Personal Best (英語) ハードカバー – 2006/10/15
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This stunning assembly of work was personally selected by Erwitt himself. Most of these images have never been published before. The generous trim size and large number of double-page spreads allow you to admire the master's technique and artistry up close. Every image is photography at its most ebullient and life-enhancing and each reflects the scope of Erwitt's observant and eclectic eye. Here is a fitting tribute to this Magnum photographer who has shot such Hollywood legends as Marlene Dietrich and Marilyn Monroe, yet whose delight in everyday irony has captured many witty moments, including his famous portraits of people and their dogs.
Erwitt's work is broad in scope, including more traditional photo journalism, as well as what would better be described as street photography. Much of his work takes scenes from everyday life and finds the irony and humour in them. There's a long-necked bird right next to a pipe sticking from the ground that forms the same shape as the bird. There's a woman in a market with two coconuts on a shelf placed exactly where her breasts would be. We see silhouetted people on a train platform, who appear to be African Americans, while an advertising sign promotes Griffin Allwite white shoe polish. There are numerous hilarious pictures of dogs, including one with a tiny chihuahua next to a woman's feet and the feet of a great dane, that are almost as big as the chihuahua itself.
This book is very complete. It contains all my favourite photos from the exhibition and many more.
I would rate this book a five except for one thing. Many of the photos span across both pages on the spread. In the paperback version, this means the centres of many photos get somewhat lost in the binding. I saw a hardcover version of this book at the exhibition, and in contrast, its pages could open very wide so that the full picture could be properly seen.
Overall though, this is a great book with the best work of one of the best photographers of all time.
His timing is exquisite and some shots almost seem too perfect to not be posed.
The photos in this book do not do justice to the quality of the actual photos,More quantity than quality.
I think it's well worth it for the price of this book.
This is a great overview of an extraordinary photographer.