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  • Paperback: 440 pages
  • Publisher: Aperture; 01 edition (23 Jun. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 159711247X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1597112475
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 3.1 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
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Examines how the photograph can be animated through composition, engagement and passion; Fulford and Halpern s "The Photographer s Playbook" contains 307 assignments designed to inspire, enlighten and educate students, teachers and photographers. "British Journal of Photography"

Just what the doctor ordered for amateur photographers looking to educate themselves by immersing their imaginative gifts into the works of some of today s successful photographers. "Resource Magazine"

The idea is that photography is nothing if it stays in a little box, that there is a big wide world out there and photography needs to engage with it. "British Journal of Photography"

An invaluable resource of perceptive information on all things photography Inside is a treasure trove of advice &ndash "Juxtapoz," August 2014 issue

The Photographer s Playbook is a slap in the face for the obvious, the hackneyed, the over-familiar. "British Journal of Photography" "

Examines how the photograph can be animated through composition, engagement and passion; Fulford and Halpern s The Photographer s Playbook contains 307 assignments designed to inspire, enlighten and educate students, teachers and photographers. British Journal of Photography
Just what the doctor ordered for amateur photographers looking to educate themselves by immersing their imaginative gifts into the works of some of today s successful photographers. Resource Magazine
The idea is that photography is nothing if it stays in a little box, that there is a big wide world out there and photography needs to engage with it. British Journal of Photography
An invaluable resource of perceptive information on all things photography Inside is a treasure trove of advice &ndashJuxtapoz, August 2014 issue
The Photographer s Playbook is a slap in the face for the obvious, the hackneyed, the over-familiar. British Journal of Photography"

About the Author

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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This is a really useful book in thinking about photography and practicing it reflectively and 'reflexively'. But if all you ever want to do is take a decent picture and learn about cameras, f-stops and digital ISOs - this is not for you. Those leaving negative reviews for this 'playbook' on the basis there as little about technique should probably focus on more instructional manuals which don't require as much thinking - or simply learn from the aesthetic emphasis of sites like 500px.com where it's about technical brilliance. There's nothing wrong with wanting that, photography is for everyone. However, by the same token I feel it is not a snobbish or intellectual-only position for someone to state that's only a *slither* of what photography is about, and it seems a bit mean to attack the amount of work that went into collating this quality diverse compendium. If you know multimedia artist Brian Eno (or his Roxy Music and ambient music) you might be aware that in the 1970s he published a deck of cards to get the practitioner out of creative blocks and thinking beyond prettiness - he named them "Oblique Strategies" - this book is the photography version of that in some ways - and follows that rolling-the-creative-dice tradition. Some other excellent publications along this line are film director and writer Miranda July's "Learning to Love You More" and the more accessible Keri Smith's "How to be an Explorer of The World" which involve more than photographs. But I think it's fairly clear this book isn't for everyone, sad, because all it requires is curiosity - my four year old can do some of these exercises.Read more ›
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I found most of these "assignments" much too philosophical for my liking, having hoped for something rather more practical. There are some gems among them, but for this reader only three stars.
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Lots of creative ideas. Lovely book
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haven't read all through the book yet but what I have is very, very interesting. Ideas on projects I never would have thought of. Great stuff.
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Great book. I now have lots of ideas to play with.
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A jewel of a book...you will never run out of ideas to shoot! :) Be inspired and do more!
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Great College Book
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Great Book
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