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4.0 out of 5 stars Fine selection of photographs; rather esoteric discussion, 3 July 1998
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This review is from: The Nature of Photographs (Paperback)
This is a beautifully designed book. The selection of photographs thoughtfully illustrates the way photography works. I enjoyed most especially the author's own "Luzzara Italy, 1993."
The essay, though, is not always clear enough to support the author's ideas. One who is new to photography may have trouble understanding some of Mr Shore's concepts. For example, in the chapter "The Mental Level," he writes "If you right now become aware of the space between yourself and this page, there is a transmutation of your attention and perception. This sort of perceptual change...would for a photographer, lead to a realignment of his or her formal decisions in making a photograph.(p 65)" To put it plainly, if you think carefully about what you are seeing, you would likely discover something new about it. Such an insight would lead you to change the way you photograph it.
Nevertheless, I like the book. I recommend it to you.
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Initial post: 1 May 2008 02:10:07 BDT
"If you right now become aware of the space between yourself and this page, there is a transmutation of your attention and perception. This sort of perceptual change...would for a photographer, lead to a realignment of his or her formal decisions in making a photograph.(p 65)" It's not a complicated thought, just a badly written explanation. He's trying to fluff up a flaccid idea.
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