Ronald Horne has written a very well organized and informative documentation of photo-ceramic memorial portraits. Horne’s observations are heartfelt, and his excitement is contagious and palpable. I was alternately charmed, saddened, and intrigued...
San Francisco, CA (PRWEB) November 14, 2012
Ron Horne’s “Forgotten Faces – A Window Into Our Immigrant Past,” the first book dedicated to the art and history of memorial portraiture, is now a downloadable eBook available at Personal Genesis Publishing. “Forgotten Faces” is an authoritative reference and a fine art book.
On the cover of Publishers Weekly, cited by U.S. News & World Report, featured in History Channel Magazine, “Forgotten Faces” is widely acknowledged for documenting the cultural significance and visual impact of memorial portraiture while presenting the first complete collection of the art form ever published. Author Ron Horne convincingly reveals how these national heirlooms and objects of fine art remained entirely overlooked by artist and historians alike.
As a low-cost eBook, “Forgotten Faces” is now priced at a fraction of the print version, yet contains the full 172-page narrative with over 350 photographs. The new virtual format serves a wider audience seeking a one-of-a-kind reference and affordably priced book of fine art.
The print version is available exclusively at Amazon.com.
“Forgotten Faces” has received much attention since its June 2004 publication. Art and Antiques Magazine reviewer Gary Collision proclaimed it “a stunning gallery, filled with haunting echoes of the past … beautifully photographed … an important addition to the study of both cemeteries and immigrant life.”
Publishers Weekly, celebrating Small Press Month in March 2005, put “Forgotten Faces” on its cover. The next month U.S. News & World Report, interviewed author Horne and said memorial portraiture connects the person portrayed “to the observer … in a very genuine way.”
About.com Art History Guide Shelley Esaak declared “Forgotten Faces” to be “the first reference of its kind.” She added: “To describe the portraits as ‘haunting’ would be taking the easy adjective out. Horne does an admirable job of explaining how, exactly, the technology can produce an object capable of withstanding the elements for many decades.”
Elizabeth Broman, reviewer for the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, added: "Horne has written a very well organized and informative documentation of photo-ceramic memorial portraits. His observations are heartfelt, and his excitement is contagious and palpable. I was alternately charmed, saddened, and intrigued by the photographs of these people. The book deals with a fascinating wealth of images. ... After reading it and going through the photos several times, I feel truly inspired."
Loren Rhodes, author of “Morbid Curiosity Cures the Blues” stated conclusively “Forgotten Faces is a beautiful book... Please support (Horne's) work and buy this book.” While Megan Roots genealogist for Roots Television blog post, pronounced simply, “I have to have this book!”
California Book Review championed: “California immigrant history comes to life in an outstanding visual and written survey of a unique art and memorial form which should not be missed."
Midwest Book Review agreed and awarded the publication "FIVE STARS," noting, “Images of immigrants from 28 nations have been captured to heartrending perfection, presenting a unique cross section of photographic art and history combined.”
Underscoring the historical importance of “Forgotten Faces,” the History Channel Magazine in November 2006 unveiled a two-page article, written by Ph.D. Lisa Montanarelli, documenting the educational and visual nature of the book. Quoting Richard Meyer, professor at Western Oregon State College and American cemeteries expert:
“When we gaze at a photograph on a gravestone, a bond is established which no other type of memorial can quite generate. If to know history is to know those who lived it, photo markers go a long way toward making that seemingly unattainable goal possible.”