A photographer since age sixteen, Jean-Michel Berts has acquired an outstanding international reputation by showcasing his work at Art Brussel's Fair, London, Saint-Tropez, Berlin, and Hamburg. He has also done successful advertising campains for luxury brands such as Lancome, Dior, and Cacharel.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Light of New York?
Lights of NY Sep 4, 2008
Beautiful photographs! Nice technique by JM Berts. Very interesting! Buy it if you love NY!
Amazing Mar 31, 2008
This book is one of the best books that one can appreciate the photographic style of the photographer. The fact that it was shot on film and the long shutter speeds are great. I am assuming that a bit of research went into picking out the various locations and picking out the right time of night or dusk to shoot was taken in consideration.f
Great book all around and great conversation piece for people that appreciate photography and the art behind it.
a romantic vision of New York Feb 10, 2008
New York City at dusk or dawn with a magical lighting and a unique photo processing that highlight architectural details of iconic features of the city. Manhattan for lovers!
The Light of New York....Spectacular Photos Dec 31, 2007
Amazing book for anyone into photography. New York is captured beautifully in breath taking photos.
Stylized New York Dec 11, 2007
This is a collection of moody black and white photographs taken at dawn with a large-format pinhole camera. There are no people or moving cars but lots of rays of light from the rising sun and brooding clouds. The effect is fantastic. Sometimes the photos look like they were executed in charcoal. The details are mostly very crisp even though the palette is dark.
The major landmarks are all present. Two of Mlle Liberty, 3 or 4 of the Empire State Building, a wonderful shot of the Flatiron Building, etc. (Only 1 of the Chrysler Building, however, and not one of Berts's best.) There are some nice shots of Central Park. He likes the Brooklyn Bridge--and he's good at making large objects like bridges and the Empire State Building look massive. The use of black and white and dawn's early light defamiliarizes the postcard icons and restores them to their original majesty. There are also some nice shots of Little Italy and lesser known buildings, too. This is a great book. If you like it you should check out Light of Paris by the same photographer.
I can't resist offering up one more recommendation, this time for a book that's almost the opposite of The Light of New York in its approach but which is still a wonderful and fun look at the Big Apple: Manhattan Lightscape. Its colors are magnificent.