"The Art of Tv Guide"
By Jerry Alten
Mommy in PA says: "The Art of TV Guide" by Jerry Alten was my most recent choice for review. It is a 164 page hardcover book which includes illustrations and photographs from the covers of TV Guide and information about the artists and photographers who were responsible for showing the public what to expect within it's covers.
The author, Jerry Alten, was actually the art director for TV Guide from 1968 through 1997. In the book he is kind enough to give us a real inside glimpse of all the things that are considered when choosing a good cover artist and or photographer and includes 50 artist/photographers to give a great example of all types of work that were chosen to grace the covers.
I originally chose this book for it's visual appeal but ended up very engrossed in the information about the artists and photographers. At first I didn't really care for the organization of the book but then I decided not to read it like a usual book but to look through it for the illustrations and photos I liked the most and read about those. There are sections about sports, sitcoms, war, tv families, news, cops, faith, etc. A little bit of something for everyone. It also really makes you realize how important illustration was and still is in getting the point across when photographs just can't pull it off.
I think this would make a great gift idea for someone who really loves their tv shows. I also think it would be great for an art lover.
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Disclaimer: I received the above book for free in exchange for my honest review from Dorrance Publishing Co, Inc. All opinions remain my own.