New York City Landmarks
Antique Collectors’ Club9781851496853
195 mm x 145 mm
Publishing May 2012
Stunning images of New York’s most famous landmarks, captured in ways never seen before. Includes 10 fold-out spreads and the history behind each landmark.
New York is constantly changing and reinventing itself; in the past decade the architecture of the city has produced some of the best new landmarks that have ever been built.
In New York City Landmarks, Jake Rajs’ amazing eye has captured 75 of New York City’s most-celebrated landmarks in a way that has never been seen before. In the book’s preface, quoted here, Rajs writes how he cleverly uses natural light to create images which are unique and very personal:
“When I go out to create photographs of architecture, I try to keep in mind what Le Corbusier said: “Light creates ambiance and feel of a place, as well as the expression of a structure.” That is why I photograph from before dawn to after midnight and throughout all the seasons. Each day the light is different, as the sun takes up its new position. In the winter, the sun sets below the Statue of Liberty, but by summertime it goes down above Central Park. It rises in a particular spot, for only 1 day in a year, so I have to plan from one year to the next in order to be ready to capture that unique light on a building”
Each photograph is accompanied by an informative text, written by architectural-historian Francis Morrone, which provides a comprehensive history of the landmark – from the date it was buil to its location and the building’s architect or designer. New York City Landmarks is the perfect book for anyone who is eager to explore and learn more about this inspirational city.
Landmarks featured include: The Statue of Liberty, Ground Zero, the Empire State Building, Grand Central Terminal, the Chrysler Building and Times Square.
About the photographer
Jake Rajs is a New York-based photographer with a career that spans over 30 years. He specialises in commercial and art photography and is best known for stunning and timeless architectural and landscape imagery. He has over 15 art books currently in print, and his photography has been featured in thousands of publications, including Time, Life, Newsweek, The New York Times, Esquire, Town & Country, Travel & Leisure, New York, Men’s Health and National Geographic. His commercial work includes award winning, global campaigns for clients such as American Express, Nike, AT&T, Ford, Honeywell and the US Army.
Francis Morrone is an author, arts critic, newspaper columnist, literary historian, lecturer, and teacher. His books include An Architectural Guidebook to Brooklyn, and An Architectural Guidebook to New York City. Morrone wrote the weekly column Abroad in New York, on New York buildings and history, for the New York Sun. He teaches at New York University’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies. He also regularly leads architectural walking tours of New York City for the Municipal Art Society of New York.
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