Item description for New York Vertical by Horst Hamann...
Now in an easy-to-carry format, this award-winning pictorial tribute to the world's most vertical city offers a unique introduction to New York's spectacular architecture. Using a vintage panoramic camera tilted ninety degrees, Hamann spent nearly five years painstakingly setting up shot after shot, often finding himself balancing precariously out a window ledge, patiently waiting for the perfect lighting conditions. His stark black and white compositions lend these photographs a dramatic, often dreamlike quality, and offer unique reinterpretations of the of the world's most recognizable cityscapes. The result is an original and astonishing array of images-accompanied by quotations from some of the city's most ardent and well-known fans-that capture New York's towering presence in a way no other photographer ever has.
Outline Some people may mistakenly overlook this book because of the novelty of its central idea--upending a panoramic camera to shoot New York City vertically. But veteran photographer Horst Hamann's pictures have nothing gimmicky about them; in fact, like Berenice Abbott's, they seem destined for New York City photo immortality. The pictures are beautifully controlled--in vision, in camera technique, and in printing. What's more, Hamann bends the city to his vision of light, air, and geometry. A shot of the Statue of Liberty's right arm, holding the lamp aloft, is a masterwork of composition and care. It's as if Hamann somehow arranged for the sea below to darken in precisely the same gradations as the Lady's stately arm. Compare it to a dizzying picture of one of the Chrysler Building's shiny eagle heads, or a serene moment among the hosta lilies in Trinity Church cemetery for a grasp of Hamann's range.
Each photograph is paired with a quotation on the opposite page, such as Walt Whitman's "The beautiful city, the city of hurried and sparkling waters!" or former mayor James J. Walker's quip, "I'd rather be a lamppost in New York than Mayor of Chicago." The back of the book contains information on the places in the photographs. On a shelf of New York books, this one might take its place next to Paul Goldberger's classic, The City Observed, as a fresh example of how New York's stone, steel, and glass architectural icons are reinvented with each new visionary. --Peggy Moorman
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 19.21" Width: 9.06" Height: 0.87" Weight: 4.81 lbs.
Publisher Te Neues Publishing Company
ISBN 3823821199 ISBN13 9783823821199
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More About Horst Hamann
Horst Hamann has become famous during the last twenty years for his panoramic photography. His internationally
Reviews - What do customers think about New York Vertical?
Handy, but it's too small. Jan 3, 2007
This book may be appropriate as a guide of skyscrapers in NYC. But I feel a little frustration when I look as a photo catalogue.
Nice Photos, Not His Best Sep 24, 2003
I ordered Horst Hermann's "New York Vertical" after a trip to New York where I feel in love with the height and grandure. I bought it because I wanted something to remind myself of the magic I had experienced. I was then amazed to find this book of postcards being offered and decided to buy it so I could share them with friends and family. I was completely disappointed in the photographs that were chosen for this endevour as there are far more dynamic photographs in his book. I wish that care had been taken in the selection of photographs for this collection. If you are just wanting some cards it is fine, but if like me you fell in love with all of his work it will be a let down.
BREATH TAKING! Jul 21, 1999
New York Vertical is to my knowledge the best book there is! I want to congratulate Horst Hamann, he did the impossible to photograph the New York we all love. The black and white photographs captured the beauty of the city, the format of the pictures is incredible! It's a masterpiece! BRAVO
New York Vertical Rules! Jun 8, 1999
I fell in love with New York many years ago and visited for the first time last summer. The photographer's capture of the architecture is outstanding, the accompanying quotes well worth remembering. So, until I return the pages of New York Vertical will keep the memory fresh.
New York at it's Most Elegant Feb 23, 1999
As a photographer who also has captured images of NY in black and white, I can appreciate this most beautiful publication. The meticulously printed duotones should be the standard for all photography books. Congratulations to Horst. Your book has an honored place on my coffee table. And this new, smaller size, makes it much more practical and affordable with little loss of enjoyment from the larger edition.