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People: Legends in Life and Art 
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205 pages 
Thames & Hudson 
Published 1995 
From Booklist 
Canadian photographer Beny--best known for his pictures of landscape, sculpture, and architecture--left unfinished an album of portraiture when he died in 1984. That project his biographer Mitchell Crites has completed; we should all be grateful. Beny's work, mostly in duotone, is elegant and rich. He employed an extraordinarily complete tonal palette; virtually every shade appears in his images, but opaque, velvety black and stark white, always. He was fond of that dramatic composition, the silhouette; preferred the casual pose to the formal; and did no studio work. He hobnobbed with the famous and talented rather than with pop celebrities, so the musicians, writers, and actors represented here include not rock stars, pop novelists, or TV idols, but the likes of Glenn Gould, Isak Dinesen, and Vivien Leigh. The most beautiful juxtapositions of images in the book are in a section that frequently has a figure sculpture facing a live person, and the book begins with seven luscious color shots of ordinary people in India, Japan, Sri Lanka, Egypt, and Nepal. Ray Olson

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