Library JournalThese two books, the first in the ``American Photographer Master'' series, offer representative portfolios by two very different contemporary photographers whose work, if not their names, is familiar: Allard's photographs have been featured in National Geographic for 25 years, while Demarchelier's portraits of beautiful women are seen regularly in fashion magazines and advertising. Combining an impressive array of images with both critical and biographical texts and personal reflections not only enhances the visual impact of each photographer's work but also serves to place it in the context of our growing body of photo analysis. Interestingly, beginning the series with these books shows how two photographers can both excel and yet work so far apart within the medium. Thus, Allard takes pictures of moments, of people, of places well outside the mainstream. The convergence of eye, available light, and trusting subject makes his work powerful and memorable. Demarchelier works like a craftsman with light, color, and beautiful models to achieve nearly geometric compositions of human form. Both works are recommended for academic, museum, and public libraries.-- David Bryant, Belleville P.L., N.J.
BooknewsFine photos of preeminent models and actors/actresses by a pre-eminent fashion photographer, with text describing how he works. No bibliography or index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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