Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar

Light Strings Impressions of the Guitar The guitar is than a musical instrument It is an archetype In homage Light Strings brings together two masters of their craft photographer Ralph Gibson and former guitarist for the Police Andy Summe

  • Title: Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar
  • Author: Ralph Gibson Andy Summers
  • ISBN: 9780811843249
  • Page: 188
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The guitar is than a musical instrument It is an archetype In homage, Light Strings brings together two masters of their craft photographer Ralph Gibson and former guitarist for the Police, Andy Summers Gibson s enigmatic and sensuously elegant photographs are the visual counterpart to Summers lyrical history and thoughtful exploration of the instrument s featureThe guitar is than a musical instrument It is an archetype In homage, Light Strings brings together two masters of their craft photographer Ralph Gibson and former guitarist for the Police, Andy Summers Gibson s enigmatic and sensuously elegant photographs are the visual counterpart to Summers lyrical history and thoughtful exploration of the instrument s features Together they create a unique poetic meditation on the guitar Both artists pay attention to the form of the guitar and its relationship to the body its curves echo the human figure, not only requiring it to be cradled to play it, but inviting a study of its own sumptuous anatomy With over one hundred alluring images that capture the graceful details of the instrument, Light Strings is the book for every guitar player.

    One thought on “Light Strings: Impressions of the Guitar”

    1. Inessential. There's no doubting the collaborators' passion for the guitar, and I'm impressed by Andy Summers' knowledge of the musical and technological history of the instrument. But a large proportion of the photographs are uninteresting - the sort of "art" photography anyone might do - and not particularly illustrative of the points in the accompanying text. Summers in his text and Gibson in his photos also try to make too much of the "female form" of the guitar - stating and photographing i [...]

    2. Beautiful photographs but the occasional lapse into the cheesy. Ralph Gibson is an amazing photographer and a huge influence on me (especially his B&W work from the 80s), but this book is not his best. My friend Chuck took the photo of Ralph inside the book, and it's a wonderful portrayal of how Ralph is in person.

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