Visiting MacLeod's Bookstore* on the corner of Hornby and West Pender in Vancouver is an adventure. Every bit of space in the shop is filled with overflowing stacks of books. Despite the apparent chaos, the helpful staff seem to know where everything is located. I was shopping for a Christmas gift for someone who values thriftiness and making the most of our resources. Why buy one new book when I can get three or more used ones for the same price? It was my good fortune to find books for others on my list. The best find was the book:
Picasso Dancing in His Studio - after photo by David Douglas Duncan
8 x 10" - Pencil on Paper
This book has dozens of intriguing photos, many are black and white and all taken in natural light, without a flash to avoid disturbing the subjects. Each photo has an explanatory note with an interesting detail or comment from Duncan. I read the book in the past 24 hours more than once - what entertainment !
See the David Douglas Duncan Archive at the Harry Ransom Center, University of Texas at Austin
*Photo of MacLeod's Book courtesy of Stephen Arod Shirreffs http://arodsf.blogspot.com/