Music Video Stills
Tondo Books, 1999 - Music - 200 pages
With the arrival of music television in the early 1980s, video has become perhaps the most pervasive and influential medium of our time. Within this medium, Mark Romanek has established himself as one of the most innovative video artists working today. He has directed music videos for such artists as Nine Inch Nails, Fiona Apple, David Bowie, Madonna, R.E.M., Janet Jackson, Lenny Kravitz, k.d. lang, and Sonic Youth. Stills from videos by these musical talents and many others comprise this beautifully printed volume, a veritable frame-by-frame mid-career retrospective of this prolific artist's career.
This book is the first devoted to Romanek's art. Using new technology to capture high-quality stills from video, this book is a stunning collection of over 250 images from some of the most acclaimed videos ever produced. Accompanying the music video stills is an incisive essay by Mark Alice Durant, who has written extensively on photography, performance, and cultural phenomena.
Mark Romanek's videos have received over a dozen MTV awards, two Grammy Awards, three Clios, and three Billboard Music Awards. He is the only director to win MTV's prestigious Video Vanguard Award. music video stills is produced in association with Steve Reiss and the Music Video Archive.
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Mark Romanek: Music Video StillsUser Review - Book Verdict
There is a danger in stilling something that's built for speed. Music videos, especially, are the stuff of visual overdrive, and viewing Romanek's award-winning frames on the static page is frustrating for fans overstimulated by computers and television. As 2001 approaches--an important year for Romanek, given his love for the late director Stanley Kubrick and his film 2001--the question remains whether image is enough to hold a gaze. Images from "Jump, They Say" (1993) provoke an affirmative answer mostly because of David Bowie's perversely photogenic face. Madonna, the artist with the most MTV Video Music Awards under her belt, fails to mesmerize, however, with her cliched poses from "Rain" (1993). Overall, the more compelling stills do not feature pop stars. For Nine Inch Nails's "The Perfect Drug" (1997) video, Romanek combined Edgar Allen Poe imagery (ravens and skulls) with Alice's Adventures in Wonderland hookahs and mazes. The 175 color images are clear and finely reproduced, but Romanek's "pleasantly disturbing dreams" remain more beautiful in motion. Recommended only for larger photography collections.--Heather McCormack, "Library Journal" ...