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Saturday May 22nd 2004 (10 years ago)
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Pictures in books

Published: Saturday May 22nd 2004 (10 years ago)
Updated: Saturday May 22nd 2004, 11:18PM
by Martin Joergensen

I want more and better pictures in books

I am currently reading through a few of the many new books I have bought and recieved for review recently. And I have noticed one thing: quite a few of them have too few and too bad pictures. Actually, some of them are black and white only, which in this day and age is far from good enough to satisfy my requirements for a really good book.

A modern book should not only be printed in color - the cost has come down a lot during the last years - but it should also be stuffed with good pictures. Even the books that do come in color genrally have too few pictures.

Readers are used to seeing good and plenty pictures in magazines, on web sites like Global FlyFisher and in many books.

I can forgive older books for not having color. I love the neat pen drawings of the late Torp Jacobsen, the prints in Three in Norway, which I'm currently reading or the nice vignettes in Niel Patterson's Chalkstream Chronicle, which I bought recently. The style is perfect for these works.

But a book from 2000 or later with dull B/W photos - maybe spiced up with a few pages in color - that's not good enough.