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Basics Creative Photography 02: Context and Narrative [Paperback]

Maria Short
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18 July 2011 2940411409 978-2940411405 First Edition
Basics Creative Photography 02: Context and Narrative introduces students to the use of context and narrative in the creation of photographic images. Many experienced photographers and artists are intuitive in their image-making process, subconsciously using their visual awareness to create, technically produce and edit their work. This ability often develops over many years and can appear misleadingly simple. Context and Narrative explores the structure and method behind the process of constructing a meaningful image, helping students to apply theories to their own photographic work, and identify the significant ingredients which together constitute a successful photograph. This book provides an inspiring look at the way in which context and narrative help shape and form photographs, from the initial idea through to the resulting polished image.

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  • Paperback: 184 pages
  • Publisher: AVA Publishing; First Edition edition (18 July 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 2940411409
  • ISBN-13: 978-2940411405
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 16.1 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 187,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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'Context and Narrative is a really accessible and practical way to tackle some of the more conceptual and non-tangible parts of creating photographs. I really wish I had read it while in college, but no harm, it will benefit me now anyway!' -- Emma O'Brien, Dublin-based photographer

'If you are interested in learning about how to use photography to tell a story, you can't go wrong with this book!' -- Barbara Taylor, UK-based photographer

'The terms 'narrative' and 'context' were until recently relegated to the periphery in understanding photographic images. Maria Short's clearly written and structured book provides a unique convergence point for the study of a wide range of photographers and the events they confront. She combines the insights of the teacher and poet with an astute professional understanding of her craft. A series of well chosen case studies further illuminate photography for readers from all backgrounds.' -- Dr. Chris Mullen, writer and historian, author of FORTUNE's America, Director of The Visual telling of Stories website

'I like this book for many reasons. In terms of its layout and design this is a book that boasts a consistent visual style where different design solutions are artfully combined. Framed images, full-bleed photographs, white backgrounds, black backgrounds, this book demonstrates how to combine images and text in a visually engaging and reader-friendly way. The deceptively concise style that this book shares with other titles in the Basics series is an excellent example of how to write analytically, which we positively know is one of the greatest challenges for students... Each chapter has clear and well-defined topics and includes case studies which support the author's opinions. At the end of each chapter there is a brief summary and some suggested exercises to consolidate what the reader learned. However, it is the the subject matter that the books deals with that I find particularly appealing. It is refreshing to read a book which is concerned with key tenets of photography such as context and narrative, which, regardless of the technology that we use, are crucial for photographs to act as more than just records or evidence. But the most interesting aspect of this book is that the images that Maria Short selected to support her arguments were not primarily taken by iconic and well-known photographers but by a collective of new photographers who have a fresh look at the world. In doing so they have the potential to inspire established and aspiring photographers. And that's the main reason why you should buy this book.' --Jose Navarro, Open College of the Arts, UK

About the Author

Maria Short is a photographer, educator and writer. She currently runs photographic workshops in schools and colleges and is a part-time lecturer in photography at the University of Brighton. She has an MA in Sequential Design and her work takes its inspiration from the use of visual metaphors in pictorial story-telling. Much of her photographic practice is built around her knowledge of the equine industry; working to editorial and advertising briefs. Maria's current research work is photographing the use of horses to enrich the lives of disadvantaged teenagers.

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By Monica
Six succinct and inspiring sections divide this illuminating book into: the photograph, subject, audience, narrative, signs/symbols, and text so basically everything you need to appreciate for capturing that creative shot. Stunning images, thoughtful explanations, and concise summaries along with both individual and group exercises make this book what it is - a creative gem. An expert author also shares her insights of the political power of the image from photojournalism in Sudan to portraits of horses. Fusing the theoretical and practical, this is a top insight into the beautiful world of photography - and becoming part of it!
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5.0 out of 5 stars study book. 11 Oct 2011
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For a starter reader this is a useful and clear exploration of the photograph and a good introduction to the theory behind looking and reading photography.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great resource! 19 Nov 2011
By showmegirl - Published on
Basics Creative Photography: Context and Narrative
by Maria Short
Published 08/19/2011
Ava Publishing

RATING: 3.5 Stars

Context and Narrative is a great resource for any photographer seeking a more in-depth study of visual style in their own work.

In my opinion, the targeted audience for this book is more of an academic photography student rather than a photographer seeking to enhance or improve their images. After years of photography myself, I learned a ton of new information from this book and honestly, felt a little overwhelmed at times by some of the ideas presented.

The book is well laid out and organized in a very visual appealing way. It boasts artful images by a number of different photographers to give readers an opportunity to study the information in word form and in practical use. The summaries provided at the end of each chapter help reiterate the points within and give suggestions for photographic exercise to the reader.

The idea of capturing photographic images in regards to context and narrative took me far outside my normal photography 'box' thinking. Though once I recognized what was being discussed, I discovered that examples can be found in many places; most commonly in advertising and magazines. I read and re-read some sections of the book in an attempt to gain more knowledge of the process and to better understanding of the intentions of the author.

I think Maria Short does a great job explaining her concepts throughout the text and the case studies shown; proving that when it comes to communicating stories or relationships, it is not always in a visual sense but can be implied through various elements or symbolism in the building of the image.

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