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Elgin Park: An Ideal American Town Hardcover – May 1, 2011

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The imagined city of Elgin Park, a magically realistic evocation of a midcentury American town, has captured the hearts of millions of web visitors and now appears in book form. You won't find the town of Elgin Park on a map, but you will find it all over the web and in the media. Called an Internet phenomenon by the New York Times, Michael Paul Smith's Flickr site has received over 20 million hits since he first posted his convincing yet dreamlike photographs of an imaginary town, inspired by the small Pennsylvania one he grew up in.

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Michael Paul Smith was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. His model-making skills are the accumulation of numerous jobs he has had, including textbook illustrator, wallpaper hanger, housepainter, and architectural model maker. He lives in New England. Gail K. Ellison teaches at the University of Florida College of Medicine, works as Writer-in-Residence with the Shands Arts in Medicine program, and offers workshops for caregivers and students.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Prestel (May 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3791345486
  • ISBN-13: 978-3791345482
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 8.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #428,621 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Steven E. Frenkel on May 18, 2011
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Elgin Park is a special volume dedicated to the nostalgia many of us have for a period in America that is fading away at a rapid pace. Michael Paul Smith has constructed an imaginary small town and photographed his fantastic model car collection within its framework. This is an exceptional tour de force. The photos are almost impossible to tell from those of actual full-sized cars and structures. Anyone who loves cars, mid-century Americana, architectural models, great photography and craftsmanship, will love this volume.

The introductory text is lively and tells the story of this unique man, without being at all tedious. A totally delightful book.
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Great photos from a very creative photographer. I would recommend Google searching for the article about the book because it shows more of the "behind the scenes" of how he set up the shots that I wish had been included in the boik.
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By Sickly Child on February 1, 2016
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If your interests include super realistic modeling and America in the '20's through the '50's, you will find yourself staring at every picture for many wonderful moments. Mr. Smith's recreation of small town American life in those days is weirdly better than reality. So glad I found this!
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craftsmanship and a beautiful sense of nostalgia are wielded deftly by artist Michael Paul Smith in Elgin Park. I could carry on poetically about the nature of the human mind and our need to dream of better times past but I wont. Let me just say this, sit on your porch swing with a perspiring glass of lemonade in one hand and this book in the other and enjoy...
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What an exquisite record of artist Michael Paul Smith's magical miniatures! If you love miniatures or would love to steep yourself in this man's vision of the "ideal American town", this is a must for your book collection. Delightful!
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This well printed book is full of outstanding photographic compositions recreating a bygone era of charm and good design, filling your heart with sweet nostalgia.
The photographer is superb and so are the micro-worlds he creates.
The converging talents of an exquisite craftsman and talented photographer.
If you are a scale modeler, a photographer of just like the golden decades of the 40s and 50s, this is for you.
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Michael's skill in building models/dioramas is truly incredible. You can see plenty of examples of his work in this book. Add in some great diecast from Danbury and Franklin Mints as well as West Coast Precision Diecast and you have a book that will keep diecast addicts happy for a long time. I've looked at this book over and over and know I will enjoy it for years. The way Michael takes his photos is inspirational - I am an enthusiastic photographer and know getting the looks Michael achieves is very difficult to do, especially considering his camera equipment is not at pro level.

Get this book - you won't be sorry you did.
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Michael Paul Smith is a genius!! His photos bring back the "good old days" - which we sorely need during these times of mega stress. I actually remember when we didn't lock our doors, or our cars! Imagine that. His artistic talents show in every picture he takes .... very brilliant. Not only are the pictures awesome, he hand crafts all the buildings and their interiors. Another hidden talent. So, do yourself a favor and purchase a "piece of the past".
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