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In Wildness Is the Preservation of the World Hardcover – October 1, 1996


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 168 pages
  • Publisher: BBS Publishing Corporation (October 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0884861503
  • ISBN-13: 978-0884861508
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 10.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,444,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""A new generation has come of age since this elegant volume was published. ... Word and picture complement each other in a celebration of the New England countryside through the seasons. This was a landmark work. Porter's images of woods and streams, bogs and forests, plant and animal life remind us that Thoreau saw these things in similar settings more than a century ago. The book is timeless."" —Publishers Weekly

""Luckily, Ammo Books just started publishing this book again, and I was happy to accept a review copy to check out this new edition. ... It’s a great inspirational book to start off the new year, and it’s one of those books that belong on every nature photographer’s bookshelf."" —PhotoNaturalist
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About the Author

Eliot Porter (1901-1990) was an icon of American photography, most often associated with his outstanding, large-format, color photographs of the natural world. Porter began his education at Harvard University but left the school to devote his life to his photography and to champion the cause of the environment, long before such matters were recognized as important.

In 1962, Porter created in ""In Wildnerness Is the Preservation of the World,"" an immensely popular book combining his evocative, color photographs of New England woods with excerpts from the writings of Henry David Thoreau. The book revolutionized photographic book publishing by setting new standards for design and printing, and proving the commercial viability of fine art photography books. Its success set Porter on a lifelong path of creating similar photographic portraits of a wide variety of ecologically significant places the world over.

Porter's fascination with nature's workings and strong environmentalist ethic never suspended his passion for art. Throughout his life, Porter remained committed to making and exhibiting meticulously rendered dye transfer color prints of his photographs featured in many solo shows, including the American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, and the first, one-person show of color photographs presented by the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was an American author, poet, philospher, abolitionist, and environmentalist. He is best known for his book Walden, a reflection upon simple living in natural surroundings, and his essay Civil Disobedience, an argument for individual resistance to civil government in moral opposition to an unjust state.

--This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.

More About the Author

Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862) was a writer and philosopher as well as a naturalist. Walden is considered his masterpiece.

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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By A fan! on March 2, 2013
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The original book published by the Sierra Club back in the 1960s was gorgeous; this is a pale, sad
shadow of that original. Considering the excellent quality of color printing now, there is no excuse to
reproduce Porter's images so badly and inaccurately. Avoid this book. Porter's out of print books do
need to be re-released, but it is pointless to re-issue them with such horrible reproductions.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Marilyn T. Peterlin on June 1, 2009
Format: Paperback
I love the book. I had a copy many years ago, and forgot all about it until I saw an old copy gathering dust at a bookshelf at work. When I picked it up to look at it, I remembered instantly why I always had loved it so. Unfortuntely, the copy was badly mildewed, so I went online to buy another copy. Much to my delight, I found a NEW copy for sale, and when I got it, it was much larger in size than the previous one. So the photos are much bigger, and the text easier to read.
A great, classic book for any nature lover. MUCH more necessary now than ever before to preserve what little wildness is left to us earthlings. I hope the message is not lost.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Jacob Rus on January 5, 2009
Format: Hardcover
This is a wonderful book pairing Thoreau's words with dozens of Eliot Porter's beautiful color photographs: the kind of book best perused in an overstuffed chair in a warm oak-paneled room, but which makes the reader feel such cozy comfort whatever the setting. Gazing into its expressive photos always prompts a twinge of guilt that I'm not out on a hike, camera in hand, taking pictures RIGHT NOW.

However, I can't recommend this edition. The 1962 first edition includes a lengthy note about the Sierra Club's (and Porter's) search high and low for a printer up to his demanding standards for his color photographs, and the result was rich bright color on glossy stock with deep but detailed shadows. The slight yellowing of pages over the past 45 years adds a delightful warmish glow . This edition has thinner, less glossy paper, grayer shadows, differently interpreted color (usually, though not always, for the worse), and overall less emotional impact. Do yourself a favor and pick up a decent used copy of the 1962 edition.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Stephen C. Benson on January 14, 2013
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This 50th-anniversary reprint does Eliot Porter's legacy a real disservice. The reproduction of the original photos doesn't come close to their original sharpness, detail, and subtle color relationships. Given Porter's exacting standards, he never would have approved the mess that is presented here. These photos bear little resemblance to the originals, and communicate none of Eliot Porter's unique vision. I only wish Amazon offered the option of rating items a zero; I don't even want to give this one star!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Josie Austin on December 6, 2012
Format: Hardcover
After hearing all about the beautiful photography paired with Thoreau's words, I had to find a copy of this book. I was so thrilled to discover this brand new edition, which has all the sophistication and integrity of the original edition, while also giving it a fresh new design and wonderful printing. This new version is the one to buy!!
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By Bob Van Kolken on July 28, 2014
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Thoreau and Eliot Porter make a great combination. Wish Sierra Club would reissue this an others of this series.
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