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Lillian Bassman: Women Hardcover – October 1, 2009

ISBN-13: 978-0810982604 ISBN-10: 0810982609
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About the Author

Deborah Solomon is the author of Utopia Parkway: The Life and Work of Joseph Cornell and Jackson Pollock: A Biography. She writes the weekly "Questions For" column in the New York Times Magazine, where she is also known for her profiles of people in the art world. Previously, she was art critic for the Wall Street Journal. She lives in New York City.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810982609
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810982604
  • Product Dimensions: 10 x 1 x 13 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #194,075 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Deborah Solomon is a nationally-acclaimed art critic, journalist and biographer. She writes primarily for The New York Times, and her weekly column, "Questions For," ran in The New York Times Magazine from 2003 to 2011. Her art reviews appear regularly on WNYC Radio.
Solomon was educated at Cornell University and received a master's degree from the Columbia University School of Journalism. She lives in New York City with her family.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By MaryB on May 7, 2010
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If you love fashion photography or beautiful images in general, do not hesitate to buy this book. Incredible images in a beautifully put together book. There is something so otherworldly about Bassman's photos - it's as though your looking at a dream sequence. I found it easy to get lost in her work.
All images are in black in white - and take up the entire page. Truly stunning. I'm thinking about buying a second copy so I can frame some of the images.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By S. Rodionov on May 13, 2010
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I first saw Lillian's photo in B&W Photo magazine about 5 years ago, and memorized name. It heavily influenced my portraiture work and processing for about year, then i drifted away to find my own style, but as someone who coming from exactly same background as she is - art school and then photography - I never ever ever would cease to gasp in awe at her portraits and appreciate beauty of them. Its just fantastic. If you ever shooting portraiture and studying real masters - this is a MUST.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mspixie on December 14, 2009
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I was lucky enough to see her show in L.A. recently and she is fantastic. This is a gorgeous book with very special photographs. She is being touted as the next Horst or Avedon, and I can believe it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Humidistan on May 6, 2014
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I heard about Lillian Bassman from the On Taking Pictures podcast and after seeing some images on line I had to buy the book. Both I and my daughters find this photography totally unique and it's one of the few photo books I own. The 'post processing' is a critical part of her style - she originally did it the manual way with manipulations of negatives and prints and late, late in her career, with Photoshop. If you have any interest in people photography, even if you are not a fashion photographer, I highly recommend this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. Barrett on December 8, 2012
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The prints are wonderful (which if you are considering this, you already know). The book is a large hard cover (about 11x14 eye balling it). There is a short introduction, then the book is one beautiful photograph after another. (Usually 1 photo per 2 page spread). Most images take up a page to a page and a half with the title and date opposite page. The book has approximately 230 pages.

Lillian Bassman is a true master of photography. Her amazing high contrast fashion and beauty work never cease to amaze me. She is most know for her black and whites, which this book is full of. This book covers a selection of her work from the 1940s to the 1990s.

The info in the about section is now incorrect. As of February 13, 2012, Lillian Bassman passed away, although its said she kept shooting until the end of her beautiful long life.
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