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American Auto Legends: Classics of Style and Design (Auto Legends Series) Hardcover – October 19, 2010

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Furman's exquisite studio photos seduce you into tracing a finger over the fenders and studying each image as you would a concours car in the flesh. — Automobile Magazine

About the Author

Michael Furman is one of the foremost car photographers working today. His clients include some of the most prestigious names in the automotive industry, among them Bentley, Jaguar and Mercedes-Benz.

Tracy Powell is a journalist and Managing Editor of Automobile Quarterly, and an expert on American automotive history. His writing has earned him several International Automotive Media Awards.
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Product Details

  • Series: Auto Legends Series
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Merrell Publishers (October 19, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185894516X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1858945163
  • Product Dimensions: 9.6 x 12.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,574,640 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Michael Furman's artistry in capturing the romance, power, glamour and extraordinary design of notable cars, from classic-era prewar coachbuilt automobiles through to the present day, has brought him acclaim as the world's preeminent fine art automotive photographer. His proprietary studio techniques and unsurpassed visual craftsmanship create an almost tactile level of nuance and color while faithfully capturing the authentic visage of each car, producing images of exacting realism as seen through the eyes of a great artist.

An award-winning writer and publisher, Furman's work has been featured in both classic car journals and leading popular media. He often collaborates with major museums and notable collectors, such as when he photographed "Speed, Style and Beauty, the Cars of the Ralph Lauren Collection", for The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The imprint he founded, Coachbuilt Press, produces volumes widely considered as among the most beautiful and important fine art photography and automobile books ever published. Architectural Digest described "Curves of Steel" as "Filled with sensuous photographs." Library Journal said of "The Art and Colour of General Motors," "A stunning visual history of the company and its most notable cars...Michael Furman's technically exquisite studio photographs of classic cars capture the vehicles' grace and elegance...a strikingly beautiful and substantive history of GM. Highly recommended." And Automobile Quarterly called "Automobiles of the Chrome Age" "A bound compilation of one of the day's most accomplished image gurus."

Recent titles have included the three book series for The Mullin Automotive Museum, "Spirit of Competition" for The Simeone Museum and "Automotive Jewelry, Volume One; Mascots, Badges" released at Pebble Beach in August 2013.

Furman lives and works in Philadelphia, his hometown.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonnie King on February 2, 2015
Format: Hardcover
This is an important book, with eye-popping photographs, that will at times blow-you-away ! These photos were not taken with the treasured 1941 Kodak Brownie "box camera" that my Mom & Dad owned, nor my 1965 Kodak Instamatic. No, Michael Furman's equipment is a lot more "state of the art" than that, and the method he's perfected reflects that same influence. How ? Well, most photographs you see featured in books of this nature are done "on location" and you see outside locations, or, in-garage style backgrounds. BUT, Michael Furman has become an expert at that rare form of "in studio" photo shoots...which are among the most difficult to accomplish.

Can you imagine the logistics of driving, trailering, or, hauling a 1903 Cadillac, a 1930 Franklin, a 1940 LaSalle, or, a '58 Chrysler 300-D, into an enclosed-environment studio to be photographed under, sometimes, the strongest lighting possible - but perfectly balanced to eliminate harshness & shadows - and then spending hours to get that "perfect shot" in every area needed to showcase one of these remarkable machines ? Well, Michael Furman has long-ago accomplished that, and that's why he's become one of the Industries most-sought after, award-winning photographers, with many other books to his credit.

This book is a visual delight, traces the origins of these beautiful machines from their early beginnings, and then proceeds to amaze you with Furman's superb model-by-model photos...some of which are so stunning that you can almost stare at their symmetry, balance, and, style, for hours !
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Tom Wilson on January 19, 2013
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Beautifully executed book. One of the very best in my extensive collection. Reasonably priced for such a high quality volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on May 22, 2015
Format: Hardcover
American Auto Legends:Classics of Style and Design,Great pictorial some reading and yes some inconsistencies,errors and mistakes.I have Furman's General Motors Art and Colour Book I Love it and another of his books Automobiles of the Chrome age,another Visual treat.Two Corvettes are in this Book,however for the 1969 Corvette the text reads regarding the introduction of the 1968 "Sting Ray" there was no "1968 sting Ray" per se it was just 68'Corvette of course it goes on to say "Stingray" returned as one word for 1969.The last year for Sting Ray was 1967(from 63-67,and Stingray as one word for 1969-76,and for the New C7 Corvette.)Other than that and the Debatable GTO was The First muscle car(It is to me along with the Olds Rocket they are the first Muscle not the 300 Chryslers as some would say,but it is a matter of Debate.)The introduction was dumb quoting Jay Leno and how The Hybrid cars of today might be considered "Classics" in the future by a Younger Generation(Of which I am part of sadly and no they will not be classics.)which I found Appalling.It is a good book overall and worthy of any automotive library whether for a true gearhead or a person with a passing interest.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By W. Sockwell on October 21, 2013
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautiful and lavish book- great for the coffee table when you have friends over. However, don't expect true historical prose or deep examinations about the cars. There are MANY classic autos that have been left out completely: the "coffin-nosed" Cord, the Pierce-Arrow, the Chrysler Air Flow, the '33-'34 Ford V-8s, and many others.
He also makes two other glaring mistakes that I'm finding far too frequently in among coffee-table car books: 1) The '57 Chevy is covered with much adulation and infers that it was the biggest-seller of the year. Wrong. The '57 Ford Fairlane far outsold Chevy that year, as well as leaving it in the dust on the majority of NASCAR and Grand National events that year.
2) Implying that the '64 Pontiac GTO was the first muscle car because it was purposely married with a big engine and a light body. Wrong. The '49 Olds 'Rocket 88' was the first purposeful powerful engine/light body muscle car in America, as well as the '51 Hudson Hornet, the Chrysler 300s, etc. For some reason, this generation of car buffs are under the impression that the '64 GTO WAS the first muscle car- it wasn't.
There were other noticable mistakes here of which I shan't go into. Buy this book for the beautiful pictures of what cars the author deems as 'legends', just be leary of the information provided.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By anoldpackardkeeper on January 20, 2012
Format: Hardcover
GREETINGS...THE COVER MAY BE IN BLACK AND WHITE,JUST WAIT TILL YOU OPEN IT UP.YOU WOULD BE HARD PRESSED TO ASK FOR MUCH MORE.MICHAEL FURMAN YOU HAVE DONE IT AGAIN.LOVE THE DETAIL,THE LITTLE TOUCHES THAT GO TO MAKE IT ALL WORTH BUYING AND STUDYING.ANOTHER MAGNIFICENT 288 PAGES WORTH.I WILL BE BACK FOR MORE...RONALD.C.LEE-HARRIS
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bruno Macedo on January 4, 2013
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Great book! Great pictures! Perfect for those interested in History of Cars. I had great expectations about this book and didn't feel disappointed at all...
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I really liked this book (especially for the price). I own several automobile photo books and this is one of my favorites. Great introduction about the history of various periods of American cars. And as with all Furman photo books the pictures are fabulous. Each showcased car includes a short description of the car maker and the car.
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