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Ansel Adams at 100 
John Szarkowski
Hardcover, 192pp. ISBN: 0821225154

In celebration of the one-hundredth anniversary of the birth of Ansel Adams, Little, Brown and Company has published an oversized Centennial volume of Adams work. The book includes text by John Szarkowski who is the director emeritus of the Department of Photography at the Museum of Modern Art, and curator of The Ansel Adams Centennial Exhibition which began it's museum tour in San Francisco in August.

This big book is essentially a catalog of the works that are exhibited as part of that show. It contains 114 tritone and 23 duotone photographs richly printed on heavyweight French paper. Both the book and it's slipcase are bound in linen and a 11x13 print of "Aspens, Dawn, Dolores River Canyon, Colorado, 1937" is included that is suitable for framing.

I was pleasantly surprised to see not only familiar favorites in this volume, but images that I was previously unfamiliar with. If you are an Ansel Adams fan this will be a book you will refer back to and enjoy for years to come. But the price for this luxury and quality is steep. List is $150, street prices are around $130.


Great Ghost Towns of the West 
Teresa Jordan and Tom Till
Hardcover, 127pp. ISBN: 1558685219

There's something that fascinates us about ghost towns. Theresa Jordan is a historian and Tom Till is a prolific photographer of the Western United States with 21 photo books to his credit. Together they tell the stories, through words and images of these towns; How they were started, the lives of the people who lived there, and why they died. The images are haunting, the words fascinating. Together they make up a book that is nearly impossible to put down.


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