Picks and Pans Review: The Most Beautiful Place in the World Edited

UPDATED 09/15/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 09/15/1986 at 01:00 AM EDT

by Jay Maisel

Not one but 10 such places were chosen by 10 noted photographers, whose large format pictures of their favorite sites are handsomely reproduced in color. Many of the images are exotic. David Doubelet captures the colorful underwater brilliance of the Red Sea. Ernst Haas sees glorious Venice with its clichés—the gondolas, bridges and pigeons in St. Mark's Square—made fresh. The wilderness of California's Eastern Sierra, in Galen Rowell's pictures, looks as if the stark scenery belongs to another planet. Kazuyoshi Nomachi's Sahara is a shimmering dream world. The editor, an advertising photographer, picked the most unlikely place of all: Maisel's New York is densely packed—with people, buildings, discards—in a way that renders the city newly fascinating. All 10 of these locations, of course, have another side—poverty, decay, pollution—that has been ignored. The vision of these photographers, however, makes the remarkable pictures in this volume a powerful reinforcement to the old truth about beauty being in the eye of the beholder. (Friendly Press, $50)

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