|CLASSIC DIVE BOOKS
Underwater photography - essays and portfolios.
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See also Underwater Photography.
Harper & Row, New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco, London 1978.
Hardcover, dustjacket, size 12 1/4 x 9 1/4 inches, 223 pages.
Translated from the German by Elizabeth Walter.
Leni Riefenstahl is most famous for her documentary and propaganda films and photos - "Triumph of the Will" - on the Nazi rallies at Nuremburg and others. Making her a favorite of Hitler. But after WWII, she turned to other photography and is well known also for her underwater and African photography. At the age of 71, Riefenstahl knocked twenty years off her age to enable her to take diving instruction, and the result is this stunning book of the myriad life beneath the Indian Ocean, The Red Sea and the Caribbean. This book presents her full color photos of tropical corals and fish.
|REEF - A SAFARI THROUGH THE CORAL
Published by: Headline Book Publishing PLC, London in 1991.
Hard back with blue boards and dust jacket. 200 printed pages. Very well illustrated with many colour photographs, all by the author. Dimensions : 28.5 cms tall by 22 cms wide.
Using high quality colour photographs, the author says he intends the book as a divers guide to common reef fish, and reef inhabitants including invertebrates and the coral itself. The photographs are taken in an assortment of places like the Bahamas, The Red Sea, Papua New Guinea and Australia. [pt]
David Pilosoff (photographer); Samantha Bond (model).
H. Lonay and D. Pilosof, Tel Aviv: July 1977.
Hardcover, large format (larger than A4), with dustjacket. Pages aare not numbered but suggest a book of some 120 pages. Appendix provides photographic technical details of the equipment and images; and information on how the model performed her task so well.
Early in the 1970s, Samantha Bond moved to London from Australia to pursue a modeling career. Her path crossed David Pilosof's in 1973; he was in England looking for a girl willing to take on the challenge of an underwater modeling stint. This book is the result.
Sorry, I forgot to mention - Samantha is naked. I don't believe there is any other book such as this. The photos are modest and tasteful, and well posed. It would be a difficult assignment for most lady divers but Samantha was a champion swimmer and obviously someone who loved the sea. I did not realise when I met her at the Brighton Diving Conference in 1977 that she was an Aussie, born in Albury, and spent much time in my home city of Melbourne. Pilosoff's general marine life images are nothing to write home about, so the book really centres around Samantha. Now quite a valuable book, as it should be, for its originality. Samantha writes (on the back of the dustjacket): "I have walked through beauty .... in the enchanted waters deep below the surface of the Red Sea. Come with me. Share my adventure. It's like being in another world". Yep, I wouldn't have minded being there at the time - to learn something about underwater photography of course. [ps].
|WONDERS UNDER WATER
Quartet Books, London. 1991. First UK Edition.
Hardcover, dustjacket and white box; 215 pages, 165 col. photos.
Leinen m. ill. OSU und weißem Kartonschuber. 165 Farbfotos / 215 Seiten. Erstausgabe UK. Zustand: Buch und Umschlag: sehr gut bis neuwertig. 4°
From a sales blurb: Leni Riefenstahl, the renowned German film director of the 1930's and a remarkable photographer, presents us with a unique work. The extraordinary photographs in this magnificent (new) book are the creative achievement of a woman who, at the age of seventy-two, took up skin-diving. Her pictures from the deep rank with the work of 'that small select company of the best underwater photographers in the world'. Most of the shots in the present volume date from her recent dives in the Red Sea, the Caribbean, the Maldives and the Indian Ocean which she undertook at the age of eighty-eight. They are images of breathtaking natural beaty, depicting the fantastiv variety of marine life: minuscule prawns, sponges, bivalves, coral in bloom and the wonderful world of fish - the splendour of their shapes and colours caught on film for prosperity. Leni Riefenstahl's patient and tireless efforts have resulted in this photographic collection of outstanding beauty, each intricate composition as delicate as a painting.
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