National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs

National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs

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National Geographic Simply Beautiful Photographs takes readers on a spectacular visual journey through some of the most stunning photographs to be found in National Geographic's famed Image Collection. Award-winning photographer Annie Griffiths culled the images to reflect the many variations on the universal theme of beauty. Chapters are organized around the aesthetic concepts that create beauty in a photograph: Light, Composition, Moment (Gesture and Emotion), Motion, Palette, and Wonder.

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Product details

  • Hardback | 504 pages
  • 260 x 264 x 38mm | 2,399.49g
  • National Geographic Society
  • Washington, DC, United States
  • English
  • 215 Colour Photographs, 35 Black and White Photographs
  • 1426206453
  • 9781426206450
  • 20,901

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As the title suggests, this giant, colorful tome is filled with famed imagery from the National Geographic Image Collection, one of the richest photo archives on Earth. As an added bonus, it comes with a framable print of the photograph that adorns the cover. "Metro New York" For once, a book that does what it says on the cover. Here is a collection of spectacular shots of nature, ranging from grand landscape scenes to swans in flight Simply sensational." "The Express""

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About Annie Griffiths Belt

Leah Bendavid-Val , Director of Photography Publishing for National Geographic Books, is the author of Propaganda & Dreams; Changing Reality; National Geographic: The Photographs; Stories on Paper & Glass, and most recently Song Without Words: The Photographs and Diaries of Countess Sophia Tolstoy. She has curated photography exhibitions for museums worldwide.

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Customer reviews

This heavy thick book was a disappointment on opening, and unfortunately my initial perception was not displaced on a more thorough examination. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and this beholder sees page after page of poorly printed over-saturated and low-res images which, for the most part, did not "lift [me] out of this jaded world and gasp". Actually, not a single image made my gasp. For that I simply go to photographic websites like Redbubble and 500px. Images supporting a narrative in a magazine such as National Geographic do not automatically stand on their own. For example, a double page splash of an out-of-focus orange something shot with in-camera motion blur has not context, no meaning, and no impact. By and large, the presentation of the images in this behemoth of paper waste approximates the sledgehammer approach. Subtlety and thought are absent. The concept of framing and placement are absent. As a photographer I look for inspiration and ideas, and have truly gasped at opening other Book Depository purchases at similar prices, for example Nick Brandt's "A Shadow Falls". For just a few bucks more than this doorstop, you will see what I mean about what is a beautiful photograph and what is a beautiful photographic book. The difference is huge. Simply Boring Photographs is much more apt more
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