Sunday, November 25, 2012
The Books We Want for the Holidays: Dan Winters
Ho ho ho! And no, we're not talking about Gianna's other profession. We're featuring some of our favorite picks for holiday gift giving, and first up is Gianna with books from photographer Dan Winters.
Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis and Dan Winters’s America: Icons & Ingenuity by Dan Winters
You may not realize you it, but you know Dan Winters’s work quite well. You’ve seen his photographs in dozens of magazines, such as Discover, Rolling Stone, Audubon, Vanity Fair, Wired, and The New York Times Magazine.
He also has photographs in the permanent collections at the National Portrait Gallery, Museum of Fine Art Houston, and the very cool Harry Ransom Center here in Austin.
Winters has had a lifelong obsession with technology and science, which is truly apparent in Last Launch: Discovery, Endeavour, Atlantis (includes an introduction by by Al Reinert the co-screen writer of Apollo 13 and a prologue by astronaut Mark Kelly). Winters was one of a handful of photographers invited to shoot the last launches of these space shuttles, including some rarely seen interiors. The book is as gorgeous as it is moving. It's one of the more fascinating photography books you’ll find this season.
University of Texas Press has also just published Dan Winters’s America: Icons & Ingenuity. Included in this collection are famous portraits of people like Christopher Walken, Heath Ledger (one of my favorite photographs in this book), Morrissey, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, and a truly iconic photo of Tupac Shakur from 1996. Also included are a few space shuttle photos, cityscapes, collages, and one or two family shots.
I highly recommend both of these books, although Last Launch may be the timelier for gift-giving this season.