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Hard Ground Hardcover – 2011
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The book isn't preachy. Michael doesn't do that. But it's a master class in honest portraits. The design of the book is perfectly scaled to be not too intrusive not too understated. DJ Stout lets the pictures sing and the words float on the pages. But the real shocker, especially at this price, is the quality of reproduction. It's "no holds barred" perfect. The quadratones match the best darkroom prints I've seen.
Buy this book now. Live with it. Hold on to it. This is a modern classic on so many levels. Michael O'Brien has shown himself to be a world class photographer and world class human. And we can understand vicariously what that's all about. I'm buying two. One to hold on to and one to read and view vigorously.
Hate to use the "A" word but this is ART.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not enough Tom Waits. The poems are good but short and there aren't many.Published 14 months ago by Me
Excellent!! Beautiful photographs, heart wrenching quips, and poetry that bites by Tom Waits.Published 21 months ago by Ashley M.
You see the faces for the first time that Tom Waits has been eulogizing for the past 40 years in his music.Published on March 17, 2014 by Amazon Customer
There are a few books that you would like to keep all your life, this is one of them. It is simple yet inspiring, it will help you wake up and see life in a different way. Read morePublished on November 25, 2013 by R. Valle
The photos and the poetry complemented each other very well. I wanted a bit more background story, but even without that I enjoyed the book immensely.Published on June 14, 2013 by C. Bolliger
I love Tom Waits and the photos are excellent. High quality good stuff. An absolute necessity for completests. Buy now for your friend who needs a gift.Published on March 13, 2013 by Mike
O'Brien and Waits have collaborated on a masterpiece. Using the first and last names on the portraits was brilliant. This is an ineffable collection.Published on February 24, 2013 by DC