Today's (4/29/2016) New Book Releases on Arts & Photography

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The Best of Christmas in my Heart Volume 2: Timeless Stories to Warm Your Heart by Joe Wheeler - 224 pages
A heartwarming legacy of holiday stories that all ages and all families can share. Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas through this memorable collection from master storyteller Joe Wheeler. Gather the family and pass on the tradition of sharing stories of faith, hope, and love. Write your own memories in the journaling pages to make this book a timeless keepsake.
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It's the Disney Version!: Popular Cinema and Literary Classics by Douglas Brode - 254 pages
In 1937, the first full-length animated film produced by Walt Disney was released. Based on a fairy tale written by the Brothers Grimm, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs was an instant success and set the stage for more film adaptations over the next several decades. From animated features like and Bambi to live action films such as Mary Poppins, Disney repeatedly turned to literary sources for inspiration—a tradition the Disney studios continues well into the twenty-first century.

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It’s the Disney Version!: Popular Cinema and Literary Classics, Douglas Brode and Shea T. Brode have collected essays that consider the relationship between a Disney film and the source material from which it was drawn. Analytic yet accessible, these essays provide a wide-ranging study of the term “The Disney Version” and what it conveys to viewers. Among the works discussed in this volume are Alice in Wonderland, Mary Poppins, Pinocchio,Sleeping Beauty, Tarzan, and Winnie the Pooh.

In these intriguing essays, contributors to this volume offer close textual analyses of both the original work and of the Disney counterpart. Featuring articles that consider both positive and negative elements that can be found in the studio’s output,
It’s the Disney Version!: Popular Cinema and Literary Classics will be of interest to scholars and students of film, as well as the diehard Disney fan.
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New Street Art by Claude Crommelin - 272 pages
  • Documents 150 street artists actively producing work right now
  • Photographs by renowned photographer Claudelondon
  • Includes new artists as well as some better known street artists, such as Banksy, Invader, and Stik

Street art is part of every cityscape. By street art, we mean the crazy and wonderful stencils, paste-ups, paintings and little sculptures that decorate our urban landscape, catching our eyes and surprising us with their beauty, humor or pithy comment on society. It is, however, ephemeral and the work can disappear very quickly or be damaged by the elements or vandalism. Through his website, Claudelondon has documented thousands of works by artists active in the city.

Banksy has already become a household name and the success of his movie Exit Through the Giftshop has raised the profile of street art even further. On a state visit, Prime Minister David Cameron gave President Obama a painting by street artist Eine. The street art scene in London is one of the most vibrant in the world attracting not only local artists, but also artists from other countries. Street art galleries are popping up everywhere and attracting lots of visitors. Guided street art walks are appearing in major cities in the UK, the US and other countries.

This book will cover over 150 artists and include around 275 photos. While including some of the more established street artists such as Eine, Invader, Banksy, Roa, David Walker and Swoon, the author also includes some of the new generation of street artists like Stik, Public Spirit, Xylo, Elbow Toe, Ludo, T. Wat among others who create wonderful quirky pieces that deserve a wider audience. A must have for anyone interested in street art, urban street culture or contemporary art.

Contents: Foreword by Stik; Introduction; Artists A-Z.

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The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography by Cyrill Harnischmacher - 336 pages
The Complete Guide to Macro and Close-Up Photography is a comprehensive handbook on macro and close-up photography, offering both ambitious beginners and veteran photographers all the information they need to create great macro photographs. Experienced photographer and author Cyrill Harnischmacher covers:
  • Explanations of all the concepts behind close-up and macro photography
  • Equipment, including camera systems, macro lenses, close-up lenses, extension tubes, and reversing rings
  • Shooting techniques such as high-speed photography using photoelectric sensors, light painting, focus stacking to extend depth of field, panoramic and infrared macros, extended contrast with HDR technology, and multiple exposures
  • Tackling subject matter both in the field and in the studio
  • Working creatively with ambient and artificial light
  • Countless hands-on shooting tips
  • Post-processing your macro images

The book also offers insights about macro photo composition, discussing light, color, camera position, and focus. With more than 600 images and figures illustrating the various ways readers can document the world of the infinitesimal, this book is not only a technical guide, but also a source of inspiration giving readers ideas to run with and make their own. Finally, the book also includes do-it-yourself projects, offering solutions both for everyday shooting as well as for dealing with specific situations unique to macro photography.
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God's Own Design - Photographic Journey Through Nature by Bhavesh Shukla - 112 pages
These serene photographs of the parks and gardens of Singapore are paired with inspirational quotations to show the artistry of nature. The vibrant detail and magical shapes of these stunning photographs reveal the extraordinary diversity of nature, including trees, flowers, insects, fungi and the special shapes of leaves.
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The Flying Scotsman: Speed, Style and Service by Andrew McLean - 176 pages
  • Stylish illustrated book on 'the world's most famous train'
  • Published in collaboration with the National Railway Museum in York
  • Includes images not seen in print since the 1930s

No other train has entered the British national consciousness in the same way as the Flying Scotsman. It has been the star of films, music, dances, literature and even a cocktail - designed at the train's own cocktail bar in the 1930s.

The Flying Scotsman first ran in 1862; it still runs today, passing through incarnations like stations through the years. In its heyday of the 1920s and '30s it was seen as the pinnacle of modernity: a stylish, glamorous feat of engineering. Now it is viewed through the heady steam of nostalgia; an iconic image of days gone by.

This book follows the story of the Flying Scotsman in a way that no other history has, expertly weaving together the tale of the locomotive with a wider historical narrative. Furthermore, it delves into the lesser-known stories of the train - such as its sabotage by striking miners in 1926 - and features superb examples of poster art and other publicity materials commissioned by the LNER to promote the service, and documentary photography from the nineteenth century to the present. Written by the current curator of the National Rail Museum, the story of the Flying Scotsman has never been told so well.