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Flowers Hardcover – May, 1990

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David Hamilton was born in London in 1933 and lives near St. Tropez, France. After his study of architecture and design he turned to typography and layout. While he was an art director of the English magazine Queen, he bought his first camera. Later settling in Paris as art director of Printemps he began devoting himself exclusively to photography. He has worked for the best international magazines, and his work has been shown all over the world including leading centers of art culture in New, Tokyo, London, Hamburg, Milan, and Paris. He pioneered the ""soft focus,"" style which has been imitated so often and is even known as ""the Hamilton look. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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  • Hardcover: 108 pages
  • Publisher: Arcade Pub; 1 edition (May 1990)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1559700602
  • ISBN-13: 978-1559700603
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 10.4 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,428,148 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is a review of the first U.S. edition from 1990. My first edition appears to differ from the description Amazon is providing for this title. My edition contains no "light classical music" and has more pages than what Amazon states.

Of all the hundreds of photography books I've acquired since the 1970s this remains one of my favorites. It's 120 pages, first published in 1990. The design of the book is simple but effective. There is one photograph per page and on the opposite page to the left is a quotation of poetry. The poets include Keats, Shelley, Shakespeare, Spenser, Tennyson, Wordsworth, Longfellow. There are 56 total photographs, all created with color film.

For most of his career Mr. Hamilton has been a proponent of pictorialism. Many art critics disparage this aesthetic, especially in photography. Without apologies photographer David Hamilton has embraced a soft focus technique to image rendering. This book is testimony to his conviction that photographs should be more aligned to branches of painting as opposed to the sharp focus approach of the f64 movement in photography begun in the late 1920s which more or less sounded the death knell for the pictorialist photographers. Pictorialism had previously been popular and accepted.

There are no hard-edged detailed representations of floral compositions in this book. There are wonderful images of muted colors of flowers that now have long faded, decayed, and disappeared from our world. Mr. Hamilton uses an uncomplicated technique of lighting his subjects with only natural light. The flowers are posed against neutral backgrounds that never upstage or distract from their natural beauty. Some are placed in vases.

There is transitory beauty and melancholy inherent in all living things. Mr.
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