I probably found this book especially interesting because I read it after attending an exhibit by the same name at one of our local art museums.
I’ve aI probably found this book especially interesting because I read it after attending an exhibit by the same name at one of our local art museums.
I’ve always admired Leibovitz’s photographs and I knew a little about her life, but I never realized how central family (both hers and others’) are for her.
I was surprised by how much I enjoyed the landscape photos. I particularly enjoyed the photos of her family, and the stories behind them. Perusing the text and viewing the photographs, it made me wish that there were more photos of unknown people and fewer of celebrities. I’d actually find those more interesting, I think.
Her photographs are remarkable. There are some I can look at for long periods. I don’t know how she attains what she does, but there seems to be magic in many of her photos of people, especially those in her family. The expression that she’s able to capture make her work true art. Her family members are so fortunate to have her photos as their family snapshots. ...more
I knew nothing about the origins and history of the peace symbol. This information is interspersed with some general history facts for between 1958 (tI knew nothing about the origins and history of the peace symbol. This information is interspersed with some general history facts for between 1958 (the year the peace symbol was created) and 2008 (the current year, 50 years later.) I found it very interesting. It really brought me back to the 1960s and other eras too. It’s a spare little book with a lot of photos and peace symbol art, but it is jam packed with information; it is not really a coffee table type book as I anticipated it might be....more
I love biographies and art books, children’s books, and I really love a good children’s art book. This is a really good one.
Twenty-three artists/illusI love biographies and art books, children’s books, and I really love a good children’s art book. This is a really good one.
Twenty-three artists/illustrators, most known to me but some not known to me, have several pages each. They write a short biography that concentrates on being an artist when they were young. There are a variety of stories and I found almost all of them interesting. They each have a photo of themselves from some point in their childhood. Each has a few pages of examples of their art and they each do a self portrait, which (in my opinion) is some of the best art in the book as many are incredibly creative, but I enjoyed a great deal of all of the art; the artists featured create art in various styles/methods. At the end of the book there’s a one paragraph biography for each concentrating on their adult years as artists.
These 23 people remember what it is like to be young and they direct their comments to children, especially children who have some interest in creating art and being artists. I was impressed by the sensitivity of many of them. Many of them had difficulties with school subjects such as reading, and many were not supported for being artists when they were kids. Some give pep talks to encourage budding young artists. After Eric Carle’s introductory note (more on that in a minute) the book starts off with a page that says “Dear young artist,” One of the most moving things for me was contained in Carle’s note. He was a child in Nazi Germany and he writes of being 12 years old and having an art teacher who showed him works by Klee and others deemed degenerate by the Nazis, something his teacher did for him at great personal risk, according to Carle.
This is a beautiful book and I was fortunate to get a library copy in perfect condition. I’d have thought there would have been some damage as there are many fold out pages and even a pop up page.
This would make a perfect gift book for any child who has a passion to make art. ...more