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Tuscany: Inside the Light Hardcover – September 22, 2003


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About the Author

Joel Meyerowitz, who has published 14 books, is a Guggenheim fellow and an NEA and an NEH award-winner. His photographs have shown in major museums, including the Museum of Modern Art. He was the only photographer granted access to Ground Zero, where he persistently captured both the devastation and the dedication of the many workers who toiled at the World Trade Center site.

Maggie Barrett is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. Her play, Give it Up, was performed off Broadway.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 162 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (September 22, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402711093
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402711091
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 12.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #309,958 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Seoras on September 7, 2004
Format: Hardcover
This is not a book about Tuscany as a series of pretty pictorial pictures, instead this is a book about looking and seeing a landscape transformed, shaped almost by a particular light, brilliantly sunny or gloomily misty.

There is a pure humbling feel to this body of work, whose subject Joel Meyerowitz has not re created in any grand graphic sense but simply drawn our attention to. Joel has created such a sense of place that one feels transported to the 'real' Tuscany, but we in turn are asked to look and consider our own surroundings and lives. What is and what could be.

A brilliant book.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Grady Harp HALL OF FAMETOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 14, 2006
Format: Hardcover
There have been a surprising number of negative opinions about this view of Tuscany, comments that may make the potential buyer avoid the book. This reader found something different here, something unique to this volume and view of an area of the world that seems to have become everybody's dream location.

First, the book is soft hued. Joel Meyerowitz is an accomplished photographer who is able to photograph just about any subject and make it more sensitive. Here he walks us through Tuscany along with writer Maggie Barrett during the various seasons of the year. No, there are no color-saturated view of sunflower fields, vineyards, or the glowing sunlight that permeates the summers of Tuscany. Instead we begin with Winter and proceed through Spring, Summer, and Autumn and are given the quality of light that changes with the seasons as much as the crops and produce and landscapes do. The result is a romantic, poetic, fine marriage of image and word that allows us to let the mystery of the countryside and its inhabitants and treasures subtlely come to life.

This is not a book for those eager to find the best travel locales or for those who want some visual information for making paintings. This instead is a book of dreamy visions, images altered by light as seen through different hours and seasons. This is a poet's collection. Grady Harp, November 06
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 29, 2003
Format: Hardcover
this book transported me back to one of the most beautiful and enchanting places in the world- tuscany. the photography is wonderful; there are many photographs that are just incredible. Meyerowitz's use of light is amazing, and the accompanying text gives a welcome perspective on what the reader is seeing. this is a great xmas present .
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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 16, 2004
Format: Hardcover
If you are familiar with Meyerowitz's gorgeous book "Cape Light" you will be disappointed in Tuscany. The Cape Cod book was published by the Boston Musuem of Fine Arts and contained wonderful color saturated plates. Tuscany, on the other hand, looks like an amateur effort. The skies are washed out, there is little definition in much of the landscape photos and it is simply mediocre and uninspiring. I am assuming this is the fault of the publisher since Meyerowitz is, in my opinion, a first rate color photographer.
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13 of 18 people found the following review helpful By carmella king on January 16, 2004
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I was expecting so much, and received so little! Don't be fooled by the beautiful cover! All the pictures seemed similar in washed out colors and shape, as if the photographer never left one area of Tuscany. He captured very few of it's many facets. Out of the 79 photographs, there was only about 15 that did anything for me. And there was not ONE photograph of the fields of sunflowers that Tuscany is famous for. Only a picture of dead ones in winter!
Tuscany is breathtakingly gorgeous, and vast, with so much character! Very little of that is captured in this book. It didn't do Tuscany the justice it deserves!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Richad of Connecticut VINE VOICE on December 17, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Tuscany is a land of remarkable lighting. Ask anyone who has been to Tuscany and they will always talk about the light. The authors of this book unlike anything you will ever see have captured the Tuscan light. This is the result of the photographic ability of Joel Meyerowitz who in this book has demonstrated why he has participated in 350 photographic exhibitions. He is also the only photographer that was given unfettered access to Ground Zero at the World Trade Center.

The second author is Maggie Barrett who is without question a poet. Together they have put together a journey through the various seasons of Tuscany beginning with winter, and moving gently through the seasons. In each season always capturing the light.

You gently turn the pages and you see a muted palette. There are no harsh images here, nothing hard. These are gentle pictures of the magnificent landscape, rivers, 300 year old buildings, and the magnificent shades of light that permeates every picture. Over 90 percent of the pictures are displayed on the right hand side of the book. They stand alone and all are capable of being hung on a wall. In the back of the book there is a separate picture placed in a wax lined envelope for you to frame.

Here are a few major interesting examples of what this book has to offer

SPECIFIC EXAMPLES:

Plate 25 is the first picture to use the color green. It is a landscape and it is outstanding

Plate 26 is taken inside a home and it is a picture containing oranges so vivid, you can touch them

Plate 42 shows blades of grass so precise that you can make out every blade

Plate 43 the photographer has created the same effect with wheat that he did with grass in the previous plate.
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