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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

READ THIS: The Contact Sheet Edited by Steve Crist Our Coverage Sponsored by Stribling and Associates

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We absolutely adore tremendous works of photography, and the latest and greatest we have to tell you about is by Ammo, a publisher that we've become quite impressed with recently.  
“The Contact Sheet” opens a compelling window into the creative thought process of the artists behind some of the most iconic photographs of our time.  
Pre-digital photography, all photographers chose their final pictures from a session with the help of their contact sheets.   Peachy herself remembers doing this in photography class at Miss Porter's...Miss Pegau, Margeret, are you reading?  With dozens of versions of the same subject laid out before you, you carefully scrutinized each picture for perfection. The pictures were tiny, and grouped together on one page. An editor's job was to choose the one inimitable photograph from this group, mark it with a wax pencil, and thus make history.  
A rare glimpse into a behind-the-scenes technique that is now all but obsolete, "The Contact Sheet" by Ammo Books presents thought as well as deed.

Included in this book of photographers, many known to us , are fashion shots, historical moments, still photography. Artistic in composition and approach, the scenes laid out before us allow for an insider's view of process. William Claxton, with the iconic poses of Peggy Moffitt, his wife, in the Gernreich topless bathing suit leads the selection.  
This is our chance to see what else was captured by the lens, and what direction the session took. 
“The Contact Sheet” provides a useful roadmap for those photographers who spend quite a bit of time assessing whether a work embodies the full expression of their intention.
 The editor, Steve Crist, showcases works by Robert Doisneau a favorite of Peachy's, William Wegman, Nan Goldin, Peter Lindbergh, and forty others who have covered the gamut in photography. With the brief backstories provided, translated into French, Spanish and German on the same page, any lover of visual arts will be able to fill in some of the blanks behind the click of the camera lens.  
“The Contact Sheet” succinctly, yet beautifully describes the pivotal events which helped each of the well known photographers develop.  
The well-chosen body of work included in “The Contact Sheet” inspires creativity.  Whom You Know Highly Recommends 
“The Contact Sheet”!

Behind every great photograph is a story. For every noteworthy image, many more images are taken before and after “the moment” that are often left unseen to anyone but the photographer himself.  
Featuring a diverse collection of original contact sheets from more than 
40 international photographers, The Contact Sheet allows in-depth insight into the subject matter and the photographic process — often revealing a deeper story that has not been told.

A few of the photographers featured include:

• Michael Comte 

• Imogen Cunningham 

• Elliott Erwitt

• Art Kane 

• David Hume Kennerly 

• Dorothea Lange

• Peter Lindbergh 

• Edmund Teske 

• Jerry Uelsmann

From William Claxton to William Wegman, the photographers in this collection cover a range from well-known names to up-and-coming artists, making this an indispensable addition to the library of any serious lover of photography.


Steve Crist is the publisher of AMMO Books and has also personally edited and created outstanding titles such as Gonzo by Hunter S. Thompson, The Curse of Lono by Hunter S. Thompson, Marilyn by Andre de Dienes, Jazz Life by William Claxton, Steve McQueen by William Claxton and The Polaroid Book.


AMMO Books, a Los Angeles-based publishing house, focuses on the rich, colorful world of arts and culture, creating must-have, one-of-a-kind books. Recent titles include the award-winning Gonzo by Hunter S. Thompson and Johnny Depp and Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham. AMMO Books presents its new releases to a worldwide audience on and via all major bookstores in more than 20 countries.

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