David Malin; Ancient Light, A Portrait of the Universe :
Using the world's most sophisticated telescopes and his own revolutionary techniques, renowned astronomical photographer David Malin brings us awe-inspiring images of distant worlds and amazing phenomena. This is the finest collection available of star clusters, galaxies, nebulae and other such spectacular sights captured on film. The pictures are made from a series of delicate yet rich platinum prints and will delight anyone intrigued by the night sky. The book will be released in 2009, marking UNESCO's International Year of Astronomy.Specifications:
- Format: Hardback
- Size: 290 × 250 mm (11 3/8 × 9 7/8 in)
- Pages: 128 pp
- Illustrations: 60 illustrations
- ISBN: 9780714849324
'Astronomy is a science that in its modern form also depends on an art - photography. ... David Malin['s] … rigorous yet infinitely delicate photographic investigations of the universe have not only resulted in the discovery of two new types of galaxies, but in a vast body of photographs of a wild but stately beauty. … In a world so widely tainted by light pollution that even the simple pleasure of a night sky is denied to most, Malin's work brings us the surprising beauty of what lies beyond.'
'Astronomy becomes art … photographs which take us to part of the universe our eyes cannot normally see. The results are out of this world'
'Malin is the complete astrophotographer’s astrophotographer … [Ancient Light] has […] spectacular pictures of galaxies, clusters, and nebulae … Each photo has a well-drafted caption … The production quality of the book is outstanding, a credit to Malin's originals and to the publisher, Phaidon Press. The pictures are large-format, high-resolution, and bright – it is amazing that the printing process can have reproduced the pictures at almost the same quality as the photographic process could deliver. The design is clear, elegant, understated, and discreet, complementing the perfect pictures. Even the dust-jacket is a work of art, being matt black, punched through with a scattering of stars (the brighter ones with diffraction spikes) through which the book’s cover shines white, shimmering when you handle the book as the dust-jacket waves into contact with the cover. … a book to possess, admire, and treasure.'