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Nazraeli Press, Portland, 2014. 48 pp., 52 color illustrations, 9
Selected as one of the
Best Books of 2014
'The photographs in 'Heavenly Bodies' explore both the macrocosm and the microcosm. There are images of stellar constellations, solar eclipses, streaking comets, and the full moon, along with photos of the ordinary made extraordinary...More than what they are, these works of art suggest that everything is more than what it appears to be.' - Lisa Volpe For the past 175 years, both the telescope and the camera have advanced our knowledge of the world and the universe beyond it. Yet in the hands of masters of art and science, these devices not only capture images, they seize our imagination, too. 'Heavenly Bodies' is published in collaboration with the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. One of the strengths of the Museum's permanent collection is the work that addresses the unshakable connection between science and photography. This important new book, and accompanying exhibition, draw upon that strength and focus on images of astronomy. Ranging from the 19th century to the present day, the photographs in 'Heavenly Bodies' address the miraculous universe as seen through the ever-changing lens of the camera. Beautifully printed on matt art paper, and bound in Japanese cloth, 'Heavenly Bodies' opens with an illuminating essay by Lisa Volpe, Curator of Photography, Wichita Art Museum.
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