Photographers and artists share their creativity in a variety of coffee table books this year. Here are some, along with a few gift book editions, that have crossed our desks recently.
“FOUR SEASONS OF TRAVEL: 400 of the World’s Best Destinations in Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall,” National Geographic, $40, 319 pages
This look into the world shares how to be at the right place at the right time for vacationing at more than 400 locations across the United States and around the globe. Divided by season, it includes photos of each place along with tips, how to minimize rafting risks in West Virginia or taking advantage of “the best of the best” or offering local history. It includes 20 lists, such as the Top 10 Summer Sunsets list that includes Antelope Island State Park among locations in Tahiti, Taiwan and Greece.
“AMERICAN SKI RESORT: Architecture, Style, Experience” by Margaret Supplee Smith, University of Oklahoma Press, $45, 334 pages
This is much more than photos of ski lodges and cabins. It includes the challenges with the architecture and the environment and the planning that went into many ski areas across the U.S., including Utah, and Canada. It’s organized like a history book, starting with the 1930s and ending in the 1980s.
One of the featured resorts is Snowbird in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and the book explores the development and the history of the site.
“FINAL LIGHT: The Life and Fine Art of V. Douglas Snow,” edited by Frank McEntire, The University of Utah Press, $26.95, 105 pages (nf)
This volume shares the life of former University of Utah art professor V. Douglas Snow along with more than 80 images of his art, from the 1950s until his death in 2009. He is known for his landscapes and images of the Utah terrain.
“DAWN TO DARK PHOTOGRAPHS: The Magic of Light,” National Geographic, $40, 398 pages (nf)
From peaceful lakes and broad landscapes, to Muslim pilgrims gathering to pray, U.S. Army soldiers on patrol and a crowded New York City sidewalk on a rainy day and myriad locations and scenes in between, the photographers of National Geographic share different shades of light in stunning images from around the world.
It’s divided into eight sections: Dawn, Sunrise, Morning, Midday, Afternoon, Sunset, Twilight and Night.
Each photo is labeled with photographer, location and a caption. Some also have a few notes from the photographer about shooting it.
“THE SCIENCE OF EVERYTHING: How Things Work in Our World,” National Geographic, $40, 400 pages
With topics that include cellphones to elevators and escalators to DNA, this compilation of how things work uses simple explanations, illustrations and photos to help instruct how science works in daily objects. It’s divided into four parts — mechanics, natural forces, materials and chemistry, and biology medicine — and then a principle is introduced with applications sidebar features.
In the natural forces part, there is a chapter on light, with principles on perceiving color and application features on the light spectrum, color-boosting detergent, 3-D movies and TV and telescopes and sidebar features on how humans perceive color and the Hubble telescope.
“NORTH AMERICA: A World in One Continent” by Huw Cordey, Discovery Channel and Running Press, $30, 287 pages
As a companion to the Discovery Channel television series, this book includes photos of animals, plants and landscapes from nature in practically every corner of North America — a polar bear in the Arctic, bison the Great Planes and manatees. It also shares behind-the-scenes stories from the filming and how photographers shot the images.
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