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1.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere between disappointing and awful, but definitely thin, November 13, 2012
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This review is from: Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis (Hardcover)
I received my eagerly-awaited copy of this book today. I shouldn't have bothered.

It's a good thing, for the authors and editor (if in fact there was an editor), that none of the pages is numbered. The plain truth is that 44 of the 176 pages are blank, and several of the remaining pages contain only a trivial image. If you have been paying attention to the space shuttle program, either in print or on the web, you will not find very much new, or even very much of anything, in this work.

University of Texas Press, you should have higher standards for content and layout.

I purchased this book at a discount, but even so I'm embarrassed to have bought it.
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Initial post: Nov 15, 2012 10:55:40 AM PST
Last edited by the author on Nov 15, 2012 10:56:01 AM PST
Garrett says:
It sounds like you bought the book for new, never before seen photos along with historical insight. That's not what the book is for, nor was it portrayed to be for those purposes. This was a personal project by Dan Winters to document the last three launches in his own style. Dan Winters is a great photographer that does a wonderful job of creating emotion and nostalgia through his work -- though I guess not so much for you. Read this:

http://strobist.blogspot.com/2012/11/winter-reads-winters-reads.html

Posted on Nov 20, 2012 9:18:08 AM PST
Seattle Dave says:
I keep reading reviewers criticize photography books for having blank pages interspersed within the pages of photographs, and it gets a little tiring. The fact is that for high quality print reproductions in books, the printing process requires that the (already thick) sheets of paper be saturated with ink in order to reproduce some of the deeper colors and tones in the images. The paper is simply not capable of holding enough ink sometimes for two deeper-toned and saturated images on reverse sides of the same sheet of paper without "bleeding" through the reverse side.

So yeah, this book has blank pages in it. So does every copy of "Vivian Maier - Street Photographer" and other great photography books.

As far as this reviewer not liking the images...it's art, and open to criticism. I think the photos are beautifully done. Do they reveal anything new about the shuttle or launch pad through imagery that we couldn't have seen before from the hundreds of thousands or millions of photos already taken of the shuttle program? No, but that wasn't the intent here, and the photos that Dan Winters took for this project are some of the most beautiful I've seen. The book is more of a "photographic goodbye love letter" to the Shuttle program than a source of information or insight.

Posted on Apr 25, 2013 1:34:15 PM PDT
This is fundamentally an artistic book, not technical photo-documentation. There is a place for both, and it is a mistake to evaluate a book in one genre against the criteria of the other.

Posted on Jun 19, 2013 10:51:08 AM PDT
Ursiform says:
Based on the product description, my expectations would have been similar to this reviewer's.
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