Review of 'Dune: Exposures', a photography book by Greig Fraser and Josh Brolin, published by Insight Editions.

Book Review – ‘Dune: Exposures’

Greig Fraser and Josh Brolin offer an intimate look into the making of Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' movies, through a combination of photography by the cinematographer and poetry from troubadour-warrior Gurney Halleck.

Cover of 'Dune: Exposures', a behind-the-scenes photography book by Greig Fraser and Josh Brolin.
Release Date
February 13, 2024
Dune: Exposures
Josh Brolin, Greig Fraser
Insight Editions

Back in 2021, the limited edition of The Art and Soul of Dune (Part One) contained an exclusive companion volume simply titled Dune, featuring candid behind-the-scenes photos from director of photography Greig Fraser, accompanied by Josh Brolin’s personal perspective and recollections of the movie’s production. It was a beautiful book, albeit unavailable to those unable or unwilling to spend nearly $600 on the limited-edition boxset.

Photo showing both versions of Greig Fraser and Josh Brolin's 'Dune' movie photography book.
How it started vs. how it’s going. The book included in The Art and Soul of Dune: Limited Edition (left) and the new Dune: Exposures book (right).

Updated Edition

Fast-forward to the release of Dune: Part Two, and a revised version of that book, re-titled Dune: Exposures, is now available as a stand-alone volume from Insight Editions. This edition removes some of the Part One content in favor of adding brand-new photos from the second movie, together with their accompanying texts.

Behind-the-scenes photo of director Denis Villeneuve with Rebecca Ferguson, during the filming of 'Dune: Part One'.
Denis Villeneuve directs Rebecca Ferguson in a deleted scene from Dune: Part One.

The book begins with a short introduction titled “The Eyes of Dune” by Brian Herbert about his father’s work, both as a writer and his earlier profession as a photographer for the San Francisco Examiner. It concludes with Josh Brolin and Greig Fraser writing about each other, and a short biography of Frank Herbert.

Behind-the-scenes photo of Timothée Chalamet and Zendaya, performing in the 'Dune: Part Two' movie.
Filming of a Paul and Chani scene in Dune: Part Two.

Photos and Poetry

In between are over 120 photographs taken by Greig Fraser, during the production of both parts of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, and around 40 pieces of accompanying text written by Josh Brolin. These range from seven-word pieces of poetry to 10-paragraph short stories, used to convey his experiences and feelings of acting in these movies.

Two portrait photos of Austin Butler, playing Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in the 'Dune: Part Two' movie.
Feyd. Lovely Feyd.

The photos cover a wide variety of subject matter; actors goofing-off in between takes, piercing portraits, expressionistic images made from multiple exposures, details of hands or the environment. Images in color, black and white, sharp focus, fuzzy or grainy – depending on which camera Greig Frasers used, be it one from a flea market in Budapest or one found by Venice Beach.

Photos of Timothée Chalamet, Josh Brolin, and Denis Villenueve, interacting during production of the 'Dune' movies.
“The younger generation is even younger today than they were… yesterday.”

Images and text are laid out with plenty of white space around them to allow you to focus on the content, although this does leave dozens of pages within the 172-page book completely blank.

Portrait photo of Timothée Chalamet, playing Paul Atreides in the 'Dune: Part One' movie.
“Your face is etched by adolescence…”

Other Editions

A cheaper eBook version is available on Amazon Kindle for $17.99 and at the other end of the price range there are three limited editions. The latter contain a 16″ x 20″ photographic print signed by Greig Fraser—choice of either Timothée Chalamet, Zendaya, or Josh Brolin—and go for $1,250.00 each!

Cover of 'Dune: Exposures', a behind-the-scenes photography book by Greig Fraser and Josh Brolin.
Dune: Exposures
Another excellent book of photographs from the making of both Denis Villeneuve's 'Dune' movies, capturing raw emotions from these extraordinary productions. This standalone edition makes a great companion to 'Dune: The Photography' and two 'The Art and Soul of Dune' books.
Beautiful images and thought-provoking text
High quality pages and binding
A lot of empty white space
Expensive, but a cheaper eBook is available