Preliminary details of the beautiful coffee table book as of March 2012:
Available end of April 2012
@ 183 pages
A3 size – double page spread the panorama images are 11 x 33 inches
From Kirkus Book Reviews - May 25, 2012:
"Subhi Alghussain - PETRA - A Panoramic Journey
Stunning panoramic views of Petra, one of the world’s archeological treasures, in this beautifully designed coffee table book.
If your travel plans to the Kingdom of Jordan fall through, the next best thing to visiting Petra—the famed desert city carved into sheer rock—is this gorgeous collection of panoramic photographs. You might remember the city from the final ride-into-the-sunset scene of “Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade,” but these photos capture the city better than Spielberg. Petra sits in the cradle of civilization, so it’s seen thousands of years’ worth of settlers—Greek, Roman and Byzantine cultures, with notable influence by neighboring Egyptian, Arabic and Eastern civilizations.
The area’s impressive array of clashing cultures notoriously relates to its reputation as an unstable region. The city was abandoned after a series of devastating earthquakes between 363 and 551 AD and, being located in a deep and narrow desert canyon, it wasn’t “discovered” by Europeans until 1812.
Now, photographer Alghussain captures the sprawling richness of the ancient city with a professional eye and gear—Fuji Panorama (6x17) professional camera with 90- and 180mm lenses and Fujichrome Velvia film. Having obtained special permission from authorities to enter the site at sunrise and sunset, Alghussain exploits a magical balance of light and shadow to portray the unique architecture of the UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The book’s perfunctory introduction includes minimal use of maps and cursory historical lessons to introduce the reader to the land, but that’s just preparation for the real treat — 24-inch-wide, double-page panoramas of Petra’s hallowed beauty. Captions and corresponding thumbnails are relegated to the final pages so as not to interrupt the breathtaking visuals.
From choice of film to the professional firms hired for printing and image scanning, all production details are of the highest caliber. Alghussain goes even further by collaborating with book designer Kevin Opp to produce an edition that sets the standard of design in independent publishing.
Highly recommended for anyone interested in architecture, classical history or travel photography."
Only this size is available currently. The book will be available in English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Chinese, Japanese and Arabic. Availability for these languages will be posted, at present only English and Arabic are available, with German coming very soon.
"Image of the Month for March 2011 is awarded to Subhi Alghussain for his inspiring photograph of St. Tropez Harbour on the South Coast of France.
Equipment & Technique:
The image was taken using a Fuji GX 617 Panoramic Camera, with transparency film Velvia ISO 50. Lens used 90mm, filter 81B to remove blue colour and to give the photo some warm colour. F-22 shutter around 5 seconds. Time taken was 2 hours before sunset around May 9th 2009. It was an overcast day with some sun trying to come out. Subhi explains, “St. Tropez was very busy on the day I took the photo, people from all over the world go there. I took some great photos from this place, I took this particular photo from a floating platform. I was unhappy about the platform movement as it would shake the camera, so I took four shots from this position, two were shaky and two were good, this is one of them.“