Photo Nomad (Anglais) Broché – 2 octobre 2007
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Description du produit
Revue de presse
"The highest tide that combat photography has achieved." Edward Steichen
"A heart for [photojournalism's] challenge, and an eye for its creative possibilities." Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas
Présentation de l'éditeur
Shooting for National Geographic and many other publications, he covered a wide range of subjects that are shared in this book: the South Pacific in World War II, North Korea, Palestine, Vietnam, Afghanistan, the treasures of the Kremlin, and the life and work of his close friend, Pablo Picasso. Still exuberant in his eighth decade, David Douglas Duncan continues to work behind the lens, embracing and illuminating the human experience. He designed Photo Nomad to be accessible to the widest possible audiencegeneral readers as well as photographers, art lovers, and history enthusiasts. With nearly 500 pages and more than 400 stunning images, it is a remarkably affordable treasure.
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Whether it's his black & white photos from war conflicts or depicting stories in colour in different parts of the world, his unique sense of observation and his ubiquity make him one of the greatest photographers of the 20th century.
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And I actually found myself reading it from cover to cover. My initial attraction was based on my love of photography. But I soon discovered that the book appealed even more to my love of travel. David Douglas Duncan was a photojournalist who roamed the world for various major magazines (Life, National Geographic, etc.) for several decades (five or six!) on assignment covering some of the most significant events of the 20th century. I do not exaggerate when I say this man's life makes Hemingway's pale by comparison. The variety of places, people, events and dramas which this man photographed is staggering.
This book, "Photo Nomad" seems to be an updated and revised verion of "Yankee Nomad." It includes the next three decades of DDD's life as well as the photography going back to the late 1930's covered in "Yankee Nomad." There is some overlap of photos, but the new stuff is so good and of sufficient quantity that it is definitely worth having even if you happen to have (or want) "Yankee Nomad."
It is the DIVERSITY of images and places which I find most appealing. A sampling: The south Pacific in WWII; North Korea; treasures of the Kremlin; Palestine; Afgahnistan; the High Atlas mountains of Morocco; giant squid fishing off the coast of South America; Egypt; and, as quite an enhancement, many photos of Picasso at work (DDD and Picasso became close friends and were mutual admirers). I also loved a series of photos of classic 1950's Mercedes which were raced by DDD at high speed in beautiful European settings and photographed at slow shutter speeds so DDD could capture "the spirit" of the car as it whizzed by leaving a trail of light.
I've always been a Robert Capa admirer, but DDD has war photos which are just as good and then a vast variety of other images. His life has been a montage of powerful images and events. I just wish I'd read (or just looked at the photos) of his books 20 years ago, as I'm sure I would have altered my career choices based on what I learned about this man's career.
This book is very well produced in cloth-covered hardbound. There is a moving little photo story of DDD's small doggy which apparently was recently taken when his car was stolen and which DDD responded to by utilizing his media friends to mount a massive publicity campaign to recover (successfully, for ransom money). DDD is apparently still alive and well and living in France.
My short list of Magnificent 20th Century Lives would include DDD in the TOP FIVE. This book explains why. If you are into travel, photography, adventure, history, geography, or humanity, you will LOVE this book and you will feel great affection for its creator.
"Photo Nomad" is a collection of Duncan's work from the late 1930's to the late 1970's. Duncan like his peers was everywhere during this time period. If something important was happening in the world, Duncan was there taking photographs. His photographs of the Korean and Vietnam Wars are especially powerful. However, if he will be remembered for any images, it will be for his wonderful photographs of Pablo Picasso. "Photo Nomad" is as much a history book as it is a collection of first rate photographs. Highly recommended.
Some of the great moments in world history that he bore witness to are in this book. Things he saw that may never be seen again. I love to page though the book from time to time and enjoy the inspiration it provides. Thanks to this book, I purchased some of DDD's other works and read still more by borrowing them from our public library. I cannot say enough good about this book if you aspire to improve your photography or wish to share in some great times.