Heavy metal and hair
converge at full speed
All style, all fun. No inhibitions, no haircuts. David Yellen's "Too Fast For Love" portrays a cultural moment that keeps on living: heavy metal. Yellen's portraits of fans, made over the course of three months in the summer of 2000, captures the eccentricities of this subculture. Photographed typologically and bound in an intimately-sized book, Yellen presents a dramatic cast of characters.
Time: 7 a.m. Water temperature: 52 degrees. Miles logged: 8.5. Dianna Shooster strokes through the home stretch of the Bay to Breakers Swim, a 10-mile race from the Bay Bridge, under the Golden Gate Bridge, to Ocean Beach. Outdoor activity is a way of life in San Francisco, voted the third-fittest city in America by Men's Fitness magazine. [Copyright © 2004 Maggie Hallahan, Network Images from 'California 24/7']
'America 24/7' concept
now goes coast to coast
Rick Smolan and David Elliot Cohen outdid themselves this time.
Creators of last year's New York Times best-seller, "America 24/7: A Nation Tells Its Story," the two project directors launched an even more ambitious effort that would provide a snapshot of life in each of the 50 states.
Nimoy book explores
Leonard Nimoy, most widely known for his role as Spock on Star Trek, has also played the real-life roles of author, director and producer, as well as photographer. In 2002, Nimoy published his first book of photography, Shekhina, containing B&W images of women nude or in traditional Jewish garments.
Marylin by Andre de Dienes, Steve Crist
Notable photography books this holiday season include Marylin and Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set, writes Andy Grundberg in a 8 December 2003 The New York Times article. The former consists of images by Andre de Dienes, a relatively unknown fashion photographer who helped launch Monroe's career, while the new Sieglitz volume is "serious, art-historically important and full of great pictures."
Photography Past/Forward: Aperture at 50 by R. H. Cravens
A Book of Books by Abelardo Morell
Winogrand 1964 by Garry Winogrand (photographer), Trudy Wilner Stack
Time of Change: Civil Rights Photographs, 1961-1965 by Bruce Davidson
Lee Friedlander At Work by Lee Friedlander
Peter Hujar: Animals and Nudes by Peter Hujar
Lewis Carroll, Photographer by Roger Taylor, Edward Wakeling, Peter C. Bunnell
William Wegman Polaroids by William Wegman
Thomas Struth: 1977-2002 by Douglas Eklund, Ann Goldstein, Charles Wylie, Maria Morris Hambourg
Mutter Museum: Of the College of Physicians of Philadelphia by Gretchen Worden
Other new titles this season include:
Limelight: A Greenwich Village Photography Gallery and Coffeehouse in the Fifties, a Memoir by Helen Gee | U.K.
There was a time when photography enthusiasts could walk into a New York gallery and take their pick of a Robert Frank print for $25 or an Edward Weston for $50. At the center of it all was Helen Gee, the owner of the Limelight gallery and the coffee shop that subsidized it. In this memoir, she relates her experiences running the gallery during the 1950s and rubbing shoulders with the likes of Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, W. Eugene Smith, Berenice Abbott, Alfred Stieglitz and Julia Margaret Cameron. The book's release coincides with an exhibit through 20 April 2002 at the Sarah Morthland Gallery in Chelsea, which also includes work from Harry Callahan, Arnold Newman and Elliott Erwitt.
Man Ray's Montparnasse by Herbert R. Lottman | U.K.
Fashion and portrait photographer Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitsky) rubbed shoulders with the likes of Pablo Picasso, Gertrude Stein, André Breton, Ernest Hemingway, Alexander Calder James Joyce and T.S. Eliot in the Parisian artists' enclave of Montparnasse. The New York Times wrote, "Even though his premise that Man Ray's portraits link the creative circles in Montparnasse is contrived, Man Ray's Montparnasse is an enchanting introduction to these artists' lives."
The Memphis Blues Again: Six Decades of Memphis Music Photographs by Ernest C. Withers, Daniel Wolff | U.K.
B.B. King and Elvis Presley are among a half-century's worth of Memphis, Tenn., history that passed in front of Ernest C. Withers's camera lens. "I can't play a piano, I can't play a guitar," Withers said in a New York Times profile. "All I can do is take a picture." With text written by music writer Daniel Wolff, the book taps into the reported 5 million images Withers, now 79, caputured during his career.
Silent Screens: The Decline and Transformation of the American Movie Theater (Creating the North American Landscape) by Michael Putnam | U.K.
Before multi-screen multiplexes comprised the average moviegoer's primary venue for catching Hollywood's latest releases, movie theaters themselves were often objects of beauty. In this book, Putnam photographs with an 8x10 view camera the theaters that have almost all but faded from the American landscape and our own consciousness. Film historian Robert Skylar provides the introduction.
National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures by Peter K. Burian, Robert Caputo, National Geographic Society | U.K.
Kodak Guide to 35 mm Photography: Techniques for Better Pictures by Kodak | U.K.
The Nikon Field Guide: A Photographer's Portable Reference by Thom Hogan | U.K.