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Taking My Time Hardcover – Deluxe Edition, October 1, 2012
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"The publication this month of Taking My Time, a heavy-duty, two-volume retrospective book from Phaidon, puts these bodies of work in one place for the first time. And in weaving them together with scores of pictures never before published, it is likely to go a long way toward redefining the career of a groundbreaking artist. . ." - The New York Times
"In this delightful two-volume, slip-cased, limited-edition retrospective of his career, Joel Meyerowitz tells the stories behind many of his images. . .Taking My Time is all the more engaging for the thrill and wonder of it all in Meyerowitz's voice: Fifty years after quitting an advertising job on impulse to become a photographer, he's still in love." - Photo District News
About the Author
Joel Meyerowitz (b.1938) began his career making spontaneous pictures on the streets of New York and has become known as one of the most important street photographers of his generation. He was one of a small group of photographers who, in the 1960s and 70s was instrumental in changing attitudes towards colour photography from those of resistance to universal acceptance. An innovator and highly influential teacher, he has won innumerable awards and is best known for his pioneering colour photographs of architecture, light and space.
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I thought the selection of photos was excellent, with so many in the two books you might expect to see a few also-rans but no, virtually every picture pulls you into the frame, then you appreciate the subject, composition, color or mono and I found several that just kept me looking and looking before turning the page. The books have additional material: a twenty-page graphic novel in book two about a car trip Meyerowitz and his pop took from New York to Florida and back, the images are taken from the eighty minute DVD in the back of the book. Book one has a fascinating sixteen page landscape insert with six photos presented as color on the left-hand page and virtually the same shot in black and white opposite. Meyerowitz, in his essay, makes a very credible case for the superiority of color over mono images.
Inside the back cover of book one there is a fold-out that has a color print signed by the artist (it seems genuine too, not an ink-jet job, he had to do it 1,500 times for this limited edition run). The same image is shown over a spread in the book and raises an interesting point about the book's printing. The screen used by the Chinese printers could be 300 or 350 which is not too far off the quality of the color print. Most art books use a 175 to 200 screen so the printing for 'Taking my time' is very impressive in my view. The quality matt art paper helps, too.
I think it's worth commenting on the rather high price of these books, I can't see why they should cost so much (reassuringly expensive?). Steidl have publish several high quality photographer box sets, some with up to five books and none of them cost as much as this Phaidon set.
is a big problem ,which shows up in many photos spread to two pages with the crease of the book in the center.This is plain stupid,why not make the books rectangle!
so the Photos could all fit on a single page,even if they have to be reduced in size,
it was packed only in very thin cartoon box with a lot of free space inside.
it cost a lot of money and i have no
can I send it back?