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"Lasting Light isn't a normal book ...[it's] a celebration of light in a place that defines color and dramatic scenery" -- Enchantment Magazine

"Lasting Light produces spectacular visuals enhanced with ...fascinating details regarding the advances of photography [and] stories of various individual photographers ..." -- Midwest Book Review

"The photography historian will delight in the evolution of cameras ...from the wet plate process of old ... to today's cameras ..." -- Bookideas

About the Author

Writer, photographer, and naturalist Stephen Trimble has won awards for his nonfiction, his fiction, and his photography, including the Ansel Adams Award from The Sierra Club. His books include "The Sagebrush Ocean: A Natural History of the Great Basin, The People: Indians of the American Southwest, The Geography of Childhood: Why Children Need Wild Places" (with Gary Nabhan), and "Testimony: Writers of the West Speak on Behalf of Utah Wilderness" (co-compiled with Terry Tempest Williams).
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 210 pages
  • Publisher: Cooper Square Publishing Llc (June 1, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873588940
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873588942
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 0.9 x 12.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,265 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lasting Light: 125 Years Of Grand Canyon Photography by award-winning author and photographer Stephen Trimble is a visual celebration and documentation of the beauty and grandeur of one of the most photographed subjects on earth -- the Grand Canyon. Comprised of the best of 125 years of great photographs beginning with the pioneering glass plate negatives of the 19th century to the digital images of the 21st century, Lasting Light produces spectacular visuals enhanced with an accompanying text of fascinating details regarding the advances of photography, stories of various individual photographers, and the relationship between the photographers and the unique American icon that is the Grand Canyon. As a coffetable art book, Lasting Light is a simply wonderful contribution to any personal, academic, or community library photography reference collection and would make a superb choice as a Memorial Fund acquisition for any library system.
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Yes, you would expect truly astounding photography here, and you get exactly that, in lots of different flavors too, but the stories are deft and revealing -- far more than in a book of photos alone of a place that you couldn't take a bad photo if you tried. Trimble himself is a master craftsman with the camera, but his service here is to gather some really remarkable work and voices into a tome that anyone who has gaped and prayed there will want to paw through before you get major brownie points for giving it to someone else. Terrific work.
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Lasting Light is a treasure, a compilation of photographs taken of the Crand Ganyon over a broad stretch of time. The viewer/reader may gain a sense of history, passing from the old to the new. The book is an experience in images of the vast wonder of the Canyon and the smallest, most discreet detail. Because the text is direct and not-technical, anyone interested in what is grand and lit by extraordinary light, the Grand Canyon itself, will find this work a delight.
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This book is so awesome, and of such high quality, that its Amazon price seems surreal...I have two copies and am ordering a third, for posterity or whatever.

Intensely beautiful photographic prints, at the very leading edge of Canyon photos....almost beyond description!

If you buy one copy of this book, you'll then want another for a gift, and another for your own collection.....etc.
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I'm planning a trip to the Grand Canyon and I bought this book to have some ideas on good photo locations.

The book is a delight to the soul! And it is not just for the wonderful photos that fill the pages. I have tons of coffee table photo books, but this is one is special on the concept. I spent a full evening on my recliner enjoying every page.

The book is organized on time period sections. Each section lists on the cover section page the main Grand Canyon photographers of the period. Then, you have 2,3 to 4 pages dedicated to each photographer with their lives and courtship with the Grand Canyon.

The diversity of people that turn to be photographers and adventurers is just fascinating. The other interesting thing is to see the diversity being reflected on the photos: water vs rock; micro vs macro; adventure vs contemplative; sunrise vs sunset; ...

Another interesting thing is that on the section cover pages along with the dates, they have the key cameras of the period. There is actually a timeline with the major US events and all the cameras from the folio ones to the Nikon D70 digital.
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I bought this as a present for my wife. We had just returned from a trip that included a visit to the Grand Canyon, and I wanted to get her a memento of the visit. This book sounded good, but was not the one that included the beautiful vistas that we wanted. There are some photos too dark to really discern why they are included. There are some photos of a boat on the bank of the river. That could be from anywhere.
Although I suppose others may find it interesting, we didn't want a book of prose, we just wanted amazing photos. This was not that book.
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I've made two trips down the Colorado River throught he Grand Canyon. I never could take a picture that coveyed the majesty of the experience. The photograophers in this book have captured this majesty
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