Norman Rockwell: Behind The Camera by Ron SchickNorman Rockwell: Behind The Camera by Ron Schick

Norman Rockwell: Behind The Camera

byRon Schick

Hardcover | October 22, 2009

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Norman Rockwell: Behind the Camerais the first book to explore the meticulously composed and richly detailed photographs that Norman Rockwell used to create his famous artworks. Working alongside skilled photographers, Rockwell acted as director, carefully orchestrating models, selecting props, and choosing locations for the photographs--works of art in their own right--that served as the basis of his iconic images. Readers will be surprised to find that many of his most memorable characters-the girl at the mirror, the young couple on prom night, the family on vacation-were friends and neighbors who served as his amateur models. In this groundbreaking book, author and historian Ron Schick delves into the archive of nearly 20,000 photographs housed at the Norman Rockwell Museum. Featuring reproductions of Rockwell's black-and-white photographs and related full-color artworks, along with an incisive narrative and quotes from Rockwell models and family members, this book will intrigue anyone interested in photography, art, and Americana.
Ron Schick is a writer and editor specializing in the history of photography. He is the author, with Julia Van Haaften, ofThe View from Space: American Astronaut Photography. Schick lives in New York City.
Title:Norman Rockwell: Behind The CameraFormat:HardcoverDimensions:224 pages, 11.25 × 9.5 × 1 inPublished:October 22, 2009Publisher:Little, Brown And CompanyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0316006939

ISBN - 13:9780316006934

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Behind the scenes.... Norman Rockwell is an American icon. His style is easily identifiable, but I had no idea of the processes he used to produce his paintings until I read Behind the Camera. At first, Rockwell posed his ideas using live models and made preliminary sketches to paint from later. But this proved difficult, as it was hard for the models to hold the expressions that are a hallmark of his style. The next step - photography. "Photography opened a door to the keenly observed realism that defines Norman Rockwell's art." But Rockwell struggled with the idea of using photography as a tool to prepare for his painting. Indeed, he took criticism from some of his peers for this decision, but realized he could capture moments in time quickly and reproduce them at leisure. Thankfully, those photographs have been kept in the Massachusetts Norman Rockwell Museum. This book was produced with those photographic archives. It is utterly fascinating to see the finished painting on one side of the page and then view the photographs that he used to achieve the look he wanted. Rockwell always used everyday people. All of the props used in a picture/painting were authentic. Details were very important to him. "I love to tell stories in pictures." And his pictures do tell stories. The expressions and the details make his work fairly leap off the page. You have to explore every corner. Many times Rockwell painted himself in as an extra. There are detailed descriptions accompanying every plate. The book itself progresses linearly, from his early work, though to his last completed work - a self portrait in 1976. The book is beautiful, produced on heavy, glossy stock with hundreds of images. A wonderful coffee table book and one to share. I'm taking mine over when I visit my grandmother. I know she'll enjoy looking at remembered images
Date published: 2009-11-19

Editorial Reviews

This is a book about one of our great homespun artists that will make you laugh, and also make you think. It's a real treasure.-Alan Cheuse, NPR