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Imagine Cuba: 1999-2007
Imagine Cuba: 1999-2007
by Sandro Miller
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 52.66

3.0 out of 5 stars Images Don't live up to the Words, 13 Feb 2013
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An interesting book bought second hand through Amazon (signed by author and excellent value at 12 from USA rather than new price of 40 plus). Cuba is much photographed of course - this is a very mixed bag - some excellent portraits of Cuban athletes in monochrome jumbled in with (oddly, and in my view ineffectual) highly saturated street scenes which don't stand up in their own right. The words of introduction are impressive but the images don't live up to them.


The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford Companions)
The Oxford Companion to the Photograph (Oxford Companions)
by Robin Lenman
Edition: Hardcover

3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable source, 9 Feb 2012
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I've seen extracts from this book so often that I've long wanted a copy - eventually bought this used copy - in great condition - through Amazon. Some very useful articles and references and a good starting point for any basic research. Of course, Google is pretty good for this too but I personally still like this type of reference book. Excellent production quality too.


Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
by Ken Light
Edition: Paperback

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Invaluable for the documentary photographer, 14 Oct 2011
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Ken Light's introduction is a succinct statement of the photographic standpoint of the social democratic, humanist photographer. The collection of short chapters which follow outline the work of a variety of documentary photographers. A great little book for anyone wanting to get an overview of some contemporary documentary projects within an honourable and vitally important tradition - that of the engaged photographer.


Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style
Mastering Photographic Composition, Creativity, and Personal Style
by Alain Briot
Edition: Paperback
Price: 27.91

3.0 out of 5 stars A worthwhile insight into a photographer's philosophy, 14 Oct 2011
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Rocky Nook produce high quality books and this is beautifully printed with excellent illustrations. There's a lot here and it's good value. While Alain Briot is a landscape photographer living in the American West - and all the photographs are from his own backyard - his reflections on issues like photographic vision and personal style are relevant to any photographer in any genre - I'm a documentary and street photographer but found much of interest here.

The book combines philosophical musings, practical advice on looking, seeing, taking, processing, marketing etc - it adds up to an extensive insight into the mind and working methods of an accomplished and passionate photographer. It is certainly a bit rambling as other reviewers point out but the author has a clear written style and the different chapters are extremely well laid out and split into small sections to enable the reader to read the book in bit-sized 'chunks'. I found myself returning to little sections of the book to read them again and again. Although there is little here that I haven't read elsewhere, the author often says things in memorable phrases that stick - for example, his explanation/definition of photographic vision is excellent.

The central idea running through the book is that of developing a personal style - why it is important, what it means, how the author has developed his own style, how readers might go about developing theirs. The extent to which Alain Briot himself has a distinctive personal approach might be questioned by many as his images look pretty much the same as the multitude of photographers who have 'worked' Briot's territory and the vast majority of his advice and observations - wise as it is - hardly breaks new ground. As someone who makes his living selling prints and running workshops an element of self- promotion can be understood and I suspect that he is an engaging and inspiring workshop leader.


The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression (Photographic Arts Editions)
The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression (Photographic Arts Editions)
by Bruce Barnbaum
Edition: Paperback
Price: 20.29

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific, 13 Oct 2011
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While the images are virtually all landscape and black and white, this is actually a very wide ranging book - with beautiful production values - the book oozes quality. It is partly a distillation of wisdom from an accomplished photographer about the nature of photography - very well written and free of jargon. The written style is as straightforward and elegant as the images themselves. It also has loads of practical advice - and it's good to see traditional film and darkroom chapters along with digital. I'm a street photographer and I still got so much from this book.


Koudelka Gypsies
Koudelka Gypsies
by Josef Koudelka
Edition: Hardcover

11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Historically important but also some amazing images, 13 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Koudelka Gypsies (Hardcover)
I'm photographing the Romani community in Serbia at the moment so was delighted when this new reprint of the images from the 1960s was recently published. Gritty, grainy images speak of their time - both photographically and historically - but also convey the universal through the particular. It is the images that show relationships - families, a group of musicians, father and son (rather than the portraits) that I think are relly powerful and enduring. a collection anyone serious about documentary photography should look at.
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Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice
Reframing Photography: Theory and Practice
by Rebekah Modrak
Edition: Paperback
Price: 28.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific coverage, 13 Oct 2011
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An excellent book and terrific value. Packed with content, it covers a massive range of things photographic - from the most practical to some really good essays on photographers, photographic genres etc.


The New Gypsies
The New Gypsies
by Iain McKell
Edition: Hardcover

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A High Production Value Portrait Collection, 9 Aug 2011
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This review is from: The New Gypsies (Hardcover)
I'm currently engaged in a project photographing the Romani community in Serbia so I'm interested in any other photographers work and approach in the same broad area - even though the context is actually radically different. In the main this is a collection of fine portraits of striking characters largely against plain backgrounds - some against blue canvas sheeting - in the broad style of Avedon's In the American West - but much more sympathetic in tone and style. There's actually relatively little of the context of the travellers' lives - little of the narrative I personally would have liked.The ones that are in the book are very powerful - so perhaps it's just been a matter of culling the numbers to fit in with publishing criteria. So personally I'm not at all sure about Val Williams' assessment in a concluding appreciative essay at the end of the book where she says that the photography 'combines all the sublimity of fashion photography with the enquiring edge of documentary'. Nevertheless this is a fine book and I can see why Iain McKell has been so enthralled with these remarkable characters.


The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture Ideas)
The Pleasures of Good Photographs (Aperture Ideas)
by Gerry Badger
Edition: Paperback
Price: 16.95

1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection, 9 Aug 2011
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A really interesting selection of articles in a high quality production. You won't always agree with the opinions but they are always thought-provoking and stimulating.


The Last Resort
The Last Resort
by Martin Parr
Edition: Hardcover
Price: 20.40

3 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A collectors piece, 11 Feb 2011
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This review is from: The Last Resort (Hardcover)
I bought this because I wanted a collection of Martin Parr's early work. Controversial of course - his photography is not everyone's cup of tea - but I'm happy to have this on my bookshelf.


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