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Seeing the World Through Shape
How do humans make sense of the world? In answer to this timeless question, award winning documentary filmmaker, Lois Farfel Stark, takes the reader on a remarkable journey from tribal ceremonies in Liberia and the pyramids in Egypt, to the gravity-defying architecture of modern China. Drawing on her experience as a global explorer, Stark unv
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Hardcover, 200 pages
Published February 6th 2018 by Greenleaf Book Group Press
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Judithe Little
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a fascinating must-read book for anyone who longs to understand a little bit more the world and our place in it. Through a collection of stunning, curated photographs, Lois Stark, a former documentary film maker, takes the reader on a fascinating journey through time. Starting with migratory humans and going all the way to today, Stark showcases the shapes through which humans have seen their world and how these shapes influenced everything around them. She explains how and why these sha ...more
Paul Franco
Feb 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: photography
This is a picture book that wants to be more than that.
The first part reads like Intro to Human Anthropology. There’s an intriguing observation about shapes, the round and the square in Liberia shown as examples. One gorgeous photo brought good memories of Stonehenge, before it was fenced off. The Big Dipper-Great Bear-laptop thing was a bit forced, though that was quickly overshadowed by the most beautiful shot of a spiderweb ever.
This is definitely not something you should read in one sitting,
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Holly Walrath
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A stunning visual book that transcends genre. Blending philosophy, memoir, personal essay, history, photography, and art, The Telling Image will change how you think. It's not often that a coffee table book contains this much substance and tackles the big ideas in the world.
Andreea
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

This is not an easy book to review because it is not an easy book to put in a category - and our brains tend to like thinking in boxes and categorizing things. And actually, this book is someone's thoughts, simply put together and trying to make sense of things and the concepts presented in the book, influenced by her experiences as a documentary filmmaker, that took the author all over the world and shaped her thoughts and ide
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Lois Farfel Stark is an Emmy Award-winning producer, documentary filmmaker, and author. During her distinguished career she produced and wrote over forty documentaries on architecture, medical research, wilderness protection, artists, and social issues. With NBC News, she covered Abu Dhabi’s catapult to the 20th century, the British withdrawal from the Persian Gulf, Cuba ten years after their revo ...more
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