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Inspired by a desire to design a new pool for her own Long Island backyard, Kelly Klein sought out and put together the most arresting and iconic photographs of swimming pools in all their various forms to create this unique and stunning book. The photographs are as inspiring as they are moving, revealing an incredible wealth of styles and designs in climates and cultures across the globe, and evoking the sensations of rest and nostalgia, the clarity of water and light, the coexistence of coolness and warmth, and...
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Hardcover New The pool is seen as architecture, as sculpture, as gathering place, and as art--seductive, dreamlike, romantic--in a unique collection of photographs taken from ... the '20s through the '50s by the great photographers--Latrigue, Stieglitz, Munkacsi, Weston, Mapplethorpe, Weber, and others. 189 photographs, many in full color. Out of print. Wrapped in Brodart dust jacket protector. A great clean, tight copy of Klein; s first edition. A few scratches on back dust jacket. Read more Show Less

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Inspired by a desire to design a new pool for her own Long Island backyard, Kelly Klein sought out and put together the most arresting and iconic photographs of swimming pools in all their various forms to create this unique and stunning book. The photographs are as inspiring as they are moving, revealing an incredible wealth of styles and designs in climates and cultures across the globe, and evoking the sensations of rest and nostalgia, the clarity of water and light, the coexistence of coolness and warmth, and the insinuations of sex and romance that can bring such character to a swimming pool. Included are pools in all shapes, sizes, colors, and settings, from Tangiers and Miami to the ancient magnificence of Hadrian's Villa; from Coney Island to the Côte d'Azur; from the robber baron 1880s through the prosperous 1990s, and captured by great photographers such as Lartigue, Stieglitz, Munkacsi, Weston, Mapplethorpe, and Weber. Republished in its entirety from the original first edition of 1992, including 187 photographs and a note from Esther Williams, Pools is a classic of modern design photography and an inspiration to aesthetes and creative homeowners alike.
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Donna Seaman
You might think a book about swimming pools would be clever or kitschy, but this superbly designed volume is elegant and seductive. Every one of the 187 richly reproduced black-and-white or color images dazzles us with the shimmery, reflective, and soothing beauty of water. Klein has selected anonymous photographs of old but grand indoor pools and snapshots of modest but intriguing backyard scenes as well as evocative shots of remarkable settings by such notables as Jacques Henri Lartigue, Edward Weston, Alfred Stieglitz, Helmut Newton, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Bruce Weber. Many of the pools depicted are architectural masterpieces: gems set in dramatic or meditative landscapes, some built on cliffs above the wild sea in surprising juxtaposition. We gaze entranced at rococo tiled or colonnaded pools reminiscent of Roman baths, or at perfect, austere rectangles mirroring a stormy sky, or trees or cacti. Photographers have found inspiration in documenting public and private pools in Mexico, Florida, California, Long Island, Rio de Janeiro, Italy, Japan, and Spain from the turn of the century to the present, in use or in eloquent repose. A book to linger over and wonder at, this is a treasure, rare and fascinating.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780679409137
  • Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 11/10/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Pages: 192

Meet the Author

Kelly Klein is among America's foremost fashion, style, and design photographers. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City and went on to work at Ralph Lauren and Calvin Klein. Her iconic images have appeared in numerous magazines and she is also the author of Underworld, Cross, and Emotion. She lives in New York City. Esther Williams is a legendary American actress whose beauty, style, and love for swimming characterized aquatic Hollywood classics such as Neptune's Daughter, Million Dollar Mermaid, and Dangerous When Wet.
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