Ghosts - Images of War

Product Details:
Publication Date: December 1, 2015
Print Length: 72 pages
Printed Size: 9" x 12"
Cover: Soft Cover
Publisher: Swiss Creek Publications; 1 edition (December 1, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN: 978-0970227652
Price: $40

Book Description:
Ghosts - Images of War uses uniquely designed images of the past and present combined to take you on a haunted ride through history. By expertly superimposing and digitally manipulating historical images of the past with photos of the present, Ghosts connects the spirit and people of history to the present day world. Almost as if you’ve traveled to the past, or the past has been transported to the present, the images evoke nostalgia, sadness, reflection, and hope. Battles and monuments included range from Valley Forge to the Beaches of Normandy.

After visiting concentration camps in Poland in 2008, viewing monuments and ruins filled with tragedy and despair, author Carrie Zeidman came home with unrelenting visions of the people who once occupied these spaces and whose lives were cut short. Searching out authentic photos from the Holocaust and combining them with images from her personal travels, she realized she could mesh the old and the new, contrasting the heartbreaking past with a hopeful present to create these unique images.

About the Author:
Carrie Zeidman is a digital artist and photographer whose passions are photography, art, travel, and history, all of which are found in Ghosts. She is a tenth generation Californian and a fourteenth generation American. Many years of researching her extensive family history, traveling to historic battle grounds, and creating her unique art all come together in her first book.

Her paintings start with a mood, an emotion, or a memory of some kind. Using color and figure, she finds a way to transfer that mood, emotion, or memory onto the two-dimensional surface of the painting. When finished, a successful piece is able to evoke the original feeling in the viewer.

Carrie has won several awards for her work, including being named Cupertino Distinguished Artist of the Year in 2012. Her work has been represented in galleries, and her painting Freedom Rises in the East is in the permanent collection of the Mauermuseum at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin, Germany. She lives in Cupertino, California with her husband Bob, who is also an author of several books. She lives on a mountain top that affords her a different breathtaking view of the sunrise over the Santa Clara Valley every morning, providing endless artistic inspiration.

Reviews for "Ghosts - Images of War":
"Unique and memorable, “Ghosts - Images of War” is an inherently fascinating, thoughtful and thought-provoking visual experience enhanced by the inclusion of an informed and informative commentary for each visual presentation. “Ghosts - Images of War” is one of those rare volumes that will linger in the mind and memory long after the book itself has been finished and set back upon the shelf. Simply stated, “Ghosts - Images of War” is very highly recommended for personal, community, and academic library collections."

-Midwest Book Review


"Carrie Zeidman's haunting images capture the human spirit of those caught up in the tragedies of history. Her Holocaust series speaks to us from the ash pits of Poland, reminding us of the cost of complacency in the face of tyranny."

- Fred Zeidman, Chairman Emeritus of the US Holocaust Memorial Council


"In flipping through the pages of Carrie Zeidman’s sumptuous new book, “Ghosts-Images of War,” I was reminded of William Faulkner's prescient quote, The past is never dead. It's not even past. Thanks to Zeidman for reminding us all of this important and often overlooked truism. Here is hoping that people will read this book and be inspired to visit other historic places where the past reaches out to touch them."

- Christopher J. Anderson, Historian


"Zeidman's digital manipulation invokes the memories of those who died to make us free, and documents her compassion for those who were murdered for no other reason than that they were European Jews."

- Donald H. Harrison, editor of San Diego Jewish World

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