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The Sea
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The Sea

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by Philip Plisson (Photographer), Yann Queffelec (Preface by), Eliane Georges (Text by)
 

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Philip Plisson, the well-known French marine photographer, has turned his attention to his passion, the oceans of the world. Plisson's remarkable photographs glorify humankind's obsession with conquering the seas. His images capture the ocean's drama and power, and provide glimpses of life in seaside communities. The book also addresses the current environmental

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Philip Plisson, the well-known French marine photographer, has turned his attention to his passion, the oceans of the world. Plisson's remarkable photographs glorify humankind's obsession with conquering the seas. His images capture the ocean's drama and power, and provide glimpses of life in seaside communities. The book also addresses the current environmental dangers that threaten the fragile ecological balance of the planet's waters. A book for photography lovers, undersea adventurers, and those concerned with the future of the earth, this breathtaking volume celebrates, in 400 of Plisson's most evocative images, our never-ending fascination with the world's oceans and seas.

Editorial Reviews

The New Yorker
In the forthcoming photographic anthology Oceans, edited by Sue Hostetler, actor and environmentalist Robert Redford writes about the sea as "a complex natural wilderness" and Jean-Michel Cousteau (son of Jacques) describes the Earth's oceans as "the big story in this solar system." But more than words or advocacy, the big story in "Oceans" is photography's ongoing, and wonderfully quixotic, attempts to fix the sea in its lens. Amid the crashing foam, delicate horizon lines, and international cast of beachcombers depicted here, unforgettable images emerge: Lynn Davis's Greenland icebergs, rising out of the desolate North Atlantic like a giant marble statuary; Rineke Dijkstra's seaside portrait of an iconically awkward teen-ager; Jock Sturges's luminous study of three nudes on an immense, mirrorlike French beach; and Hiroshi Sugimoto's enigmatic Aegean seascape, in which a feathery crosshatch of waves dissolves into unknowable mist.

If "Oceans" is something of a greatest-hits collection, Philip Plisson's The Sea (forthcoming from Abrams) is an extended tone poem. This brimming monograph includes four hundred of the French marine photographer's evocative color images of churning seas and storm-battered islands. While most photographers concern themselves with the sea's hypnotic surface, the American underwater photographer David Doubilet dives right in. In Great Barrier Reef (National Geographic), a study of the Australian wonder first discovered by Captain Cook, Doubilet's camera truly reveals another world of Dr. Seussian spine-cheek clown fish, manta rays on the wing, and kaleidoscopic coral in mid-spawn—an event that Doubilet celebrates as "the most spectacular sex act on the planet." (Mark Rozzo)
Publishers Weekly
About 70 percent of the planet is covered by oceans, and French marine photographer Plisson here offers arresting images of these vast bodies of water in all their incarnations. In his preface, Prix Goncourt-winning writer Yann Queffilec recalls the sea's "perpetual, static velocity," and these overwhelming photographs-400 in all-are a testament to that paradox. Some portray human interaction with the ocean: fisherman casting their lines from a craggy jetty; waves crashing over a railing, soaking onlookers; hundreds of pleasure-seekers wading into the water's edge on a summer day. Others depict the sea's vast and mottled surface, with nary a ship in sight. The book's design, which positions all the captions at the end, allows readers to be swept up by the remarkable images. Some photos are panoramas, spanning four fold-out pages. From Portugal to Polynesia, Plisson succeeds in documenting the sea's tremendous presence. (Nov.) Copyright 2003 Cahners Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780810984844
Publisher:
Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
Publication date:
02/01/2010
Pages:
399
Product dimensions:
7.50(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.50(d)
Age Range:
13 - 18 Years

Meet the Author

Philip Plisson is a highly acclaimed French marine photographer. In 1991 he was appointed to the post of Peintre de la Marine, official artist to the French Navy. In his distinguished career he has taken more than 200,000 images, published twenty-six books, and won numerous awards.

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Sea 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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This opening phrase from Walt Whitman's epic poem 'A Song for All Seas, All Ships' best describes this visually stunning photographic essay of the many manifestations of the sea, that mighty body of water that reigns the planet and as such reigns the hearts and imaginations of poets, painter, writers, and dreamers alike. Philip Plisson is highly regarded as a marine photographer and has here selected some of the finest of his works that explore the massive body of water, of history, of romance, of treacherous vagaries, and of man's humble intervention with oceans around the world. In rich color these photographs are most expressive when they deal solely with the body of water itself, the myriad surfaces of calm, tranquility, storm and rage and the eruptions of violence against rocks and cliffs and ships. Thankfully there are no written words to distract from the images, though there are notes in the postlude that describe the various areas of origin of the photographs.This is a book for lovers of the sea. In scale of the book's size as well as the content of visual imagination this is a mighty work. Or as Whitman phrased it 'Sail forth - steer for the deep waters only, Reckless, O soul, exploring...' Highly Recommended. Grady Harp