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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Life (October 21, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1603200304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1603200301
  • Product Dimensions: 13.7 x 10.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #327,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This sleek anthology of iconic images is a nostalgic delight for photography and history buffs. By leaving the book virtually free of text, the editors allow the images to speak for themselves. Classic moments are beautifully reproduced: Margaret Bourke-White's portrait of Mahatma Gandhi, the Apollo 11 launch, the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics, various Kennedy campaign trails, Princess Diana's wedding—as well as whimsical snapshots of Americana and stunning photographs of painters Pollock, Dalí and Picasso. Removable prints allow readers to enjoy even better the collection's vivid, high-quality pictures. (Oct.)
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I purchased this book for my father's 89th birthday.
David R. Jennings
This book, Life: The Classic Collection captures the spirit of those photographically oriented publications.
Steven A. Peterson
Beautiful book inside & out, lovely for coffee tables & conversation starters.
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful By E. Dempsey VINE VOICE on October 8, 2008
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I love this book! The photographs are stunning as one can expect from Life Magazine photographers. Some of the photos are famous, some less well-known. The book is large and the pictures are BIG, too, filling up the entire page. I especially liked this feature. Often, books have several smaller photos on one page, in this book the pictures are a very good size. Included in this collection (which is VERY reasonably priced) are 25 full-sized prints ready for framing. The prints cover a variety of subjects making it almost certain that everyone will find one or more prints that they would like to frame and put up in their homes. I'd definitely recommend this book. It's a great book at a great price.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steven A. Peterson TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 28, 2008
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In the later 1950s and early 1960s, I remember my family subscribing to a number of magazines--TV Guide, Newsweek, McCall's, Ladies' Home Journal, Popular Science, some farm journal (we lived on and worked on a farm), and Newsweek, Look--and Life. The latter two were always eagerly awaited, because of the photography coupled with the stories.

This book, Life: The Classic Collection captures the spirit of those photographically oriented publications. The book begins by quoting its founder, Henry Luce, speaking of his vision (Page 4): "To see and to be shown is now the will and new expectancy of half mankind. To see and to show is the mission now. . . ." The inaugural issue debuted in 1936.

This volume has some interesting features. Some of the classic photos can be removed to be framed and displayed (and a second copy remains within the volume itself); there is little text, although the photos are identified.

Those of us who grew up back in the 1950s (and before) will instantly remember many of these photos. I vaguely recall having seen--and appreciated--the photo of Jack and Bobby Kennedy facing one another in the shadows; the NFL Championship game in 1966; the Black Power salute at the 1968 Olympics; the seven original astronauts in 19659. . .

Others are classics that I remember after they were published--Harry Truman displaying the headline that says "Dewey Defeats Truman" (I was born in 1947, so--obviously--I have no memory of this!); Margaret Bourke-White taking a photo from atop the Chrysler Building; The D-Day at Omaha Beach photo. . . .

So, for those who lived with Life magazine, this is a nice way of recalling memories. For those not familiar with this classic magazine, this represents a terrific introduction to the art of the photograph.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K on December 16, 2008
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This is a beautiful book. Has duplicate photos for framing on top of original photos(on some) in book with tissue paper between those pages. Bought two for gifts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Jennings on December 21, 2008
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I purchased this book for my father's 89th birthday. We all looked through the book, and everyone could remember seeing different pictures over the years. For anyone who grew up with Life magazine this is nostalgia at it's best. There are lots of memories in this book, both happy and the sobering.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steven Wasserman on November 2, 2008
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I am completely satisfied with my purchase of Life's Classic Collection. I remember seeing many of these photographs when my parents subscribed to the weekly copies of Life in the 1950s and I have already framed and mounted several photos on the wall of my study. They make a great addition to my collection.

Steve Wasserman
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By Raven on April 3, 2014
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The photographs in this book is amazing. I love reading the stories behind the images too, it's neat to look in side the photographers brain!
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By OALM on January 5, 2014
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I bought this for my 12-year old niece for her birthday. She has an interest in painting and photography. It's a good way for her to start seeing the world and history from a very unique perspective.
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This fabulous collection of famous, timeless photos, took me back to the time of Life Managzine, growing up, in the fifties. These were history making moments, captured for the world to enjoy. What a great coffee table book!
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