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Transit: Around the World in 1424 Days [Hardcover]

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Features portraits taken in over 130 countries in all corners of the world. This collection has its fair share of anecdotes, adventures, mishaps, souvenirs, stories and images. It paints a vivid picture of what it's like to travel and meet countless people and observe the cultural and social similarities and differences that mark the human race.

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Around the world in 1424 days: the epic voyage behind the making of the book 1000 Families Part travel journal, part scrapbook, this unique book traces the four-year, 250,000-km journey of photographer Uwe Ommer during the making of TASCHEN's 1000 Families. Called a ?family album of planet earth, ? 1000 Families is a vast collection of portraits taken by Ommer in over 130 countries in all corners of the world. Naturally, a voyage of such epic proportions bears its fair share of anecdotes, adventures, mishaps, and souvenirs, and Transit traces the experience via stories and images. From closed borders and broken bridges to late rainy seasons, curious customs officers, thieves, coups d??tat, raging fevers, and a far from ?unbreakable? Land Rover, Ommer found truth in the maxim ?just about everything that can go wrong, will.? This amusing and original compilation paints a vivid picture of what it's like to travel to the most remote corners of the globe for four years, meeting countless people and observing the great cultural and social similarities and differences that mark the human race. The photographer: Uwe Ommer was born in Bergisch-Gladbach, Germany, in 1943. Ommer became fascinated with photography at a young age and in 1962 moved to Paris, where he initially worked as a photographer's assistant. Within a few years, he opened his own photography studio, primarily shooting fashion and advertising photos. Quickly gaining respect for his work in Paris, Ommer began showing in local galleries and eventually published his first book Photoedition Uwe Ommer in 1979, a collection of personal and advertising works. In the following years, he would publish five more books of his photographs.In 1995, Ommer drastically changed gears and decided to embark on an ambitious project: to document all types of families on every continent at the turn of the millennium. Armed with a Landrover, Rolleiflex camera, portable studio, and one assistant, Ommer visited 130 countries in the following four years, interviewing and photographing over 1000 families. Returning to Paris in 2000, Ommer had an enormous collection of photographs illustrating the human ?family? in its current and diverse state. TASCHEN published 1000 Families in 2000, coinciding with the first public exhibition of the portraits, in Cologne. Since then, the exhibition has toured the world. In 2002, Uwe Ommer was awarded an Honorary Fellowship to the Royal Photographic Society for the impact of his lifetime of work.

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Item Specifications...

Pages   720
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 2" Width: 11.5" Height: 11.25"
Weight:   9.95 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Sep 15, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822846546  
ISBN13  9783822846544  

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More About Uwe Ommer

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Uwe Ommer is a photographer whose latest book, "1000 Families," was the subject of a major exhibition. He is an honorary member of the Royal Photographic Society.
Sophie Furlaud is a journalist and an author of books for children.
Pierre Verboud is currently a secondary-school teacher. Previously, he worked as an editor and designer.

Uwe Ommer currently resides in Bergisch-Gladbach. Uwe Ommer was born in 1943.

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Review :"Transit: Around the World in 1424 Days" ordered from Germany   Jun 2, 2008
I ordered the book at the beginning of May and it took about three weeks to arrive in Germany. The book was a present, so I could only have a very brief look at it, but I got a very positive feedback. High quality photographies, commented by the author, giving an insight into the life of people and families around the globe.
Uwe and the family of man  Sep 28, 2006
This extraordinary book is the obvious outcome of Uwe Ommer's epic journey of 180,000 miles through 130 countries in 1424 days to take photos for his '1000 Families' book published just after the millennium. It is a huge book too, over eleven inches square and weighting almost ten pounds with more than two thousand color photos by my reckoning.

The whole journey is in six sections starting in Europe, July 1996, Africa, February 1997 (this continent gets a huge 240 pages, as Uwe more or less travels round the entire coast) back to Europe again in May 1998, North and Central America, September 1998, South America, January 1999 and finally the Middle East and Asia July 1999, oh yes a quick visit to Australia, Japan and China in December 1999.

The format of the book is perhaps the most unusual aspect, it is entirely designed as a scrapbook, which perfectly lends itself to a travelogue. Most spreads have a dominant family portrait (as used in the '1000 Families' book) with other pictures showing where and how these folks live plus plenty of printed items (banknotes, receipts, stamps, contact prints, maps, scraps of local newspapers and more) and also other objects like local fruit and vegetables, stones or tourist trinkets and finally a blank colored shape for the text. It is the way these two hundred plus still-life spreads have been designed that I thought was most impressive especially considering the amount of visual items used, each one has been carefully positioned so that everything works.

Though there is plenty to look at on each spread Uwe's detailed text is a joy to read because he has a delightful down to earth style (I understand that the text was originally written in French so whoever translated it into English did a brilliant job). This becomes evident when he tells of the endless problems with poorly paid civil servants in the third world especially the local police and customs. He also writes interesting captions to all the family portraits. I think it's worth a comment on these family photos, though they are all taken with a looking-at-the-camera style everyone looks relaxed and informal probably because they were photographed where they lived and nicely against a white backdrop that Uwe carried in his Land Rover. These photos give the impression that you could easily walk up to these folk and pass the time of day.

I think Transit is a remarkable travel book (any print designer will love it) showing how millions of people live in small cities and rural areas of the world in a family of man.

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