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Picture of on Street Photography and the Poetic Image

Publisher's Description

Photography deepens our connections to the world around us, to ourselves, and to one another. In this new and innovative series, Aperture works with the world’s top photographers, many of whom also teach, to publish their core thinking on photography—making their experience, insight, and knowledge accessible to a wider audience, including students. Each title in the series will provide an essential primer on the photographer’s area of expertise and creative process. The key points of their practice are presented in the photographer’s own words, and will answer the questions they are asked most frequently. The commentary will accompany a selection of fifty photographs - iconic images by each featured photographer, as well as key images by others that have influenced their thinking and work. Both individually and collectively, each book in the series functions as a “workshop in a book,” serving as an indispensable tool for students, teachers, and everyone who wants to take better pictures or learn to look at them in a more informed way.

Renowned photographers and teachers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb guide readers on a creative journey through the world of street photographyand the poetic image as a path toward deepening a unique photographic vision. Based on their popular workshop, this creative couple combines insight with stories that reveal their own processes and influences. They cover a variety of issues essential to photographers of all levels, including how to photograph in cultures other than your own, how to work with color in a way that adds emotion to photographs, how complexity and creative tension affect the frame, and how to hone a personal vision in an intuitive and meaningful way. This book provides rare access to the teaching and practice of two leading photographers.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 7 1/2 x 10"

128 pages, 50 duotone and four-colour images

Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb
Renowned photographers and teachers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb guide readers on a creative journey through the world of street photography and the poetic image.
£17.96

Picture of Photography Beyond Technique

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Photography is not dying and has not died. It has been an ever-changing medium since its earliest days, and while near-obsession with the technology of the day may have defined photography over the course of its existence, photography is so much more than hardware and software. Photography is communication, whether chemical or digital, tangible or ephemeral in form.

Photography Beyond Technique is a compelling selection of essays and images that reveal the thoughts and methods of some of today’s most exciting contemporary photographers. These artists employ alternative, historical, or handmade processes and techniques, and they share a comprehensive view of the medium: that the choice of photographic process is just as important as the selection of subjects. While other books concentrate solely on process, or theory, or artistic intent, none focus on photography in which these decisions are considered inseparable.

These 20 essays, originally presented at the annual F295 symposium and seminar series, provide a thought-provoking read for anyone interested in photography as an art form and as a medium through which to view the world. Includes:

  • "Looking Backward, Seeing Forward: Reframing Visual History" by Robert Hirsch
  • "Mystery, Memory, and Narrative" by Martha Casanave
  • "Finding Confidence: Combining Process with Purpose" by Mark Osterman
  • "Photograph, Material, and Metaphor" by Jerry Spagnoli

Publisher: Focal Press

240 pages

Edited by Tom Persinger
Photography Beyond Technique is a compelling selection of essays and images that reveal the thoughts and methods of some of today’s most exciting contemporary photographers.
£26.09

Picture of Photobook: A History Volume III SIGNED

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Following the success of volumes I and II of The Photobook: A History (published in 2004 and 2009 respectively), this is the third volume bringing this study of the photobook fully up to date, with specific exploration of the contemporary, postwar photobook. It covers key themes including the globalization of photographic culture, the personalization of photobooks, the self-publishing boom and the new 'layered' photobook approach. 

While the history of photographs is a well-established canon, less critical attention has been directed at the phenomenon of the photobook, which for many photographers is perhaps the most significant vehicle for the display of their work and the communication of their vision to a mass audience. Volume III, co-edited by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger, expands this study and history of the photobook further. It explores the symbiotic relationship between the contemporary propaganda book vs. the protest photobook, sex and youth culture, photographers examining their own environments and the impact of the Internet and social media on the nature of the photobook, among much else. 

The book is divided into 9 thematic chapters, each featuring general introductory text providing background information and highlighting the dominant political and artistic influences on the photobook in the period, followed by more detailed discussion of the individual photobooks. The introductory chapter texts are followed by spreads and images from over 200 books, which provide the central means of telling the history of the photobook. Chosen by Parr and Badger, these illustrations show the most artistically and culturally important photobooks in three dimensions, with the cover or jacket and a selection of spreads from the book shown.

SIGNED BY GERRY BADGER AND MARTIN PARR

Publisher: Phaidon

290 x 250 mm

320 pages, 900 colour illustrations

Martin Parr and Gerry Badger
Following the success of volumes I and II of The Photobook: A History this is the third volume bringing this study of the photobook fully up to date, with specific exploration of the contemporary, postwar photobook.
£59.95

Picture of Inside Photography

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Inside Photography, a collaboration between the writer/editor, David Brittain and graphic artist, Clinton Cahill, is a book of interviews that sheds light on the art photography magazine. Inciteful and often irreverent, the book demonstrates how this critically overlooked type of publication can be an invaluable resource for creative and historical investigations.

Publisher: Dewi Lewis

Size: 235 x 155 mm

160 pages

David Brittain with Clinton Cahill
Inciteful and often irreverent, the book demonstrates how this critically overlooked type of publication can be an invaluable resource for creative and historical investigations.
£11.69

Picture of Marcel Duchamp at the Age of 85 An Icon of Conceptual Photography

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In 1945 Marcel Duchamp published a photographic self-portrait in the American magazine View, which depicts him, according to the caption, 'at the age of 85.' In reality he was, at the time, only 58 years old. Thus far the circumstances surrounding this 'staged photograph' were unknown.

A recently discovered script by Friedrich Kiesler is published in this book for the first time, in which he describes in full detail how he assisted his friend Marcel Duchamp to style himself as a senile artist-philosopher in front of the camera of New York photographer Percy Rainford.

The well-known Duchamp expert Herbert Molderings interprets Duchamp's self-portrait as an innovative, conceptual use of photography. The camera was used as a 'time machine', but not, as customary, to capture a present moment, but rather to look into the future.

Publisher: Walther Koenig

Size: 190 x 125 mm

144 pages, 20 colour illustrations

Friedrich Kiesler, Dieter Bogner, Herbert Molderings
The well-known Duchamp expert Herbert Molderings interprets Duchamp's self-portrait as an innovative, conceptual use of photography. The camera was used as a 'time machine', but not, as customary, to capture a present moment, but rather to look into the future.
£17.10

Picture of Pirates and Farmers: Essays on Taste

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Arguably one of the most astute art and cultural critics working today, Hickey’s collection of essays questions and challenges the cultural status quo.

He recently announced his retirement from the field of criticism due to the new extreme popularity and over-simplification and commoditisation of art, he said ‘I miss being an elitist and not having to talk to idiots.’

Author of popular books such as Air Guitar: Essays on Art & Democracy and The Invisible Dragon: Four Essays on Beauty, Hickey’s newest body of essays looks at the super collectors, the trope of the biennale, the loss of looking and much, much more!

Publisher: Ridinghouse

Size: 225 x 150 mm

192 pages


Dave Hickey
Arguably one of the most astute art and cultural critics working today, Hickey’s collection of essays questions and challenges the cultural status quo.
£14.36

Picture of Understanding a Photograph

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John Berger's essays on photography are some of the most stimulating and original of the twentieth century. Like Susan Sontag and Roland Barthes, Berger created a distinctive, highly personal way of thinking and writing about the medium  but he also went an important step further. With long-time collaborator Jean Mohr, photographer and writer combined images and text in a series of innovative and ground-breaking books.


Arranged chronologically, this selection contains essays from books by Berger and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues. Displaying the fierce engagement that marks his writing on painting and the human sympathy of his fiction, Berger probes the work of photographers  including Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith  and the lives of those photographed. Interrogating the visible, Berger proceeds with the intensity and tenderness urged by D. H. Lawrence: 'gazing on to the face of life, and reading what can be read.'

The selection is made and introduced by Geoff Dyer, author of the critically acclaimed, award-winning book on photography, The Ongoing Moment.

'One of the most influential intellectuals of our time' Observer

'Berger handles thoughts the way an artist handles paint' Jeanette Winterson

Publisher: Penguin

240 pages

John Berger
A selection of John Berger's writings on photography, including astonishing images, edited and selected by Geoff Dyer.
£8.99

Picture of Ping-Pong Conversations

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Storytelling and the use of color and black and white, staged and candid approaches, and personal and political issues are just a few of the many arguments that the American photographer Alec Soth discusses with critic Francesco Zanot, resulting in a combination of words and images that constitutes both a complex examination of Alec Soth's work and a manual on that reading of photography itself.

Publisher: Contrasto

Size: 216 x 154 mm

180 pages

Alec Soth
Storytelling and the use of color and black and white, staged and candid approaches, and personal and political issues are just a few of the many arguments that the American photographer Alec Soth discusses with critic Francesco Zanot.
£17.10

Picture of Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography

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Abstraction has been, and remains, intrinsic to photography. The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography is the first book in English to document this phenomenon and to put it into historical context. Author Lyle Rexer examines abstraction at pivotal moments, starting with the inception of photography, when many of its pioneers believed the camera might reveal other aspects of reality. He traces subsequent explorations—from the Photo Secessionists, who emphasized emotional expression over observed reality, to Modernist and Surrealist experiments. From the 1940s through the 1980s, a multitude of photographers—Edward Weston, Aaron Siskind, and Barbara Kasten, among them—took up abstraction. Finally, Rexer explores the influence the history of abstraction exerts on contemporary thinking about the medium. Many contemporary artists—most prominently Silvio Wolf, Marco Breuer, and Ellen Carey—reject photography's documentary dimension in favor of other possibilities, somewhere between painting and sculpture, that include the manipulation of process and printing.

In addition to Rexer's engagingly written and richly illustrated history, this volume includes a selection of primary texts from key practitioners and critics, such as László Moholy-Nagy, and James Welling.

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 8 x 10"

292 pages, 180 four-color images

Lyle Rexer
Abstraction has been, and remains, intrinsic to photography. The Edge of Vision: The Rise of Abstraction in Photography is the first book in English to document this phenomenon and to put it into historical context
£22.50

Picture of William Henry Fox Talbot : Beyond Photography

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William Henry Fox Talbot (1800–1877) was a British pioneer in photography, yet he also embraced the wider preoccupations of the Victorian Age—a time that saw many political, social, intellectual, technical, and industrial changes. His manuscripts, now in the archive of the British Library, reveal the connections and contrasts between his photographic innovations and his investigations into optics, mathematics, botany, archaeology, and classical studies.

Drawing on Talbot’s fascinating letters, diaries, research notebooks, botanical specimens, and photographic prints, distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, including historians of science, art, and photography, broaden our understanding of Talbot as a Victorian intellectual and a man of science.

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size: 7 x 10"

328 pages, 100 color illus.

William Henry Fox Talbot
Drawing on Talbot’s fascinating letters, diaries, research notebooks, botanical specimens, and photographic prints, distinguished scholars from a range of disciplines, including historians of science, art, and photography, broaden our understanding of Talbot as a Victorian intellectual and a man of science.
£45.00

Picture of From here on. Postphotography in the Age of Internet and the Mobile Phone

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The transit from the analog to the digital image and the globalization of access to internet and mobile telephones has radically changed the world of photography, taking it past the point of no return. This new technological potential offers still unexplored creative consequences and has shaken up key concepts such as that of authorship and original work. All over the world, many new artists of the image are exploring the ramifications of this genuine creative revolution.

This catalogue-book published by RM on the occasion of the exhibition From Here On, held at Arts Santa Monicà in Barcelona, Spain, deals precisely with the evolution of the image as a result of the use of new technologies. It constitutes an invaluable resource, not only because of the texts included—really a series of manifestos—but also because of the conscientious selection of artists and images offered to the reader.

Publisher: Editorial RM

Size: 9.2 x 4.5"

136 pages, 177 photographs

Spanish, english, catalan edition

Joan Fontcuberta, Martin Parr, Erik Kessels, Clément Chéroux, Joachim Schmid
This catalogue-book published deals with the evolution of the image as a result of the use of new technologies.
£20.25

Picture of Photography and Exploration

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When Ferdinand Magellan set out to circumnavigate the globe in 1519, he wasn’t able to take a digital camera or a smartphone with him. Yet, as the eagerly awaited images from the Mars Rover prove, modern exploration is inconceivable without photography. Since its invention in 1839, photography was integral to exploration and used by explorers, sponsors and publishers alike, and in the early twentieth century, advances in technology – and photography’s newfound cultural currency as a truthful witness to the world – made the camera an indispensable tool. In Photography and Exploration, James R. Ryan uses a variety of examples from polar journeys to space missions to show how exploration photographs have been created, circulated and consumed as objects of both scientific research and art.

Examining a wide range of photographs and expeditions, Ryan considers how nations have often employed images as a means to scientific advancement or territorial conquest. He argues that, because exploration has long been bound up with the construction of national and imperial identity, expeditionary photographs have often been used to promote claims to power – especially by the West. These images also challenge the way audiences perceive the world and their place within it. Richly illustrated, Photography and Exploration shines new light on how photography has shaped the image of explorers, expeditions and the worlds they discovered.

Publisher: Reaktion Books

Size: 220 x 190 mm

192 pages, 100 illustrations, 50 in colour

James R. Ryan
In Photography and Exploration, James R. Ryan uses a variety of examples from polar journeys to space missions to show how exploration photographs have been created, circulated and consumed as objects of both scientific research and art.
£16.16

Picture of Bending the Frame: Photojournalism, Documentary, and the Citizen

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The older paradigm for photojournalists was to simply record events, with the hope—and frequently the expectation—that people and their governments would be moved to respond to the injustices pictured, as witnessed by the impact of certain images during the Civil Rights movement and the Vietnam War. Given evolving media and political climates, however, including the billions of images now available online from all kinds of sources, the purpose and effectiveness of media, in particular of visual journalism, has been called into question. Bending the Frame, by author and critic Fred Ritchin, addresses the new and emerging potentials for visual media to impact society. Also encompassing online efforts, uses of video, and a diverse range of books and exhibitions, this volume aims for as wide-ranging and far-reaching a discussion as possible, asking the critical question: how can images promote new thinking and make a difference in the world?

Publisher: Aperture

Size: 6 x 8 1/2"

176 pages, 40 four-colour images

Fred Ritchin
Bending the Frame, by author and critic Fred Ritchin, addresses the new and emerging potentials for visual media to impact society. Also encompassing online efforts, uses of video, and a diverse range of books and exhibitions, this volume aims for as wide-ranging and far-reaching a discussion as possible.
£14.36

Picture of Creative Life in Photography

Publisher's Description

This latest book in the "Photography and The Creative Process" Series offers readers the opportunity to engage in a selection of timeless and thought-provoking articles previously published in LensWork, but many now long out-of-print. The 203 pages of text are organized in three important sections: Being an Artist, The Creative Muse, and Productivity. This book goes beyond useful; it is truly a "must read" for photographers who are committed to their craft

Including:

  • When Photography Becomes Art
  • On Faith and Fame
  • The Case of the Misplaced Identity
  • The Context of the Question
  • Why Make Art?
  • Creativity Questions
  • The Pragmatics of Creativity
  • Photography and the Meaning of Life
  • Commitment
  • The Matter With Subject Matter
  • Imaginative Photography
  • Ten Motivations
  • Your Inner Pragmatist
  • Keys to Productivity
  • Photography as a Verb
  • Collaborations
  • Finding the Project
  • Printing for a Purpose
  • Twenty-One Ways to Improve Your Artwork
And More!
Publisher: Lenswork
203 pages
Brooks Jensen
This latest book in the "Photography and The Creative Process" Series offers readers the opportunity to engage in a selection of timeless and thought-provoking articles previously published in LensWork.
£12.95

Picture of Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty

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Out [o] Fashion Photography: Embracing Beauty investigates the transformative experience of the photograph. In this book Deborah Willis explores historical perceptions of beauty and desire through artistic and ethnographic imagery and the role individual photographers play in constructing ways of seeing. Through the themes of idealized beauty, the unfashionable body, the gendered image, and photography as memory, Willis challenges and makes problematic the "reading" of photographic images in the twenty-first century.

Working from the significant photographic holdings of the University of Washington's Henry Art Gallery, and the University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, the author examines shifting gender attitudes that emerged in work by women photographers such as Gertrude Käsebier and Diane Arbus. Willis discusses ethnographic ideologies underpinning the work of Edward Sheriff Curtis and Fred E. Miller who worked with Native American subjects, as well as the framing and reframing of images of black people in the work of Samuel Montague Fassett and Carrie Mae Weems. Additionally, the effects of fashion and desire on the imaging of beauty are examined in the work of such artists as Don Wallen, Janieta Eyre, and Jan Saudek. The book includes full-page illustrations of works by more than fifty internationally recognized photographers including Lisette Model, Imogen Cunningham, Lewis Wickes Hine, Bruce Davidson, Cecil Beaton, Nan Goldin, André Kertész, Lee Friedlander, Lorna Simpson, Cindy Sherman, and Andy Warhol.

Publisher: University of Washington Press

Size:9 x 12"

144 pages, 110 colour illustrations

Deborah Willis
In this book Deborah Willis explores historical perceptions of beauty and desire through artistic and ethnographic imagery and the role individual photographers play in constructing ways of seeing.
£21.59

Picture of Fifty Key Writers on Photography

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Fifty Key Writers on Photography is a clear and concise survey of some of the most significant writers on photography who have played a major part in defining and influencing our understanding of the medium. It provides a succinct overview of writing on photography from a diverse range of disciplines and perspectives and examines the shifting perception of the medium over the course of its 170 year history. Key writers discussed include:

  • Roland Barthes
  • Susan Sontag
  • Jacques Derrida
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Geoffrey Batchen

Fully cross-referenced and in an A-Z format, this is an accessible and engaging introductory guide.

Publisher: Routledge

Size: 214 x 136 mm

296 pages

Edited by Mark Durden
Fifty Key Writers on Photography is a clear and concise survey of some of the most significant writers on photography who have played a major part in defining and influencing our understanding of the medium.
£17.99

Picture of Cities and Photography

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Photographs display attitudes, agency and vision in the way cities are documented and imagined. Cities and Photography explores the relationship between people and the city, visualized in photographs. It provides a visually focused examination of the city and urbanism for a range of different disciplines: across the social sciences and humanities, photography and fine art.

This text offers different perspectives from which to view social, political and cultural ideas about the city and urbanism, through both verbal discussion and photographic representation. It provides introductions to theoretical conceptions of the city that are useful to photographers addressing urban issues, as well as discussing themes that have preoccupied photographers and informed cultural issues central to a discussion of city. This text interprets the city as a spatial network that we inhabit on different conceptual, psychological and physical levels, and gives emphasis to how people operate within, relate to, and activate the city via construction, habitation and disruption. Cities and Photography aims to demonstrate the potential of photography as a contributor to commentary and analytical frameworks: what does photography as a medium provide for a vision of ‘city’ and what can photographs tell us about cities, histories, attitudes and ideas?

This introductory text is richly illustrated with case studies and over 50 photographs, summarizing complex theory and analysis with application to specific examples. Emphasis is given to international, contemporary photographic projects to provide provide focus for the discussion of theoretical conceptions of the city through the analysis of photographic interpretation and commentary. This text will be of great appeal to those interested in Photography, Urban Studies and Human Geography.

Publisher: Routledge

Size:232 x 152 mm

288 pages

Jane Tormey
Cities and Photography explores the relationship between people and the city, visualized in photographs. It provides a visually focused examination of the city and urbanism for a range of different disciplines: across the social sciences and humanities, photography and fine art.
£23.39

Picture of Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop

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Named a best book of 2012—Modern Art Notes

“[O]ne of the most interesting, liveliest art history books I’ve read this year.”—Tyler Green, Modern Art Notes podcast 

Photographic manipulation is a familiar phenomenon in the digital era. What will come as a revelation to readers of this captivating, wide-ranging book is that nearly every type of manipulation we associate with Adobe’s now-ubiquitous Photoshop software was also part of photography’s predigital repertoire, from slimming waistlines and smoothing away wrinkles to adding people to (or removing them from) pictures, not to mention fabricating events that never took place. Indeed, the desire and determination to modify the camera image are as old as photography itself—only the methods have changed.

By tracing the history of manipulated photography from the earliest days of the medium to the release of Photoshop 1.0 in 1990, Mia Fineman offers a corrective to the dominant narrative of photography’s development, in which champions of photographic “purity,” such as Paul Strand, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson, get all the glory, while devotees of manipulation, including Henry Peach Robinson, Edward Steichen, and John Heartfield, are treated as conspicuous anomalies. Among the techniques discussed on these pages—abundantly illustrated with works from an international array of public and private collections—are multiple exposure, combination printing, photomontage, composite portraiture, over-painting, hand coloring, and retouching. The resulting images are as diverse in style and motivation as they are in technique. Taking her argument beyond fine art into the realms of politics, journalism, fashion, entertainment, and advertising, Fineman demonstrates that the old adage “the camera does not lie” is one of photography’s great fictions.

Publisher: Yale University Press

Size:  9 1/2 x 10 1/2"

288 pages, 276 color & black & white illustations

Mia Fineman
By tracing the history of manipulated photography from the earliest days of the medium to the release of Photoshop 1.0 in 1990, Mia Fineman offers a corrective to the dominant narrative of photography’s development
£36.00

Picture of On Writing with Photography

Publisher's Description

From James Agee to W. G. Sebald, there has been an explosion of modern documentary narratives and fiction combining text and photography in complex and fascinating ways. However, these contemporary experiments are part of a tradition that stretches back to the early years of photography. Writers have been integrating photographs into their work for as long as photographs have existed, producing rich, multilayered creations; and photographers have always made images that incorporate, respond to, or function as writing. On Writing with Photography explores what happens to texts—and images—when they are brought together.

From the mid-nineteenth century to the present, this collection addresses a wide range of genres and media, including graphic novels, children’s books, photo-essays, films, diaries, newspapers, and art installations. Examining the works of Herman Melville, Don DeLillo, Claude McKay, Man Ray, Dare Wright, Guy Debord, Zhang Ailing, and Roland Barthes, among others, the essays trace the relationship between photographs and “reality” and describe the imaginary worlds constructed by both, discussing how this production can turn into testimony of personal and collective history, memory and trauma, gender and sexuality, and ethnicity.

Together, these essays help explain how writers and photographers—past and present—have served as powerful creative resources for each other.

Contributors: Stuart Burrows, Brown U; Roderick Coover, Temple U; Adrian Daub, Stanford U; Marcy J. Dinius, DePaul U; Marianne Hirsch, Columbia U; Daniel H. Magilow, U of Tennessee, Knoxville; Janine Mileaf; Tyrus Miller, U of California, Santa Cruz; Leah Rosenberg, U of Florida; Xiaojue Wang, U of Pennsylvania.

Publisher: University of Minnesota Press

Size: 5 1/2 x 8 1/2"

368 pages, 74 black & white photographs

Karen Beckman and Liliane Weissberg (Editors)
An exploration of the relationship between photography and text, from the age of early photography to the contemporary graphic novel
£18.45

Picture of Perspective in the age of digital photography

Publisher's Description

When you take a photograph, you flatten the world. This remarkable process is called perspective. In a clear, non-technical way, this book provides an introduction to perspective through looking at photographs. It covers practical issues such as what happens when photographs are joined together, and why photographs still look realistic when viewed obliquely. This is a book for anyone interested in perception, photography or geometry.

Publisher: Badsey Publications

Size: 210 x 148 mm 

64 pages with more than 60 photographs, most in full colour.

Richard Phillips
In a clear, non-technical way, this book provides an introduction to perspective through looking at photographs. It covers practical issues such as what happens when photographs are joined together, and why photographs still look realistic when viewed obliquely.
£5.40

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