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A potentially interesting book by a highly respected author - if only it was readable
on 16 December 2015
This is a really strange publication.
It's by Michael Freeman - who needs no introduction to any British-based photographer since the 80s. I am therefore sure that it is technically sound.
However, it is also a treatise rather than a field guide. So I'm puzzled by the title? It's really interesting, possibly more 'high brow' than many practical photographers would expect, but essential reading (more like a textbook) for students of photography and photographic artists.
But why is it printed in this format? You wouldn't take it 'in the field' and, besides, it appears to have simply been shrunk from a larger format. Down the outer edge of the pages is a grey tab system to divide the book into sections. The printing on these tabs give the game away - it is SO small that no-one could seriously be expected to read it. The bulk of the text is certainly not that easy to read - one of those whole page magnifiers that they sell to the elderly in Sunday newspapers might be helpful regardless of your age.
The page layout is also odd. There's very little difference between the inside margins and the outside, whereas normally a publisher would have larger inner ones to allow the book to open comfortably. A fault that many self-publishers often make is to encroach on the binding too much or leave too little on the outer edges, but this is obviously not an amateur publisher.
The illustrations, of which there are many which is good, seem to have been reproduced in a tint close to sepia. Which is strikingly bizarre for a book on BLACK AND WHITE photography.
So, all in all, a potentially interesting book by a highly respected author - if only it was readable.