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One Hundred Seashells Hardcover – September 22, 2005


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 132 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch (September 22, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821262068
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821262061
  • Product Dimensions: 11.2 x 0.8 x 13.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #618,924 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Harold Feinstein's distinguished career in photography began in 1950, when Edward Steichen purchased his work for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art and exhibited it frequently during his tenure there. Feinstein's photographs have also been exhibited by and represented in the collections of the International Center of Photography, the George Eastman House, the Museum of the City of New York, and the Musie d'Art Moderne in Paris. His work has appeared in such periodicals as Life, Audubon, Connoisseur, and Popular Photography. He is the author of 100 Flowers, Foliage, The Infinite Rose, and The Infinite Tulip.

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Customer Reviews

I purchased this book as a sign in book for my wedding guests.
S. Spillers
The photos (or perhaps the printing) lacks the clarity and detail that high-res photos (or printing) would have given.
David Grosz
It's a large, beautifully photographed coffee table book designed to delight the senses.
M. S. Bingaman

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35 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Greg Hills on January 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There is nothing particularly noteworthy about this book. Many of the pictures are reversed negatives, making the shells "sinistral," or reversed...a big oversight to shell collectors worth their weight in salt. Many of the specimens are ordinary, not intrinsically special in form or in color. It is as if the photographer simply took fairly nice photos of whatever happened to be at hand -- which is not acceptable. Where is Oliva porphyria? Conus dalli? (color/pattern) Malea ringens? Stellaria solaris? (form) My mind nearly boggles with the missed opportunities here! There are so many other existing shell books that are superior to this (The Shell, Abott, 1968, well worth owning, being a classic of the type) that I am speechless as to why this one was published. Compared to what could have been it adds very little indeed, and is not worth owning.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By David Grosz on July 9, 2006
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Although this book has some compelling and beautiful photographs, they fall short of the high resolution photos we have all become used to. The photos (or perhaps the printing) lacks the clarity and detail that high-res photos (or printing) would have given.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 27, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Photographer Harold Feinstein has an eye for detail, a gift he uses to produce this very polished and beautiful book of the mysteries of shells. The book is not meant to be a resource for shell collectors or a scientific treatise on the development and geographical influences on the presence of types of shells that strew the ocean floor as well as the secret beachcombing regions of the world. Feinstein elects to approach the shell as an art form and in doing so he has edited a dazzling assortment of the sizes and intricacies of his subject.

After a brief but eloquent introduction by Sydney Eddison who shares her passion for seashells and their complex and astonishing architecture, the remainder of this volume is devoted to full color photographs of every type of shell imaginable. The cover piece is the Nautilus shell and that shell is explored more fully inside the book. The clarity of the photographs is excellent and the studio lighting Feinstein uses allows the viewer to examine the myriad shells from both the inner aspects, the outer form, and a combination of both with backlighting and sensitive illumination seemingly from within.

This is one of those books to while away hours of contemplation. Recommended as an art book. Grady Harp, March 06
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful By PC on December 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I praise Harold Feinstein for getting "One Hundred Seashells" to print and was excited to receive my own copy. Now that I have read through the book, overall I was disappointed, the book was anticlimactic to what the front cover promised to be. The contents of the book strayed it from being an excellent coffee table book. Several shells were photographed repeatedly in different angles and lighting, but does it still count in the 100 seashells? One photo was unusually blurry. It makes Mr. Feinstein look like he ran out of high quality photographs to print and just threw any photo in. A couple of the photos, he titled the shell/sea creature with two different names; it's one or the other, not both. A quick research could have provided Mr. Feinstein with the correct names before the book went to print. As it's been said..."don't judge a book by it's cover."
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Judith Thompson on December 8, 2005
Format: Hardcover
I have been collecting Feinstein's books eversince the first one entitled ONE HUNDRED FLOWERS. His images never fail to inspire and take my breath away. The extraordinary detail in his work, the perfection of color and tonal nuances, the sense of reverence contained in his portrayal of flowers, and now shells, is truly unsurpassed. A bit of exploration led me to find out that he is also a master of black and white photoarts and we can only look forward with great anticipation for what he can offer us in that department. In the meantime, I highly recommend this collection of fine art to anyone -- shell lover or not! A perfect gift and something to place in the center of your coffee table for all to see. You will not be disappointed!
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By L. Brazzle on February 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This book is gorgeous. The photographs are superb. This book is for people who want to look at shells as the magnificent works of art that they are. I wouldn't recommend it for people who want a more scientific type of book. There are other books for that purpose. But for just gorgeous portraits of some wonderful shells, this book will satisfy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chantal Faber on July 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I used this book as my sign in book at our wedding 2 weeks ago and everybody loved it. they loved so much that i have to order another one for a close friend who is opening a new restuarant and wants one for the table in the lounge. The rest. is beach house theme is go so well there. The photograpghs are so beatiful. thank you c.f. from ft.lauderdale
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Archie12 on May 24, 2009
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This book is a bit misleading and dissapointing. With over 90,000 species of seashells I see no reason to repeat so many photographs of the same seashell.Deduct the 6 repeats of the Nautilus,5 of the paper Nautilus,4 of the Sea Urchin,,,the list goes on.In actual count the Tile "100 Seahells" should be "100 Photographs of 52 Seashells"
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