A large format, hardcover coffee table edition of the book Secret Spaces, Martha’s Vineyard Beyond the Landmarks, has been featured this past week at the Wedding and Portrait Photographers International trade show in Las Vegas by the book’s manufacturer, GraphiStudios.
The book showcases a collection of Vineyard images by former Martha’s Vineyard resident and Gazette contributing photographer Michael Zide, with text by Island writers and artists.
Not far from the GraphiStudios booth at the trade show, patrons could find a display of several 20 by 30-inch enlargements of Mr. Zide’s landscape images at the Millers Professional Imaging booth. There too was a 100-page 12 by 12 coffee table edition of Witness, A Life Within the Landscape, a collection of Mr. Zide’s Vineyard work as well as images from the Southwest. Both companies, as well as the Asukabook company of Japan, use Mr. Zide’s work to focus attention on their beautiful black and white printing technologies.
Mr. Zide, a California native, lived and photographed on the Island for over 12 years. “I brought a vision of the landscape from my childhood in the West,” he said. “Vast and dramatic, these were the vistas and scenery that shaped my ideas of landscape photography. On the Island, the intimacy of this landscape, its subtlety, scale and moodiness challenged my idea of gesture and personal vision. I couldn’t have been more fortunate than to have developed my skills in this very special landscape environment.”
Meanwhile Silvershotz Magazine, an international journal of fine art black and white photography is featuring Mr. Zide’s work in its current edition, which is now on bookstore shelves.