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Amateur Photographer - - 7 Days -

By Frank Kunert, Hatje Kantz, £17.88, 72 pages, hard­back, ISBN 978-3775743761 Pho­tograph­ing minia­ture models has a rich his­tory. This spe­cial­ist en­deav­our – one re­quir­ing lim­it­less imag­i­na­tion, am­ple time and steady-handed craft – is the pre­serve of a se­lect few, per­haps most no­tably in fig­ures such as Michael Paul Smith, whose ac­claimed im­ages bring to life dreamy and nos­tal­gic 1950s Amer­i­cana. Join­ing Smith in the pan­theon of minia­ture-model pho­tog­ra­phers is Ger­man-born Frank Kunert, whose de­tailed and painstak­ing im­ages cre­ate scenes that strad­dle the bor­der be­tween the un­canny and com­fort­ably fa­mil­iar. Each of Kunert’s scenes is shot on a large-for­mat film cam­era, which only serves to heighten the re­al­ism of his scenes. This lovely book acts as a kind of great­est hits com­pi­la­tion: one that brings to­gether his pre­vi­ous works to form a per­fect in­tro­duc­tion to the artist. ★★★★ ★

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