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Awesome New Coffee Table Book: '800 Views of Airports'

January 8, 2013 at 1:14 PM | by | ()

It's a little too late to make any holiday wish lists, but the new photo book 800 Views of Airports belongs on your coffee table if you're reading this.

It's a glossy tome of 408 pages, all presenting the photography work of Swiss duo Peter Fischli & David Weiss who, for more than 25 years, snapped photos of the airports wrapped up in their travels. Plane spotters before "plane spotters" was a term, Fischli & Weiss often focus on the long-haul aircraft but also turn their lens towards the tarmac activities of ground support vehicles and orange-vested airport employees.

The official publisher description gets a bit flowery: "Whether presenting a Lufthansa airplane sitting idle in a yellowy light, a Swiss Air plane waiting in a neon-haunted dusk or an Air France plane getting its belly filled in the dead of night, Fischli and Weiss's images present the evanescence of any national identity when reduced to a symbol on a vertical stabilizer."

We had a flip through the book yesterday and have to say that the magic—what really makes 800 seemingly banal shots of airports exciting—is the progression through decades. It could perhaps be the greatest organized collection of images of old, defunct airlines at work, airplanes in retro liveries and airport operations before modern technology and security was implemented.

The book is $60 in stores/$44 on Amazon.

[Photos: Jaunted]

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