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by Kelly Klein

Twenty years after the initial publication of Pools, and its return to print in 2007, Kelly Klein brings new perspective to a subject that continues to epitomize status and style with the publication in October of the all-new Pools: Reflections. Inspired to capture evolving tastes in architecture, design, art, fashion, and photography, Klein has assembled the most evocative images of extraordinary swimming pools around the world, with an emphasis, in this volume, on color photography that best illustrates contemporary pool design and its integration into cutting-edge architecture and breathtaking landscapes.  In Pools: Reflections Klein explores the artistry of pools from examples of their appearance in David Hockney’s art, to pools decorated with sculptures and installations by artists such as James Turrell, Tom Sachs, Robert Rauschenberg, and Frank West. Filtered through the lenses of photographers including Steven Klein, Bruce Weber, Robert Mapplethorpe, and Juergen Teller these images vary from examples of the pool as architecture within the landscape, to sensual images that evoke the enduring and undeniable appeal of this potent symbol of the good life. 

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ISBN: 0847838692
ISBN13: 978-0847838691
Category: Photography
Subcategory: Photography & Video
Author: Kelly Klein
Language: English
Publisher: Rizzoli; First Edition edition (October 9, 2012)
Pages: 240 pages
ePUB size: 1430 kb
FB2 size: 1478 kb
Rating: 4.4
Votes: 785
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I was excited to see this has been reissued, as the first edition copies cost several hundred dollars. Well I can see now why the 1st edition continues to bring top dollar. If you get a chance to see the pictures in the 1st edition and compare to this one, you will be highly disappointed. Pictures which were bright and cheery, turned out gloomy and look like they were taken at night with poor lighting. I really wanted to love this book, but I just couldn't get over the poor printing. If you haven't seen a 1st edition, you might not care, but if you have, you may be quite disappointed like I was. Guess I will have to save up and splurge for a 1st edition. The good thing is this only costs about 5-10% of what a good 1st edition copy sells for.
I can't say I wasn't warned. Other reviewers noted the "muddy" quality of the printing. I decided to order the book anyway and hope for the best. Not only was the quality of the printing abysmal, as I was leafing through the book, two pages fell out. The book is far too expensive for this sort of thing to be happening. In addition, I intended to give it as a gift, but I would be embarrassed to give this book as a gift. This is the first time I have ever returned a book to Amazon. The publishers should be ashamed of themselves for even putting this book on the market. It's a shame, because many of the photos would have been really beautiful had they been reproduced properly, and had the book held together.
One of the most stunning coffee table books ,beautiful binding,colors,layout,etc. an excellent gift for Klein fans as well as water fans alike.
Excellent book!
This large coffee table book is full of some of the most beautiful pools in the world..i'm a huge Bruce Weber fan and was so happy to see multiple photos by him and many other great photographers..Highly reccomend to anyone who loves photography..
Silver Globol
If you are artist or photographer,buy it.
If you are landscape architect or pool's designer,DON't buy it
Kamal Moneir
Sensual, reflective, glimmering, surreal. The notion of the swimming pool means many things to many people. From the large public pool arenas from the turn of the century to the private, architectural masterpieces of the late 20th century, Kelly Klein's 'Pools' captures the art and majesty of the swimming pool in all it social and radiant beauty. Since it's original publication in 1992, Kelly Klein's 'Pools' (with a forward by Esther Williams) has been one of the most sought after large format photography books in the out-of-print world. Now, with this new long awaited edition by Rizzoli, the magical aura of the pool is captured again in both luscious and historical photographs from the likes of Jacques Henri Latique, Edward Weston, Herb Ritts, Robert Mapplethorpe, Greg Gorman, Bruce Weber and others. Pools from Beverly Hills to Europe to Japan to San Simeon's Hearst Castle are depicted in breathtaking spender spanning a full century of coverage in both black and white and color. For someone who didn't even have a pool at the time of the book's original publication, Klein has assembled a vast compendium of the scope of the manmade aquatic experience as both a physical pastime as well as an aesthetic window into the liquid life. As a summer treat or as a historical perspective, 'Pools' is a welcome refresher and certainly one of the best coffee table art books of the year. - BlogOnBooks
I, too, missed the first edition of this book and combed used book stores for years in vain. When I heard Pools was being reissued, I was delighted and preordered. When it arrived, I sat outside in bright light for my first look, expecting to be dazzled, but was sorely underwhelmed. Over the years, I have noticed lousy printing in many of Rizzoli's books and this might just be the worst. Page after page, what should be vibrant images are overly dense or dingy and end up looking sinister instead. The shadow areas are often completely black. The whole book looks like it took a gloom pill. I feel for Kelly Klein. She's done a great job of assembling a fascinating collection of images which are mostly drowning in too much black ink.