Eye of the Beholder: The Photography of James L. Stanfield

Eye of the Beholder: The Photography of James L. Stanfield

by James L. Stanfield, National Geographic Society
     
 

James Stanfield is, without question, one of a kind. He boasts Clint Eastwood's rugged good looks, but he's been to places no movie would ever send a star. He's a natural diplomat, equally at home in an Appalachian farmhouse, a Bedouin tent, or a papal palace. He's an adventurer, a raconteur, a perfectionist...and, more important by far, one of the world's most… See more details below

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James Stanfield is, without question, one of a kind. He boasts Clint Eastwood's rugged good looks, but he's been to places no movie would ever send a star. He's a natural diplomat, equally at home in an Appalachian farmhouse, a Bedouin tent, or a papal palace. He's an adventurer, a raconteur, a perfectionist...and, more important by far, one of the world's most outstanding, most respected photographers.

This extraordinary record of more than three decades behind the lens celebrates a career that led the White House Photographers Association to name him Photographer of the Year in 1970, 1977, 1982, and 1988 -- just 4 of the over 40 major awards he's won. His work has taken him from the bottomlands of the Potomac River to the Himalayan heights, from Native American powwows to the incense-filled temples of India. He has traveled the globe to document the glittering allure of gold and the skittish, hidden world of rats. And, always, he has produced superlative images that capture the very essence of his subjects.

Eye of the Beholder presents 120 examples of Stanfield's finest work, along with his own account of how he created it. You'll accompany him as he makes friends with Vatican prelates and Chinese peasants; you'll hear his inimitable stories of adventure and artistry, and, best of all, you'll see through his keenly observant eye, famous among his colleagues for its ability to discern both the grandeur of the simplest of people and things, and the simple wonder with which the greatest art begins.

As Stanfield would be the first to tell you, it has been a glorious and satisfying experience from start to finish, and in this extraordinary book, you have aonce-in-a-lifetime opportunity to share the glory and the satisfaction alike. This is a man gifted as few men are -- and Eye of the Beholder is his generous present to the world.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal - Library Journal
These two books, both large and lavish, depict social and cultural life in the various parts of the world through striking color photographs. Eye of the Beholder presents 120 examples of the best work of James L. Stanfield, a staff photographer for National Geographic for 30 years. Stanfield's assignments carried him to many distant locations, and his subjects ranged from the exotic to the familiar. One can dip into this book anywhere and be transported to a different place on any one of the continents, with the exception of Antarctica. Stanfield captures everyday moments of common people as well as grand historical events, such as the coronation of the Shah of Iran and his son. In capturing this sweep, the photographs are engrossing. Thematically, the collection is held together by an interesting biographical essay. An excellent book and a fine tribute to the photographer. In Vanishing Cultures, Magubane documents the customs and traditional beliefs of ten indigenous peoples in his homeland of South Africa. A separate chapter is devoted to each of the peoples, including the Sulus and less well known cultures. Blending a thoughtful description of rituals, religion, artistry, and other aspects of social life, along with an exquisite photoessay, Magubane offers a wonderful introduction to these people. His photographs range from the dramatic action of dances to the quiet dignity of individuals posing in their traditional dress. An excellent example of the best in photojournalism, this deserves a place in public and academic libraries. Stanfield is also recommended for larger public and academic collections of photojournalism.--Raymond Bial, Parkland Coll. Lib., Champaign, IL
Booknews
This extraordinary record of more than three decades behind the lens presents 120 examples of Stanfield's finest work accompanied by his notes detailing how they were created. From signature National Geographic close-ups to stunning panoramic views, his photos revisit such places and moments of his career as the Vatican City, New Orleans, the Mississippi River, Western Australia, Oman, India, and Zimbabwe. Writer Thomas J. Abercrombie's introduction describes the dedication responsible for such photos as those of a Saharan storm--taken from a sinkhole with a plastic-shrouded motorized Leica. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780792273790
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
09/01/1998
Pages:
168
Product dimensions:
8.32(w) x 7.96(h) x 0.48(d)

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