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  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: RM; 1st Ed. edition (August 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8492480572
  • ISBN-13: 978-8492480579
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 13.3 x 11.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,213,233 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ricardo Gomez on September 28, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The best book about Venezuela today. One of the best black and white photographers I have seen. A great book to buy. Beautifully printed in China. Do not miss.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maria T. Michelangeli on November 13, 2009
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The black and white photographs in this book are stunning. As a venezuelan I was deeply touched and can imagine all the things Mr Anderson saw on his trips to Caracas during one of the most difficult times in our recent history.
I would have liked to see some short parragraphs accompanying the photos so other people can better understand the reality behind them.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By B. Iversen on July 31, 2010
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As a working photojournalist, I buy and study a lot of photo books. I have to say that Christopher Anderson's "Capitolio" is one of the best releases in the last couple of years in my opinion. Photography in general and photojournalism in particular is a very mature art. By that I mean that the bar has been raised so high, over the last five decades, that bringing something new and fresh on the table is sublimely difficult. As such, Anderson borrows the visual language of Larry Towell, W. Eugene Smith and others. However Anderson carries it further into subjectiveness, most likely based on a realization that pure objectivism is impossible to attain.
And this he does with a very, very steady hand.
Rarely nowadays, do I get really impressed with a photo publication, but this one really did it. The opening shot of the silhouette picture of the "devil" with curly hair in front of a cross sets the pace - we know we are not going to see just another line-up of pretty but boring pictures so common these days.
Anderson's very grainy, gritty and dark pictures (shot with good old film perhaps?) is a bold move but works perfectly.
My biggest gripe with most photo books is usually the editing. Too often there is too many pictures so that it becomes repetitive, or there are too few so that you don't get a good impression of the story, and most commonly the pictures are incohesive and looks like they have been loosely scrambled together.
Not so with Capitolio. Tightly edited, varied and never gets boring. It ranges from self-explanatory registrations to subjective pictures where you can hardly make out what is happening. The book needs both, because there are no subtitles!
Another reviewer compared it to a well edited movie, and I agree perfectly with that.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Virginia Photographer on September 25, 2009
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Drop dead killer photography by the master of B&W photo-J.

Frickin intense book.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Peter Maass on October 1, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I saw proofs of Capitolio on Chris Anderson's iPhone a few months ago (Chris is a friend) and I was stunned. It's that good. Even on an iPhone screen it grabs you. So the book--do not hesitate to get it. Amazing photography.
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