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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 112 pages
  • ISBN-10: 031226156X
  • ASIN: B0000632IS
  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 11.3 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,765,303 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Judy Ray is the author of two poetry collections, Pebble Rings and Pigeons in the Chandeliers, and of The Japipur Sketchbook, a memoir of a year spent in India. The Rays live in Tuscon, Arizona.

David Ray's most recent collections of poetry include Kagaroo Paws: Poems Written in Australia, Heart-Stones: New and Selected Poems, and Demons in the Diner. He has twice received the William Carlos Williams Prize from the Poetry Society of America and was awarded a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship for his fiction.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jackie McH on June 2, 2000
Format: Hardcover
I found the photographs of fathers with their babies touched my heart. As a mother, I know how DEEPLY I feel for my two children. This book allowed me to see that men, too, are profoundly touched and forever changed when their child is born. I enjoyed reading each father's short narrative about how they cried, felt joy, enriched their relationships with the child's mother, and that they'd rather stay at home with their family than go out with "the guys". A GREAT Father's Day gift or Father-to-be gift!
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Paul Jankiewicz on May 27, 2000
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The tears flowed, and my soul burst with joy while reading Fathers. It shares the vulnerability and love of fathers in ways never before experienced. The cross section of age, careers, ethnic backgrounds brings a universal awakening to the gentleness which fathers feel, but seldom are free to express. It is a liberation of males, in the best sense, and is, in a beautiful way, a manual for fathers, present and to be. Fathers is a book you will lovingly place as a permanent fixture in your living room
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
Format: Hardcover
If you'd like to see a book that captures the happiness and essence of being a father, then this is the book for you. J. Gerard Smith's photographs are visually stunning and his subjects are great! I'd reccomend this book to anyone who appreciates good photography.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 5, 2000
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The photos of the fathers with their infant children, the father's comments concerning their child all touch the heart and are a wonder to view in our time. One to be saved and shown to others.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eileen G. on August 20, 2000
Format: Hardcover
This book deserves all of its rave reviews. In addition, it's a terrific teacher of portrait photography. I know that I have tried for years to take pictures of loved ones that could show even half of what I was feeling toward my subjects.
So how does he do it? Smith's portraits of beautiful dads and their delicious babies succeed magnificently for a variety of reasons. He uses light and shadow to make a point: for balance and harmony. If a dad's face is partially obscured in darkness, the beaning grim on his baby's face assures the viewer of the dad's (unseen-by-us) big smile.
Where a muscled fatherly arm is in view, there is the pudgy softness of the baby's arm. One feels the strength of dad, the vulnerability of baby, and is thrilled with the photo. Torsos, either trim or pudgy, are nearly always balanced and complemented by one another. A dad holds a baby in one hand, and the solidity of the dad's legs - and the calm face of the baby - assure us that the child is safe.
Another thing I loved about this book is that it reveals mature bodies - not for their conventional "perfectness," but as vessels of love and (in the dads' cases) protection. It's about bodies, but is never voyeuristic.
But it is the faces which are so arresting. Study this book, not only for its message of love, hope, and caring - but for the great advice it offers on how to begin to take much better, if not downright successful, pictures!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Pat Walsh on August 28, 2000
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I was transported to a higher level of consciousness as I viewed the exquisite photographs of fathers and their children, and read the tender, hopeful and caring words that accompany them. This book will not only lift your heart, it will inspire and encourage fathers to express their love and tenderness for their children in ways that fathers of past generations were often unable to do. I hope that many fathers (and mothers too!) of the current generation of children will enjoy this book and identify with the wonderful fathers who participated in its creation. We all need to celebrate and encourage good, loving parenting whenever we see it, and this book presents us with a perfect opportunity to do that.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 11, 2002
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when i saw the book cover, i immediately thought the book would be a great father's day gift for my daughter to give my husband. when the book arrived, i was surprised to see that on each page, there was a naked dad with a naked baby. i found it to be a little distasteful, and i was frustrated that nowhere in the amazon book description was it mentioned that the book contained nude dad/baby pictures. while some might find the book fascinating and sweet, i wish i'd had more information on the book before purchasing it. if i had, i wouldn't have bought it.
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