A Winogrand or a Weegee he's not, but Freund--a lawyer and New York native who took up photography in earnest after his retirement--does love a Manhattan street scene. His latest volume (he's also the eyes of Central Park, a Photographic Excursion, 2001) includes his commentary on the approximately 200 color and b&w images--they aren't the most sharply focused or most thrillingly composed photos readers will ever view, but they nevertheless carry a certain menschy appeal for anyone who's a fan of the restless city. Annotation ©2004 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
The acclaimed photographer who celebrated the beauty of Central Park in his last book now takes his camera to the streets of Manhattan.In more than 200 color and black and white photographs, Jim Freund moves uptown and down to catch the dazzling contrasts that make New York so unique. From sidewalk artists to skyscrapers, from the lights and shadows across historic Trinity Church to the passing parades in Times Square, Freund brings the streets to life-in a dazzling collection of fresh, provocative images of people and places.Here are breathtaking cityscapes taken from the top of some of the world's tallest buildings and candid, intimate shots of New York's people in all their extraordinary diversity. Here are the colors, patterns, and pulse of the city-and some brand-new ways of looking at it all. Plus: there's clear, expert advice for even novice photographers on how to achieve the impact and artistry that make Jim Freund's photographs so memorable.For natives and visitors alike, Slices of the Big Apple is an unforgettable album of memories that could only happen in New York.