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Bay/Sky Hardcover – October, 1993


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 102 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch Pr; 1st edition (October 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821220373
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821220375
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 12 x 14 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #550,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Library Journal

Evoking Monet's studies of light and Stieglitz's equivalents, Meyerowitz here refines a vision begun in his earlier collection depicting Cape Cod, Cape Light ( LJ 3/1/79). Using a balance of sea and sky where "attention is paid to everything in the frame," he has reached an ethereal formalism. Perspective and selective focus are no longer of primary concern; the horizon line becomes the only spatial marker in many images. The 47 color plates are meticulously printed from the 8 10 view-camera negatives. An introduction by Norman Mailer, the afterword by Meyerowitz, and a list of plates are the only text. An elegant eulogy to land's end and absolutely essential for all photography collections.
- Kathy J. An derson, Indiana Ctr. for Global Business, Indiana Univ.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Booklist

In Cape Light (1979), Meyerowitz made his reputation as a landscape photographer specializing in the ephemeral natural light and color associated with artistic luminism. Here he returns to the cape but has pared down his subject matter to just one long stretch of the sea meeting the sky. With his 8-by-10-inch view camera, he shot 46 different views of this vista, which are here reproduced as oversize colorplates. Misty gray morning, clear blue noonday, vivid sunset, gray-blue blanket of clouds, tide in, tide out--each image has its own form and color even though there is little but the horizon in view. Bay/Sky is a natural and more radical extension of Meyerowitz's landscape vision, and it contains some exquisite sights sure to delight both serious photography buffs and lovers of sunsets. Still, collections lacking Cape Light should add it before getting Bay/Sky, which is really a long coda to the earlier work. (A word of warning: Norman Mailer's silly introduction taints Meyerowitz's ethereal viewpoint with sexism, likening it to "a great beauty who is ready to reveal her nude secrets to but one photographer, her own private court photographer.") Gretchen Garner

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Kim Jeong Oh on January 9, 2002
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Lovely lights and colors I found invading silently into my heart while I turn on a photographer's book.
Have ever seen the book 'Bay/Sky' ? - Maybe/Surely that would be another expression of 'Do you know what photographic ecstacy is ? '.
Joel Meyerowitz reveals off a tremendous tales from the Nature with none of words ; Only with Lights. Colors, Darkness, Mists, Waters, Clouds, Sky ... . More over it, ultimately What a living on Earth is all about ... .
After anyone whoever see this book, then he/she should ask to others - Have you ever seen the book Bay/Sky ?
Joel Meyerowitz's lightworks are in silence, yet it's echos are standing as perpetual existence !
A MUST-SEE photographic masterpiece it is.
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I am a huge fan of Joel Meyerwitz and try desperately to channel him whenever I'm out with my camera. So it should come as no surprise that I am loving this book more and more every time I look through it. The zen-like majesty these landscapes possess and convey, are as visually stunning as they are artistically inspiring to a budding photographer like myself. The compositions are at times grand and voluminous, and then, at the turn of a page, minimal and sparse. The colors, shadows, and forms captured by the artist throughout leave me breathless. After a long, busy day at the office, take this book from your shelf, sit in your favorite comfy chair and slowly take in each plate; I promise you will be transported to a place of sublime beauty.
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For me it was a wonderful example
of why one should use color film!
I can see how he was so influential to the beginning of color photography.
Joel is a master of capturing light.
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Not as impressive as Cape Light, but some great images.
Shows many atmospheric images in varied light. Overall it is worth taking a lok at!
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0 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Karin G. on June 6, 2011
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I have recently ordered several books from Amazon.com ... I usually order books used and found that they are in really good shape .. until I ordered Bay/Sky! The description said it was "used/good" ...however, this book is warped, as if it had been stored somewhere with a heavy object on top of it. I was hoping to display this book in my house, but I won't be able to ... it just looks bad. The pages are fine.
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