‘Things Come Apart’ Book Review

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on July 19, 2013

Things Come Apart
By Todd McLellan
Hardcover, 128 pages
$29.95 / Thames & Hudson Inc.

Ever wanted to see the insides of a pocket watch? iPod? Telescope? Piano? Airplane? In this collection of elegantly staged oversized photos, McLellan reveals his meticulously organized take-apart portraiture of more than 50 objects, with each and every component present and accounted for, no matter how teeny-tiny. The images show the inner beauty and intricate, “invisible” science of many common objects, while essays from experts in restoration, DIY and design discuss topics of historical teardowns, disassembly and occasions of real world reverse engineering.