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Hidden Alcatraz: The Fortress Revealed Hardcover – April 25, 2011


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  • Hardcover: 120 pages
  • Publisher: University of California Press (April 25, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0520260821
  • ISBN-13: 978-0520260825
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 8.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,457,291 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“The Rock is the star of a thousand postcards, yet "Hidden Alcatraz" makes the scene stark and fresh.”
(John King San Francisco Chronicle 2011-06-05)

“The next best thing to a tour of Alcatraz could be this startling photographic look at ‘the Fortress.’”
(Allen Pierleoni Sacramento Bee 2011-07-18)

“Alcatraz continues to fascinate, and this collection beautifully captures the physical decay that, at last, matches its wretched soul.”
(Library Journal 2011-04-01)

“The project's blend of artistic vision, with contributors both amateur and distinguished, creates a diverse and dynamic perspective.”
(Publishers Weekly 2011-05-02)

“An amazing collection of 100 photographs.”
(Phil Semler San Francisco Book Review 2011-07-18)

“This collection presents a comprehensive view of the iconic island and contributes greatly to the visual representation of the myth.”
(Amanda Quintenz-Fiedler Photographer's Forum 2011-09-01)

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“This collection of photographs is at once beautiful and haunting. It captures the unique mood of this small but fabled rock anchored off of that small but fabled city of San Francisco. Anyone who knows of the legend of Alcatraz will want this book.”

Gray Brechin, historical geographer and author of Farewell, Promised Land and Imperial San Francisco



“The photographers were not just tourists to 'the Rock.' Their unique access enabled them to become participants in an evolving history and address the experience of over two hundred years of human occupation on this fascinating island.”

Mark Klett, photographer, After the Ruins, 1906 and 2006: Rephotographing the San Francisco Earthquake and Fire

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sacramento Book Review on July 18, 2011
Format: Paperback
"The prison itself is pornography to me," writes Peter Coyote in his angry poignant foreword to this book of photographs. "There is really nothing to say, which is why photographs are perfect."

He was there in June 1971 after the Native Americans "invaded" it. It had been empty since March 1963, and it was already a ruin. U.S. Marshals finally removed the occupiers. In October 1973, the island was opened to the public for this first time. Hollywood gangster images contributed in large part to today's 1.4 million visitors annually.

Why are we attracted to this mix of crumbling infrastructure, bloated inmate lore--the detritus of human misery?

This book is an amazing collection of 100 photographs taken by thirty-four photographers, participants in workshops on "the Rock," organized by the National Park Service and famed local photographer Robert Dawson. They stayed for several days, most of them overnight. They shot empty, eerie, haunting pictures--supernatural, even. The images evoke the extreme isolation and despair of the inmates, with the only remaining traces blood splatters, scratches on the walls, graffiti--and a physical decay--where the viewer can only wonder at the art of the photographs, which teeter between documentary style and symbolic art.

Reviewed by Phil Semler
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amy Lisa on May 16, 2011
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These captivating images keep calling me back. Each time I thumb through the book I see things I didn't notice the first time. The use of light in Katzman's Eastern Stairs at First Light is extroadinary. Roundtree's photo of the guard station is haunting and powerful. In its simplicity, Fritz's Decaying Reality in the Cell Block captures the extreme conditions of prison life. A great collection from very talented photographers!
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By Daniel M. Katzman on April 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
This is am amazing collection of images of Alcatraz by a lot of talented photographers. I love how many different ways of seeing there are within this one book and theme. The images really give a look into all the areas they don't let the public into.
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By Ben Adams on April 11, 2011
Format: Paperback
Fantastic book! Great images of the island that I've never seen. Eerie yet beautiful portraits of an American icon.
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