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Road to Seeing (Voices That Matter) [Hardcover]

Dan Winters
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15 Mar 2014 Voices That Matter
After beginning his career as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper in southern California, Dan Winters moved to New York to begin a celebrated career that has since led to more than one hundred awards, including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. An immensely respected portrait photographer, Dan is well known for an impeccable use of light, color, and depth in his evocative images.

In Road to Seeing, Dan shares his journey to becoming a photographer, as well as key moments in his career that have influenced and informed the decisions he has made and the path he has taken. Though this book appeals to the broader photography audience, it speaks primarily to the student of photography—whether enrolled in school or not—and addresses such topics as creating a visual language; the history of photography; the portfolio; street photography; personal projects; his portraiture work; and the need for key characteristics such as perseverance, awareness, curiosity, and reverence.

By relaying both personal experiences and a kind of philosophy on photography, Road to Seeing tells the reader how one photographer carved a path for himself, and in so doing, helps equip the reader to forge his own.

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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (15 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321886399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321886392
  • Product Dimensions: 23.6 x 19.3 x 5.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 289,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dan Winters is a photographer well-known for his celebrity portraiture, photojournalism, and illustrations. He has won numerous awards including the World Press Photo Award, and his work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Rolling Stone. His previous books include Periodical Photographs, Last Launch, and Dan Winters's America: Icons and Ingenuity. He splits his time between Austin, Los Angeles, and Savannah. See his work online at 

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I confess that I am completely at a loss to understand why this book has received so many gushing reviews. For instance here you can read reviews that say it “is not so much a book as it a mentorship,” that it “will become a benchmark in the field of photography literature” and that it is an “illuminating and important contribution to photography.” Most of the reviews give the book 5 stars. I’m baffled.

Let me start by saying that Dan Winters is a gifted photographer and I greatly admire some of his work, particularly his portraits. I’m not totally sold though and one of the things I noticed in seeing so many of his photographs in one volume is that he nearly always puts his subjects, animate or inanimate, right in the middle of the frame. It gets a bit tedious after a while.

As for the text, it is pretty dire. A lot of it reads like something you’d see in a bad self-help book with many uninspiring sentences repeated in capitals as though written by an internet newbie. As for the rest there’s a complete ragbag of seldom connected pieces. One minute he’s being autobiographical, the next he’s telling us about the setup of some of his famous sitters before inserting random articles of things that interest him. There’s also a section on the history of photography which has been written about a million times before and he has nothing new to add. The two sections I did really enjoy were about photographing the space shuttle and a section towards the end on street photography which were actually inspiring. Overall though the book is a mess.

Clearly I’m never going to be as good a photographer as Dan Winters but even if I aspired to be so then this book would be no help whatsoever to me. The philosophy is embarrassingly twee and the book is really a series of essays, some good, some bad. There’s more mentorship, illumination and inspiration on any one page of The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum than there is in this entire book.
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I have just finished reading Dan Winters 'Road to seeing'. As a photography books goes, this has had massive hype in the photographic community and whilst it is well written and his subjects generally interesting, it is also very dense and hard to get through.

The book is a mix of photographic history, a biography of Dan Winters, his upbringing, influences, work and some of his thoughts and ideas on photography. At its best, it gives a great insight to a photography, his idea process and how experiences and knowledge have influenced his work. It can be hard to get through though and whilst his writing is well done, it can get a little bogged down with detail. Any photographer looking for a technical book on photography might be disappointed, for that I would suggest going to Joey L. Book: "Photographing Shadow and Light" or any of Joe Mcnally's works.

The book is published as a hardback and the quality is very high. The cover is nice and the quality of paper feels good. Whilst, the text isn't big, it didn't feel to small to read and the font helped. The photos in the book are not very big but the quality of image is high. Whilst many of the photos taken in the book are by Dan Winters, A good proportion, are come from other photographers, who Dan is talking about.

For me, the biggest problems with the book, is it sizing and the way that the text is separated from the imagery.

The books and page dimensions are comparatively small, the images, as I have said are of a high quality but they do not appear very big. This is made worse when looking at a landscape image, which is spread over 2 pages, with the crease in the middle of the book, effectively splitting an image. Also because there are so many pages, the book is very thick and unwieldy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars 10 July 2014
By Ross
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A master class for the visual world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 2 July 2014
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Into photographing people? Then get this book, 'bough said.
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4.0 out of 5 stars An excellent read 17 May 2014
By Paul Hodgson VINE VOICE
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If you're expecting a blow by blow account of how Dan Winters makes pictures then this book isn't for you. It's more about his journey into his life and how he developed into the wonderful photographer he is today coupled to many passages that reveal his interests.

It's a wonderful read but definately not a how to book.
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