The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe: The Official Illustrated Movie Companion (Chronicles of Narn
The only official behind-the-scenes book on the making of this year's Christmas blockbuster family movie, written by the film's Executive Producer. This sumptuous and heavily illustrated book is the ultimate companion to the first Narnia film. Written by the film's Executive Producer, Perry Moore, the book charts the very personal story of how this movie came into being. Moore writes candidly and personally on why he pursued this project, what intrigued him about the novel, what challenges they faced, how he cast the movie, and how it was filmed. By going beyond the usual soundbites which make up traditional 'Making Of' books, this insider's account allows for the real personality of the project and its people to shine through its pages. The visual heart of the book is wrapped around the movie's script, providing a cohesive narrative arc for the story about how the film has been made. Every spread is packed with major visual elements such as movie stills, storyboard art and behind-the-…
Digital Photography (Collins Need to Know? S.)
This is a brand-new edition of a popular title from the best-selling need to know? series. Fully revised throughout, with up-to-date information on digital cameras and equipment, this book is the comprehensive guide to taking successful digital photographs.
Caravaggio: Painter of Miracles (Eminent Lives)
NBA finalist Francine Prose takes on a great artist whose life was brief and paradoxical, more loathed in his own time than any modern artist since. This is a study of why revolutionary art can be reviled in its own time and revered in another. Building on a biographical tradition that can be traced back to Aubrey's â€˜Brief Livesâ€™, Dr Johnson's â€˜Lives of the Poetsâ€™ and Lytton Strachey's â€˜Eminent Victoriansâ€™, this exciting and ground-breaking new series pairs great biographers, historians and novelists with iconic subjects, the writing bristling with original and distinctive points of view. Francine Prose's life of Caravaggio evokes the genius of this great artist through a brilliant reading of his paintings. Caravaggio defied the aesthetic conventions of his time; his use of ordinary people, realistically portrayed â€“ street boys, prostitutes, the poor, the aged â€“ was a profound and revolutionary innovation that left its mark on generations of artists. His insistence on p…
Fragile Earth: Views of a Changing World (Collins)
Natural disasters, climate change, the exploitation of the world's resources and human development are changing our planet at a relentless pace. Now, using over 200 stunning images from the air, land and space, Fragile Earth brings together the most dramatic natural and man-made events.
Human Design: Discover The Person You Were Born To Be
Human Design: Discover The Person You Were Born To Be
Last Chance to See
Join zoologist Mark Carwardine and Britain,s best-loved wit and raconteur, Stephen Fry, as they follow in their great friend Douglas Adams, footsteps, in search of some of the rarest and most threatened animals on Earth. Twenty years ago, zoologist Mark Carwardine teamed up with the late Douglas Adams (author of The Hitch Hiker's Guide to the Galaxy) and together they embarked on a groundbreaking expedition, travelling the globe in search of some of the world's most endangered animals. Now Mark has teamed up with one of Douglas's closest friends - comic genius Stephen Fry - to see how all those animals have been faring in the years since. In Last Chance to See, and the accompanying major BBC television series, we follow the unlikely duo on six separate journeys which take them from the steamy jungles of the Amazon to the ice-covered mountain tops of New Zealand and from the edge of a war zone in Central Africa to a sub-tropical paradise in the North Pacific. Along the way, they search …
Listen To This: Trade Paperback
Listen To This: Trade Paperback
In a music and publishing industry first, acclaimed musician Kristin Hersh releases her new studio album, Crooked, as a book. Kristin Hersh, lead singer of Throwing Muses and successful solo artist, will be releasing her new studio album, Crooked, as a book. This is the first time any major recording artist has taken such a step which makes this a groundbreaking publication and one that we will be supporting with a massive publicity push. Crooked, the book, will contain full colour artwork, lyrics and an exclusive essay by Kristin on each song. Each copy will come with a digital code which unlocks a treasure trove of online content including: â€¢ The full Crooked album. â€¢ Full recording stems for every track allowing fan remixes. â€¢ Track by track audio commentary by Kristin. â€¢ Exclusive video content. â€¢ Out-takes. â€¢ A forum enabling fans to interract with Kristin, ask questions, live web chats etc. â€¢ Sample chapters from her forthcoming memoir, Paradoxical Undressing.
Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to Understanding the 2015 International Building Code
"Building Codes Illustrated: A Guide to the 2015 International Building Code, Fifth Edition is a bestselling complement to the International Building Code, or IBC. Designed to give you an insider's look at the origins of the IBC, how it can be interpreted, and how it applies to design and construction, this updated text offers new information regarding hazmat occupancies, hospitals, and nursing homes, major changes to how building heights and areas are presented, as well as means of egress, and the latest information on building materials, interior environments, and structural provisions. Francis D.K. Ching's distinctive illustrations and the code expertise of Steven Winkel, FAIA, give students and professionals in architecture, interior design, construction, and engineering industries a user-friendly, easy-to-use guide to fundamentally understanding the 2015 IBC. Building codes and standards serve to establish minimum regulations that emphasize performance while prioritizing public he…
The Art Book Mini Format
The Second Edition of The Art Book is a substantially expanded and updated version of the hugely successful original. Introducing 100 new artists selected from all periods and from across the globe, the new edition includes for the first time leading figures from the fields of photography and performance art. Works and text entries for a selection of artists from the original have also been updated.
The Fashion Book
The Fashion Book (New Edition) takes a fresh look at the fashion world and the people who created and inspired it. Spanning almost 200 years, the entire industry is represented; from clothing and footwear designers, to photographers, stylists, icons and retailers, including the new category of educational institutions that have been fundamental in the careers of many of the creative individuals.
A fresh account of a turbulent phase in the modern master's career.
"This new portfolio of emotive and beautiful photographs from India features 150 previously unpublished images taken across the Indian subcontinent, along with iconic photographs that are famous worldwide. Reproduced in a large format with captions, and an introductory essay, this book features a range of color pictures illustrating this most colorful of countries, capturing the lives of everyday people in extraordinary settings: from the Ganesh festival on Chowpatty beach in Mumbai to the Kolkata railway station before dawn to the flower markets of Kashmir and the streets of Old Delhi. Following Phaidon's 2013 bestseller Untold: The Stories Behind the Photographs, McCurry's India is a new selection of the photographer's beautiful and powerful images of India, a country he has photographed many times over the last thirty years. Other Phaidon titles by Steve McCurry, include Steve McCurry, The Iconic Photographs, Steve McCurry, Unguarded Moment and Steve McCurry: South Southeast."
The Pot Book
An A-Z history of ceramic art by one of the world's leading ceramic artists, Edmund de Waal. The history of ceramic art is ingrained in the history of mankind. Clay is one of the very first materials 'invented' by man. An essential part of our lives it has been moulded, thrown, glazed, decorated and fired for over 30,000 years in order to preserve and transport food and water. And it was on the surface of these early jugs, vases, dishes, plates, beakers and amphorae that man placed some of his first decorative markings. In more recent times clay has been used not just by artisans and potters, but also by artists, designers and architects. The Pot Book is the first publication to document the extraordinary range and variety of ceramic vessels of all periods, from a delicate bowl made by an unnamed artisan in China in the third millennium bc, or a jug made in eighteenth-century Dresden, to a plate made by Picasso in 1952, a 'spade form' made by Hans Coper or the vases of Grayson Perry to…
Failed it How to turn mistakes into ideas and other advice for successfully screwing up
Failed it! celebrates the power of mistakes and shows how they can enrich the creative process. This is part photobook and part guide to loosening up and making mistakes to take the fear out of failure and encourage experimentation.It showcases the best and most hilarious examples of imperfection and failure across a broad range of creative forms, including art, design, photography, architecture and product design, to inspire and encourage creatives to embrace and celebrate their mistakes.We live in an era when everyone is striving for perfection and we have become afraid of failure, which limits our potential. Mistakes help us find new ways of thinking and innovative solutions, and failures can change our perceptions and open up new ways of looking things. This book transforms mistakes from something to be embarrassed about into a cause for celebration.It includes over 150 visual examples drawn from Kessels personal collection of artworks and found photographs, along with tips, quotes…
Steve McCurry On Reading
A celebration of the timeless act of reading - as seen through the lens of one of the world's most beloved photographersYoung or old, rich or poor, engaged in the sacred or the secular, people everywhere read. This homage to the beauty and seductiveness of reading brings together a collection of photographs taken by Steve McCurry over his nearly four decades of travel and is introduced by award-winning writer, Paul Theroux. McCurry's mesmerizing images of the universal human act of reading are an acknowledgement of - and a tribute to - the overwhelming power of the written word.
frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art
frieze A to Z of Contemporary Art charts the dynamic, changing landscape of the contemporary art and culture of the past quarter century. Drawing on frieze magazine’s exceptional back catalogue of articles, this book brings together a curated collection of over fifty engaging highlights. It features artist interviews; essays on subjects as varied as museums, photography, pre-historic art and television; and think pieces on broader cultural topics, such as fame, gentrification, nostalgia, and style. The book's content - selected from throughout the magazine's history - offers a guide to this dynamic era of visual culture, revealing the increasing internationalism, popularity, and market dominance of contemporary art.
Annie Leibovitz at Work
Leibovitz addresses young photographers and readers interested in what photographers do, but any reader interested in contemporary history will be fascinated by her account of one of the richest bodies of work in the photographic canon. The subjects include photojournalism, studio work, photographing dancers and athletes, working with writers, and making the transition from shooting with film to working with digital cameras. Originally published in 2008, this revised and updated edition brings Leibovitz's bestselling book back into print.
The Elements of Design:
In the bestselling tradition of The Elements of Style, The Elements of Design is a comprehensive visual survey of the design styles that have had the greatest impact on the decorative arts in the Western world. With more than 3,000 prints, photographs, and line drawings, the book covers five centuries of the Western decorative arts tradition, including Renaissance, Baroque, Rococo, Regency, Gothic, Art Nouveau, Art Deco, Modernism, and the Space Age. The key elements of the Western decorative arts tradition are explored chronologically. Each chapter begins with a broad introduction to the era, summarizing its key style features. Within the chapter there follows close examination of individual objects, including ceramics, glass, silver and metalwork, furniture, and textiles. All the items illustrated form a visual vocabulary of each design movement. The book also includes biographies of innovative designers, information on conservation and maintenance, and a comprehensive glossary of de…
The Comedy of Errors (Folger Shakespeare Library)
Shakespeare's The Comedy of Errors is the slapstick farce of his youth. In it, the lost twin sons of the old merchant Egeon-both named Antipholus-find themselves in Ephesus, without either one even knowing of the other's existence. Meanwhile, Egeon has arrived in search of the son he thinks is still alive-and has been sentenced to death for the “crime�? of being from Syracuse. To add to the confusion, the two Antipholuses have twin servants, both named Dromio. As the four men unwittingly encounter each other, the play is crammed with wildly escalating misunderstandings before the truth emerges and Egeon is pardoned. Shakespeare bases his story on Plautus's Menaechmi, a play about identical twins who accidentally meet after a lifetime apart. He borrows from another Plautus play by having Adriana, the wife of one Antipholus, entertain the other. The spirited Adriana often gives speeches evoking strong emotions-as do other characters at times. Even here, Shakespeare suggests complexities …
The Sun King's Garden: Louis XIV, Andre Le Notre and the Creation of the Gardens of Versailles
War-monger, womanizer and autocrat, Louis XIV, Frances's self-styled 'Sun-King', was also history's most fanatical gardener. At Versailles, twelve miles outside Paris he created not only Europe's most lavish palace but the most extensive gardens the Western world has ever seen. The Domaine Nationale de Versailles now covers 2,100 acres (about two and a half times the size of New York's Central Park) but in it's heyday under Louis, the grand parc covered an astounding 16,343 acres. Assisting Louis in all this was a lowly-born gardener, Andre Le Notre, whose character and temperament were as different from those of his sovereign as it is possible to conceive. Where Louis was ruthless and relentlessly driven, celebrating his military and amorous conquests with ever more lavish plans for his gardens, Le Notre was down to earth, witty and amiable.- and phenomenally talented. While Louis could strike fear into the highest in the land with just a look, Le Notre enjoyed the king's trust and fr…
Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 7
Artists have always strived to capture the unique beauty and diversity of the British landscape, and 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, of 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, detail…
Better Call Saul: The World According to Saul Goodman - Attorney at Law
Drug problem? Better call Saul. He'll turn that addiction into a prescription. Warrant out for your arrest? Better call Saul. He knows a guy who knows a guy who will take care of it. Saul Goodman is Alburquerque's finest 'criminal' lawyer, but fans know that there is more to him than his unique brand of legal expertise. He's a multidimensional character and this book covers multiple themes, from his professional conduct, through to his fashion sense. You'll also find a useful guide to money-laundering, hints and tips on how to deal with clients' wives, a detailed tour of his office, profiles of his clients and associates, his best one-liners and a lot more. Published to coincide with much anticipated spin-off series Better Call Saul, transmitting on Netflix in February 2015, this book will be irresistible in ever-growing Breaking Bad cult circles.
Plain and Simple Wisdom from 56 Hope Road
In this one-of-a-kind collection, edited by Gerald Hausman and with an introduction by Cedella Marley, the words of reggae legend Bob Marley are brought together as a testament to the deeply felt and powerfully motivated sense of spirit of the revered singer-songwriter and performer who helped spread both Jamaican music and the Rastafarian movement across the world. The texts, many unpublished in book form, were gathered at 56 Hope Road, Kingston, Jamaica, where Bob lived and worked in the 1970s. He would go on to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he also received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a United Nations Medal of Peace. Marley's compilation album Legend is one of the bestselling recordings of all time, going platinum ten times in the United States and selling twenty million copies worldwide. Bob Marley's wisdom came not only through his songs but also from his poetic, spoken words. The short selections in this book, which are compiled from interviews …
The Compleat Mozart: A Guide To The Musical Works Of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of Mozart's death in 1791, this book is designed to be a guide to the composer's works and is aimed at the music-lover who wishes to read something informative about any particular piece. Although there are many books which deal with the handful of famous operas, symphonies, concertos, or string quartets upon which Mozart's reputation rests, this collection contains in a single volume details about any work composed by Mozart and where, when and why he wrote it, what it is like, and what special significance it may have.
Seven Days In The Art World
The art market has been booming. Museum attendance is surging. More people than ever call themselves artists. Contemporary art has become a mass entertainment, a luxury good, a job description, and, for some, a kind of alternative religion. In a series of beautifully paced narratives, Sarah Thornton investigates the drama of a Christie's auction, the workings in Takashi Murakami's studios, the elite at the Basel Art Fair, the eccentricities of Artforum magazine, the competition behind an important art prize, life in a notorious art-school seminar, and the wonderland of the Venice Biennale. She reveals the new dynamics of creativity, taste, status, money, and the search for meaning in life. A judicious and juicy account of the institutions that have the power to shape art history, based on hundreds of interviews with high-profile players, Thornton's entertaining ethnography will change the way you look at contemporary culture.
The Arabian Nights: Based on the Text Edited by Muhsin Mahdi
"The resourceful Shahrazad...has never been more entertaining than in this fresh and vigorous version of this immortal book." Doris Lessing, The Independent The stories of The Arabian Nights(and stories within stories, and stories within stories within stories) are famously told by the Princess Shahrazad, under the threat of death should the king lose interest in her tale. Collected over the centuries from India, Persia, and Arabia, and ranging from adventure fantasies, vivacious erotica, and animal fables, to pointed Sufi tales, these stories provided the daily entertainment of the medieval Islamic world at the height of its glory. No one knows exactly when a given story originated, and many circulated orally for centuries before being written down; but in the process of telling and retelling, they were modified to reflect the general life and customs of the Arab society that adapted them-a distinctive synthesis that marks the cultural and artistic history of Islam. This translation i…
Thinking About Exhibitions
An anthology of writings on exhibition practice from artists, critics, curators and art historians plus artist-curators. It addresses the contradictions posed by museum and gallery sited exhibitions, as well as investigating the challenge of staging art presentations, displays or performances, in settings outside of traditional museum or gallery locales.
Michelangelo (Routledge Classics)
Adrian Stokes was one of the twentieth century's finest and most discriminating writers on art. Of over twenty works of art criticism, Michelangelo was considered by Lawrence Gowing to be the most complete he ever wrote, presenting an understanding of the great artist that no one subsequently could afford to ignore. Stokes brings to bear in this work not only twenty-five years' study and appreciation of Italian Renaissance art and of aesthetics, but also a unique psychological perspective, as he explains in his introduction, which enables him to uncover the depths of the artist's personality. The subtlety of feeling and profound knowledge of sculpture which Sir Herbert Read admired in Stokes's work is also combined with a literary style perfected through his own poetry and criticism. Presenting a unique survey of his subject's literary as well as his artistic legacy, Stokes succeeds, as no other has before or since, in his aim of bringing Michelangelo's greatness into nearer view
The world around us is full of diversities. We are different in terms of social habits, music preferences, languages and more factors. In short, we follow different cultures. Art is a medium of communication which helps us converse via sound, images and stories. Read on to explore art and culture books that help us know more in this regard.
Culture is defined as the characteristics of a group of people based on their language, religion, choice of music, social habits and more factors. The word culture has been taken from its Latin root cultura or cultus that means “inhabit, cultivate or honour”. Art is an expression of imagination or creativity and is a subdivision of culture. Similar to culture, the word art is also taken from its Latin origin ars that means “arrangement”. The three main branches of art include painting, architecture and sculptures. Art and culture are closely related as both influence each other. When put together, these two helps us shape the way we perceive the world around us. However, this is just surface information. So, let us explore popular art and culture books to gain insights.
Exploring various art and culture books to read
Art and culture books come in a wide variety of topics ranging from painting and music to social culture, theatre and even philosophy. Different parts of the world follow the different culture and art forms. Culture is a crucial part of people’s lives. It affects our values, views, happiness, hopes and even preferences. Therefore, the importance of understanding culture cannot be overlooked. Art, on the other hand, plays a crucial role in the conceptual culture of a society. We live in a world full of diversities. For overall well-being, community builders have to understand various cultures and establish a good relationship between them. Read on to know about various art and culture books that can help you in the process.
Books about culture and society
We live in a world full of diversities. We are different in terms of skills, abilities, values, personality traits and most importantly cultures. However, integration across multi-cultural groups can be challenging at times. To build communities that are great at solving current problems, we must appreciate various cultures. Books about culture and society help you understand and contribute to the world in a meaningful manner. They guide us on diverse ethnic identities around the globe. Books on world culture combine different theoretical perspectives with telling us about globalization theory, polity approaches and historical treatment. Reading them, we can figure out the composite effects of culture on society, people and organizations.
Artbooks and creativity
Artbooks have interesting materials to explore ranging from the earliest cave paintings to modern arts. Art has a significant effect on culture and society. Sculpture, painting, literature, music and other forms of arts act as a repository of a culture’s memory. Reading arts allow us to understand different cultures and ages by means of sound, images and stories. There is an interesting relationship between art and the human brain. For instance, researchers at Newcastle University conducted a study and found that perceiving contemporary visual art had constructive effects on the lives of nursing home-bound elders. So, help foster the creative you by indulging into art and creativity.
Cultural and art books for kids
We live in a diverse world where people lead different lives within the same group, state or country. To raise kids in such a place, it is essential to make them aware of people and places out of their immediate family. So, if you want to introduce a world view to your kids, cultural and art books offer a great way. They help kids coming from different cultures stay united by sharing characteristics in the form of music, art, food and even stories. Remember that it is never too early to teach your kids about diversity and inclusion.
Tips on buying Art and Culture Books in the UAE
Art and culture together form an interesting area to explore. The history of these two subjects is as big as the history of the world. Therefore, if you are new to reading, you can easily get confused with the number of options you have to read. There are various books released by different authors focusing on different topics such as cultural diversity, social background, ethnic background and tension and conflicts. So, here are some quick tips that would guide you on how to buy culture and art books online in the UAE.
Consider the topic book focuses on – Art and culture books come in a variety of subject matters including folklore, history, myth, visual arts, sculpting, literature and more. So, process in your mind which one you want to explore and then look for the relevant books.
Who’s the author? – If you are a hardcore reader, then you must be having a list of authors whose releases you just cannot miss. However, trying new authors can be a task for you since you are not aware of their writing styles at first. So, whenever you pick any book, read about its author as much as possible. Knowing about the author’s writing style and selection of words would help you make the right selection.
Consider the source– The next consideration in the list is the source from where you are purchasing the book. Art and culture books are accessible through both online and physical stores. However, if you step in the physical stores, you will have minimal options. So, prefer ordering your books online so that you get various options to choose from. You can find their collection right here at Shops.ae. Besides, there are various eBook stores which provide art books for free. You do not get a physical copy in this case, but yes, you can access the content online.
Look at the price– Art and culture books come in different price slabs based on the number of pages, authors, publishers and other factors. So, if you have a restricted budget, then it is an important consideration. You can also find different prices on different websites. So, here’s the way out. Log on to Shops.ae where you will get books offered from various stores. You can compare prices and easily narrow down your options through filters and sorting options.
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Question & Answer
Why are cultural books important?
Cultural books are important to read because culture is an essential part of our lives. It influences our preferences, values, hopes, loyalties and fears. People from different cultures see the world differently. So, these books help you understand various cultures and establish a strong relationship between them. If you understand the diversities, you will be able to stand against the ill practices of racism and other forms of discriminations.
Which is the best art and culture book?
No one art and culture book can be titled “Best” as various books focus on various topics. However, there are some authors whose releases never disappoint us. Some of their great books include ‘The Culture Books’, ‘Participatory Culture in a Networked Era’, ‘Convergence Culture’ and ‘The Culture Code’. The best part is that they are easily available for purchase. Find a huge collection of art and culture books right here on Shops.ae.
Which art book is best to read?
Artbooks come in a huge variety of topics ranging from art history to instructions and deep learning. Some of the great authors working in this domain include Iain Banks, Henry Jenkins, Daniel Coyle and J. D. Vance. So, if you pick any of their books, we guarantee you will have quality content in your shelves.
From where to buy art and culture books?
Art and culture books are great in number depending upon authors and topics they focus on. If you want to purchase one, you can easily fall in the state of dilemma. However, there are certain online stores which let you filter choices based on various aspects and even compare prices. One such store is Shops.ae. Here, we have hundreds of stores selling books online. You can narrow down your choices based on price, authors, stores and more factors.
Art and culture are two closely related terms. It is essential to understand these two subjects as they shape the world around us. So, embark your online shopping through Shops.ae where we sport various online stores providing books of best-selling authors in the industry. You can get the latest release here and also grab classics. Moreover, compare prices to find cheap art and culture books and make your purchase fit into your budget. You can filter books based on price, authors and even stores. So, go on and have a fantastic shopping experience on our website.
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