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Icons of the Highway: A Celebration of Small-Town America (Anglais) Relié – 4 mars 2008


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Icons of the Highway Tony and Eva Worobiec once again take to the road to create a beautiful photographic essay about an America that's fast fading away.Often when we think of the United States, we remember the things that once set it apart visually: the flamboyant oversized cars, ubiquitous diners, bright neon lighting, large city hotels that figured so prominently in Hopper paintings, and the once-uniquely American ... Full description



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  • Relié: 128 pages
  • Editeur : AAPPL Artists & Photographers Press Limited (4 mars 2008)
  • Langue : Anglais
  • ISBN-10: 1904332781
  • ISBN-13: 978-1904332787
  • Dimensions du produit: 28,9 x 24,4 x 1,8 cm
  • Moyenne des commentaires client : 3.0 étoiles sur 5  Voir tous les commentaires (1 commentaire client)
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1 internautes sur 1 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile  Par Robin Benson le 8 janvier 2009
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I loved the Worobiec's previous book `Ghosts in the wilderness: abandoned America' (ISBN 1904332080) and their latest title considers the American landscape in a slightly different way by looking at small town icons: diners, motels and movie theatres. These have always been favorites of photographers, all the way back to the Thirties with the Farm Security Administration.

The Worobiec's coverage is basically the mid-west, from the Canadian border to Texas and the five chapters each start with a pleasant graphic map and some text about the towns visited so the book, like Ghosts in the wilderness is a bit more than a photo book.

I thought the movie theatres came out best photographically. Their structure implies a straight forward composition and they are mostly visually flamboyant enough not to need to be shot with odd angles or colour gimmicks. There are several in the book that just look stunning. Oddly the interiors seem the opposite to me, the ten included look remarkable dull, just dozens of empty seats. The diners and motels provide a rich source of neon signage outside and in the case of diners chrome and Americana inside.

Wonderful though most of the photos were I was slightly disappointed with the book because of the paper. I wish it was a better quality because it would have given the photos the lift they deserved. As it is I thought so many of the images had a softness to them which a better stock would have reduced and many of the pages have a thick black border which also tends to reduce their colour impact. Compare the front cover with the same photo on page ninety, both use a 175 screen yet the cover is on better paper and probably has a coat of clear varnish to make it sparkle.
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5 internautes sur 6 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Soft icons 8 janvier 2009
Par Robin Benson - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié
I loved the Worobiec's previous book Ghosts in the Wilderness: Abandoned America and their latest title considers the American landscape in a slightly different way by looking at small town icons: diners, motels and movie theaters. These have always been favorites of photographers, all the way back to the Thirties with the Farm Security Administration.

The Worobiec's coverage is basically the mid-west, from the Canadian border to Texas and the five chapters each start with a pleasant graphic map and some text about the towns visited so the book, like Ghosts in the wilderness is a bit more than a photo book.

I thought the movie theaters came out best photographically. Their structure implies a straight forward composition and they are mostly visually flamboyant enough not to need to be shot with odd angles or color gimmicks. There are several in the book that just look stunning. Oddly the interiors seem the opposite to me, the ten included look remarkable dull, just dozens of empty seats. The diners and motels provide a rich source of neon signage outside and in the case of diners chrome and Americana inside.

Wonderful though most of the photos were I was slightly disappointed with the book because of the paper. I wish it was a better quality because it would have given the photos the lift they deserved. As it is I thought so many of the images had a softness to them which a better stock would have reduced and many of the pages have a thick black border which also tends to reduce their color impact. Compare the front cover with the same photo on page ninety, both use a 175 screen yet the cover is on better paper and probably has a coat of clear varnish to make it sparkle.

I was made aware of some of this when comparing Icons with Michael Eastman's Vanishing America: The End of Main Street Diners, Drive-Ins, Donut Shops, and Other Everyday Monuments. Both books look at small towns but Eastman's photos printed on a matt art paper look quite stunning with their rich colors and sharpness.

The Worobiec's celebration of small town America doesn't quite come up to the quality of Ghosts in the wilderness though at the price you'll be able to find it online does make it a bit of a bargain.

***SEE SOME INSIDE SPREADS by clicking 'customer images' under the cover. `
4 internautes sur 5 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
Great Images - Poor Layout 30 avril 2010
Par Hard Cover - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I saw another reviewer state that the "presentation" for these photos hurt the book overall and I'd have to say I somewhat agree with that sentiment. These photographs are incredible; they elicite the total roadtrip feeling - being somewhere, that is the nowhere of the slightly surrealistic anyplace.
I'm just very sorry more attention wasn't paid to the layout of these photographs, although I do realize`that this formatting possibly kept the price fairly low.
That said, I'm still glad I didn't miss this book - these images are a romp and a roll in the neon buzz and hum of places that beckon to our subconscious.
Don't be surprised if you find yourself planning a roadtrip - that's the power in this book.

Buy it if you want a backdrop for some stunning daydreams and a prod for adventure on the open road.

Skip it if you're incredibly picky about photography books - you'll never forgive its layout.
Great picture book! 2 novembre 2013
Par CE - Publié sur Amazon.com
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Wonderful book, the greatest pictures!! I got this for our son, who is starting a new hobby with photography, of highways, vintage signs, motels, etc., and he absolutely loved it!
Icons of the Highway: A Celebration of Small-Town America 19 janvier 2013
Par M.Power - Publié sur Amazon.com
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As a graphic artist, I'm very interested in vanishing America. This is a book that captures a great deal of that and is a wonderful resource. I love the photos. You won't be disappointed.
5 internautes sur 9 ont trouvé ce commentaire utile 
A MAJOR DISAPPOINTMENT 1 février 2010
Par Stephen J. Cummings - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format: Relié Achat vérifié
I travel back roads of this nation on a regular basis and take tons of shots of roadside American architecture. My photography library now numbers in the thousands. I have many books that are similar to this volume. I had hoped for something a bit more substantial with photos that would be gripping and iconic. Sadly, I came across mostly mediocre shots for the most part. The car wash shots were frankly just plain boring, while the empty interiors of movie theaters left me cold. I did like this couple's nocturnal approach to shooting the many cafes and movie theaters. As I took over my own photo files, I know that I could easily publish a book with similar content that would be far more striking than the content of this book. Their earlier book was far better. This one was surprisingly gossamer, given the fact that the Worobiecs have traveled this country for so many years. Am I missing something here?
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