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Odysseys and Photographs: Four National Geographic Field Men; Maynard Owen Williams, Luis Marden, Volkmar Wentzel, Thomas Abercrombieby Leah Bendavid Val
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Spanning almost a century of global upheaval and riveting human drama, this magnificent book follows the careers of Maynard Owen Williams, Volkmar Wentzel, Luis Marden, and Tom Abercrombie—a stellar quartet of National Geographic photographers who used their cameras to record a truly remarkable era.
While the lensmen were all supported and nurtured both technically and creatively by the Geographic, each had his own interests and his own distinctive style—and each made his own unique contribution to world culture, science, and history. Following a thoughtful introduction that sets the scene, the book is divided into four parts, each devoted to one mans life and work. Chapters open with an essay and then display up to 50 pages of breathtaking historic images, many of which lay hidden in National Geographic archives for decades. Close associates and loved ones authored each photographers intimate story, calling on journals, anecdotes, and behind-the-scenes correspondence to portray the real person behind the lens. Our four subjects, taken together, represent the entire and quite glamorous progression of National Geographic photography—a chronicle that will be eagerly embraced by all who love world history, biography, and great pictures.
Book News Annotation:
This photographic retrospective contains 200 images spanning nearly a century by four of National Geographic's most celebrated field men: Maynard Owen Williams (in the field from 1919-1953), Luis Marden (field man from 1934-1976) Volkmar Wentzel (field man from 1937-1985), and Thomas Abercrombie (field man working in the latter half of the 20th century). The attractive plates, covering distant corners of the earth and a great variety of humanity are, for the most part, displayed as full pages, and many are in b&w. Colleagues, friends, and family members provide biographies of each photographer profiled. Oversize: 10x11". Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Find rare insight into photography, world history, and the human experience in the personal stories of four legendary "National Geographic" photographer-explorers, as told by those who knew them best. 200 b&w and color photographs.
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