Are you struggling on what to buy the person who has nearly everything?
Or have to source a gift for someone who loves photography, fashion, design, buys photographic prints or is a keen art lover; someone who just loves attractive looking books to flick through, who devours a new food and drink bible to find new delicious and seasonal cooking themes – someone who will be belly laughing or crying emotionally from reading the latest biography or viewing real life scenes from a zone somewhere remote on this globe – planning New Year resolutions after reading the latest diet and fitness guru, or simply just relaxing and losing yourself in a new travel journey possibility yet to be planned, booked and enjoyed, and yes a treat for you – go and drop that hint now… we know we are going to do just that, with some of these book titles mentioned below… hint hint hint ;o)
Get your last minute dilemma for the right Christmas gifts sorted with our quick pick suggestions of the best coffee table books around at the moment.
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1. Madonna NYC 83 by Richard Corman, £34.00 (Damiani)
This book represents a period in time, circa early 80′s where fearlessness, creativity and a relentless attitude to transform ones style moved forward at all costs. Failure was never an option as it only inspired those individuals to create more and drive themselves harder. Madonna represented this sensibility like no one else; she was and remains an original whose self-determination moved her into an arena that today still maintains relevance unlike anyone else. Photographer, Richard Corman met Madonna on a whim in 1983 and created a brief but bountiful collection of images that truly represented a diverse portrait of Madonna and NYC, captururing the vibrancy of her and energy found in New York at a time when creativity was at its peak. that remains timeless and significant in 2013. MADONNA NYC 83 is not only homage to Madonna and the 80′s, but also a collage of energy, exuberance, humour, fashion, sexiness and performance that continues to inspire! The perfect present for Madonna fans and photography buffs alike.
2. A Beautiful Mess by Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, £12.99 (Potter Style)
If you can’t tear yourself away from your Instagram feed every weekend, this new book from Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman could be the answer to your prayers. Whether you want to snap like a pro, or need inspiration on how to make your weekly shopping look like a work of art, A Beautiful Mess has the answers. Carefully crafted by the creators of a Beautifulmess.com and the oh-so-addictive app of the same name, the pair reveal the tips and tricks behind taking a perfect pic. Expect Instagram addiction to follow. This title includes advice on lighting, backdrops, posing and styling, all with an infectious love of lifestyle photography. It is an inspiring manifesto to grab your camera and start sharing your life online in creative, beautiful ways. In our social media-obsessed world, photos have become social currency. The result is a growing market of young photo-takers interested in documenting their lives with better, more compelling images. SELFIES are all the current trend and rage now. Happily, popular style blogger Elsie Larson and her business partner and sister, Emma Chapman, come to the rescue with A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book, providing 100 easy tips and ideas for turning real life into creative, eye-catching photos using any camera (including cameraphones). They share their infectious love of lifestyle photography, with tips on everything from lighting to backdrops, posing, styling, special effects, wardrobe, and more. A final chapter offers 29 ideas for turning photos into DIY treasures, from wrapping paper to jewellery, clothing, lampshades and more. Packed with 200 photos, A Beautiful Mess Photo Idea Book is an inspiring manifesto to grab your camera (or phone) and start documenting and sharing your life in creative, beautiful ways.
3. Rock & Roll Stories by Lynn Goldsmith, £40 (Abrams)
Who says the best coffee table books have to be about fashion? World-renowned photographer Lynn Goldsmith delves into the depths of her photographic archive to reveal a lifetime’s worth of intimate stories from rock and roll’s most famous faces. Goldsmith’s unique commentary takes readers into the studio, on the tour bus and even onto the streets as she charts a generation’s rock and roll royalty. The story of rock lives in Lynn Goldsmith’s photographs. After coming of age in the Midwest in the tumultuous 1960s, she crashed the music scene in New York and emerged as one of its leading image-makers. She chronicled Bruce Springsteen’s passage to glory, the Rolling Stone’s legendary stadium tours, Michael Jackson’s staggering ascent, U2′s arrival in New York and the brooding force of Bob Marley. Culture heroes like Bob Dylan and Patti Smith became frequent subjects for her lens. The range of her work is staggering. In Rock and Roll Stories, she shares the best of this work. Her commentary takes the reader into the studio, the tour bus, the concert hall and the streets where the pictures were made, offering revealing perspectives on her subjects and herself. A greatly expanded and newly designed edition of her very successful book PhotoDiary (1995), this volume captures the story of a generation’s loyalty to rock and roll. As part of the project to reissue the book, Goldsmith has been videotaping musicians talking about the pictures. PBS is also preparing a documentary on her career, with a tentative broadcast date of Autumn 2013.
4. Untold The Stories Behind the Photographs by Steve McCurry, £39.95 (Phaidon)
Phaidon Press Ltd
If you think you’ve seen some of these images before, the chances are, you have. Iconic, award winning photojournalist Steve McCurry started his career 30 years ago when he crossed the boarder from Pakistan into Afghanistan during the Soviet invasion. His coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal for Best Photographic Reporting from Abroad. Thirty years later and his work is still renowned and applauded for revealing the honesty and fragility of his subjects. A frequent contributor to National Geographic, his most recognized portrait ‘Afghan Girl’ is still one of the most recognised around the world. Steve McCurry Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs takes an unprecedented look at the work of Steve McCurry, one of today’s finest and most daring imagemakers. This is the first book to fully explore how the world-renowned photographer finds, takes and develops his uniquely iconic photographs. Presenting a personal archive of material, Steve McCurry Untold features the very best of McCurry’s most beautiful and powerful photo stories, taken from around the world over the last thirty years. Each story is illustrated with never-before-seen notes, images and ephemera – saved by McCurry from his extensive travels – and over 100 lavish, full-colour photo plates of McCurry’s most significant work. Brought to life by newly commissioned essays, the stories offer a critical narrative and give new insight and ideas into the background, experience and ideas behind McCurry’s unparalleled photography. Together, these fascinating documents reveal a new and exciting view of the story behind the story. Tracing the narrative behind 14 of McCurry’s most important assignments, each story provides a behind-the-scenes look at McCurry’s adventures, from first publication to their afterlife in the world, creating a documentary record of his remarkable career. The featured work covers his entire oeuvre and focuses on a broad range of themes, such as rail travel in India (1983), the plight of the Tibetan people (2000-6), the effects of the Monsoon (1984) and the events of September 11th (2001), alongside his lesser-known bodies of work on the Hazara Tribe in Afghanistan (2007), Yemen (1999), and the environmental fallout from the Gulf War in Kuwait (1991). Richly illustrated and explained, this book provides an inside perspective on Steve McCurry, creating a living biography and archive of one of photography’s greatest legends. This Steve McCurry one I know is on Greg’s list….
5. Paris in Color, Nichole Robertson, £12.99
If you love to travel, but your photographs lay undeveloped on your hard drive (as many people’s do), Paris in Colour is a beautiful photographic example of how to display your holiday photographs. Compiled by photographer and blogger Nichole Robertson, this is an altogether fresh look at the colour hidden behind one of the world’s most romantic cities. Perfect for the photographer and travel obsessive, we want to book our Eurostar tickets already. PARIS IN COLOR – At once a work of art and a window into the heart of Paris, these vibrant photographs will surprise and delight anyone who loves the City of Light.
6. James Bond: The Archives, Paul Duncan, £135
The ultimate James Bond guide to celebrate 50 years of the franchise, The Archives is the most comprehensive guide to all of the James Bond films ever made, starting with Dr. No (1962) and ending with Skyfall (2012). From previously unseen stills, on-set photos, memos, documents, storyboards, posters, and designs, plus unused concepts, and alternative designs, not to mention personal accounts from directors and of course, the six different Bonds, this is the ultimate guide for the ultimate James Bond fan.“Bond, James Bond.” Since Sean Connery uttered those immortal words in 1962, the most dashing secret agent in the history of cinema has been charming and thrilling audiences worldwide. This impeccably British character created by author Ian Fleming has starred in 23 EON-produced films, played by 6 different actors over five decades. To celebrate 50 years of this innovative franchise, EON Productions opened their archives of photos, designs, storyboards, and production materials to editor Paul Duncan, who spent two years researching over one million images and 100 filing cabinets of documentation. The result is the most complete account of the making of the series, covering every James Bond film ever made, beginning with Dr. No (1962) and ending with SkyFall (2012), including the spoof Casino Royale (1967) and Never Say Never Again (1983). The stunning imagery is accompanied by an oral history recounted by over 150 cast and crew members, relating the true inside story of how the Bond films were made. Containing previously unpublished photography and artwork, as well as production memos from filming, this book is a comprehensive tribute to the legend of James Bond. Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the most successful and longest-running film franchise in cinema history! As big Bond fans, Greg & I can both make a wish for this one….
7. The Art Deco Poster (Hardback), by William W. Crouse, Alastair Duncan RRP £35.00
Thames & Hudson Ltd
Posters by their very nature are ephemeral: crookedly plastered on a roadside billboard, tacked to the back of a tabac, they lasted a few weeks until advertisers issued another imaginative argument for soap or an ocean voyage. While few contemporary observers understood the richness of their design or appreciated the ingenuity of their unsung creators, they are now highly prized. William Crouse, long-time poster aficionado, has selected over 300 of the most sought-after examples of poster art created between the wars to include in this definitive volume. Organized thematically into subject categories (aviation, communication, fashion and more), this book includes over 300 highly rare and even unique examples by masters of the art form, including Nizzoli, Cassandre and Beall. Each poster digitally photographed under carefully controlled conditions is accompanied by an expanded caption that addresses the aesthetic, sociological, economic and/or political context of the image. Introduced by Art Deco specialist Alastair Duncan, Art Deco Posters is an essential addition for all interested in graphic design, Art Deco, and life and culture between 1919 and 1939.
8. Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 7 (Hardback) RRP £25.00 by Charlie Waite
Now in its seventh year, the Landscape Photographer of the Year Award was devised by Charlie Waite (a lovely gentleman), and one of Britain’s foremost landscape photographers and created in association with AA Publishing. Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 7 features all of the winning and commended images from each of the competition categories. Artists have always strived to capture the unique beauty and diversity of the British landscape, in the 21st century, this small island continues to provide photographers with an astonishing source of inspiration. From classic shots of the verdant countryside of England, Wales and the rugged Scottish Highlands, to the iconic structures of Britain’s industrial and urban landscapes, this magnificent collection, showcasing both the very best of Britain and the very best photographic talent, cannot fail to please. Every image in the book is accompanied by the photographer’s personal account of the story behind the picture, in his or her own words. There are tales of chance encounters, snapshots in time where the moment just had to be seized, and of long hours spent exposed to the elements waiting for the opportunity to capture the perfect picture, which all too often turns out to be the final frame of the day. The book also features a special section on technical information, detailing the equipment and techniques used by the photographers, adding a practical resource to this outstanding collection of images of the British landscape.
9. Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits: Stories and techniques from a photographer’s photographer (Hardback) RRP £27.99 by Gregory Heisler, Michael R. Bloomberg
In this first-ever showcase of his work, Gregory Heisler, one of professional photography’s most respected practitioners, shares 50 iconic portraits of celebrities, athletes and world leaders, along with fascinating, thoughtful, often humorous stories about how the images were made. From his famously controversial portrait of President George H.W. Bush (which led to the revocation of Heisler’s White House clearance) to his evocative post-9/11 TIME magazine cover of Rudolph Giuliani, to stunning portraits of Julia Roberts, Denzel Washington, Hillary Clinton, Michael Phelps, Muhammad Ali and many more, Heisler reveals the creative and technical processes that led to each frame. For Heisler’s fans and all lovers of portraiture photography, Gregory Heisler: 50 Portraits offers not only a gorgeous collection of portraits, but an engrossing look at the rarely seen art of a master photographer at work. It comes with a foreword by New York City mayor Michael R. Bloomberg.
10. My Little French Kitchen: Over 100 Recipes from the Mountains, Market Squares and Shores of France (Hardback) RRP £20.00
by Rachel Khoo
Michael Joseph Ltd
Rachel Khoo follows: The Little Paris Kitchen title with The Little French Kitchen, bringing her modern twists to classic recipes from around the country.
Rachel Khoo became an overnight sensation when her first book The Little Paris Kitchen and BBC2 television series launched last year – I avidly followed and enjoyed some of those recipes too.
Coveting her Parisian lifestyle, fashion sense and, more importantly, her accessible, delicious recipes cooked up in her tiny kitchen, the nation took her to their hearts and now they can receive second helpings.
Taking her ‘Little Paris Kitchen’ on tour in her second official book, Rachel is leaving the capital city to travel to the four corners of France in search of the very best recipes in the country.
From the snow-topped mountains and Christmas markets of Alsace to the winemaking region of the Bordeaux, the dreamy vistas of Provence and the well-stocked larders of Brittany and Normandy, Rachel seeks inspiration in some of the best-known foodie places as well as uncovering hidden insights, all ready to share with you.
Recipes include: pork and clams with cider and butter beans, spicy aubergine sticks with couscous, baked figs with walnuts, beer-glazed ham hock, caramelized apple bake and spiced almond biscuits. Join Rachel Khoo on her tour de France in The Little French Kitchen.
Rachel is a graduate of Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design in London. It was her passion for patisserie that lured her to Paris, where she obtained a pastry diploma. She then put her skills to use at the delightful Paris culinary bookstore and tea salon, La Cocotte, where she catered for book launches and hosted cookery classes. Working as a freelancer, she now travels the world working on a variety of projects, from workshops to catering for huge blue-chip client events to smaller, intimate pop-up restaurants. Her first book was The Little Paris Kitchen, accompanying her hit BBC2 television series. She writes a weekly recipe column for the Evening Standard.
Beautiful food photography too. This is on my personal list – Hint hint hint…
11. Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection (Hardback) RRP £20.00
by Mary Berry
Headline Book Publishing
Let Mary solve all your Christmas troubles with this fabulous collection of her favourite Christmas recipes. Mary Berry’s Christmas Collection combines time-honoured festive favourites with a variety of new and exciting dishes to spice up the season. By taking the traditional Christmas fare and giving it a twist, Mary adds sparkle to every celebration. Simple yet reliable recipes (I think she is marvellous), Mary’s handy hints will take the pressure off entertaining, whether it’s for the big day itself, a Boxing Day crowd or an intimate New Year family gathering. With an invaluable Christmas Day countdown, sample menus, shopping lists and ever-popular tips on preparing ahead and freezing, this is the must-have companion to the festive season.
Who doesn’t love Mary Berry – the cook’s cook – this is on my list for this year too please Greg…. ;o)
As a homemade foodie I always have my nose in a good food related read or another… a couple of tips from recent TV viewings to watch out for…
I’ve really enjoyed the Yotam Ottolenghi tour of European Islands in his Mediterranean Feast this season, to find local fresh produce and related recipes, which has awakened my travel desire again for visiting and exploring these gorgeous islands in the Med too – and I can also really recommend the new show Farm Kitchen with UK farmer and Countryfile regular Adam Henson, together with veteran cook and food writer Nigel Slater, cooking food and produce directly sourced, grown and developed from the farm, straight to plate – something I can totally relate to having just moved out into the depths of the beautiful countryside this summer, keen on provenance myself, and foraging with a passion through the last few months.
Anyway, we trust there’s something above to whet your own appetites.
Hope you find an interesting read amongst our suggestions for yourself to peruse this Christmas too.
If you find you’re still struggling, and would like to have something special, unique and a bit more thoughtful to present from under the Christmas Tree this year, then think about an individual Ashford Daly Photography gift voucher or arrange a personalised photo session.
This is something everyone secretly wishes for, but doesn’t necessarily want to organise themselves.
Take a moment to reflect – do you have a special anniversary or birthday in your family, which is coming up in 2014?
Is there a new baby just born or due on the near horizon?
Are the children growing up so fast you can’t remember the last time the family portrait was taken or a real experience and loads of fun?
Book a photography voucher for them to redeem against a session in 2014.
Ideal for those who would like to have the opportunity of a photography experience for themselves or even put towards a fine art print purchase – gift vouchers start from £50.00, (there is no limit other than redemption towards our photography services, a product from a shoot session, or as part payment for a fine art print – for use within 6 months of purchase date, no cash alternative offered).
With photo sessions starting from just £125, display items which start from £45.00 (using images from the photo shoot), and fine art photographic prints currently available from £125 – there’s lots more to photography and gorgeous wished for options to explore with Nantwich based Cheshire photographers Ashford Daly Photography, to make the perfect Christmas present truly memorable for your family, relatives, friends or loved ones this Christmas and into the New Year/2014.
Have a look at our website and blog for inspiration and information, or please do get in touch by using our website’s contact form.
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Have a fabulous and happy Christmas and we do wish you all the very best for the New Year and throughout 2014.
Mary & Greg xXx
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