Flying Horses is a quintessential American story about immigrant craftsmanship and entrepreneurialism told in chronological order decade-by-decade that examines the evolution of the artistry of carousels from the post-Civil War era right up to the Great Depression.
Renowned studio, corporate and architectural photographer Bryan Page includes more than 175 crystal-clear color images of works by all of the master carvers and carousel carving styles, drawn from the extensive collections of The New England Carousel Museum. The stunning photographs are exquisitely printed in 4-color making the book not only historically relevant and a master study, but also a work of art.
The book contains luxurious spreads of beautifully rendered images of the wooden horses with details of the carver, style, dimensions and pertinent historic dates. Bryan has managed to capture the beauty and detail of the carving of the carousel horses that reveal the meticulous nature of master carvers on a quest toward perfection.
“The results are just stunning. Each of the figures in the book is photographed under very strict studio conditions, which allows for the highest quality, high-definition photography ever taken of our museum pieces, or any carousel horses for that matter. We made the decision early on to present our collection in this book as true works of art. Each piece occupies a two-page spread that contains a full view of the figure on one side with detailed close-ups of special features on each facing page. We wanted to do something unique that would become a valued resource for scholars and collectors alike, and I think we’ve accomplished that.”
Executive Director of The New England Carousel Museum
Hardcover: 200 pages
Publisher: The Connecticut Press; LIMITED EDITION edition (2010)
Product Dimensions: 4.3×3.5×0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
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