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Must read Photography books

Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Boid, Jul 29, 2012.

  1. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Hi, I was wondering what are your "must reads" on Photography. These are a few that are on my list -


    1. Andre Kertesz by Michael Frizot, Annie–laure Wanaverbecq

    2. Photography After Frank by Philip Gefter

    3. The Pleasures of Good Photographs by Gerry Badger

    4. Looking in: Robert Frank's the Americans by Sarah Greenough, Robert Frank, Stuart Alexander

    5. Core Curriculum: Writings on Photography by Tod Papageorge

    6. Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography by Roland Barthes

    7. The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski

    8. Koudelka: Gypsies by Will Guy, Josef Koudelka

    9. The Camera: Ansel Adams

    10. The Negative: Ansel Adams

    11. Real World Color Management (Second Edition) - Fraser, Bruce; Murphy, Chris & Bunting

    12. The Hot Shoe Diaries - Big Light from Small Flashes: McNally, Joe

    13. Understanding Exposure: Bryan Peterson (nice book to start with)

    14. On Photography: Sontag, Susan

    15. Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting
     
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  2. bartjeej

    bartjeej SC Hall of Famer

    Nov 12, 2010
    bart
    As an instructional book, I'd very much like to recommend a book also called "The Photographer's Eye", by Michael Freeman. It's one of the best sold photography books ever, and for good reason: it goes very far beyond what most instructional books will tell you about image composition. If you're willing to put in the time, both to read and understand the book and to put it into practice, I'm sure pretty much everyone will learn a great deal from this book. I haven't gotten around to reading it properly yet, but I'm very impressed with what I've seen from a few pages.

    also, "Storytellers" by Jerod Foster, about telling stories with your images. Lots of text (even more than The Photographer's Eye) but I find it very interesting. If you like your photos to tell a story but it's not coming across as strongly as you'd like, you might want to give it a try.
     
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  3. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    You've got a heavy list there Boid ... be careful it doesn't get in the way of taking photographs!

    Agree with bartjeej about Michael Freeman - he could do with a decent editor to tidy up his prose sometimes, but overall his books are excellent.
     
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  4. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Well currently I'm reading "Artemis Fowl: The Arctic Incident" so it all balances out :biggrin:
     
  5. Boid

    Boid SC All-Pro

    Dec 15, 2011
    Bangalore, India
    Rajiv
    Thanks! I was confused that there were two books with the same name. But usually it's the one by John Szarkowski that gets referred to the most. I'll give the other a gander as well.
     
  6. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

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    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
    This is a really fascinating book I read recently:

    Amazon.com: Believing Is Seeing: Observations on the Mysteries of Photography (9781594203015): Errol Morris: Books

    I tend to enjoy monographs more. I recently "discovered" this photographer named David Plowden. I was trying to find photographers who took photos in rural areas. I got three monographs by him used (ex library copies are always great). Anyway this one had the best photo quality.

    Amazon.com: Imprints: A Retrospective (9780821223239): David Plowden, Alan Trachtenberg: Books

    And my new all time favorite (my Christmas present to myself):

    Amazon.com: Chromes (9783869303116): William Eggleston: Books
     
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  7. stanleyk

    stanleyk SC Top Veteran

    558
    May 23, 2011
    Taylor, Texas
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  8. Country Parson

    Country Parson SC Top Veteran

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    Apr 5, 2011
    North Carolina
    Dan
    Let me reinforce Stanleyk's reference to Believing Is Seeing. This is a fantastic look at the philosophical issues raised by photography. It starts off like a detective story about a particular pair of old photos from the Crimean War. Soon we find ourselves in the middle of the the Abu Ghraib fiasco (and its horrible reflection on the American military), and as a result we find ourselves asking fundamental questions about photography and truth; with a passing reference to Alice in Wonderland. Highly recommended for those who are interested in photography and social issues, as well as photography and cognitive issues of perception about meaning and truth. His conclusions resonant with Socrates/Plato's warning that we cannot trust our senses for ultimate truth. I have been reading a library copy, but this one is to be added to my personal library.
    Stanleyk, I will look up the others you suggest. I also am interested in photography in rural areas, since I live in such a place.
     
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  9. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    Thanks again for the tip on Plowden. I picked up a decent, used copy of Imprints and love his work!

    He has some stuff up on his webpage, mostly 70s-90s:
    David Plowden
     
  10. pdh

    pdh SC Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    hard to see how you, of all people, could dislike it, from what I can see on that site Kyle!
     
  11. krugorg

    krugorg SC All-Pro

    Sep 26, 2011
    Minnesota USA
    Kyle Krug
    :rofl: I know, right?
     
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