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Vivid color photos bring history to life and should appeal to students learning about early settlers and Native Americans in NYC.

As a native New Yorker, I was looking forward to looking at this pictorial guide. I suppose what I really wanted to see were early photographs of NYC, but the pastoral images were also appealing. The illustrations are vivid and realistic, so much so that I could swear I was looking at photographs. My only complaint would be that the people in the depictions appear to have been photographed and superimposed on the illustrations. I think the mental disconnect for me is that I know that there were no photographs of New Amsterdam so when I see what looks like a photograph (the images are that good) and it shows people, my brain tells me it’s not possible and I start imagining that these people dressed in costumes to pose for the pictures. I don’t feel like the artwork is impossible, even though the quality is comparable to a photograph. It’s the addition of people that doesn’t work for me. I suspect that if the people had been presented as illustrations (realistic, yet not photographically so), my brain would have more readily accepted the images.

It would be impossible to overstate just how impressive the images in this book are. It is clear that a lot of imagination and care was invested in the creation of this book and the result is truly breathtaking. The captions are informative and remind me of the type of things I read in school textbooks. Of course, with these pictures, the captions are much more interesting.

Based on what I saw, I think this book would be a fun gift for a student learning about the early settlers to New Amsterdam. The pictures help to bring history to life and make it more memorable. Although I saw this book in ebook format, I can imagine that it would make a great coffee table book, one to be shared with lovers of early New York history.

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Get to Know the Historical New York that You’ve Never Seen Before
A Time Traveler’s Journey through the Streets of 17th Century Manhattan

Sasha Vosk is an expert in photo-realistic imagery with over 30 years of experience. He created this book for everyone who wants to know much more about New York’s history than meets the eye on the streets of Manhattan. 
The first book in the VOSK TIME TRAVEL GUIDE series, this one-of-a-kind illustrated guide offers readers an opportunity to view the city’s history in a manner that has not been possible until now with the benefit of 21st century art technology.

About the author

Sasha Vosk is a Brooklyn-based author, director, muralist who immigrated from Russia, where he was educated as an architect. He is an accomplished illustrator, Emmy-award winning film producer, and a director of the Moscow Circus. He is a NYC history buff and an expert in photorealistic imagery. view profile

Published on March 05, 2021

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