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Christmas in America: A Photographic Celebration of the Holiday Season Hardcover – November 16, 2011
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The photos concentrate on the outdoors, either in the countryside or cities and strangely there are hardly any of folks enjoying a domestic Christmas Day around a decorated tree, opening presents, mealtimes or just enjoying the company of each other. This does seem a major omission. The book's fly leaf biog of Peter Guttman reveals his extensive photo assignments so maybe the contents are made up from a trawl through his archives.
I think the outdoor shots work best with several stunning landscape photos especially in the West chapter. Mountains, trees, a frozen lake and plenty of snow seem sure fire ingredients for inspiring creativity. The city photos come across to me as average with several rather badly cropped.
The book's printing and paper are excellent with the photos presented in a picture book layout rather than a formal photo book look. If this kind of subject matter interests you check out Christmas in America: Images of the Holiday Season by 100 of America's Leading Photographers a large size photo book published in 1988 (part of the Day in a Life series) that takes a closer look at the season than Peter Guttman's book.
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