the world and his works are found in many public and private collections in Canada and abroad.
The Glastonbury Festival is the largest performing arts festival in the world, situated in the mythic Vale of Avalon, England. Now in its thirty-ninth year, up to two hundred thousand festivalgoers from all over the world will attend the festival over a four-day period.
Venetia Dearden has been documenting the people of the Glastonbury Festival since 2004. With the help of a professional portable photographic studio, her aim was to single out individuals and groups to capture the motives and personas that make up the fabric of Glastonbury. The result is an intimate and unique set of portraits that includes festivalgoers, stall holders, charity workers, organizers, and many of the celebrity performers. The huge volume of portraits generated over four years brilliantly captures fleeting moments of serenity amidst the surreal, swirling insanity that is Glastonbury.
The selection of performing artists in the book includes: Lily Allen, Amy Winehouse, Paolo Nutini, James Morrison, Leonard Cohen, Jay-Z, Shakin' Stevens, Jimmy Cliff, Joan Armatrading, Duffy, Richard Ashcroft, Paul Weller, The Who, Manic Street Preachers, Goldfrapp, Martha Wainwright, and many more.
Venetia Dearden, born 1975 in Somerset, England, has studied anthropology at Edinburgh University and photojournalism at the London College of Printing. She has documented social and humanitarian issues, producing features and facilitating workshops as a consultant for "Photovoice." Her work is published worldwide in such publications as "Vogue," "Wallpaper," "The Sunday Times Magazine," "W Magazine," "Harpers Bazaar," and "Stern," among many others. In 2008, she published her first book, "Somerset Stories Fivepenny Dreams" (Kehrer Verlag), portraying the region where she grew up.
The Hereditary Estate functions as a ten-year retrospective and as a conceptual work of art. Daniel Coburn's work investigates the family photo album employed as the visual infrastructure for the flawed ideology of the American Dream. Frustrated by the lack of images that document the true and sometimes troubling nature of his own familial history, the photographer set out to create a new archive, a potent supplement to the broken family album that exists in many families.
Using photographs made over the last decade and altered, amateur photographs, he weaves a family narrative that is simultaneously beautiful and terrifying.
The pet photographer and bestselling author of the Shake series presents more than sixty cute, cuddly, and charming cats caught in mid-lick in this delightfully funny full-color photography collection.
Photographed in Carli Davidson's recognizable style, Lick Cats includes more than 130 highly detailed, up-close portraits of cats at their most candid tongue-flicking moments. Showcasing slow-motion photography, Lick Cats follows the same layout as her previous books--each spread features two images of the same cat placed side by side to capture them in the action. The collection also includes a model roster listing the names, ages, and types of cats photographed, charming outtake images from the shoots, a short introduction about her process, and information about animal rescue to encourage fans to adopt a rescue cat.
Filled with adorable and entertaining photographs, Lick Cats is a must for every cat fanatic as well as photography and animal lovers.
In Beyond the Perfect Stage, Stephanie Berger captures the Merce Cunningham Dance Company performing in a series of site-specific "Events" from 2008 to 2011 from a multiplicity of perspectives, creating a photographic choreography that combines the "Events" in a new way. The Cunningham dancers warm up and then perform in various situations--as Cunningham called the galleries and the especially constructed stages for each "Event"--including Richard Serra's steel sculptures, Dan Flavin's neon light installations, Sol LeWitt's Minimalist white boxes and the vast Drill Hall of the Park Avenue Armory. Berger captures Cunningham's evanescent art, constructing a new experience while at the same time preserving the original, thus operating very much within the aesthetic framework Cunningham himself proposed. Vivid, immediate, unmediated yet curated, her photographic "Event" contextualizes the dances in a personal but entirely available form.
From its origins at Bodh Gaya on the plains of northern India, we travel up into the Himalaya of Ladakh, where Buddhism thrived and split in the five different sects. Our journey takes us to Nepal, historically a receptive home for Buddhism, to Tibet in Exile in Dharamshala and to Sikkim and Bhutan paying homage to the sacred sites of Mahayana Buddhism along the way.We venture along the silk route into the mountainous region of Xinjiang in China and to the largest monastery in the Buddhist world at Labrang in Gansu Province, home to the Yellow Hat sect. We visit the Longman Caves and the legendary Shaolin Monastery, with its extraordinary Kung Fu monks, before eventually embarking for Korea and Japan to trace Tantric Buddhism. There we sample the tranquility of Zen temples and the fresh mountain and sea air of the most sacred pilgrim sites. We follow the story of how the once precarious belief emerged as Theravada Buddhism and found a haven in Sri Lanka before progressing eastwards to Burma and on into southeast Asia, as far as central Java. We explore the exquisite temples of Luang Prabang in Laos, Angkor Wat in Cambodia, and Sukhothai in Thailand, where Buddhist art reached a certain zenith. This is journey of spiritual, as well as visual, enlightenment as we meet Theravada Buddhist pilgrims along the way. Finally, we traverse the Tibetan plateau to reach the fabled capital of Lhasa, with its spiritual centre of the Jokhang Temple, and the iconic Potala Palace, the abandoned home of HH the Dalai Lama. Maps with reference to the photographs will guide you along the routes. The illuminating text by Denis Gray provides an authoritative perspective of Buddhism in 21st century Asia and assists in navigating the reader through the book's journey.
Sweet, intense, and colorful is how Sicilian pastries will appear to the fortunate eyes seeing them for the first time. Those who have time to get to know them well, however, will also find it sensual, dramatic, and irreverent. Making pastries in Sicily is never a purely gastronomic issue; it may be a declaration of love, social ostentation of personal wealth, or a way of mocking a defeated enemy. It is a gesture that involves countless intentions, coded and described in stories rooted in the mists of time. This anthology collects some of those stories and the most delicious Sicilian sweets, illustrated by poignant images and accompanied by some personal tips. The scents of childhood and cherished memories are bound together by one certainty: In Sicily, a sweet is never something that is just good to eat. It is a magical microcosm, an ancient tale, a legend that demands to be told.