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The Contact Sheet
Photographs by Steve Christ.
Ammo Books, Los Angeles, 2009. 224 pp., Numerous illustrations.

Publisher’s description:

When a famous photographer creates a noteworthy photograph, many images are taken before and after the moment are left unseen to anyone but the photographer himself. When the photographer creates an extraordinary or famous photograph, these unseen images take on even more importance. Examining the contact sheets from these original photographic sessions allows in depth insight into the subject matter, the photographic process, and often reveals a deeper story that has never been told. Over forty iconic photographs by world famous photographers are examined in detail in The Contact Sheet—complete with short interviews and background details on the sessions themselves. The Contact Sheet is a must have for any serious lover of fine photography.

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