the category of "Photography"
In mid-January of this year, the Children’s book group headed up to Midtown to take a behind-the-scenes tour of Grand Central Terminal. We were lucky to have as our tour guide a Grand Central legend: the extremely knowledgeable Danny Brucker. Danny has been giving tours at Grand Central for over two decades, and his energy and ceaseless enthusiasm for the history of the building were infectious.
As I mention in my new book from ABRAMS, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line, O. Winston Link and his assistants realized that the great Norfolk & Western steam locomotives they were capturing on film would soon vanish. What they didn’t know at the time was that they were also documenting life in an area—American Appalachia—that would face dramatic change during the second half of the twentieth century.
Green Cove, Virginia, is a small place, but a stunningly beautiful one. It comes by its name honestly: The station and the surrounding buildings cluster together in a small, flat spot, a cove, which is surrounded by mountains on all sides. To the north and east, just out of sight, one of the tallest mountains in Virginia—White Top—towers over the area. In late August I made a trip to this historic site, and the old station looks much as it did in O. Winston Link’s photos, such as Plate 101 in my new book from ABRAMS, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line.
Last week several people from our office had the pleasure of attending a party for Yann Arthus-Bertrand’s new book, New York from the Air. The event was held on the 49th floor of Seven World Trade Center, one of the new buildings that have been constructed since 9/11/2001.
Before going to the event my colleagues and I had assumed we were in for something special, but I don’t think any of us were prepared how amazing it would actually be, starting with the elevators. The building is equipped with Otis destination elevators which work, according to Wikipedia, “After pressing a destination floor number on a lobby keypad, passengers are grouped and directed to specific elevators that will stop at the selected floor (there are no buttons to press inside the elevators).” You might think I’m nuts for finding this so impressive, but if you’ve been to our offices you would understand. Our elevators are…slow.
Ten years after 9/11 and we still mourn. As New Yorkers, the high level of emotion was palpable this past Sunday: cordoned-off streets, heavily-guarded subways, a pervasive sense of quiet and reflection. But, as they always have said, New York is filled with some resilient folk. It’s a city of perpetual motion, constant change and a frenetic pace. And in the past 10 years, nothing has changed more than the New York City skyline itself. To commemorate the beauty and majesty of our city, we have compiled some images from our updated New York From The Air, featuring breath-taking photographs of some of the best landmarks from around the Big Apple, many entirely new since the last edition in 2003. Last week, I had the chance to talk to the book’s editor, Laura Dozier, and our colleague Eric Klopfer, who had the unique opportunity of taking a helicopter tour of the city’s skyline with the book’s photographer Yann Arthus-Bertrand. As we reflect on the sadness of that day, let’s also celebrate the profound resilience and strength of our city. Be sure to also check out the author at this weekend’s Brooklyn Book Festival as well.
Jones Beach is pretty high up on the list of my favorite books that I’ve edited. It’s a beautiful black and white collection of photos taken during summers at the famed New York beach from the 1970s into the early years of this century. (That said, it’s not always easy to tell when each image was snapped; there seems to be a bit of a time warp on that particular stretch of sand.) The photographer, Joseph Szabo is most famous for his pictures of teenagers taken in the 1970s, but the same deft ability to capture the joy, intimacy, or humor in any given situation is clearly apparent in this particular series as well.
Merle Browne, executive assistant to our President and CEO Michael Jacobs, has pulled together an impressive list of some of her top picks for every kind of dad as Father’s Day approaches. Read on for some of her picks.
Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 19!)—are you ready? No matter what kind of guy your dad is (chef, sportsman, nature lover), we’ve got the perfect book for him on his special day. Here are five of my favorites…
When you’ve been in publishing and sales as long as I have it’s easy to get jaded. Dinner with Ivan Doig, Don Delillo, Barry Moser, Jon Scieszka, Reynolds Price? Sure, I’ve had the pleasure. Playing piano for Garrison Keillor? I might have been nervous but I did it. Chatting over lunch with Michael Eisner or meeting Bill Bradley or Robert Macneil? Yes, when I was a mere publishing pup.
Which brings me to a more recent thrill, and maybe my biggest ever. Ever since the early days of Saturday Night Live, when I saw a funny, quiet video about dogs playing baseball I’ve been a fan of William Wegman. I loved the way he combined the beauty of weimeraners, the lovely German hounds, with a great photographic eye and a broad sense of humor to create art that works on many levels. When he started working with puppies he sealed the deal. And since 2002 I’ve had the pleasure of selling his books and calendars for Abrams. It’s been a while since we’ve done a new book, but every year we do his two calendars, Man’s Best Friend and William Wegman’s Puppies. He’s got a loyal audience and the calendars are fun to sell.
Today is Earth Day and we all know what that means: celebrating the planet that nearly 7 billion of us call home (which reminds us, if you haven’t seen it yet: check out National Geographic’s 7 Billion project–truly incredible and somewhat terrifying). In the spirit of this greened occasion, we thought we’d share some brilliant photographs from our just-released 100 Places to Go Before They Disappear. It’s filled with images by some of the world’s greatest documentarian photographers and features some of the world’s most endangered locales, including six in the United States alone, that are most in danger of disappearing in our lifetime. The book includes some pretty frightening statistics from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which makes it quite clear that climate change is a very real problem for mankind (For instance: did you know that New York City’s Battery Park runs the risk of paralyzing floods every year that could raise sea levels by as much as 14 feet?) While we aren’t sure we’ll make it to all 100 places in our own lifetime, it’s sure worth doing our part to take care of our planet.