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Arab Photography Now
Arab Photography Now
by Rose Issa
Edition: Hardcover
Price: £11.99

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting selection but would have liked a more critical writing., 24 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Arab Photography Now (Hardcover)
I don't usually write reviews but I felt Col Mustard's was so ill-informed that it needed balance.

It seems Col Mustard has not read the editors' statements or the ambition they have for the book. If he had they would find his expectations are completely misguided. The authors purposely set out to profile less well known photographic artists (after all the well known ones are easier to find as evidenced by Col Mustard's role call) Rose Issa writes "How could we satisfy our readers without choosing artists who are already established? We wanted to involve equal but lesser known talents from a wide variety of backgrounds." p11 This seems a more exciting goal than trotting out what we have already seen in other publications. Secondly the author's are independent curators and do not seem to be associated with the galleries who represent the artists. The numerous prestigious posts they have held is a measure of their stature and independence. Thirdly the authors are very knowledgeable having curated many international exhibitions on Arabian lens based arts with 4 decades of experience between them. If you want to check their credentials and find out more about the authors [...] and [...]

That said the selection is interesting although there is overlap with the V&A's recent book 'Light from the Middle East.' The the two books do complement each other though. In this book artist statements accompany the works providing interesting insight. The V&A's book has a good essay by Marta Weiss. Both the authors contribute an essay to Arab Photography Now but they are reasonably light. It would have been great if this book had also included more critical analysis as the authors certainly have the background knowledge to write something thought provoking. Photography is at an exciting juncture in the Middle East and North Africa and 'Arab Photography Now' gives us a flavour of some of the emerging talents.

Train Your Gaze: A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography
Train Your Gaze: A Practical and Theoretical Introduction to Portrait Photography
by Roswell Angier
Edition: Paperback
Price: £37.50

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars More concept than technical skills, 21 July 2010
A good workbook helping photographers to find out what it is they want form a portrait. In this way it scratches a good bit deeper than the standard how-to-light-and-pose books. And there are any amount of those that will show you how to flatter the sitter and carve a semi-pro career. If that's what you are looking for you should look elsewhere. And then use the two books in tandem. The book achieves what its title states, Practical through the exercises and Theoretical by helping you to learn to look and inquire. The theory here does not refer to lighting or camera. I run workshops for photographers on a variety of subjects and this is a useful book to help design content so classes can have that little extra .

Color: A Natural History of the Palette
Color: A Natural History of the Palette
by Victoria Finlay
Edition: Paperback

3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Should have been a great book, 16 Jun. 2009
This book should have been brilliant. A facinating approach to an engaging subject. But it was so badly written I couldn't finish it. The author put so much of her first person refences that it ready more like a diary than a story on colour. Perhaps that's what she intended but it wasn't for me. I bought a copy for a friend at the same time I bought mine and he couldn't finish it either.

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