Sunday, October 30, 2016

Book Review: Photographs From the Edge by Art Wolfe with Rob Sheppard

I love a good coffee table book. Browsing through big, beautiful photographs is really calming to me because I love immersing myself in the images. Photographs From the Edge by Art Wolfe showcases 40 years of Art's photography and includes plenty of stories behind all of the images.

*Disclaimer: This book was sent to See, Shop, Love! in exchange for an honest review through Blogging for Books.

As soon as I saw the cover image for this book I knew I had to see more. I love nature photography, and Art Wolfe is one of the best nature photographers in the world. He's worked with National Geographic, Smithsonian, BBC Wildlife, and many more. Check out his biography page on the Random House site to learn more.

I couldn't wait to dig in to this book! It's a sturdy hardcover and would look great on any coffee table or bookshelf. The photographs are printed beautifully, but what I really like is how much background is given about each of the photos.

Some of the photographs are printed as two-page spreads, but most are layed out like the pages pictured above. As you can see, there's a full page of text where Art provides the story behind each photo. I loved reading about the places and subjects themselves. Just looking at the photos is a great experience, but knowing how each image was captured provides so much more depth. There's also a photo tip accompanying each image, which is great for any aspiring photographers.

Here's another shot of the text, to give you an idea of what you'll find inside the book. I also like that the technical specs are provided (underneath the title of the image).

The book features a total of 288 pages of photos and text, beginning with Art's work from the 1980s all the way up to 2015. Obviously all of his photos are spectacular, but it was interesting to see the progression of his style and subject matter, which he also talks about in the book's preface.
Bottom Line: Whether you're into photography as a hobby or just have an affinity for beautiful nature photos, you should definitely check out Photographs From the Edge! I loved browsing through all of the photos and learning the stories behind them made the whole experience even better.

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