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Taking Liberties Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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David Graham is an important contemporary photographer. His previous publications include American Beauty (Aperture), Only in America (Knopf), and Land of the Free (Aperture). His photographs are included in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Philadelphia Art Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art.


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Pond Press (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0966677668
  • ISBN-13: 978-0966677669
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 0.5 x 10.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,591,945 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Robin Benson on December 24, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Another collection of photos from David Graham that captures so well the exuberance of the American commercial landscape. I recently reviewed another of his books, 'Declaring Independence' (ISBN 0966677684) which is the fourth in what I hope is a continuing series.

'Taking Liberties' is the third book and the sixty-seven exterior photos are bursting with visual delights. To be honest they are only everyday commercial scenes to be seen anywhere but it needs a creative eye to capture the ordinary and turn it into something that just seems so right. On page forty-three there is a street scene in Livingston, Montana, a black pick-up truck, a movie house and other business premises, a couple sitting on a bench, bits of commercial signage here and there, some sky and sidewalk all blending into a seamless composition. So many of the images in the book have this kind of stop and look intensity.

One reason I like these books of David Graham's photos is the very clean presentation, the images are centred on the page, nothing angled or bleeding of the page edge. This simple, classic photobook layout enhances the work shown.

'Taking Liberties' and 'Declaring Independence' are both worth owning if you like to look at an uncommon view of American commonplace.
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