Kevin Kelly


The best atlas of human anatomy there is

This is the best atlas of human anatomy there is. Every other anatomy atlas I’ve ever seen (and I’ve seen dozens) pales in comparison.

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Genesis – photo book that acts like a time machine taking you back to the beginning of the planet

I own about 250 photo books. Currently, Genesis is my favorite. It presents hundreds of stunning black and white photos of uninhabited or tribally inhabited regions of the planet made in the last decade by the Brazilian photographer Sebastiao Salgado. The whole monster book acts like a time machine taking you back to the beginning of the planet, in some ancient era when humans lived with less materials, or even before humans, when the elements were in charge. The images radiate the primeval, the monumental, the eternal. Because it takes months of living in very primitive conditions for each picture, such a view of the few remaining truly tribal and wild areas will unlikely ever be seen again. This is another way this book shifts time. Gorgeously reproduced by Taschen, the book is a timeless wonder.

Genesis by Sebastiao Salgado (photographer) and Lelia Wanick Salgado (author)

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Disruptive Pattern Material: definitive work of all things camouflage

Disruptive Pattern Material: in plain words: camouflage. This massive tome features 5,000 images of all things camouflaged, from silly camouflage fashion (bikinis and handbags), to camouflage in contemporary ads, movies, and art, to natural camouflage among wild animals, to its historical uses in wars past, to the most recent scientific research in disruptive pattern materials. Throughout this masterpiece, thousands of different camouflage patterns are examined, displayed, and recorded. This is one of those books which opens up a world that is far larger, deeper, weirder, and more interesting than you would have ever imagined. Who knew WWII ships were painted in angular op-art “dazzle” patterns? Every page leads down another untraveled path. And there are 700 of these pages in this huge folio. Few other books on the subject exists; this one is, and will be, the definitive work of all matters related to camouflage. It speaks to artist, designers, inventors, biologists, historians, cultural theorists, and anyone who thinks visually.

Disruptive Pattern Material: An Encyclopedia of Camouflage, by Hardy Blechman

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The Works – A tour of New York’s infrastructures inside and underneath

Take the infrastructure of any large city. Take New York City, for example. The dozens of systems NYC depends on to thrive – water works, trains, bridges, mail, cargo, electrical, data – are each as complex and fascinating as a meadow.

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