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The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas [Paperback]

Jason Fulford , Gregory Halpern
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23 Jun 2014
The best way to learn is by doing. The Photographers Playbook features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the worlds most talented photographers and photography professionals. Whether youre looking for exercises to improve your craftalone or in a groupor youre interested in learning more about the medium, this playful collection will inspire fresh ways of engaging with photographic process. Inside you will find advice for better shooting and editing, creative ways to start new projects, games and activities, and insight into the practices of those responsible for our most iconic photographsJohn Baldessari, Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jim Goldberg, Miranda July, Susan Meiselas, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Tim Walker, and many more. The book also features a Polaroid alphabet by Mike Slack, which divides each chapter, and a handy subject guide. Edited by acclaimed photographers Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, the assignments and project ideas in this book are indispensable for teachers and students, and great fun for everyone fascinated by taking pictures.

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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture (23 Jun 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159711247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112475
  • Product Dimensions: 22.6 x 15.2 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,321 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jason Fulford is a photographer and cofounder of the non-profit publisher J&L Books. He has lectured at more than a dozen art schools and universities and is a contributing editor to Blind Spot magazine. Fulford s photographs have been featured in Harper s, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Blind Spot, Aperture, and on book jackets for Don DeLillo, John Updike, Bertrand Russell, Jorge Luis Borges, Terry Eagleton, Ernest Hemingway, and Richard Ford. His published books include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010), and Hotel Oracle (2013).

Gregory Halpern received a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. His third book of photographs, entitled A, is a photographic ramble through the streets of the American Rust Belt. His other books include Omaha Sketchbook and Harvard Works Because We Do. He currently teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best used as a "dip in" resource 18 July 2014
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Fascinating insight into the creative processes of photographers. Full of ideas for assignments whether directly or through modification. Best used as a "dip in" resource.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for create photography ideas 29 July 2014
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Love this book - loads of ideas to fuel my imagination - highly recommend this book for anyone who is studying or has an interest in photography
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I am impressed by the idea of the book and the elegant execution. What it modestly doesn't tell you on the front cover is that it provides remarkable insight about how to think like a photographer while simultaneously acting as a primer in appreciating photography. I would buy the sequel.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 17 July 2014
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Interesting book
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5.0 out of 5 stars USE YOUR IMAGINATION WITH SOME GUIDANCE 4 July 2014
By Mark - Published on Amazon.com
This is an excellent source of thoughtful photographic anecdotes, some stories and a bunch of assignments of many thought-provoking types.

No matter what level of photography you operate at, analog or digital, professional or not, I believe you'll benefit from this excellent sourcebook. You simply pick and choose the ones you want to take a shot at. It's not a novel. You don't need to read it cover to cover one chapter after the previous chapter. I read various assignments at random, thought about them, made a few notes and when I was off shooting on my own, reviewed my notes and thoughts to expand on the assignments and created some interesting results.

Some people here have questioned the fact this work doesn't contain photos. It doesn't need to nor do I suspect it was ever supposed to. Simply stated, it doesn't lead by example but rather stimulates your artistic curiosity, urging you to think about the assignments the contributors offer in short, concise form;. To embellish them or not is up to the reader and then go on to craft your own photographs. You learn by your own examples and critiquing your own work, deciding what YOU like and don't like about a particular photograph of yours.

You can do that individually or perhaps in small groups. Photography afterall, is an intensely personal pursuit. While it's not uncommon for some to try and duplicate someone elses work that you liked, all you learn from that experience is how to duplicate rather than producing original work. And while that's certainly appropriate in learning things like lighting, it doesn't help you grow in terms of conceptualization.

The suggestions used to spark creativity and conceptualization here are diverse and I found also quite interesting. I also enjoyed mulling them over in my off hours. It's a nice portable and fun piece of work, one I highly recommend. I've been in this business for 37 years. If you've gotten into a creative rut it will help liberate you. If you're not, it will still help expand your photographic horizons, maybe see things better and liberate your creativity in ways that you've perhaps never thought of. It also doesn't try and sell you anything. To me, those qualities are priceless and well-worth the $20 bucks. It also gives you the opportunity to support Aperture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Lots of ideas 30 Jun 2014
By Mickey - Published on Amazon.com
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Scanning this book and using small memo stickers for pages I want to come back to when I get to the last assignment.

They are some wonderful ideas and you can't help but come up with many more as you read them. There is plenty of space to add notes as I have as you go along.

If your willing to put in the time the ideas within will keep you busy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Bank of Ideas 21 Jun 2014
By John M. Kegley - Published on Amazon.com
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Even those of us that have been in the business for 50 plus years sometimes need a jump start. Great series of brain storming ideas that may lead you to your next project. It has mine.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Want to end a creative rut? Then this is the book. 22 Jun 2014
By StevenMoore - Published on Amazon.com
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After a quick reading to get a feel for all the tips, projects, and insights. I am making that list of ones that I will tackle in the next week, month, and year. What a gift! Great curation of experienced photographers, and educators in the visual arts. If you can't find something to shoot after having this book in your hands... you might be totally creatively dead!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars I can imagine this to be a great resource for any photographer feeling stuck creatively (or those ... 9 Aug 2014
By skippy - Published on Amazon.com
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This is not going to be of help for most commercial photographers...I've noticed the lowest reviews are by folks who are looking to improve technical skills. I can imagine this to be a great resource for any photographer feeling stuck creatively (or those who need a good laugh). Some of my friends/photo heroes have been generous and thoughtful enough to share their successful assignments or strategies to get out of a foto-funk. So far in browsing, I already read 3 great entries that I would have NEVER thought of, even after a decade of teaching. Great collection, thanks JF and GH!
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