Eye of the Beholder - Laura J. Snyder

Eye of the Beholder is a fascinating mix of art history and history of science, told through biographies of Johannes Vermeer and Antoni Van Leeuwenhoek. Snyder explores how the invention of microscope, telescope, and devices like camera obscura changed our theories of vision and perhaps even changed how we perceive the world. Vivid and lively, this is perfect non-fiction for both (quoting Van Leeuwenhoek) ‘curious gentlemen dabblers’ and 'learned philosophers' alike.

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$27.95
ISBN: 9780393077469
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 16th, 2015

Eye of the Beholder: Johannes Vermeer, Antoni van Leeuwenhoek, and the Reinvention of Seeing By Laura J. Snyder Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9780393352887
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - May 17th, 2016

People of the Twenty-First Century - Hans Eijkelboom

If the cover of People of the Twenty-First Century makes an immediate visual statement, the rest of this book is the ensuing manifesto. Each page captures between fifteen minutes and three hours in the life of a variety of global street corners, during which time Dutch photographer Hans Eijkelboom does more than merely chronicle the parade of humanity. He observes very particular recurring forms with unnerving precision, from Parisian women in leopard-print coats to Amsterdam men in trademark "Rolling Stones tongue" t-shirts to Shanghai commuters biking in ponchos. Unlike in his precursor August Sander’s People of the Twentieth Century, Eijkelboom never defines these archetypes, as they’re not immediately meaningful categories that he creates. The arrangements of people do nag at you, though, whether that twinge is uneasiness or witty pleasure at the repetitions of collective, consumer life. Either way, the book is a remarkable act of hypnosis.

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ISBN: 9780714867151
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Published: Phaidon Press - October 2nd, 2014

Windows on the World: Fifty Writers, Fifty Views - Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein

A writer’s vision in the fullest sense comes through in the writing, but what is that person actually looking at while setting down words? In these brief essays, accompanied by pen-and-ink drawings, fifty writers, plus one artist, Matteo Pericoli, send postcards from their desks. Windows on the World (Penguin Press, $27.95) not only provides glimpses from Beijing high-rises, Melbourne suburbs, and Nottingham gardens, but offers ample proof that not all writers live in Brooklyn. And while all inhabit the land of imagination, they find their best work hails from the border between the world they look out on and the one they struggle to convey from within. Just as Pericoli’s beautiful drawings demonstrate the flexibility of unadorned lines to be spare or lush as the scene requires, these pieces are at once straightforward descriptions of everyday work habits and eloquent statements about creativity. For Emma Larkin in Burma as for Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in Lagos, a glance outside is inspiration, “a view choked with stories.” Looking out on Skopjce, Lidija Dimkovska finds “it was impossible not to write.” For others, the window is a rest; Marina Endicott uses it as “a way for my mind to blink.” T.C. Boyle looks out at Montecito and finds “distraction and lack of distraction both.”
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By Matteo Pericoli, Lorin Stein (Preface by)
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ISBN: 9781594205545
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Published: Penguin Press - November 13th, 2014

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