Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera

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Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is the first book to explore the meticulously composed and richly detailed photographs that Norman Rockwell used to create his famous artworks. Working alongside skilled photographers, Rockwell acted as director, carefully orchestrating models, selecting props, and choosing locations for the photographs--works of art in their own right--that served as the basis of his iconic images. Readers will be surprised to find that many of his most memorable characters-the girl at the ...
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Overview

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera is the first book to explore the meticulously composed and richly detailed photographs that Norman Rockwell used to create his famous artworks. Working alongside skilled photographers, Rockwell acted as director, carefully orchestrating models, selecting props, and choosing locations for the photographs--works of art in their own right--that served as the basis of his iconic images. Readers will be surprised to find that many of his most memorable characters-the girl at the mirror, the young couple on prom night, the family on vacation-were friends and neighbors who served as his amateur models. In this groundbreaking book, author and historian Ron Schick delves into the archive of nearly 20,000 photographs housed at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Featuring reproductions of Rockwell's black-and-white photographs and related full-color artworks, along with an incisive narrative and quotes from Rockwell models and family members, this book will intrigue anyone interested in photography, art, and Americana.

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Editorial Reviews

Elizabeth Bougerol
Chronicler of midcentury Americana Norman Rockwell often recruited friends and neighbors to pose for the photos that he then used to create the iconic images we know and love. Until now, that part of the painter's process remained mostly hidden, but historian Ron Schick's new book Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera reveals the primary texts next to the colorful classics they became, and the result is truly impossible to put down.

NBC NewYork.com
Wilson Rothman
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, written and compiled by Ron Schick, has given me immense newfound respect for the man, for the meticulous photography, the real people and the unintentionally hilarious DIY props and sets that he required to make his painted fantasies of Americana come true

Gizmodo.com
Alan Cheuse
This is a book about one of our great homespun artists that will make you laugh, and also make you think. It's a real treasure.

NPR
David Kamp
A wonderful new book by Ron Schick . . . that lifts the curtain on Rockwell's working methods, revealing how profoundly labor-intensive and thoughtfully imagined they were.
Ken Burns
What a wonderful book this is--and what a rare behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process it provides. So many of the moments we see as impossibly idealized versions of us are in fact us. Rockwell's genius improves with this 'backstage' glance.
Alan Cheuse - NPR
This is a book about one of our great homespun artists that will make you laugh, and also make you think. It's a real treasure.
Elizabeth Bougerol - NBC NewYork.com
Chronicler of midcentury Americana Norman Rockwell often recruited friends and neighbors to pose for the photos that he then used to create the iconic images we know and love. Until now, that part of the painter's process remained mostly hidden, but historian Ron Schick's new book Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera reveals the primary texts next to the colorful classics they became, and the result is truly impossible to put down.
Wilson Rothman - Gizmodo.com
Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, written and compiled by Ron Schick, has given me immense newfound respect for the man, for the meticulous photography, the real people and the unintentionally hilarious DIY props and sets that he required to make his painted fantasies of Americana come true
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What a wonderful book this is--and what a rare behind-the-scenes look at the artistic process it provides. So many of the moments we see as impossibly idealized versions of us are in fact us. Rockwell's genius improves with this 'backstage' glance.—Ken Burns, Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker

A wonderful new book by Ron Schick . . . that lifts the curtain on Rockwell's working methods, revealing how profoundly labor-intensive and thoughtfully imagined they were.—David Kamp, Vanity Fair

Chronicler of midcentury Americana Norman Rockwell often recruited friends and neighbors to pose for the photos that he then used to create the iconic images we know and love. Until now, that part of the painter's process remained mostly hidden, but historian Ron Schick's new book Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera reveals the primary texts next to the colorful classics they became, and the result is truly impossible to put down.
Elizabeth Bougerol, NBC NewYork.com

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera, written and compiled by Ron Schick, has given me immense newfound respect for the man, for the meticulous photography, the real people and the unintentionally hilarious DIY props and sets that he required to make his painted fantasies of Americana come true
Wilson Rothman, Gizmodo.com

This is a book about one of our great homespun artists that will make you laugh, and also make you think. It's a real treasure.
Alan Cheuse, NPR

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780316006934
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 10/22/2009
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 208,700
  • Product dimensions: 9.30 (w) x 11.10 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Ron Schick is a writer and editor specializing in the history of photography. He is the author, with Julia Van Haaften, of The View from Space: American Astronaut Photography. Schick lives in New York City.
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Table of Contents

Foreword John Rockwell Rockwell, John 7

Introduction The Illustrator and the Camera Stephanie Haboush Plunkett Plunkett, Stephanie Haboush 9

Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camera 13

Ch. 1 Illustrations and Features 35

Ch. 2 World War II 55

Ch. 3 Saturday Evening Post Covers: The Arlington Years 83

Creating Authenticity 98

The Artist as Director 120

Ch. 4 Advertisements and Cornmercial Commissions 137

Ch. 5 Saturday Evening Post Covers: The Stockbridge Years 171

Rockwell the Literalist 190

Ch. 6 LOOK Magazine 199

Afterword 217

Acknowledgments 218

Notes 219

Notes to the Captions 219

Selected Bibliography 220

Credits 221

Index 223

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  • Posted November 6, 2009

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    Americana

    Thank you to Hachette Book Group for my copy of this most impressive book. I've always loved Norman Rockwell; I own some of his prints, and I have even visited his museum in Vermont. (He has another museum in Connecticut.)

    This heavy volume satisfies my curiosity to find out the background of many of Rockwell's paintings. Any lover of art, Americana, or history would be pleased to own a copy. What a terrific gift idea! My copy is going on top of my living room coffee table for easy access.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 25, 2010

    very interesting

    I always been impressed by the quality and detail of Norman Rockwell artwork. This book gives us a view of the making of the masterpieces. It's actually very interesting, because, for some reason, i never thought that the paintings could have come from real people that he had photographed. I loved it.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Great book!

    I've enjoyed Norman Rockwell's illustrations for as long as I can remember. I found this book to be an exciting compendeum to the many books I own that showcase Rockwell's work. It's facinating to see how he used photographs of his models to create such life-like illustrations.

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  • Posted January 16, 2010

    Excellent book on Norman Rockwell's art

    As an artist I was intrigued enough by this book to buy it and get a peek at how Norman Rockwell thought through and created his paintings. It was a affirmation to me that it is OK to use photography as a reference when creating art, and since my art has a leaning towards nostalgia and history I often have to rely on vintage black & white photos. Along this topic, David Hockney has even tried to prove that the great Dutch painter, Jan Vermeer, used a type of photo projection box centuries ago.

    This book is a fun page-turner, with the photos juxtaposed along with the paintings. The characters and townspeople in Mr. Rockwell's world are delightful. This is an easy read and a slice of American life back a few decades, great fun.

    Chris Osborne www.ChrisOArt.com

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  • Posted January 10, 2010

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    Aid for Success

    I was amazed to find this book in nearby Barnes and Noble, and jumped at the opprotunity to purchase this. I keep this near my Nikon d80 and books of Andrew Wyeth. As a photographer and artist( feel free to view my gallery at http://www.flickriver.com/photos/15254782@N08/) I find this book most valuable and see how photography contributed to Rockwell's success.

    Not only are photos and paintings shown, but often people who provide first hand accounts of them incooporated into photos and lastly the painting.

    Excellant publication.

    Roger Wayne Green

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