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Taryn Simon: Birds of the West Indies Hardcover – December 31, 2013


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Hatje Cantz (December 31, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3775736638
  • ISBN-13: 978-3775736633
  • Product Dimensions: 11.6 x 8 x 2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #429,219 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Taryn Simon's Birds of the West Indies serves as a meticulous and mesmerizing meditation on materialism, masculinity and geopolitical movements over the course of the last fifty years, via the vehicles, weapons, and women that have featured in Bond films during the same period of time. (Aaron Schuman TIME 2013-11-25)

American artist Taryn Simon has won acclaim by using photography to document scenes usually kept hidden from the public eye, like confiscated items at JFK Airport or the CIA's art collection. Her latest book, Birds of the West Indies (Hatje Cantz Verlag), takes on a much more familiar subject: the women, weapons and cars of the James Bond film franchise. " I wanted to look at the accessories that helped construct the powerful Western male fantasy in these films," says Simon. (Jen Renzi WSJ. 2013-10-01)

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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Eszter Biro on January 30, 2014
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The book is fine. Great book with great photographs.
Please ignore the negative reviews of the book. The missing photographs of the Bond Girls are not mistakes. The black blank image represents those actresses who refused to participate in the project. Simon used before, this method to represent people who she couldn't photograph. If you read the introductory text at the beginning of the book it will make sense.

It is a smart, intelligent book
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Acme Labs on March 13, 2014
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Yes there are photos missing, that's the way the artist wanted it. The book is very well printed, the photos are in fact relatively small for a photobook but very clearly printed and quite striking. A concept/subject matter I find quite interesting. One of her best books.
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5 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Barry Pearl on December 23, 2013
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I am writing this as a warning after getting my second copy.

I just received the book, which is, frankly, missing pictures and I have alerted Amazon. Each page has a plate of a Bond related item, a gun, a Bond Girl or car. Several of the pictures of the Bond girls are NOT there, perhaps 5% of the book, but 20% of the Bond girls.

The actual pictures that are there are much smaller than they should be a bit too dark, but it is missing pictures that are a great problem.

On Friday, Dec 27, I received a second copy of the book. The blank pages are still blank and I have asked Amazon to look into it. The dark and small prints are bad enough, but the blank pages make this a book you should pass on.
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1 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Beth Nagel on January 29, 2014
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Many blank pages in this otherwise beautiful book, with no image but a descriptive title on bottom of page. What happened?!
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2 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Truman Goldendog on December 25, 2013
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The background on the photos is very dark, making it extremely difficult to see the items. However, this does not appear to be a printing error. The photos are also too small making it hard to see any details.
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