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Thames & Hudson (T&H Books)

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Thames & Hudson is a publisher of illustrated books on art, architecture, design, and visual culture. With its headquarters in London, England it has a sister company in New York and subsidiaries in Melbourne, Singapore and Hong Kong. In Paris it has a further subsidiary company, Interart, which is engaged in the distribution of English-language books and a sister company, Editions Thames & Hudson. It has been an independent, family-owned company since its founding in 1949.

Thames & Hudson’s World of Art series is especially well-known. In particular, A Concise History of Painting: From Giotto to Cézanne by Michael Levey (of the National Gallery in London), originally published in 1962 (ISBN 0500200246), is a classic and authoritative introduction to the history of European art from the beginnings of perspective in Italy to the foundations of modern art at the start of the 20th century.

From Giotto to Cezanne: A Concise History of Painting: From Giotto to Cezanne (World of Art)

From Giotto to Cezanne: A Concise History of Painting: From Giotto to Cezanne (World of Art)

History

Thames & Hudson was established by Walter Neurath who was born in Vienna in 1903.  He left that city, where he ran an art gallery and published illustrated books with an emphasis on education, arriving in London in 1938. He initially worked as production director of Adprint, a business established by fellow Viennese emigre Wolfgang Foges. Neurath and Foges went on to pioneer the concept of what is today known as book packaging, in which book ideas are conceived, commissioned, produced, and sold to publishers in different markets in their own languages and under their own imprints (co-editions) in order to create large print-runs and lower unit production costs. Neurath’s concept was the first sign of many innovations that through Thames & Hudson he would later introduce to the world of publishing.

Wishing to take co-edition book packaging further and recognizing the need to amortize the high production costs of illustrated books, Neurath established his own publishing house, incorporating offices in London (at 244 High Holborn) and New York in the autumn of 1949. Thus arose the company name, Thames & Hudson, the rivers represented by two dolphins symbolizing friendship and intelligence, one facing east, one west, suggesting a connection between the Old World and the New. Eva Neurath, who had arrived in London in 1939 from Berlin (she was at that time married to Wilhelm Feuchtwang) and worked alongside Neurath at Adprint, co-founded the company as partner.

Among the ten titles that were published in Thames & Hudson’s first publication season in 1950, English Cathedrals, with photographs by Swiss Martin Hürlimann (who went on to create over twenty titles for the company), was the first and most successful. A testament to the company’s strong belief from the very start in the longevity of books, it remained in print until 1971. Also appearing in the first year of publication was Albert Einstein’s Out of my later years, an early indication of the publication programme’s breadth.

With the gradual and successful expansion of the list, which grew from ten titles in 1950 to 144 in print in 1955, the company outgrew its High Holborn offices and moved in 1956 to a Georgian townhouse at 30 Bloomsbury Street, just off Bedford Square, then the epicentre of London publishing activity. The company remained at that address, eventually expanding to five houses, until 1999.

In 1958, Thames & Hudson launched what is one of its best-known series, the World of Art, which for the subsequent decades provided the backbone of its highly varied list. Characterized by their pocketable size and black spines – ‘little black artbooks’ – the series expanded in just seven years to include 49 titles. More than fifty years later, over 300 titles have appeared in the series, and many remain in print today. Other major series that imparted depth and prestige to the list were Ancient People and Places, edited by Glyn Daniel, who from the 1950s helped to pioneer a wider interest in archaeology, on television and in book form. More than 100 titles were published in the series over a 34-year period. The large-format Great Civilizations series, published from 1961, featured contributions by such esteemed academics as Alan Bullock, Asa Briggs, Hugh Trevor-Roper, A.J.P. Taylor, and John Julius Norwich.

On Thames & Hudson’s tenth anniversary, the UK publishing industry magazine, The Bookseller, described the company as ‘neither wedded to eclecticism nor dedicated to mass appeal, it has produced some of the most ambitious picture books ever published… and have sold them in a number which ten years ago would have been considered improbable and at prices which have won the surprised gratitude of thousands of readers.’

Innovation

Throughout its history, Thames & Hudson has led production innovation: 1958, for example, saw one of the earliest examples of the close creative integration of photographer, editor, design and production director working to produce a unified artist’s book, in Thrones of Earth and Heaven (Roloff Beny, photographer), in a large print-run. In 1964 the company’s production director introduced what are today commonly known as ‘French folds’, dust jackets that are folded over on top and bottom to protect their edges. In 1974, in what The Times described as ‘a 1,000-year-old publishing coup’, Thames & Hudson painstakingly reproduced The Book of Kells, making a commercial edition of the little-seen illuminated manuscript available around the world for the first time. In 2004 a four-volume monograph on Pritzer Prize–winning architect Zaha Hadid was published, featuring different-sized volumes that fit into an interlocking lucite case.

Having built one of the most important publishing houses in Europe in fewer than two decades, Walter Neurath died in 1967 at the age of 63. Sculptor Henry Moore wrote, “His death is a loss to our cultural life.” Sir Herbert Read observed that Neurath “more than any other single individual [was] responsible for the revolution in the publishing of art books” and “was one of those rare entrepreneurs who successfully combine business acumen with idealism.”

Eva Neurath became chairman. Walter’s son, Thomas, who with his sister Constance had joined the company in 1961, became managing director; Constance later served as art director for several decades. Broadening the programme to include popular culture and fashion, Thomas Neurath continued the international expansion of the company, opening up an office in Melbourne in 1970 (spearheaded by then sales director Trevor Craker), a year that saw 150 new books published and over 718 titles in print. In the United States, the New York company, which had closed in 1953, was re-established in 1976. It was initially led by Paul Gottlieb, who later became president of Harry Abrams publishers in New York. Peter Warner has been president of Thames & Hudson Inc. since 1979.

Recent decades

During the 1980s and 1990s, Thames & Hudson continued to be defined by the wide spectrum and high quality of the books it published across all areas of visual creativity and by its presentation of new or little-known subjects to a broad international audience. For example, in 1984 Subway Art, the first documentation of graffiti art, was published and remained continuously in print for 25 years until its republication in an enlarged anniversary edition in 2009. In 1988, at the dawning of the digital era, a monograph (in connection with an exhibition at London’s Victoria and Albert Museum) on Neville Brody heralded the new importance of the graphic designer as more and more people turned to website design. In 2000 the company launched Hip Hotels, giving rise to an era of ‘lifestyle travel’ books targeted at a more globally mobile audience.

The year 1999 witnessed two significant events: the death, at the age of 91, of Eva Neurath, the founding partner who had served as chairman for 32 years; and the 50th anniversary of the company. That year Thames & Hudson moved from its Bloomsbury offices back to an address on High Holborn, with a space designed by architect John McAslan. The company’s dolphin logo, more or less unchanged during the previous five decades, was redesigned by UK brand consultancy The Partners.

By 2000 Thames & Hudson had opened offices in Paris (1989, Éditions Thames & Hudson), Singapore (1995) and Hong Kong (1997). In 2005 Jamie Camplin, who had joined the company in 1969, became managing director, with Thomas Neurath becoming chairman of the board (his daughter Johanna currently serves as art director). In 2009, the 60th year of operation, Thames & Hudson employs some 200 people worldwide, mostly in the London headquarters, with an annual publishing programme that releases approximately 180 books a year on art, photography, architecture, graphics, three-dimensional design (industrial, furniture, product), gardens, fashion and textiles, archaeology, history, travel, lifestyle and interiors, and popular culture.

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Taschen Books

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Taschen Books was started by a man called Benedikt Taschen in 1961, Cologne, Germany.  Benedikt Taschen is a German publisher. His professional life started at age 18 in a 250-square-foot store in Cologne, Germany.  He named this TASCHEN COMICS.

In 1984, he bought 40,000 remainder copies of a Magritte monograph published in English with money borrowed from his family. The books sold through at double the price in two months and he was soon publishing his own books. By the end of the 1980s TASCHEN titles were available in over a dozen languages at prices that made art books affordable to students and collectors alike.

By the late 1990s, he had become a household name in publishing.  When Vanity Fair’s Matt Tyrnauer deemed him, “one of the few people in business who has the courage to do exactly what he wants whenever he wants”, Benedikt Taschen tested the theory with Helmut Newton’s SUMO, the largest bound book of the 20th century. “I have done a lot of books, and I can tell you – without mentioning names – that publishers are not all like him. There are very few like him. Or there are none like him. He is also, I might add, a madman”, says Helmut Newton to Vanity Fair.

SUMO is also the company’s most successful title of the last ten years and the precursor to Benedikt Taschen’s most ambitious personal project: GOAT – Greatest of All Time, a tribute to Muhammad Ali, shipping in Spring 2004. Four years in the making, GOAT weighs 75 lbs and is 20″ x 20″ in size, with nearly 800 pages of archival and original photographs, graphic artwork and articles and essays – including those of Ali himself.

Another of his books is the ‘Icons’ series of art books, some of the most accessible in the world.

Today, TASCHEN has offices in Cologne, Hong Kong, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Paris and Tokyo and stores in Brussels, London, New York, Paris and Los Angeles. TASCHEN employs 200 staff members worldwide and many longtime freelance editors.  As Billy Wilder put it in Vanity Fair 2000: “Benedikt reminds me of an old-time Hollywood figure – a studio head, someone who is in firm command and has his hand in everything”.

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The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers – 9780321703569

Friday, September 17th, 2010

The Adobe Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers - 9780321703569

Product Description

Are you ready for an amazing new version of The Photoshop Book that breaks all the rules?

Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine—and the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today—once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful new Adobe Photoshop CS5 techniques for digital photographers.

This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

Learn how the pros do it
Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges—and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:

  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use.
  • The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
  • The step-by-step setup for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you see onscreen.
  • A whole chapter on how to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images using CS5’s new Merge to HDR Pro.
  • How to master CS5’s new Content-Aware Fill.
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat.
  • How to process RAW images like a pro (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS5!).
  • How to use the included gray card to make color correction just a matter of three clicks.
  • How to show your work like a pro!
  • A host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter with his own CS5 workflow, from start to finish, and each chapter ends with a Photoshop Killer Tips section, packed with time-saving, job-saving tips that make all the difference. If you’re a digital photographer, and if you’re ready to learn all the “tricks of the trade”—the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work—then you’re holding the book that will do just that.

From the Publisher

” Publisher’s note – There appear to be intermittent problems with the first printing of Scott Kelby’s Photoshop CS5 Book for Digital Photographers. We are investigating the issue now, and will post a solution as soon as possible for anyone who has purchased a defective copy. We apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused you. Thanks so much for your understanding as we investigate this!”

From the Back Cover

Are you ready for an amazing new version of The Photoshop Book that breaks all the rules?

Scott Kelby, Editor and Publisher of Photoshop User magazine—and the best-selling Photoshop author in the world today—once again takes this book to a whole new level as he uncovers more of the latest, most important, and most useful new Adobe Photoshop CS5 techniques for digital photographers.

This major update to his award-winning, record-breaking book does something for digital photographers that’s never been done before—it cuts through the bull and shows you exactly “how to do it.” It’s not a bunch of theory; it doesn’t challenge you to come up with your own settings or figure it out on your own. Instead, Scott shows you step by step the exact techniques used by today’s cutting-edge digital photographers, and best of all, he shows you flat-out exactly which settings to use, when to use them, and why. That’s why the previous editions of this book are widely used as the official study guide in photography courses at colleges and universities around the world.

Learn how the pros do it
Each year, Scott trains thousands of professional photographers how to use Photoshop, and almost without exception they have the same questions, the same problems, and the same challenges—and that’s exactly what he covers in this book. You’ll learn:

  • The sharpening techniques the pros really use.
  • The pros’ tricks for fixing the most common digital photo problems fast!
  • The step-by-step setup for getting what comes out of your printer to match exactly what you see onscreen.
  • A whole chapter on how to process HDR (High Dynamic Range) images using CS5’s new Merge to HDR Pro.
  • How to master CS5’s new Content-Aware Fill.
  • How to color correct any photo without breaking a sweat.
  • How to process RAW images like a pro (plus how to take advantage of all the new Camera Raw features in CS5!).
  • How to use the included gray card to make color correction just a matter of three clicks.
  • How to show your work like a pro!
  • A host of shortcuts, workarounds, and slick “insider” tricks to send your productivity through the roof!

Plus, Scott includes a special bonus chapter with his own CS5 workflow, from start to finish, and each chapter ends with a Photoshop Killer Tips section, packed with time-saving, job-saving tips that make all the difference. If you’re a digital photographer, and if you’re ready to learn all the “tricks of the trade”—the same ones that today’s leading pros use to correct, edit, sharpen, retouch, and present their work—then you’re holding the book that will do just that.

About the Author

Scott Kelby is Editor and Publisher ofPhotoshop User magazine, President of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, Training Director for the Adobe Photoshop Seminar Tour, and one of the leading seminar instructors in the country today. Scott is the author of the best-selling booksThe Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers, Photoshop Down & Dirty Tricks, and The Digital Photography Book (volumes 1, 2 & 3), among others. His easygoing, plain-English style of teaching makes learning Photoshop fun. He trains thousands in his live seminars each year and knows firsthand which techniques are in hot demand, and now he shares them here in his latest book.
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Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics) – 9780141035796

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics)

Product Description

How do we see the world around us? The Penguin on Design series includes the works of creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision forever. "Seeing comes before words. The child looks and recognizes before it can speak." "But there is also another sense in which seeing comes before words. It is seeing which establishes our place in the surrounding world; we explain that world with words, but word can never undo the fact that we are surrounded by it. The relation between what we see and what we know is never settled." John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: "This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look at paintings . . . he will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures." By now he has.

About the Author

John Peter Berger (born November 5th, 1926) is an art critic, painter and novelist.
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Collins Complete Photography Course – 9780007279920

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Collins Complete Photography Course

Product Description

A practical, affordable and accessible home photography tutor. This inspiring project-based course book covers everything from basic composition to the latest digital darkroom techniques. Learn at your own pace as this practical, comprehensive course helps you develop your key photographic techniques. Contents include: step-by-step projects on exposure, aperture, lenses, light, filters, colour, black and white and image enhancement; plus professional secrets and stunning shots from around the world. The fully interactive and project-based approach of Collins Complete Photography Course will help you to raise both your camera confidence and your level of photography.

About the Author

John Garrett is a professional photographer, specialising in reportage photography for several major newspapers and magazines. He has written several teaching books and co-wrote the 35mm Photographer’s Handbook which has sold over 2million copies worldwide. Graeme Harris is a lecturer in Photography at London’s Kensington & Chelsea College, he also teaches at the Zoom In photography school. A professional photographer, his photography has been widely exhibited and his commercial work includes photography for many well known companies and publishers.
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Architects Pocket Book (9780750686174)

Tuesday, September 7th, 2010
Architect's Pocket Book

Architect's Pocket Book

This handy pocket book brings together a wealth of useful information that architects need on a daily basis – on site or in the studio.

The book is full of tips and tricks of the trade, from complying with the Building Regs, to helping with planning, measurement and detailing. This third edition is fully updated and includes new information and guidance on critical sustainable design issues.

Compact and easy to use, the Architect’s Pocket Book has sold over 40,000 copies. Although conceived as a reference for architects and designers, it is now just as popular with building and design professionals who do not have an architecture background but need to understand the basics, fast.

This is a book you simply can’t afford to be without.

Charlotte Baden-Powell was trained at the Architectural Association in London. She practised architecture for over 40 years, during which time she identified the need for this book, which was first published in 1997.

Jonathan Hetreed and Ann Ross have drawn from years of experience of running a small practice in Bath to update and extend the scope of the new edition. http://www.hetreedross.com

* Essential info for everyday use is always to hand with this indispensable reference
* Fully updated, practical text is complimented by clear diagrams and tables
* Wide ranging coverage, from planning permission and sustainability to steelwork and woodworm

Art, Architecture & Photography

Saturday, August 14th, 2010

Whether your passion is to paint or just appreciate others art, to design and build something new and different or maybe you enjoy photography, there is always information or great reading on any of these subjects. You may be wondering what type of information you can find or perhaps you are looking for a book that can show you the basics of photography. These are all possible to find and will provide enjoyable reading as well.

The Magic of Architecture
There are many different books that you can obtain for information on architecture. These would include 101 Things I learned in Architecture School and Analysing Architecture. You may also have many different questions pertaining to architecture as well. This could be:

  • What types of books can I find about the basics of Architecture?
  • Can find information of the history of architecture?
  • How hard of a field is it to get   into?

All of these questions and many more could be running through your mind. Of course, there are many different areas of architecture such as the planning, different types, the techniques and tools needed as well as styles. Reading the information that you are interested in can help you to go a long way in this field. You may even be able to find an encyclopedia in reference to the subject.

The Beauty of Art
There are many different aspects when it comes to art. To be able to appreciate it, sit back and enjoy the beauty and grace of the work is truly amazing. You will find many different books on this particular subject such as The Art Book, Sleuth: The Amazing Quest for Lost Art Treasures and even This is Modern Art.

  • Is Fashion considered an art?
  • Can I find a book that will give me the basics of art?
  • Are there women involved in art and who are they?

These questions may very well be running through your mind if art is your passion. Some of these questions may be answered in The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Art and Artists ( World of Art). Of course there are many different aspects of art such acrylic, objective and modern. Maybe just one of these subjects is of interest you or many tickle your fancy. Regardless, you are going to be able to find the information that you are looking for.

In Depth with Photography
One of the most popular types of photography is digital. You will be able to find books filled with information on this topic such as The Digital Photography Book: v. 3 and The Digital Photography Book: The Step-by-Step Secrets for How To Make Your Photos Look Like the Pro’s! Of course, there are still many people that use film cameras to get the beautiful black and white photos that look very dramatic and real. You can almost feel what is happening in the picture.

  • How Do I Get Started in Photography?
  • What Types of Photography are there?
  • How do I become a professional photographer?
  • What is the history of photography?

These are all very important questions to ask if you are going to chose this as your profession. You will want to know about photographers, techniques and even the theory. You may even be interested in finding out about photo essays that you can enter and getting the information on that as well. There is so much to learn about photography such as the type of equipment, lenses, film and even the type of lighting that you need for a particular shot and what the best positioning is in the sun.

There are many sub-categories and subjects when it comes to the worlds of Art, Architecture and Photography. There are design studies, fashion design, sculpture, museums and even criticism. These are all very important aspects of these fields. Having the opportunity to be able to join in on a discussion to ask your questions and here the responses of someone else can be very beneficial. It gives you the opportunity to learn from others and combine what they know with what you know.

Other books that may of interest to you are Ways of Seeing (Penguin Modern Classics), High Voltage Tattoo, Wall and Piece and Architect’s Pocket Book. You can even find a beginner’s guide called Photoshop Elements 7 for Dummies. This can be very helpful if you are looking for a book that can give you an explanation that is simple and easy. It will simplify things so that all is broken down into plain English and sounds less complicated.

You may also be interested in painting and drawing, prints and decorative arts as well as sculpture. There are so many different aspects of Art, Architecture & Photography that trying to find a place to begin in your learning can be almost frustrating. With help of many different books, you will be able to find a great starting point, where you should be in the middle and then how things will end up. For many, you may decide to take a class in a certain subject and then need a refresher. This is where a lot of this reading material can come in handy.

In Conclusion
Regardless of which field you are working on, there are plenty of questions that need answers in order to be able to further your career and have a strong force. There are many books that you can get this information from and of course, you will most likely have questions about something that you have read in a particular book. As stated earlier, participating in a discussion about these books and asking questions can get you far and help you to better understand what you have read. It is very easy to get in on a discussion about the various books that you have read or on the ones that you want to read. Don’t hesitate in having the opportunity to speak with others.

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