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Pools Hardcover – May 15, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Rizzoli (May 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0471574155
  • ISBN-13: 978-0471574156
  • ASIN: 0847829189
  • Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 12.2 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.7 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #224,781 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Pools (Rizzoli $75), with text by Kelly Klein, is an absolutely drop-dead gorgeous book of photographs of pools and watering holes around the world. Many of the photographs were taken by renowned photographers, including Robert Mapplethorne, Alfred Stieglitz, Maartin Munkacsi, Edward Weston, Bruce Weber, Jaques Henri-Lartigue, to name but a few... This book is oversized, beautifully printed, and exquisitely designed. If you have a coffee table, this is one book that belongs on it. -- The Santa Fe's Monthly Magazine of and for the Arts, Sept. 07

"Dive into the pages of Pools for a quick splash through some of the world's finest swimming sites." -- Coastal Living

"If you can't afford a swimming pool, a copy of Kelly Klein's classic book 'Pools' on your coffee table will inject a splash of color into even a nondescript Hamptons summer rental." -- Newsday

"Kelly Klein's 'Pools' captures the art and majesty of the swimming pool in all it social and radiant beauty...As a summer treat or as a historical perspective, 'Pools' is a welcome refresher and certainly one of the best coffee table art books of the year." -- Blog on Books

"provocative" "drop-dead photography spread" "the 187 images run the gamut from the old and majestic to the impossibly sexy" -- Riviera Magazine

About the Author

Kelly Klein is among America's foremost fashion, style, and design photographers. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and went on to work at Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Her iconic images have appeared in numerous magazines and she is also the author of Underworld, Cross, and Emotion. She lives in New York City. Esther Williams is a legendary American actress whose beauty, style, and love for swimming characterized aquatic Hollywood classics such as Neptune's Daughter, Million Dollar Mermaid, and Dangerous When Wet.

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Esther Williams is an excellent treat.
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I, too, missed the first edition of this book and combed used book stores for years in vain.
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The book is far too expensive for this sort of thing to be happening.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By LeftyinCA@aol.com on May 18, 1999
Format: Hardcover
I really enjoyed this book. There were very beautiful pictures of pools from all over the world. Every pool was an art piece in its self. I really enjoyed the pictures of the cascading pools that seemed to almost go to nowhere in particular. If you can get a copy of this book I highly recommend it for the photo or pool enthusiasts.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linny M on January 17, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I, too, missed the first edition of this book and combed used book stores for years in vain. When I heard Pools was being reissued, I was delighted and preordered. When it arrived, I sat outside in bright light for my first look, expecting to be dazzled, but was sorely underwhelmed. Over the years, I have noticed lousy printing in many of Rizzoli's books and this might just be the worst. Page after page, what should be vibrant images are overly dense or dingy and end up looking sinister instead. The shadow areas are often completely black. The whole book looks like it took a gloom pill. I feel for Kelly Klein. She's done a great job of assembling a fascinating collection of images which are mostly drowning in too much black ink.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Donzeleigh on August 11, 2009
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I can't say I wasn't warned. Other reviewers noted the "muddy" quality of the printing. I decided to order the book anyway and hope for the best. Not only was the quality of the printing abysmal, as I was leafing through the book, two pages fell out. The book is far too expensive for this sort of thing to be happening. In addition, I intended to give it as a gift, but I would be embarrassed to give this book as a gift. This is the first time I have ever returned a book to Amazon. The publishers should be ashamed of themselves for even putting this book on the market. It's a shame, because many of the photos would have been really beautiful had they been reproduced properly, and had the book held together.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on July 20, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Sensual, reflective, glimmering, surreal. The notion of the swimming pool means many things to many people. From the large public pool arenas from the turn of the century to the private, architectural masterpieces of the late 20th century, Kelly Klein's 'Pools' captures the art and majesty of the swimming pool in all it social and radiant beauty. Since it's original publication in 1992, Kelly Klein's 'Pools' (with a forward by Esther Williams) has been one of the most sought after large format photography books in the out-of-print world. Now, with this new long awaited edition by Rizzoli, the magical aura of the pool is captured again in both luscious and historical photographs from the likes of Jacques Henri Latique, Edward Weston, Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Greg Gorman, Bruce Weber and others. Pools from Beverly Hills to Europe to Japan to San Simeon's Hearst Castle are depicted in breathtaking spender spanning a full century of coverage in both black and white and color. For someone who didn't even have a pool at the time of the book's original publication, Klein has assembled a vast compendium of the scope of the manmade aquatic experience as both a physical pastime as well as an aesthetic window into the liquid life. As a summer treat or as a historical perspective, 'Pools' is a welcome refresher and certainly one of the best coffee table art books of the year. - BlogOnBooks
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jay Bird VINE VOICE on August 19, 2008
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I was excited to see this has been reissued, as the first edition copies cost several hundred dollars. Well I can see now why the 1st edition continues to bring top dollar. If you get a chance to see the pictures in the 1st edition and compare to this one, you will be highly disappointed. Pictures which were bright and cheery, turned out gloomy and look like they were taken at night with poor lighting. I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't get over the poor printing. If you haven't seen a 1st edition, you might not care, but if you have, you may be quite disappointed like I was. Guess I will have to save up and splurge for a 1st edition. The good thing is this only costs about 5-10% of what a good 1st edition copy sells for.
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