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New York: Then and Now [Anglais] [Relié]

Annette Witheridge


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5.0 étoiles sur 5 New York, in progress 9 juin 2004
Par Rocco Dormarunno - Publié sur Amazon.com
A city that has changed and continues to change with the speed and energy that New York does, invites books like these. Annette Witheridge's "New York: Then and Now" is a gorgeous collection of photos from days past juxtaposed with recent shots. For me there are two effects of this juxtaposition: one is a sense of loss. Many of the old buildings, now gone, were beautiful. But, more strongly, is the sense of admiration for New York's eternal dedication to progress. "New York: Then and Now" gives the reader an appreciation of the labor that has gone into the building of the greatest city on Earth.
PS--Most photo books have great photos, but the print quality is mediocre. The print quality of this book is marvelous.
Rocco Dormarunno, author of THE FIVE POINTS
1.0 étoiles sur 5 HORRIBLE 14 janvier 2014
Par J. Velasquez - Publié sur Amazon.com
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The only good thing about this book is probably the vintage pictures of New York but most New York vintage buffs would have already seen these pictures in other books. ("views of New York, L.H. Nelson") Having said that, this author did not do her homework and the captions she offers are often useless. These then and now pictures are horribly done. Most of the images are not even from the same angle which really defeats the whole purpose of a then and now book. Furthermore she offers vintage images and then uses totally different pictures and implies that since that building is no longer there this is what it would look like now. She could have included other pictures that were relevant instead of the ones she chose. She should be embarrassed by offering something that clearly was a hobby rather than a serious work of New York history. I could have done a better job. Another waste of someone else's time and money. Do not waste yours on this piece of trash. Anyone interested in New York's then and now, I recommend "New York then and now - 83 Manhattan sites photographed in the past and present, by Watson and Gillon Jr" and New York then and now by Marcia Reiss.
3.0 étoiles sur 5 Satisfied in Laurel, MD 12 février 2013
Par satisfied in Laurel, MD - Publié sur Amazon.com
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This book gave me some interesting facts about New York, a place that's cool to shop and be entertained. Oh did I forget to say pricey.
2.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice photos, but the book has some major flaws 5 janvier 2012
Par West Side Jeff - Publié sur Amazon.com
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I love the idea of then and now photos in NYC. I've picked up a few books of this kind over the years and it's amazing to see how much the city has changed and what has remained.

This book is nice on the surface but has some big flaws. For example, the author did not match up the "now" photos with the classic shots, so it's hard to compare the time periods. Additionally, in many cases she doesn't even provide the same view; you are simply looking at 2 completely different areas. This really defeats the purpose of doing a "then and now" book.

I also thought her notes were really trite. Rather than highlighting particular structures that remained or what was replaced in a given set of photos, we get very superficial comments like "this area is now home to many swanky stores". This type of caption is utterly useless, and unfortunately, prevalent throughout the book.

Finally, I'm not sure if it's on purpose but it appears that several of the photos were doctored with a blurring technique to give the appearance of streaks of light in traffic. Not sure if this was intentional, but it looked a bit amateurish nonetheless.

Overall, I was disappointed with the book. It really feels like a book someone did as a hobby rather than a well researched project.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 Nice pictures, but could be better 13 mars 2010
Par Einar - Publié sur Amazon.com
If you compare this book to the Boston series or some other cities series, the 'now' or current views of NY were not done as well in terms of viewpoint. A lot of the photos do NOT match up well and you'll find many closeup views compared to wide angle views, so you'll be hunting a lot to find landmarks.

I have the first edition (c. 2000) and there is a gross error on pps.52-53, Bleeker and Thompson Sts. The photo on the left ('then')shows a Federal style four-story red brick building with canopy roof on second floor and recessed two top levels. The photo on right ('now') is described as the same building having been sandblasted "...second floor canopy is gone, but the facade has hardly changed." Clearly, the photo on the right is a six-seven story building from a more modern era (perhaps glazed bricks white/grey) with huge windows in comparison and a flush facade (no recesses)containing some kind of inner courtyard with four street openings. Not a difficult thing for any mediocre editor to catch! (Perhaps this was fixed in the further editions--hope so.)

Fun book for history and architecture buffs, but could've been so much better. I'd say it had been done in a hurry with little editing/checking.
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