“Light makes photography. Embrace light. Admire it. Love it. But above all, know light. Know it for all you are worth, and you will know the key to photography.”
— George Eastman
WASHINGTON (Oct. 1, 2013)—George Eastman said it best — photography is always about the light, whatever the subject. NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC DAWN TO DARK PHOTOGRAPHS: The Magic of Light (ISBN: 978-1-4262-1179-9; on sale Oct. 1, 2013; $40; hardcover) uses this primary tool of photography as its organizing principle, following the sun’s arc from daybreak to night. A stunning tapestry of images from around the globe, this latest entry in National Geographic’s bestselling photography collection celebrates the power of light to transform a landscape, inspire awe, create mystery or evoke nostalgia.
The symphony of photographs tells the story of a single day, from daylight to dark. Daybreak whispers mauve over a long ocean horizon. The morning sun twinkles in a drop of dew. The broad heat of midday radiates over a beach strewn with sweat-baked sunbathers. A slender crescent moon caresses a gnarled tree standing alone on the heath.
Full of one-of-a-kind photographs, with a wide array of perspectives, close-ups and details, this uplifting book gives readers a front-row seat to the world’s wonders, from imposing cityscapes to pristine landscapes. Selected from the portfolios of National Geographic’s most celebrated photographers, the images in this book are strikingly arranged to depict the beauty and majesty of light in all its variations.
Many of the photographs are accompanied by text from the photographer, explaining the picture, the scene it conveys or how the shot was captured.
DAWN TO DARK PHOTOGRAPHS offers hundreds of examples of the power — and promise — of light throughout the course of a day: The sun’s rays light up the arc of an early-morning wave off a beach in Hawaii; the stone floor of a French church comes alive with color as morning sun filters through stained glass windows; gemsbok cast long late-afternoon shadows as they cross the Namibian sands; early-evening fireflies set a field aglow; and a tiger hunts under cloak of darkness in Thailand.
“‘Dawn to Dark’ is a rare collection of stunning scenery, natural life, and real-world moments. In such a singular visual journey we are given a chance to muse on the miracle of light and appreciate its infinite and astonishing variety,” writes National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson in his foreword. Richardson is one of the featured photographers in the book.
Large-format pages and a simple, striking design make DAWN TO DARK PHOTOGRAPHS the most elegant of keepsakes. Chapters dedicated to each phase of the day show distinctly different yet harmonizing visions, with unique insight and perspective from photographers, confirming that around the world and throughout all time the passage of light from dawn to dusk, from morning to night and back again, connects us all.
About Jim Richardson, Book Spokesman and Foreword Writer:
JIM RICHARDSON has photographed more than 45 stories for National Geographic and Traveler magazines. His work has taken him around the world, from the tops of volcanic peaks to below the surface of swamps and wetlands. In addition to his color photography, he has built a distinguished body of black-and-white documentary work about rural Kansas life. He lives in Lindsborg, Kan.
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