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Sun Prints Hardcover – May 4, 2001


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Bulfinch; First American Edition edition (May 4, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0821227378
  • ISBN-13: 978-0821227374
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 9.5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,714 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Linda McCartney photographed for over 30 years and her work has been exhibited in more than 70 cities in 12 countries. Her previous books include the bestselling Linda McCartney's Sixties (1992), Roadworks (1994), and Wide Open (1999), as well as several cookbooks.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 4, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Sun printing relies on natural sunlight to produce an image on paper brushed with a mixture of minerals. Linda's sunprints have a mystical & elusive quality & in this modern woman's perspective we see combinations of spontaneous poses with still backgrounds; overlays & tonal changes in cyan & sepia.
Such gently detailed, whimsical & earthy sights of a boy print or an amarylis; a castle reflected in its watery moat; a terrace balustrade casting sunny shadows upon snow; a stalwart cactus in a desert or a triad of lanterns on a London bridge; of lively faces & ancient hands; of birds & beaches & seasons' abundance. Meditative, heart-warming, peaceable pictures, some simply swatches of brush strokes offering glimpses of what her eyes had seen.
Linda McCartney's photographs always have stories to tell & make me want to talk about them!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By C. Cleveland on August 22, 2001
Format: Hardcover
To photograph well is to paint with light: to see what the fall of light on common or uncommon subjects can reveal, and then to capture that image. Linda McCartney photographed mostly by natural light, and her effort to find a way of developing images in the simplest and most natural way fit in with her basic philosophy of life. I feel sure she was pleased with the notion of making what she called a "strong image" (a good "contrasty" photograph) with the sun's light, and then developing it with sunlight and non-toxic chemicals. At the beginning of her career, she photographed rock musicians with unusual insight--she captured the essential child in some of them: the wicked little girl in Janis Joplin, and the sweet, shy boy in Jimi Hendrix. By the time she was experimenting with the process described and illustrated in this book, she was able to photograph people with the same insight she had always had and to find a sort of classic beauty in the commonest household scenes and landscapes. There are a number of striking photographs here, all enhanced by the "limitations" of the developing method. Photos of her son James, at about the age of ten or eleven, reveal a sturdy elf who glows from within. Her portraits of famous and anonymous people capture their presences with enormous respect, tenderness, and some amusement. One of my favorite juxtapositions places a serious dog named Merdock opposite a shot of her husband peering through a magnifying glass. The dog has much more dignity. This is a book of photographs by a master of her art--she captures a rainbow of insights in earthy browns and true blues. I bought this book second hand for more than twice the price of the new edition. We are fortunate to have a new edition, and, if we like photography at all, real stupid not to buy it right now.
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By Mrs. M on February 10, 2007
Format: Hardcover
While her sixties portraits were fun to look at, I was disappointed with this book. I realize there is a very complicated procedure in the "way" these pictures are captured and printed, again I was hoping to see photography that would move me. There are pictures by photographers that when you see them they "move you". Most people are really not interested in the intricate development of the pictures, we are interested in what the pictures say, what they make you feel....not the difficulty of printing them. I have quite a few books of her photographs as when I was studying photography and photographers I chose her works because I admired her the "person"...Sorry I must be missing what so many people think are great pictures. It does beg the question though "is it her pictures" , "her name" or "her tragic death" from breast cancer that causes reviews to be favorable?
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By Stacey on December 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I was really expecting a little more from this book. I love Linda McCartney & I collect most of her publications. I inferred from the picture of her son on the cover that this was more of a personal collection - it was not, it is professional. I was looking for something more reflective of her life & I didn't get that from this book. Alot of the pictures are just snapshots of "things" - a few family shots of Uncle Albert & Auntie Gin, which is kind of cute. Maybe/hopefully Paul will release more of her works in the future, I would definitely purchase.
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