Author: Art Wolfe; Rob Sheppard
Publisher: AmPhoto Books
Release Date: September 20, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
As breathtaking as the pictures are, the stories behind them will intrigue you even more!
Art Wolfe has been in the professional photography business through four different decades. He has had the opportunity to photograph for several different publications including National Geographic and Smithsonian. Now, he has compiled some of his favorite photos from each decade to bring forth a new book that highlights not only the pictures, but also where he shot them, how he shot them, and what type of equipment he used to get them. During this time he used both film and digital and it is very difficult to differentiate between the two as they are all just that good!
The photos are arranged by decade, beginning with the 1980s and moving into the present day 2010s. Each photo is supplied with three different narratives: a general narrative, the nature of the photo, and a photo tip. The book is also not dedicated to a particular type of photography. He provides several different photos on landscapes, culture, people, wildlife, night sky, and time lapse. It is easy to see why he has had such a successful career.
I love all of the pictures in this book. I have already gone through it several times, just looking at my favorites. But I also really enjoy learning how he got the shot. When reading publications with pictures, I often think about how they must have just been in the right place at the right time. Sometimes that is true, but throughout the book Wolfe discusses several occasions where the shots were actually staged. Even so, it still takes a lot of work and local cooperation to make this happen.
Any art lovers or photographers will enjoy this book. Highly recommended! Especially if you are a photographer aspiring to have pictures in magazines for the trade secrets.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.