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Life in Color: National Geographic Photographs Hardcover – Lay Flat, October 2, 2012

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Amager Beach, Denmark
Amager Beach, Denmark. Still waters lit by sunset surround three boulders.(Photo by Zoran Djekic/National Geographic My Shot p. 40-41)
Montparnasse, Paris, France
(Photo by Laurent Hunziker/National Geographic My Shot p. 174-175)
Abbiategrasso, Italy
Abbiategrasso, Italy. Dusk decorates an ancient fortress near Milan with color. (Photo by Roberto Pagani/National Geographic My Shot p. 348-349)

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Color is the place where our brain and the universe meet, according to the great painter Cézanne, one of an array of artists and writers quoted throughout this radiant celebration of the beauty and power of color. Colors have meaning. This is the book’s first sentence, and, indeed, colors do define place and era, denote status and affiliation, and trigger emotions, memories, and desire. All this is evident in the 245 photographs from around the world gathered so judiciously here, striking images by both renowned professional photographers and amateurs who submitted their work to National Geographic’s web feature My Shot. Entire chapters are devoted to specific colors, and the photographs range from close-ups to aerial views. Nature photographs are intriguingly paired with pictures of the human-made, such as a silvery fish’s gleaming eye next to a shiny, curving museum facade; neon lights juxtaposed with a field of tulips. From seascapes to cityscapes, animals to children, these prismatic, brilliantly composed photographs are exuberant works of inquiry and art, adding up to a book of awe and inspiration. --Donna Seaman
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 504 pages
  • Publisher: National Geographic; Gift edition (October 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1426209622
  • ISBN-13: 978-1426209628
  • Product Dimensions: 10.4 x 1.5 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #803,166 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Should have paid attention to a reviewer who was dissatisfied because the photos extend through the binding, so they're "broken." Better to have slightly smaller images that are complete on 1 page. Thought I'd be riveted, but I'm disappointed. Wouldn't have bought it if I'd leafed through it in a store. If you want to find a gift for a photographer, or a "coffee table book" for passing the time, keep looking.
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I bought two of these for my nieces, each of which has two small children. I thought it would be a nice way for Mom to help the kiddies learn about color, and about the world around. It worked, both of them loved it and so did their kids. The photographs in this book are superlative, making it a great family coffee table book as well. A photographer (which I am) could learn a lot about using color from these photos. A winner in every way.
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This is a gorgeous book full of a variety of photos rich colors. It is printed in Italy ( not China). If you enjoy photography, I highly recommend this book. It is not small so it's a feast for the eyes.
I took off one point because I feel there should have been info on the type of camera used, the lens & if photoshop was used. For those of us beginners in photography, it would help to learn as we are oooing and aaahing over the photos.
I still would recommend this book highly for the quality of paper and the sharpness of color. It's one of the best book that National Geographic has and IS NOT PRINTED IN CHINA.
the Italian printers have done a nice job.
Buy it for the lovely photography.
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I purchased this as a gift to my son for his college graduation. His dream is to be a NatGeo photographer, so this was the perfect gift. Beautiful photos! I liked the arrangement by color and the quotes to help instill what the colors signify. My son was very pleased with the book.
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I'm a photographer, and i love to see quality photos from National Geographic and try to learn from them, that why i buy all their photography books...so far i did fell in love with all of them,..and this book is not an exception :):):)
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Wonderful book with great photographs, as you'd expect from National Geographic. Only issue was the topless woman on one page who made it a slightly embarrassing gift to give to pastor father-in-law...
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I returned the Book. I did not see anything special nor New on it. You can find information on the last pages on how to buy prints of the photographs in the National Geographic's website, but when I visited the website. None of the pictures that I liked were available. The book I found it a little boring and uninspiring.
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By pscs on February 9, 2013
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Every single photo is just exquisite. A book of beautiful pictures that a person can enjoy over and over again.
All of them are breath taking and vibrant. Each picture is accompanied with a brief sentence that describes where it is and what it is.
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