Lighthouses have served humanity for thousands of years. Today's lighthouses, both old or new, man-powered or electronically operated, are monuments to man's will to challenge the elements. Replete with history and heroism, lighthouses have an extraordinary capacity to capture public imagination. For North Atlantic Lighthouses, acclaimed maritime photographer Jean Guichard has undertaken a series of helicopter flights to take new images of the finest lighthouses along the North Atlantic coasts, both West and East, from the US and Canada to Iceland, the British Isles and France. Guichard perfectly captures the symbolic strength of his subject matter, producing captivating images in all seasons, from the calm summer months where the lighthouses can have a lick of paint, to the wild winter storms that batter them and test their resilience to the utmost. Author Ken Trethewey relates the history of lighthouses of the Atlantic, highlighting both their common past but also the characteristics specific to each country or region.
The book is completed by a detailed guide giving technical details of all the lighthouses photographed, a brief history of each light, and visitor's information where applicable.
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Author Biography - Jean Guichard
Jean Guichard spent his childhood on the coast of Brittany before completing his military service in the French navy sailing the treacherous waters off northern Canada and Iceland. He took up photography on his return and has since been active as a photo-journalist. His friendship with yachtsman Eric Tabarly inspired him to begin his unique study of lighthouses begun nearly fifteen years ago. Guichard's work has been featured on the cover of Newsweek and Paris Match and his cards, posters and calendars of maritime subjects sell hundreds of thousands of copies every year. Ken Trethewey, a descendant of the lighthouse keepers of Eddystone, Britain's most famous lighthouse, is the founder and chairman of the Lighthouse Society of Great Britain. For the past five years, he has written, published, and continually updated his Encyclopedia of Lighthouses. The 2002 edition contains over 7000 entries.