Item description for Paper Dreams: The Lost Art Of Hollywood Still Photography by Christoph Schifferli David Campany...
Film stills are a blind spot in the history of 20th-century photography. Largely collected and appreciated simply for their documentary value, only recently have private and public collectors started to discover their seductive and original artistic qualities. In the 1920s and 30s, during Hollywood's golden age, film-still photography reached an unmatched level of technical sophistication and mastery and developed an aesthetic style of its own. This book assembles a selection of vintage film stills from the Hollywood of that glamorous era--masterpieces from a large collection of film photography. Reproducing them in their original format and in high-quality tritone printing, the book conveys the unique creative and narrative qualities of these pictures from a forgotten chapter of black-and-white photography.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 11.97" Width: 11.18" Height: 0.79" Weight: 2.51 lbs.
Release Date Jan 15, 2006
Publisher Steidl/Edition 7L
ISBN 3865211534 ISBN13 9783865211538
Reviews - What do customers think about Paper Dreams: The Lost Art Of Hollywood Still Photography?
A Sourcebook for Contemporary Photography Trends Aug 23, 2007
This is a facinating book if you reflect on current trends (past 15 years or so) in fine art photography. For me, the essay in the beginning puts the book's importance in this context -a point previous reviewers overlooked.
The still image taken (disrupted) from a larger film narrative becomes an ambiguous image on its own, suggesting other narrative interpretations and possibilities. Many current photographers - Jeff Wall, Creydson, Lorca-Di Corcia, the list goes on - defined current trends in photography by doing just that. The Hollywood still photographers had no idea the possibilities of their documents. A few of these images, save for the black and white print, look shockingly current.
Another Point Of View Jun 28, 2007
The other review is certainly valid. I add this only because it kept me from purchasing this book for a period of time. I finally went ahead and ordered it anyway. I'm glad that I did. It is a worthwhile addition to my collection of photography books.
Lovely images, but way too few May 21, 2007
This is a nice, but modest in number collection of some intriguing images. Reproduction quality is excellent and the images themselves are wonderful. The author states that this is part of a larger collection of these rare images, but out of the 110 pages, there are only 48 full page plates, with only a short identification line on the facing page. The format could have easily doubled the images. Consequently, I feel the book is overpriced for what you get. Worth it at half the price. Save your money for better assembled collections like Alfred Chaney Johnson's, Clarence Sinclair Bull's, George Hurrell, Ruth Harriet Louise, or any of the Kobal compilations.