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The Graphic Eye: Photographs by Graphic Designers from around the Globe Hardcover – November 15, 2009
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These photographs are a visual log of our world, the bits and pieces many of us pass over or ignore, things proposed and preserved in new light. They are not only insightful to the process of a designer, but also inspirational. And it is Bucher's goal to collect this mass of anthropological data into one, cohesive volume, a goal he succeeds greatly in.
From the cover and the end sheets to the pages itself, the book is beautifully and transparently layed out, with a strong grid, subtle typography, and beautifully layed out (and printed) images. Bucher shows his more subdued, clean side here (versus the off-the-wall aesthetic of his Daily Monsters), but the style is still, undeniably, Bucher's (take a look at the seemingly random halftone pattern on the reverse of the cover from afar for a lovely visual suprise).
As for the photographs themselves, they are diverse in subject and style, in intimacy and in disconnectedness, internal and external. Whether the photographs be intensely personal or merely snapshots of the surrounding environs of their respective designers, whether they be artistic compositions shot on analog film or quick documentarian snapshots, each one gives new insight into the process and visual mind, and often sometimes the dynamic life, of the designer. Far from the typical detached nature of the photographic coffee-table book, Bucher's collection is intensely personal and individualized.Read more ›
Although we often bill ourselves primarily as graphic designers, it's no giant surprise to find out that we're all toting some sort of camera with us on a regular basis and producing imagery for more than just the latest layout mock-up that we're passing along to our clientele.
The bigger surprise that "The Graphic Eye" packs is the reveal on all the percolating interests and slightly-out-of-sight fixations so many of us are not only harboring, but capturing through a lens on a semi-regular basis. In the hands of Mr. Bucher, this happy little grab-bag of designer photography turns into an incredibly well metered and sophisticated trip through extremely diverse material.
Whether you flip a bit rapid-fire through the collection to beeline for the "big name" designers' work or slow down to stroll-pace to enjoy images from the folks included (familiar or otherwise), I think you'll be particularly struck by Bucher's work as curator and orchestrator as much as you are by the wonderful crazy-quilt of the whole affair.
Make sure not to miss out on Ruth Huimerind's incredibly lyrical and vividly colorful model photography, Margo Chase's ongoing love-affair with masks and faces, and Ed Fella's ghostly Polaroid work.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's not that this book is bad. I'm a graphic designer and I love photography, so I thought this would be a good fit. Read morePublished on February 9, 2014 by Design Dude
This book is short on text but long on photography and that's the way it should be. This isn't a lesson book on how to improve your photography or graphic design. Read morePublished on October 17, 2010 by Rob LaRosa
in 2009, adrian shaughnessy and tony brook gave us a rare glimpse into the studios of graphic designers. Read morePublished on December 31, 2009 by Simon Zirkunow
Stefan outdoes himself on a regular basis. Seriously. I am amazed at the constellation of artists and imagery in his latest work: THE GRAPHIC EYE. Read morePublished on December 23, 2009 by Dyana Valentine
What I love about The Graphic Eye is that you can go back to it over and over and keep discovering. It's beautifully designed, wonderfully visual and it's fun to see how all the... Read morePublished on December 18, 2009 by J. Frank