Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places

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In 250 glorious photographs Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places documents the beauty and depth of every part of the world. Delving deeply into a picture archive that houses over ten million images, with many photographs being published for the first time, this new book-the third and final in the "greatest photographs" series-presents the world's amazingly diverse places with epic grandeur, unparalleled intimacy, romantic beauty, and gritty realism. The photographs are landscapes, cityscapes, famous ...
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Overview

In 250 glorious photographs Wide Angle: National Geographic Greatest Places documents the beauty and depth of every part of the world. Delving deeply into a picture archive that houses over ten million images, with many photographs being published for the first time, this new book-the third and final in the "greatest photographs" series-presents the world's amazingly diverse places with epic grandeur, unparalleled intimacy, romantic beauty, and gritty realism. The photographs are landscapes, cityscapes, famous landmarks, and unfamiliar spots that reveal special qualities of geography or culture one might otherwise never see.

Spanning more than eleven decades, the images in Wide Angle are divided into twelve chapters, each depicting a unique geography-including East and Southeast Asia, the Middle East, North Africa, and the Polar Regions. Each chapter is introduced by award-winning cultural writer and critic Ferdinand Protzman, whose essays accent the stunning photographs by renowned National Geographic photographers. Both essays and photographs carefully examine a region's special qualities, creating unique character and its own special and unforgettable sense of place. In Wide Angle, National Geographic photographers have recorded the world's places close up, in sweeping breadth, in depth, and over time.

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Year after year, National Geographic produces spectacular pictorials. The reasons for their perennial success are no mystery: National Geographic houses a unique picture archive of more than 10 million images, superb photographic processing facilities, and over a century of experience in the field. Each chapter of this large-format pictorial spotlights an individual region or climate zone. The photographs, which span more than 11 decades, are accompanied by essays by award-winning cultural writer Ferdinand Protzman, who authored National Geographic's Landscape: Photographs of Time and Place.
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National Geographic photographers know how to fill a page, and this six-pound book, the final installment of a trilogy that includes Through the Lens: National Geographic Greatest Photographs and In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits (LJ Editor Pick, 9/1/04), does a good job of attesting to that. Series editor Leah Bendavid Val, working with cultural writer and critic Protzman, has effectively organized this volume of 260 photographs from National Geographic's visual library archive into 12 geographical chapters. Within each chapter (i.e., region), an incredible range of images is presented, one that encompasses landscapes, cityscapes, and vistas. Though the book celebrates the global diversity of places and to a lesser extent, cultures, it really celebrates the talents of all those National Geographic photographers who patiently find their location, then wait out the light, weather, and people to get pictures that astonish and endure. This book will do both. Reasonably priced and highly recommended. [A selection of these images will be on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC, through January 25, 2006.-Ed.]-David Bryant, New Canaan Lib., CT Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780792239130
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 10/4/2005
  • Pages: 504
  • Product dimensions: 10.20 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.82 (d)

Meet the Author

Ferdinand Protzman is an award-winning cultural critic, author and contributing editor for ARTnews magazine. He has written four books and contributed to others. His reviews, essays and articles have appeared in The Washington Post, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The International Herald Tribune, ARTnews,The Harvard Review, The Forward and Zeit-Magazin. He lives in Oberlin, Ohio.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2006

    Awesome!!!!

    This book is exceptionally enticing. Great pictures, great places. The only thing that I didn't like in the book is how some of the pictures, not all of them, are cut in half to be stretched out on two pages. But, other than that, I think it is $ well spent.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2006

    Wonderful collection

    This book almost puts you right in front of those maginificent places. It is truly captivating. Classy job by National Geographic.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2006

    Bigger is not always better!

    I absolutely love Wide Angle, the photographs are great! The only thing that put me off was on most of the best pictures which were stretched over two pages lost their impact due to the picture being cut in half. I would rather like to see a smaller picture than a bigger one that was cut in half or obscured by the binding.

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