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Kurt Cobain: The Last Session

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“Some of the most enduring images ever taken of the rock star. All the hallmarks of grunge and Kurt’s particular sensibility are there: his Jackie O sunglasses, the chipped paint on his fingernails, the patched jeans, and, most of all, Cobain’s iconoclastic vulnerability.”

— Vogue.com

“These 100-plus images reflect Cobain’s complexity: defiance, charisma, playfulness, and sullen anger all bound up in a shaggy persona lurking behind those goofy oval sunglasses.”

— American Photo

“A moving testament to Kurt Cobain’s life.”

— Library Journal

“It's a rare thing to see almost all of the photos taken from a photo shoot and a performance…Seeing a young and already charismatic Dave Grohl is an added plus.”

— USA Today

“Frohman's insightful portraiture transcends the nature of celebrity photography. The pictures are as humanizing as they are glorifying.”

— L'Oeil de la Photographie

“Has an interesting text by Jon Savage, whose interview wit Cobain that day is transcribed.”

— The Seattle Times

“Iconic images of Kurt make me want to cheer and cry both at the same time. This glimpse into his world is one I don’t want to miss.”

— Chloë Sevigny Porter

Landmark: The Fields of Landscape Photography

978-0-500-54433-4

“Nothing in the universe is alien to landscape photography, the book argues, from Philippe Chancel's view of the construction of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai…to Elger Esser's hazy scene on the Sacramento River. The subject, however, is the present, and the present is mostly alarming…The book delivers a pair of oddly coupled messages: The planet is in deep trouble, and its trauma makes for eye candy.”

— The New York Times Book Review

“Presents a collection of images that departs from the work of the Ansel Adamses of the world…Flipping through the pages of Landmark instantly reveals beautiful places intertwined with humanity’s achievements—and global toll.”

— Architectural Digest

“A curatorial discussion of the contemporary practice of landscape photography and perhaps why the practice of landscape photography matters today…Clear and articulate writing and an interesting selection of supporting photographs.”

— The Photobook

“Even if you’re familiar with the more prominent names like Hiroshi Sugimoto and his grey, liminal water views, or Edward Burtynsky’s shocking industrial captures, it’s really Ewing’s curation that is most on view.”

— Hyperallergic

“An intriguing and much-needed survey of current work in landscape photography. Art photographers and painters alike will admire the compositions and interpretations of subject matter.”

— Library Journal

“Important…a compelling and at times provocative meditation on the physical world around us.”

— Art Desk Magazine

“Works to explore the relationship between people and place—and that relationship, at times, is unsettling…Transports the reader from the sublime Ilulissat Icefjord in Greenland, photographed by Olaf Otto Becker—noting that Edmund Burke, in the 18th century, imbued the word 'sublime' with a sense of terror—to a hallucinatory image by Amy Stein of a coyote howling at a streetlight in Matamoras, PA.”

— Chicago Tribune

“Ewing’s latest book, Landmark, takes on the increasingly fraught field of landscape photography (he as tempted to call it Landslide) with his usual shrewd thoroughness…Ewing can’t avoid hitting the inevitable high notes here (Gursky, Sugimoto, Struth, Vitali), but his interests take him well beyond the obvious.”

— Vince Aletti Photograph

“Ewing's selections show art's power not only to observe and document nature, but also to imagine its future.”

— Book Page

“Every shade of optimism, awe, surprise and dread is represented in this colossal survey of contemporary landscape photography.”

— San Francisco Chronicle

“Expertly culled by photography writer and curator William A. Ewing, the variety of work encompassed in this volume sparkles…And, while it effectively demonstrates humankind's negative effects on the planet at a time when it is imperative to change our behavior, it does so without making it a rallying cry. With the recent defacement of some of the USA's national parks, it also shows us luminous visions of what it might have looked like before we went and messed it all up.”

— Feature Shoot

“It's these unsettling photographs that hold the most power—they're not just reminders of the Earth's beauty, but of its fragility, too, and serve as a call to action instead of simply decoration.”

— Fast Co.Design

“The pleasure and conceit of this beautifully designed and illustrated book reside in the unorthodox categories curator Ewing uses to reimagine and invigorate discourse swirling around contemporary landscape photography…Ewing’s lucid, accessible, and thought-provoking essays introduce each chapter and are essential for contextualizing his unusual motifs for the reader…A valuable book for every photography library. Highly recommended.”

— Choice

Landscape and Garden Design Sketchbooks

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“While computer programs are used by nearly all landscape architecture offices, this survey showcases the continuing value of sketching and drawing. Hundreds of illustrations range from doodles to elaborate colored renderings in mixed media. The talent on display is obvious, and many of the images qualify as art.”

— Library Journal

Late Raphael

978-0-500-97049-2

“Dense and lavishly illustrated.”

— Publishers Weekly

“Through [Henry and Joannides’s] careful sifting of mountainous data …they provide fascinating new insights into this genteel master and the squadron that most contemporaries call his ‘boys.’”

— The New York Review of Books

“Biographies of [Raphael’s] sitters enrich the book along with beautiful photos, details, and infrared images that show the condition and under painting of key images.”

— The Minneapolis Star Tribune

Le Corbusier and the Power of Photography

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“Analyzes Corb as a scene-setter, from Chandigarh in India to Villa Savoye in France.”

— Surface

“Encompass[es] the way many ways [Le Corbusier] engaged with photography throughout his lifetime. The graphic design is bright and energetic; there is plenty of text, but it is primarily a book of images.”

— Aperture

“Do we really need another book about [Le Corbusier]? It turns out we do, for this one takes a quite unusual view of the master’s work, examining the close relationship between his architecture and another art form that was developing alongside: photography.”

— Interior Design

“[This book] reveals that the architect was an enthusiastic cameraman himself…Includes a sumptuous portfolio of contemporary images of Le Corbusier’s most famous buildings.”

— Elle Decor

“Superb and scholarly.”

— The Wall Street Journal

“[An] impressive collection of images and analysis.”

— Publishers Weekly

Legionary: The Roman Soldier's (Unofficial) Manual

978-0-500-25151-5

“…usually checked out for a school project, but students report reading the entire book for pleasure after the fact.”

— School Library Journal

“A very useful introduction to military practice in the late First Century.”

— New York Military Affairs Symposium

“Highly informative and readable volume lays out in detail the high honor and great risk of defending Rome as a foot soldier…. The author knows his subject thoroughly and presents it with flare, a touch of humor, and authority.  The many illustrations, including 16 color plates, add measurably to the enjoyment of the book…. Will more than satisfy.”

— School Library Journal

“A fascinating little handbook of serious scholarship and irrepressible wit, Legionary vividly illuminates military life in ancient Rome.”

— Boston Sunday Globe

LetterScapes: A Global Survey of Typographic Installations

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“Looking at both the sculptures themselves and how they function in a public context, Saccani shows us that ‘Love’ can mean something different in New York City or in Tokyo, depending on the context.”

— The Huffington Post

“Opens our eyes to a category of design that we may never have even considered a category.”

— Interior Design

“Saccani’s book is successful because it covers each of these works in considerable depth, with background information about the artists, locations, and also the typefaces used.”

— Library Journal

“[A] bountiful feast for lovers of fonts and typography.”

— Publishers Weekly

“The design of the book (also Saccani’s work) is clear, elegant, and distinguished…Although more focused in its subject matter, LetterScapes in many ways equals for surpasses Walter Herdeg’s edited Archigraphica.”

— Choice

A Life in Fashion: The Wardrobe of Cecil Beaton

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“Many books record Beaton’s sharp-eyed views of what other people wore; this one examines his own wardrobe as another legacy of the prolific photographer, designer, and writer. Using photographs, diaries, archival records from Beaton’s tailors, items donated to museums or given to friends, and conversations with those who knew the man and his wardrobe well, fashion historian Wild analyzes Beaton’s distinctive style alongside changes in 20th-century fashion. For fans of the man and his style.”

— Library Journal

The Lifeboat that Saved the World

978-0-500-65122-3

“Will appeal to teens with an interest in ancient epics… The author provides a careful and detailed explanation of how this story was found and why, after thousands of years, people are still able to decipher the ancient cuneiform. The story is rich in its characterization and the arguments between the gods are humorous.”

— School Library Journal

Lines of Vision: Irish Writers on Art

978-0-500-51756-7

“Beautiful…Some writers, such as Banville, respond directly and insightfully to a painting; others, such as Evelyn Conlon, imagine themselves into the subject's consciousness…Seamus Heaneys last poem, 'Banks of Canal,' written 10 days before his death, is but one of many treasures in the volume.”

— Star Tribune

“This attractive book offers stimulating insights into how art is perceived and how it inspires…Recommended.”

— Choice

“A powerful examination, highly recommended for any collection strong in Irish culture …”

— Midwest Book Review

“An incredibly beautiful and rich book.”

— Irish American News

Lives of the Great Gardeners

978-0-500-51856-4

“Stephen Anderton pays homage to gardeners throughout history in this wonderfully illustrated book. The 40 biographies, which cover 500 years of gardening around the world, plow cleanly through the lives and work of each gardener. He includes contextual cross-references and, before each biography, lists events from the gardeners' birth and death years. Anderton's style, erudite and whimsical, delightfully dominates. The nearly 250 illustrations balance his words in a sprightly and convivial marriage.”

— Publishers Weekly

“From this compilation of great gardeners, modern landscape architects and designers and home gardeners can learn some of the history and development of their art and craft.”

— Booklist

The Lives of the Surrealists

978-0-500-02136-1

“An ideal introduction to the rebellious art movement… Like a modern-day Giorgio Vasari, Morris creates an intimate and unique you-are-there assessment of what made the surrealists tick. Readers will be thankful that Morris, now 89, wrote this very personal take on his fellow surrealists. He offers a revealing book filled with shocking anecdotes and outrageous quotations about 32 of them, from the renowned to the obscure. The book also includes stunning photographs of the artists and their work.”

— Kirkus Reviews

“Writing as a personal friend and acquaintance of many of the Surrealists, [Morris] divulges their working habits, personality quirks, and sexual conquests with a disarming familiarity. Each of these biographical entries is thoughtfully accompanied by a lesser-known work of art by each artist, along with photographs of the artists as they appeared in their most active years. Alternatively funny, ribald, and at times genuinely moving, Morris’s fittingly off-kilter tribute to the Surrealist movement itself and the eclectic men and women who carried its torch is a true joy.”

— Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“This compendium profiles thirty-five artists closely associated with the movement [and] features forgotten figures as well as celebrated artists such as Joan Miró, with whom Morris once exhibited.”

— Art in America

“Highly recommended… In separate chapters, each of which covers one of the artists, Morris draws on his knowledge of individual idiosyncrasies, life histories, love lives, personalities, predilections, character traits, etc. [and] recounts details that are extraordinary, entertaining, shocking, and witty.”

— Library Journal (starred review)

“Engaging, informative…a series of brief, chatty biographies of 32 artists, ranging from superstars such as Breton, Dalí, Magritte and Miró to obscure figures such as Wilhelm Freddie and Conroy Maddox [that's] both witty and systematic… Since Mr. Morris knew many of his subjects, there’s a wealth of gossipy anecdote leavening the facts, although he remains admirably evenhanded… it’s entertaining and can painlessly fill in gaps about a significant part of 20th-century modernism.”

— The Wall Street Journal

Living Africa

978-0-500-51427-6

“[Bloom’s] photographs are intimate and touching and often surreal… and you will revel in their magic.”

— Boston Herald