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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.  Accidentally Wes Anderson began as a personal travel bucket list, a catalog of visually stri THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.  Accidentally Wes Anderson began as a personal travel bucket list, a catalog of visually striking and historically unique destinations that capture the imagined worlds of Wes Anderson. Now, inspired by a community of more than one million Adventurers, Accidentally Wes Anderson tells the stories behind more than 200 of the most beautiful, idiosyncratic, and interesting places on Earth. This book, authorized by Wes Anderson himself, travels to every continent and into your own backyard to identify quirky landmarks and undiscovered gems: places you may have passed by, some you always wanted to explore, and many you never knew existed. Fueled by a vision for distinctive design, stunning photography, and unexpected narratives, Accidentally Wes Anderson is a passport to inspiration and adventure. Perfect for modern travelers and fans of Wes Anderson's distinctive aesthetic, this is an invitation to look at your world through a different lens. 


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THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.  Accidentally Wes Anderson began as a personal travel bucket list, a catalog of visually stri THE NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER A visual adventure of Wes Anderson proportions, authorized by the legendary filmmaker himself: stunning photographs of real-life places that seem plucked from the just-so world of his films, presented with fascinating human stories behind each façade.  Accidentally Wes Anderson began as a personal travel bucket list, a catalog of visually striking and historically unique destinations that capture the imagined worlds of Wes Anderson. Now, inspired by a community of more than one million Adventurers, Accidentally Wes Anderson tells the stories behind more than 200 of the most beautiful, idiosyncratic, and interesting places on Earth. This book, authorized by Wes Anderson himself, travels to every continent and into your own backyard to identify quirky landmarks and undiscovered gems: places you may have passed by, some you always wanted to explore, and many you never knew existed. Fueled by a vision for distinctive design, stunning photography, and unexpected narratives, Accidentally Wes Anderson is a passport to inspiration and adventure. Perfect for modern travelers and fans of Wes Anderson's distinctive aesthetic, this is an invitation to look at your world through a different lens. 

30 review for Accidentally Wes Anderson

  1. 4 out of 5

    emma

    A fun fact about me is that apparently I could spend my entire life looking at pretty pictures of Wes Anderson-y things from around the world. Another fun fact that you may or may not know is that we are currently in a global pandemic, so this cool thing we used to be able to do sometimes called "travel" is not really a thing anymore. Half bonus for this book (live vicariously through lovely photos of other places), half drawback (cry forever because you don't know when if ever you can actually se A fun fact about me is that apparently I could spend my entire life looking at pretty pictures of Wes Anderson-y things from around the world. Another fun fact that you may or may not know is that we are currently in a global pandemic, so this cool thing we used to be able to do sometimes called "travel" is not really a thing anymore. Half bonus for this book (live vicariously through lovely photos of other places), half drawback (cry forever because you don't know when if ever you can actually see them). But anyway. The photography in this is gorgeous, but it's also done by dozens of people around the world and not the author. And also the subreddit of the same name is not credited or mentioned. And also the writing, which the author actually did do, is really dry. But ultimately this is still 4.5 because travel and prettiness and Wes Anderson. Bottom line: More please! ------------- trying to think of a more perfect book for me. coming up dead empty

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    It’s a special kind of torture to look at this beautifully curated travel guide during a pandemic when I can’t go visit these places right away. . . But, it makes me excited for a time when I can! Reading about the story and background of each location added another level of depth that was really interesting and playfully curious.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Metod Zupan

    Part tourist guide, part travel companion, part bucket list inspiration, Accidentally Wes Anderson has it all … but it's mostly photos of lighthouses and viewfinders? A lot has already been said about what makes the titular director's style so particular, so idiosyncratic. Whether it be visuals that evoke the spirit of whimsy, charm and quirkiness, compositional features like symmetry, fondness for a pastel colour palette and the use of the futura font… you will find all of it in this book. But Part tourist guide, part travel companion, part bucket list inspiration, Accidentally Wes Anderson has it all … but it's mostly photos of lighthouses and viewfinders? A lot has already been said about what makes the titular director's style so particular, so idiosyncratic. Whether it be visuals that evoke the spirit of whimsy, charm and quirkiness, compositional features like symmetry, fondness for a pastel colour palette and the use of the futura font… you will find all of it in this book. But the photographs taken for the Instagram account and the ones later selected fort his compilation, differ significantly from the shots in Wes Anderson's films, because they weren’t meticulously crafted, they were found and photographed. It is in the framing, not composing, that makes them accidental. I want to focus on what the art historian Svetlana Alpers calls the Museum effect. Obviously the book before us is not a museum and there such the presented photograph are not museum artefacts, but it is interesting to note nonetheless. Alpers argues, that the museum’s process of presentation of cultural artefacts makes them into pieces of art, in the way that our way of looking at them changes. And that is most certainly the case with the photos created for the Instagram account and even more, the ones selected fort his book. She also states that a museum artefact can be made from most anything, even a basic crab [1]. And to me, that is the beauty of this book. We are treated to a lot of historicist and representative architecture, but mostly it IS just lighthouses and viewfinders. Right next to palaces we can find fishing shacks and pancake stands. And they are all not only made beautiful in the way they are photographed, all of them are accompanied by an interesting text! The texts highlight what is special about the objet/building in question, it could be based on the authorial, artistic, cultural, typological, spatial or historically-testimonial merit. The former, which is the most common usually describes a historically significant person, that the object is connected to. The authors of the text do have the penchant to focus on the quirkier stories and aspects of things. Like in the text on the Buckingham palace, you meet the expected cast of characters, but also the »lady who breaks in the queen's shoes«. And honestly, I was expecting no less. I would advise the reader however, to take all the descriptions with a grain of salt. I cannot confirm nor deny the accuracy of the texts describing the let’s say lighthouses in Africa or viewfinders in South America, but I did read them uncritically, until I got to the Slovenian railways text, which I knew presented misinformation. But nonetheless, focusing on the visual part of the book, which is its focal point, I can without a doubt claim, that the book is stunning. The way in which the photos are shot and the objects they portray are selected, shows a deep appreciation for the cultural aspects of our environment. Whenever we see a forest or a shot of the ocean, it is juxtaposed with something artificial, like a viewfinder or a lighthouse. But what struck me was an almost earie absence of people from the selected photographs. A colourful cast of characters is a staple of all the west Anderson films, so why are they excluded from all but maybe 30 out of close to 200 photographs. This is made more peculiar by the fact that almost all the texts accompanying the photos are about interesting and quirky historical figures. At the end, I should not let the sinister aspects of orientalism go unmentioned. Although the selected photos were disproportionately taken in what we “consider the West”, some of the ones taken in other parts of the world, were taken by, what I presume to be locals, so the uniquely Wes Anderson lens, wasn’t superimposed on the portrayed objects in a way, that takes them out of their contexts … I hope at least, since I am not a representative of such a culture, that has historically been exploited and misrepresented. But I believe, that this way of seeing, this lens, this book, was ultimately well intentioned. As John Berger once said, »A picture, which is static, has a power of establishing visually tangible congruity« [2]. And this way of seeing the world around us, does remind me of another quote: “You see? There are still faint glimmers of civilization left in this barbaric slaughterhouse that was once known as humanity. Indeed, that's what we provide in our own modest, humble, insignificant - *sighs deeply* - oh, fuck it« [3]. ______________________ [1] S. Alpers, The Museum as a Way of Seeing (1991). [2] J. Berger, Painting and Time (1979). [3] M. Gustave, The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014).

  4. 4 out of 5

    Julie Lauer Anderson

    Of course I had to read this book because I have a son named Wes Anderson. The pictures in this book were beautiful and I loved reading the short synopsis about each place.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jennie

    A must read for Wes Anderson fans and it makes a great conversation piece on your coffee table. If you aren’t following @accidentallywesanderson on Instagram, you should be! It’s a daily dose of beauty and whimsy - this book is a visual delight.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Luanne Ollivier

    I've always been an armchair traveller - even more so now with the appearance of Covid. I love 'visiting' out of the way, off the beaten track and unusual locations and attractions etc. The newly released Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval is a compilation of those. Now, you may be wondering about the title. Accidentally Wes Anderson began as as a travel bucket list for Koval and his wife. Specifically places that embodied the style of filmmaker Wes Anderson. As they started to document the I've always been an armchair traveller - even more so now with the appearance of Covid. I love 'visiting' out of the way, off the beaten track and unusual locations and attractions etc. The newly released Accidentally Wes Anderson by Wally Koval is a compilation of those. Now, you may be wondering about the title. Accidentally Wes Anderson began as as a travel bucket list for Koval and his wife. Specifically places that embodied the style of filmmaker Wes Anderson. As they started to document their travels, others started weighing in with their own pictures. Things grew and there are now over one million Adventurers seeking out and sharing locations on Accidentally Wes Anderson (AWA) The real Wes Anderson provides a forward. The book is divided into nine chapters that circle the globe. Each entry has a full color photograph, location and year and a detailed entry on the place. This is one of those coffee table kind of books that if you leave out, people will inevitably pick and peruse. Normally I would have done that, but I decided to travel along with the layout starting with North America. The pictures are what first catch your eye, the stark simplicity, the colors, the almost 'otherworldliness' of them. Set into a single shot, they almost feel not real and do indeed bring Anderson's films to mind. Think 'The Grand Budapest Hotel.' And then there's the story about the location. This for me, was absolutely fascinating. A favorite? I can't pick one but the striped bungalows in Portugal, launderettes in England, a viewfinder in Iceland, fishing huts in Canada, typewriters in New York were a few of them. There are many, many more and each is just as wonderful Fans of Atlas Obscura will love this book. And it would make a great gift. Accidentally Wes Anderson is a unique and captivating look at jewels out in plain sight - if you only knew where - and how - to look.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jeanne

    Armchair travel is the only travel I have planned this year and what a wonderful start this book presents. Beautiful photography that invokes the look of a Wes Anderson film. Quirky stories from all over the world add to the charm of this book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Sandra

    Outstanding

  9. 4 out of 5

    Teresa Silva

    the places are beautiful, but i don't think this book works well as a 'travel guide' - some of these places are literally a pitstop in nowhere the places are beautiful, but i don't think this book works well as a 'travel guide' - some of these places are literally a pitstop in nowhere

  10. 4 out of 5

    Lauren

    wes anderson is my favourite director and i will read anything anyone writes about him and his work for now and always

  11. 5 out of 5

    Joseph

    Beautiful photos, but reinforces all the critiques of Anderson’s euro-centric platonic ideal. A book about design could be half-Japanese, at least!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Pedro Cavalcanti

    Pretty pictures. Simple little stories.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    Just looked through the pictures and names of the cities. The photos really don't do the places justice in my opinion. Most could be taken anywhere and don't show the vivid characteristics of the cities they are to showcase. Just looked through the pictures and names of the cities. The photos really don't do the places justice in my opinion. Most could be taken anywhere and don't show the vivid characteristics of the cities they are to showcase.

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Buivid

    I absolutely LOVE this book. It is a masterpiece of travel photography porn. I purchased it for the images, but OMG, the text that accompanies each... incredible! To call this a translation of an Instagram account to printed edition would be a huge understatement. I'd gush about it even more, but I'm only about 40% through my first read and need to get back to the adventure! I absolutely LOVE this book. It is a masterpiece of travel photography porn. I purchased it for the images, but OMG, the text that accompanies each... incredible! To call this a translation of an Instagram account to printed edition would be a huge understatement. I'd gush about it even more, but I'm only about 40% through my first read and need to get back to the adventure!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Stiegler

    I had high hopes for this book but it wasn't my cup of tea. I wanted more uniquely beautiful or quirky places like what are in Wes Anderson's movies, but the entries in this book are collected from people around the world so there's a plebeian feel. Places like hot dog stands, sign museums, and merry-go-rounds. This could have been really cool similar to the Found books. And yet. The photos either don't do them justice or they. just. aren't. unique. I was bored! I had high hopes for this book but it wasn't my cup of tea. I wanted more uniquely beautiful or quirky places like what are in Wes Anderson's movies, but the entries in this book are collected from people around the world so there's a plebeian feel. Places like hot dog stands, sign museums, and merry-go-rounds. This could have been really cool similar to the Found books. And yet. The photos either don't do them justice or they. just. aren't. unique. I was bored!

  16. 4 out of 5

    Samm

    So wonderful! I’ve loved the Instagram account (and Wes) for years. I love that it’s not only pretty photographs, but that they provide the history of the location as well. The book is a great companion to the account and is a collection of the best of the best. The pictures are beautiful, and the descriptions are enlightening. I can’t wait until I can travel again and start going to some of these places. It was a relatively quick read and was really enjoyable.

  17. 4 out of 5

    ian kennedy

    Wonderfully curated collection from the world famous Instagram account. Each photo has been painstakingly arranged for maximum beauty. I met the Wally and his dog Dexter at a pop-up store in Greenwich Village and he told me they waited all day to get the photograph of the Japanese train conductor on page 283.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Lynda Eicher

    As a Wes Anderson fan and lover of travel, this book made me happy. The explanatory text that accompanies each photo is well composed and informative. I like the way the photos are organized by world regions.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lizzie

    I bought this thinking it would just be a book of nice pictures to idly flip through, but it is so much more than that! The stories behind the pictures in this book are absolutely fascinating. And of course, the pictures are amazing, too.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Brown

    I’m such a big fan of Wes Anderson’s movies, so being able to flip through a book that perfectly captures the atmospheric settings of the stories in them was such a delight. I also loved reading the history of all of the places pictured and when I reread this book (because I know I will), I’m going to catch new things every time!

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kerri

    Beautiful photos (much more than the IG account) and so much information about every location! I would've personally preferred to know more about the photographers as well, but I suppose that's because I am one (not published in this book, but generally). Beautiful photos (much more than the IG account) and so much information about every location! I would've personally preferred to know more about the photographers as well, but I suppose that's because I am one (not published in this book, but generally).

  22. 5 out of 5

    Beth Rawson

    Wonderful. Every image a joy

  23. 5 out of 5

    Tita Leelathipkul

    Representing the Wes Anderson style. Reading it makes you feel like you were in the Grand Budapest Hotel. I enjoyed it so much.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Charlotte Spillman

    A wonderful book to dip in and out of - I love having a flick through and discovering new places. 5 stars for not just being a picture book, but providing historical context to the locations.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Frances Coe

    Photography of epic proportions and scale from around the world. Love this book. It remains next to my arm chair :)

  26. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    Absolutely stunning pictures that make me miss traveling so much. The photo narratives were printed in 8 point font which was difficult to read and were hit or miss for me.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    A really fun book if you are a lover of Wes Anderson movies, and his delicious color scheme palettes.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Sabrina Gunn

    Whimsical, fantastical, spectacular, what else to expect from a book that’s Accidentally Wes Anderson? This also made me miss traveling a whole damn lot...

  29. 4 out of 5

    Clare de la lune

    Love his movies .....

  30. 4 out of 5

    Jenn

    Outstanding photos; great community.

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