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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams; 1st edition (July 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810942240
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810942240
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 0.8 x 10.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,978,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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*Starred Review* God's first creation in the Book of Genesis is light, presumably so that the heavens and the earth, already in place, could be seen. Photography is preeminently the art of light, and the photographs of Aaron Rose suggest what God's first glances may have been like. They aren't the sharply focused recordings of life that most photographs seem intended to be. Because Rose makes very long exposures, which are necessary with the lensless pinhole camera he uses, and because he very often aims at light, his pictures generalize and typify instead of defining and particularizing. Their soft-focus appearance, the result of changes in the quality of light over time, helps the final images resemble abstract expressionist paintings, as in those depicting reflections in clear glass objects, or ideal conceptions of their subjects, as in the views of Manhattan buildings obtained from rooftop camera placements. Besides using nonstandard equipment and exposures, Rose prepares his own developing solutions to tint his pictures monochromatically (he never uses color film) and bring them emotionally and spiritually closer to his recollected visual experience. His personalizing procedures are the most but not the only thought-provoking aspects of Rose that Corn discusses in his essay on and elicits in his interview with the photographer. Orphaned in infancy and on his own since age 14, Rose was a professional photographer only briefly, earning his livelihood instead as an antique tool collector-dealer and longtime landlord in New York's SoHo district. For those who love art photography, this is probably the book of the year. Ray Olson
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About the Author

Alfred Corn is a poet, novelist, critic, and adjunct professor of writing at Columbia University in New York.

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The quality of this book is unsurpassed, The images are unique and beautiful. A must buy for any book collection.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By bca70 on May 4, 2001
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I can't say enough about the photographs of Aaron Rose. His photographs are some of the most unique and thoughtful photographs made by a contemporary practitioner. Rose is a self-taught chemist, and his work explifies a true mastery of the fundamentals of photography--light and chemistry. This book does real justice to the intense and unique craftsmanships behind his photographs. It is a must for any serious photographer, and anyone interested in the mechanics and possibilities of photographic processing.
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This book deserves more than five stars.
Until 5 prints of Mr. Rose's were included in the Whitney Biennial in 1997, few had seen his work. In fact, his first solo show came in 1998. Despite this, his oeuvre covers more than four decades and some of the best photography I have ever seen. You will find Mr. Rose to be a rewarding photographer who will remind you of some of the best of Edward Weston. His subjects in this outstanding volume of 100 color photographs include shells, New York City, the milky way, reflections, trees, leaves, the sun and clouds, and sky. His images are often created with very long exposures using early 20th century equipment and lenses. More recently, he often uses only pinholes and small aperature cameras. The book's only drawback is that Mr. Rose is fond of a four letter word beginning with "f" that appears several times in his interview.
Mr. Rose's work is mostly about light, and seeks to create a meditative mood. For example, the images of New York City are taken from very high perspectives and are almost abstract. You will be reminded of Cubist rectangles.
His shells are translucent and surreal. The milky way looks like fine bubbles in good champagne. The reflections are almost totally abstract and remind me of drip paintings. The trees and leaf photographs build on fractals as recurring images and provide a sense of optimism. The sun and cloud images are wonderfully romantic and mysterious. His images of the sky are done as circles that provide the impression of peering through the porthole of a space ship, an airplane, or a boat.
In each case, Mr. Rose is giving you a private view of the world that you have never seen before. These new subjective realities will inspire you to have new perceptions and thoughts.
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By Jl Widerman on September 1, 2013
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I already own a copy of the book. I bought this one as a gift for someone who expressed an interest in pin-hole photography. I haven't delivered the gift yet, so I do not know whether he reaction will be the same as mine. As far as the photographs themselves, they are extremely well-done, but I respond to some more than others. I fine Rose's section entitled "Unterholtzen" the most exciting.

As far as Amazon goes, the price was very low and the arrival of the book timely.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 3, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The photography in this book is incredible. Corn and Rose are a good pair. This book makes you open your eyes and pay more attention to the detail in everyday life. Breathtaking.
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