Central Park is New York City's treasure - an accessible haven for young and old, rich and poor, city-dweller or tourist, to exercise or relax, to take in its beauty and appreciate its multiple points of interest. With more than 250 photographs, in colour as well as black and white, this book aims to capture the diversity of the Park against the kaleidoscope background of the changing seasons. From landscapes to still life flora, with a broad cross-section of people engaged in multiple pursuits, plus animals of the caged, wild and domesticated varieties, along with scenic waterways, craggy rocks and remarkable statuary - it's all there in the centre of Manhattan, and many of the finest sights can be found in the pages of Central Park . Mirroring, in Freund's view, the Park's availability to all, photography has become the most accessible of the arts, issuing a standing invitation to everyone to partake. In this spirit, the book contains a section containing n-technical tips to Park visitors carrying a camera, even the disposable variety, on how to go about photographing the Park - how to see the picture . Each point is illustrated by reference to specific photos. This is a book for New Yorkers, as well as for tourists who flock from all over the world to the City's stellar attraction.
James Freund, a native New Yorker, and lawyer by profession, has had a lifelong fascination with Central Park. The collection of his photographs appearing in this book was the subject of a well-received show entitled A Park for All Seasons , presented by the Parks Department of the City of New York at its Arsenal Gallery in April 2000.