Simply Beautiful Photographs

Simply Beautiful Photographs
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Hardcover, Random House Inc, 2010, ISBN13 9781426206450, ISBN10 1426206453

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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs takes readers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in National Geographic's famed Image Collection. Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty. Chapters are organized around the aesthetic concepts that create beauty in a photograph: Light, Composition, Moment (Gesture and Emotion), Motion, Palette, and Wonder.

Beyond the introduction and brief essays about each featured concept, the text is light. The photographs speak for themselves, enhanced by lyrical quotes from scholars and poets. In the chapter on Light, for example, we read these words of whimsical wisdom from songwriter Leonard Cohen: "Ring the bells that still can ring. Forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That's how the lights get in". And then the images flow, of light entering scenes via windows, clouds, and spotlights, from above, alongside, and behind, casting radiance upon young ballerinas and weathered men, into groves of autumn trees and island-dotted seas, revealing everything it touches to be beautiful beyond expectation.

To illuminate the theme of Wonder, Griffiths chose a wish from Andre Bazin: "If I had influence with the good fairy... I should ask that her gift to each child in the world be a sense of wonder so indestructible that it would last throughout life". This thought is juxtaposed with an exquisite vision in white, a frame filled with the snowy-pure dots and rays of a bird's fan tail. And on it goes, picture after tantalizing picture, alive with wondrous beauty.

When she created National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs, Annie Griffiths set two goals: to maximize visual delight, and to create a book unique in the world of publishing--one in which many of the photographs could be purchased as prints. She has succeeded on both counts. Many of these stunning images are available for order, and there can be no doubt as to the visual delight. You must open this book for yourself, and take in its radiant beauty.

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Publisher: National Geographic Society
Publish Date: Oct 19, 2010
ISBN-13: 9781426206450
ISBN-10: 1426206453
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 504
Written in: ENG
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 5.5
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 10.3 x 10.4 x 1.5
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Beautiful Pictures---good "coffee table" book!
10/16/2011

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5.0 stars by ToblerCreek

Beautiful book and, I only found it at Wal-Mart.com.

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Not What I Expected From National Geographic
10/16/2013

Customer review by lmtur

1.0 stars by lmtur

I know others will totally love this huge volume of photos from National Geographic, but for me... they fell far short of the "standard" I'm used to from them. If you don't mind obscure, often dark and blurred photographs.... this is for you. Too many photographers today want to create what they deem "artistic" photographs, capturing movement and mood, by showing blurred or darkened subjects. That's not artistic. I'm sorry.... not to me. When I look at a leaf, I want to see the veins running through, the sun dancing off it, rain droplets ready to fall from it or the wind twisting it. But I want a "sharp," "crisp" image. What's with photographers today? Are they afraid to look their subjects directly in the eye? The whole charm of watching a horse run is seeing his stride mid-air, let the dust move, let the water splash, but let us see the sparkle in his eye. Sorry, this was very disappointing for me, but I don't do returns. Simply Beautiful Photographs? Not really. If you want a copy, I'll send you mine. Don't waste your money.

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