Tuscany: Inside the Light

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In this lyrical volume, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz and novelist Maggie Barrett journey through four seasons in Tuscany, a region celebrated for its beauty, its bounty, and above all its magnificent light. Meyerowitz first drew acclaim for his remarkable ability to capture subtle qualities of light with the 1978 publication of Cape Light, which went on to become a color photography classic.

This evocative new collection of images and commentary invites readers to ...

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Overview

In this lyrical volume, award-winning photographer Joel Meyerowitz and novelist Maggie Barrett journey through four seasons in Tuscany, a region celebrated for its beauty, its bounty, and above all its magnificent light. Meyerowitz first drew acclaim for his remarkable ability to capture subtle qualities of light with the 1978 publication of Cape Light, which went on to become a color photography classic.

This evocative new collection of images and commentary invites readers to experience the essence of Tuscany: sunlight gilding fields of ripe wheat, darkness lowering under summer skies, and townspeople riding their bicycles through the dappled streets. As the pages turn, dormant fields dusted with frost give way to the first struggling shoots of spring and finally to the ripeness of summer and the abundance of autumn. For those who appreciate the beauty of the Italian countryside and for lovers of fine photography everywhere, Tuscany is a personal and loving portrait of a truly unforgettable place.

About the Authors:

Joel Meyerowitz is a Guggenheim fellow and an NEA and NEH award-winner whose photographs have shown in major museums, including New York's Museum of Modern Art and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. In the fall of 2001 Meyerowitz was granted unprecedented access to Ground Zero, where he captured both the devastation at the site and the dedication of the many workers who toiled there. He has published fifteen books, including Cape Light, A Summer's Day, Redheads, Bay/Sky, The Nutcracker, and At the Water's Edge.

Maggie Barrett is the author of three novels and a collection of short stories. Her play Give it Up, based on one of her novels, has been performed off Broadway, and she is currently at work on another play.

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This book introduces the flavor and personalities of Tuscany with 160 color photographs of landscapes in winter, summer, spring, and fall. Artists have long known of Tuscany's wonderful light and rustic ambiance, and award-winning photographer Meyerowitz (Cape Light) has chosen to capture every aspect of the Tuscan countryside, from traditional landscapes to barren vistas, country farmhouses to village streets, and vineyards to a country kitchen. We see the residents of Tuscany going about their lives in images that speak of hard work, simple living, traditional values, and family. Novelist Barrett, who wrote the introduction for Meyerowitz's At the Water's Edge, provides brief essays on some of the photographs. Her prose is as colorful and picturesque as the images while capturing the warmth of the people. Recommended for public and special libraries.-Karen MacMurray, Cape Coral P.L., FL Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402743214
  • Publisher: Sterling Publishing
  • Publication date: 8/15/2006
  • Pages: 162
  • Product dimensions: 12.74 (w) x 11.04 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Joel Meyerowitz
Joel Meyerowitz is a photographer best known for his large-format color work published in Cape Light and several other books. He began his career as a street photographer and is the co-author of Bystander: A History of Street Photography. His photographs have been shown worldwide, including exhibits at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Recently he produced his first feature film, POP, a diary of a trip he made with his son and his aging father, who had Alzheimer's disease.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2006

    From a Different Stance

    There have been a surprising number of negative opinions about this view of Tuscany, comments that may make the potential buyer avoid the book. This reader found something different here, something unique to this volume and view of an area of the world that seems to have become everybody's dream location. First, the book is soft hued. Joel Meyerowitz is an accomplished photographer who is able to photograph just about any subject and make it more sensitive. Here he walks us through Tuscany along with writer Maggie Barrett during the various seasons of the year. No, there are no color-saturated view of sunflower fields, vineyards, or the glowing sunlight that permeates the summers of Tuscany. Instead we begin with Winter and proceed through Spring, Summer, and Autumn and are given the quality of light that changes with the seasons as much as the crops and produce and landscapes do. The result is a romantic, poetic, fine marriage of image and word that allows us to let the mystery of the countryside and its inhabitants and treasures subtlely come to life. This is not a book for those eager to find the best travel locales or for those who want some visual information for making paintings. This instead is a book of dreamy visions, images altered by light as seen through different hours and seasons. This is a poet's collection. Grady Harp

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2004

    Breathtaking and all that Tuscany is...

    Tuscany is indeed a beautiful villa of Italy. One that inspires creativity and imagination. The photographs in the collection are breathtaking and they encompass all that Tuscany is. It epitomizes the character of the rolling hills and the people that enhabit the area. Beware that Tuscany is not the spectacular sunset of Hawaii, or the fertile lands of an oasis, but it does have the most spectacular countryside and character.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2004

    Tuscany: Overexposed

    I purchased Tuscany:Inside the Light with the hope of seeing the beauty of a much talked about region of Italy. I expected to see page after page of rich photographs capturing the hilly tapestry that is said to be Tuscany , warm village pastels , beautiful villas set against the fertile colors of the land and skies with clouds that may have inspired rennaissance painters. I thought the photographs in this book might encourage me to want to visit Tuscany but I was left dissapointed. While there are a number of beautiful pages in this book, I found the majority of scenes to be ordinary , lifeless, colorless and harshly overexposed. It would appear that Tuscany is hot,dry,and about as exciting as a November drive through the farmlands of Iowa. Perhaps this was the photographers intent, to capture the ordinary,anyday side of the region. On the positive side, the author does a beautiful job of describing the relationship of the people to their homes and land. She gives you a sense of how old and rich this land is. She does a nice job of breathing some life into what would otherwise be some very ordinary looking photographs of plowed fields , leafless trees , dusty paths and pale skies. Somebody bring me a glass of water.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2003

    BREATH TAKING PHOTOGRAPHY!!

    I have always heard of the beauty of Tuscany, but through these photographs I now feel as if I have experienced the beauty for myself. Excellent photography and brilliantly imaginative literary commentary make this book a must have!

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