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X-Ray: See Through the World Around You

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  12 reviews
A beautiful and utterly mesmerizing view of everyday objects.

Using security scanners and x-ray machines, Nick Veasey creates beautiful, unsettling, inside-out images that reveal—like never before—the intricacy of everyday objects, animals, and plants. Whether the spectacle of an x-rayed Boeing 777, the elaborate geometry of an mp3 player’s circuit boards, or the ethereal
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Studio (first published April 7th 2008)
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Lisa  (not getting friends updates) Vegan
Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: those interested in unusual art & nature & science
It sounds like a cliché but I really had a hard time putting this book down so I read it very quickly, even though I did refer back frequently from the picture index to the photos.

I was very intrigued by this book and I’m very grateful that I won it from Goodreads First Reads giveaway program.

This is a coffee table book with substance. The photographer/author uses security scanners and x-ray machines to take photos and then often enhances them using computer programs. There is sufficient materia
Nov 21, 2008 rated it it was amazing
I know that Nick may cringe when and if he reads this, but I mean it as high praise when I say this is a coffee table book of the highest order. This one should never see my bookshelves because it belongs out where it can inspire conversation.

Once past the initial introduction, the collection is broken into four sections (objects, the body, nature, and fashion) with a picture index at the back. Each section has its own little intro bit and then the pictures are left to speak for themselves. At l
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book provides an interesting look at the structure of everyday things. I most enjoyed the images that were made up of many x-rays. Certainly Veasey's work is a new look at the visual beauty revealed by x-ray photography. It's amazing how still and clean all of the images are. Occassionally I had to remind myself that I was looking at x-rays and not at graphic creations. There is a picture index at the back of the book which gives little insights into the creation of the images and I found t ...more
Nov 01, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-z-titles-2014
Very interesting look at the inner workings and insides of the world around us.
Jan 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
A scant handful of the x-rays featured in this book are ethereal, beautiful works of art, some are technically interesting, far too many of them are just pointless. X-rays of hair dryers and MP3 players look like schematics. X-rays of shirts look like shirts you can see through. X-rays of flowers are pretty, but only really as much as a photograph of the same flower would be. Cheese graters look like cheese graters. Light bulbs look like light bulbs. Bottles look like bottles. Some things look l ...more
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
finally got it . Awesome work
Jake Gest
Aug 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art, non-fiction
This simple art book, entitled X-Ray, is a collection of artwork by Nick Veasey using state of the art X-Ray equipment. The works are divided into four sections: Objects, The Human Body, Nature and Fashion. As one might expect objects were inanimate objects like remote controls, computers, musical instruments, and shoes. The human body is self-explanatory. Nature involved anything from flowers, to sea shells to insects and Fashion dealt primarily with clothing.

Simply said, I love this book. Like
Donna Jo Atwood
Oct 22, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: art
Mostly pictures of items using x-rays. This is an amazing book. Some of the pictures deserve to be pored over. The Nature section, especially, is very artistic, but I also enjoyed the Fashion segment.
Jan 31, 2010 rated it it was ok
Some interesting techniques but for my tastes many of the pictures have little added to them by being Xrays, or rely to heavily on the novel nature of an Xray photo and are not that intriguing. However they're are a few great gems worth flipping through this book for. ...more
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A never-thought-of image collection which is so interesting to read and enjoy and think!
Feb 11, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: science
Great pictures and a different outlook on the world
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