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Celestial Nights: Visions of an Ancient Land Hardcover – September 1, 2001

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Folberg photographs the night sky above his homeland, often as a backdrop but sometimes as the main event, and the resulting images, as science writer Timothy Ferris observes, come closer than most other depictions to rendering the reality of being outside in the dark. It must be said that this is an effect of Folberg's artistry rather than one of verisimilitude to human vision. He develops and prints to highlight a stand of trees, a ruined temple, or a rock formation as it probably wouldn't be to the naked eye; he double exposes to increase the intensity of stars; and the visual textures he produces often make these black-and-white pictures seem subliminally colored. These are very careful, painstaking artworks. None are printed smaller than eight inches square here, and none fail to evoke the quietness, coolness, and spaciousness of night, and in the starscapes, the preternaturally still depths of astronomic space. And there isn't one that doesn't make one wish the book were bigger, perhaps elephant-folio size. Ray Olson
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Spectacular is not too effusive a word -- New York Times

"...what makes Folberg's night skies so dazzling is the same thing that gives deep-sky astrophotographs their scientific worth: long exposures that record hundreds if not thousands of stars that are invisible to the naked eye." -- Russell Hart -- American Photo

"The genius of these images is not in the revelation of any new truth, but in the expression of unsolvable equations. We are shown both realms of the visible universe, Earth and sky. To use Folberg's own words, he makes images that 'meet at the edge of the human cosmos.' This wonderful and mystical collection of images makes you ponder: How can night images have so much detail and yet engender so much mystery?" -- Astronomy Magazine

"Folberg has captured an almost spiritual essence in rocky landscapes, vast mountains and ghostly dunes by photographing at night while the stars shine brightly. Intriguing stuff." -- Practical Photography

"Spectacular is not too effusive a word for Mr. Folberg's colorscapes." -- Grace Glueck --The New York Times

"His vision of endless stars juxtaposed against the magnificent landscape is seamless." -- Black & White Magazine --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (September 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 089381945X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0893819453
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 9.9 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,866,094 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These photographs transport the reader to another world, a twilight zone where the universe meets the earth and mind....these are black and white photographs, powerful, transporting, wonderful....Neil Folberg has captured the mysterious power of a sacred place and made marvelous photographs. Startingly original, deep and authentic. This is great art.
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I discovered Neil Folberg through a photograhy magazine, and I fell in love with his images and process of making them. The book is beautifully made and classy with a matte dust cover, but it got a 4 rating because it was just a little less than I had expected. The two images that I had seen over and over again are included, but they are the only ones so dynamic in the book. Others seem a little plain, but art is subjective so what I don't like about this book may not be what others dislike. Either way, I see Folberg gaining more recognition as time goes on and he will continue to improve on his style.
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