Review: Pinball by Santiago Ciuffo ?>

Review: Pinball by Santiago Ciuffo

The new release of Pinball by Santiago Ciuffo is a hardcover book published by Unigroove Publishing who also publishes Pinball Magazine. The description from the publisher is as follows:

Argentinean photographer Santiago Ciuffo has captured the Argentinean pinball scene in a wonderful series of full page photos. This book shows his best work. The photos in this book mostly focus on bingo and pinball machines manufactured between the mid ‘50s and mid ‘80s by companies like Bally, Williams, Stern Electronics and D. Gottlieb, as well as some rare games from small European manufacturers.

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Besides giving an inside look on pinball in Argentina, the book also showcases the often forgotten art on pinball machines. Ciuffo’s eye for detail is shown in photos of games with artwork by artists like Roy parker, George Molentin, Gordon Morison, Doug Watson, Christian Marche, Paul Faris, Greg freres, Kevin O’Connor and others.

The front end of the book includes the bulk of the text in about eight pages in various languages. The photos in the book were all taken between March and September 2013 in Argentina, and gives a view of what is happening in pinball there.

Most of the images are details of pinball machines and the related artwork. There are some wider shots showing machines or scenes in situ (as shown below).

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The bulk of the images though, are an homage to the artwork and design of the machines Ciuffo photographs. Many layouts include a detailed image from the playfield as well as a wider shot of the same machine (as shown below).

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Overall, the book is over 200 pages – most of which are purely photographs. There are captions at the end of the book describing what games are shown, as well as two pages with more detail on specific images that show people or unique machines. I do wish there was more caption info on some of the machines to get a better understanding for some of the images (like the one below).

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Personally I know I would have liked more interviews with the folks who are featured in some of the images to get more flavor for what some of the images in the book are about. But then again, I care more about people, pinball culture and competition than just the machines themselves


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