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  • By patrick Tubridy
    Dec 3, 2007
    "Review of Alicja Sokolowska book Chess players by Patrick Tubridy" As part of my unit for the photobook project I have been given the task of reviewing my friend and fellow student Alicja Sokolowska's book 'Chess Players'. Alicja Sokolowska's description of her book is 'photos taken for a photographic project called Plac Grunwaldzki. All photos are black and white, shot on high speed film.' The title of the book is literally what one is given in the book. One can say that it 'does exactly what is says on the tin'. Whilst quickly perusing through the book in order to establish a first impression or impact one is drawn in by the sense of 'oldness' through the use of grainy black and white images. The photographs are mainly landscape and depict chess players at Plac Gruwaldski in her native Poland. The photographs themselves are composed well with the use of natural light, what would perhaps enhance both the composition and the book as a whole is a narrative to coincide with... More > the images thus deepening the overall impact of the book. The black and white images are presented well and one feels that there is a real connection between the photographer and subjects with the relaxed manner in which they have allowed her to interact among them during their games. This demonstrates a strong level of skill by the photographer by putting her subjects at ease in order to capture 'the moment'. Perhaps by adding the text or narrative this would be further transferred to the untrained eye who may not necessarily understand and appreciate what goes into taking such photographs. Patrick Tubridy< Less
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Product Details

first edition
Alicja Sokolowska, c/o LSBU BA(Hons) Digital Photography
November 6, 2007
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.35 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
9 wide x 7 tall
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