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Photographer George Steinmetz’ New York Air—The View From Above is a WOW(!) arousing book. A loud cheer for breathtaking views of an amazing city that continues to thrill with its rich architectural legacy, varied neighborhoods, and geography . . .

 

Photography Is Magic encompasses the world of fine art photography at its widest measure possible by featuring the work of 85 contemporary artists. It is a tour de force of all visual media that may stray or touch in the most peripheral way upon any photographic means to create an image. . . .

 

INDIA by Steve McCurry is a book of first impressions that are intense and heartfelt. McCurry, an award-winning photojournalist who has traveled to India many over the past 30 years, sees afresh time after time, always instinctively reacting to his first impressions. He is a master of combining a powerful graphic approach with content that indicts poverty and reveals the ethos of a society . . .

 

Louis Stettner’s Penn Station, New York is not a photo book about the grandeur or architecture of the original Pennsylvania station—which should have been declared a landmark but instead was demolished in 1963. Stettner’s photography focuses on the people, the travelers, commuters, rail workers, and the flavor the life that passed through its portals . . . .

 

The World of Tim Burton is a delightful romp in a world of imagination that showcases Burton's sketches, watercolors, and oil paintings and gives great insight into his spontaneous creative impulse. It is a perceptive look into the mind of one of the most original and creative movie directors of our time . . . .

 

Cindy Sherman is a unique artist whose photography distinguishes itself by her presence both in front and behind the camera, as photographer and model, director and actor. She conceptualizes and stages her scenes as a drama of one, the play-acting of a single actor performing to a universal audience. . . .

 

By documenting the unending ballet of dramatic volcanic eruptions, icebound landscapes, geothermal pools, sulfur plumes, basaltic lava plains, and high arctic walls of ice, Myers lays bare a marvelous poem of the Earth that is in continual rhythm of upheaval and change. . . .

 

Meyers’ vision of the city’s open spaces is gritty, detailed, and often stark rather than romanticized. He is a photographer whose work is validated and represented in collections of the Museum of the City of New York and The New York Historical Society, and shows great insight in how he connects and depicts the citizens of the city . . .

 

The counterculture of the 1960’s with its hippies, recreational drug use, and communal living, were not a fad for Dennis Hopper but something that was a part of his life, and is reflected in his photographs. His pictures are moody, and very much in touch with the freedom of spirit that dominated popular culture . . .

 

William Mortensen created his photographic work steeped in Hollywood technique and dramatic lighting at a time when the new movement in photography—best represented by the work of Ansel Adams and Edward Weston—demanded a purist, realistic view of the world. . . .

 

Painters and poets have had a unique way of describing color. Rainer Maria Rilke in his Letters On Cezanne speaks of a “densely quilted blue” or a “waxy blue,” while the painter Kandinsky, in his Reminiscences, describes a “juicy green.” Author Victoria Finlay takes us on an epochal journey to discover the origins of timeless colors . . .

 

by Bob Weil and Nicki Fitz-Gerald

The Art of iPhone Photography is all about exciting image-making and stretching the limits of creativity via the iPhone! The photo gallery in the book is simultaneously impressive and illuminating, displaying an astonishing variety of photographic approaches, both experimental and straightforward . . .

 

by Val Williams

All too often photography books are about techniques and tips to improve your picture taking, so it was gratifying to see a book that focuses on the aesthetic, creative, and intuitive aspect of what compels us to create powerful images . . .