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Wide open
McCartney, Linda.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Boston : Little, Brown, [1999]

Physical Description:
93 pages : chiefly illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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"A Bulfinch Press Book."
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TR654 .M369 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Linda McCartneys photographs of quiet moments reveal her innate sense of composition. These images, such as Through a Glass Teapot, add to McCartneys inspirational legacy. The expert way the lens catches a cactus flower or a view of hills transports us into moments of utter serenity and makes apparent the mastery of her technique, which she cultivated by years of work. A wide variety of processes, from photogravure still lifes to Polaroid transfers, showcases McCartneys love of experimentation. Her photographs evoke a sense of a world wide open, as the collection is aptly titled. Her artistic expertise and ability to capture a sense of freedom make these photographs endlessly enchanting and fascinating. Linda McCartney took photographs for more than thirty years. Her work has been exhibited at the ICP, New York; the Royal Photographic Society, Bath; The U.K.s National Museum of Photography, Film & Television, Bradford, England; and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Previous books of her works and photographs include Linda McCartneys Sixties and Roadworks. Additionally, she is the author of Linda on Tour: Over 200 Meat-Free Dishes from Around the World. Her photography could be disarmingly earthy Her eye was definitely precise. ˜ New York Times

Author Notes

Linda McCartney took photographs for more than 30 years. Her work has been exhibited at the ICP, New York; The Royal Photographic Society, Bath; The U.K.'s National Museum of Photography, Bradford; & The Victoria & Albert Museum, London. Her previous books include Linda McCartney's Sixties, Roadworks, & Wide Open, as well as several cookbooks.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The variety of photographic methods that McCartney used and the quiet exactitude with which she used them are stunning. It is refreshing to know that she never stopped exploring the capabilities of the medium and of herself as a photographer. This posthumous volume of image after image printed and framed to stand alone--a distant oak in mist, a still life of Indian woodcuts, a colorprint of the heads of poppies--resembles a book of poems. The sense of intimacy is almost overwhelming, as if these were pages from McCartney's diary. There are no pop superstars here, no high-fashion diversions. Instead, a sweaty teapot reflecting the horizon speaks volumes about one of life's quieter everyday moments. The work of Edward Weston comes to mind when viewing some of these photographs, and that of Manuel Alvarez Bravo as well. McCartney was engaged in the world. She had an eye, and she used it well. --Raul Nino