Twilight: photography in the magic hour

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Merrell, 2006 - Photography - 160 pages
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Twilight's otherworldly and alchemical qualities have long attracted artists, but for photographers, who are particularly attuned to the subtleties of light, it is an especially significant time. This book draws together the work of contemporary photographers who have explored the visual and psychological effects of the transition from day to night. It examines their technically ambitious attempts to record or replicate the rapid and transient effects of daylight succumbing to darkness, and analyses the mysterious states of mind and awakened sensibilities these works suggest, at the threshold between the familiar and the unknown. In placing the photographs in their broader historical, literary, meteorological and technical contexts. Twilight reveals the timeless allure of the magic hour.

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Is it possible to capture on film that moment when the sun is below the horizon but still provides us with light? In this arresting collection of images, several photographers-among them Robert Adams ... Read full review

Contents

THE GLOAMING
10
TWILIGHT FOR ASTRONOMERS AND PHYSICISTS
24
Gregory Crewdson
54
Copyright

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About the author (2006)

Barnes is Assistant Curator of Photographs at the V&A. He has organized exhibitions and written articles on 19th-century photography, collecting and architecture.

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