The latest photography books, exhibitions and websites.

Richmond Park By Alex Saberi ACC Editions, hardback, ?25, 156 pages, ISBN 978-185149-679-2 Alex was a wildlife photographer with a distinct eye. His images are notable for their beautiful use of light. In some, the hazy golden light enshrouds the scene and gives the image the feel of an idealistic dream. In others, a point of light illuminates the subject and appears to occupy the realms of a fairytale land. Most impressive is Alexuse of the environment that surrounds his subjects. He employs Richmond Park as a kind of stage for his animal characters to play a part on. This may all sound a little hyperbolic for what is, after all, just a collection of wildlife images, but Alex s photographs are the kind that stay with you long after you put the book down. Richmond Park is an area absolutely teeming with life, from powerful red deer stags to squirrels and ringnecked parakeets. Alex has confidently captured them all through his lens. An Exhibition of Original Press Pictures Until 28 July. Daniel Blau, 51 Hoxton Square, London, N1 6PB. Tel: 0207 831 7998. Website: www.danielblau.com. Open Tues-Sat 11 am-6pm. Admission free It would be fair to say that our culture is saturated with imagery, whether through pop culture, advertising or news. Social networking and online news sites have exploded, meaning that images are uploaded and displayed almost as soon as they have been taken. It s something that has led to a general ambivalence about news and documentary imagery. This exhibition shows that press images were once a vital and significant medium. Itincredible to think that these photographs have been so well preserved and are now adorning the walls of a gallery. A must for anyone with even a passing interest in press imagery and documentary. www.thephotoargus.com ALTHOUGH not the easiest of websites to navigate. Featuring a range of photo-related content divided into sections under headings such as , Inspiration and How-to , the site falls somewhere between being instructive and purely visual-that is, featuring images for no other reason than enjoyment. Generalist a features such as How to pick the right DSLR’have limited scope, but themed features such as Examples of silhouette photography and photographs of spider webs are a little more interesting, and feature some pleasant images. The dedicated user with time to spare may find some useful pointers among the how-to articles. A real mixed bag in terms of content, this is the sort of website where a keen eye for separating the wheat from the chaff is needed. But with that in mind, the site has a fair amount to offer. High Heels: Fashion, Femininity, Seduction Edited by Ivan Vartanian Thames & Hudson, hardback, 29.95, 192 pages, ISBN 978-0-500-51572-3 WHO WOULD have thought you could produce a book about high heels? From the encyclopaedic but not very imaginatively titled Shoes, to 4 Inches, there are more books on the subject than you might expect. Needless to say, this latest addition to the books-about-shoes stable wonappeal to everyone. But it does feature the work of some pretty prolific fashion photographers, past and present-among them Guy Bourdin, Robert Mapplethorpe, Juergen Teller and David LaChapelle. More than just a collection of images of shoes (how dry that would be), this book covers the spectrum of feminine shoe-related style dating from the 1930s to now, although most of the images are contemporary. From seductive portraits to erotic, beautifully lit still lifes, the images, are striking and leave an impression.

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