Graphic Eye: Photos from Graphic Designers around the Globe (英語) ハードカバー – 2009/11/15
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Selected from the personal photography portfolios of some of the world's most innovative graphic designersincluding big international names such as Ed Fella, Jeri Heiden, and Marian Bantjesthe images in The Graphic Eye offer a glimpse into the working methods and obsessions of this unique class of visual creatives. Detail-oriented and aesthetically demanding, graphic designers have a special way of looking at the world, and the photographic images they create for their own reference and enjoymentfrom micro details to monumental cityscapes, funny vignettes to found fashionare as unconventional as they are inspirational.
Graphic designer and art director Stefan Bucher's work has been recognized by the D&AD, AIGA, the Art Directors Club, the American Center for Design, HOW, PRINT, STEP Inside Design, and Communication Arts. He lives in Los Angeles.
Although we often bill ourselves primarily as graphic designers, it's no giant surprise to find out that we're all toting some sort of camera with us on a regular basis and producing imagery for more than just the latest layout mock-up that we're passing along to our clientele.
The bigger surprise that "The Graphic Eye" packs is the reveal on all the percolating interests and slightly-out-of-sight fixations so many of us are not only harboring, but capturing through a lens on a semi-regular basis. In the hands of Mr. Bucher, this happy little grab-bag of designer photography turns into an incredibly well metered and sophisticated trip through extremely diverse material.
Whether you flip a bit rapid-fire through the collection to beeline for the "big name" designers' work or slow down to stroll-pace to enjoy images from the folks included (familiar or otherwise), I think you'll be particularly struck by Bucher's work as curator and orchestrator as much as you are by the wonderful crazy-quilt of the whole affair.
Make sure not to miss out on Ruth Huimerind's incredibly lyrical and vividly colorful model photography, Margo Chase's ongoing love-affair with masks and faces, and Ed Fella's ghostly Polaroid work.
If that's not enough, you'll also find out what Stefan's actually been up to for so many years en-route between speaking engagements - likely to inspire the rest of us to start trading our usual seats on the plane for the ones he's sitting in!
Take time to browse this photo-graphic gallery Bucher's concocted - I'm sure you'll find something to linger over within it.
These photographs are a visual log of our world, the bits and pieces many of us pass over or ignore, things proposed and preserved in new light. They are not only insightful to the process of a designer, but also inspirational. And it is Bucher's goal to collect this mass of anthropological data into one, cohesive volume, a goal he succeeds greatly in.
From the cover and the end sheets to the pages itself, the book is beautifully and transparently layed out, with a strong grid, subtle typography, and beautifully layed out (and printed) images. Bucher shows his more subdued, clean side here (versus the off-the-wall aesthetic of his Daily Monsters), but the style is still, undeniably, Bucher's (take a look at the seemingly random halftone pattern on the reverse of the cover from afar for a lovely visual suprise).
As for the photographs themselves, they are diverse in subject and style, in intimacy and in disconnectedness, internal and external. Whether the photographs be intensely personal or merely snapshots of the surrounding environs of their respective designers, whether they be artistic compositions shot on analog film or quick documentarian snapshots, each one gives new insight into the process and visual mind, and often sometimes the dynamic life, of the designer. Far from the typical detached nature of the photographic coffee-table book, Bucher's collection is intensely personal and individualized. The voices, inspirations, and stories of each designer all ring out clearly and cohesively, whether it be in mere photograph, or additional textual commentary.
A wonderful tome of inspiration and insight for the curious, The Graphic Eye is highly recommended towards any with a visually-inclined mind.