Fresh, inspiring, insightful, thought-provoking: here is an overview and introduction to 161 of the most exciting contemporary photographers from cultures around the world. This book celebrates excellence in the visual language of photography in all genres: documentary, fine art, photojournalism, portrait, street photography, abstract, landscape, architecture, nature, alternative process, experimental, poetic, personal, and more. From the already world-famous, to brand new discoveries and emerging talents, anyone who is serious about the current state of photography around the globe will be delighted and surprised to discover the rich variety of photographers and their imagery presented in these pages. Who are the people practicing this profound universal language with "fluency" in our image-saturated world today? This book attempts to answer that question. The editors of this volume believe it takes the critical eyes of curators and experts in the field to discover and celebrate true excellence, finding those images that stand out from the crowd and deserve our considered attention. In addition to appearing in the pages of this book, all of these photographers have been featured in exhibitions and shows at large-scale international photo festivals and events around the world in the past year, including London, Paris, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Berlin, New York, San Francisco, Rio de Janeiro, Buenos Aires, Beijing, Seoul and Tokyo.
Photography explores the photograph in the twenty-first century and its importance as a media form. Stephen Bull considers our media-saturated society and the place of photography in everyday life, introducing the theories used to analyse photographs and exploring the impact of digital technology. The text is split into short, accessible chapters on the broad themes central to the study and analysis of photography, and key issues are explained and applied to visual examples in each chapter. Topics covered include: the identity of photography the meanings of photographs photography for sale snapshots the photograph as document photography as art photographs in fashion photography and celebrity. Photography is an up-to-date, clear and comprehensive introduction to debates about photography now and is particularly useful to media, photography and visual culture students.
The Routledge Companion to Photography and Visual Culture is a seminal reference source for the ever-changing field of photography. Comprising an impressive range of essays and interviews by experts and scholars from across the globe, this book examines the medium’s history, its central issues and emerging trends, and its much-discussed future. The collected essays and interviews explore the current debates surrounding the photograph as object, art, document, propaganda, truth, selling tool, and universal language; the perception of photography archives as burdens, rather than treasures; the continual technological development reshaping the field; photography as a tool of representation and control, and more. One of the most comprehensive volumes of its kind, this companion is essential reading for photographers and historians alike.
An invaluable resource for photography educators, this volume is a survey of photographic education in the first decade of the 21st Century. Drawing upon her 25 years of teaching experience and her professional network, Michelle Bogre spoke with 47 photo educators from all over the world to compile this diverse set of interviews. The themes of these conversations explore: Why students should study photography The value of a formal photography degree Teaching philosophies Whether video and multimedia should be an essential part of a photographic curricula The challenges of teaching photography today Changes in photographic education overall The second half of the book shares 70 photography assignments of varying level of difficulty from these educators, some paired with examples of how students completed them. This book will inspire and invigorate any photography educator’s curriculum.
As digital cameras and software packages become more advanced, seemingly by the minute, it has become easier than ever to overlook the basic elements which have always resulted in the best photographs, no matter how fancy (or primitive) the camera itself. Composition is the single most important aspect of creating great images, no matter what level of photographer you happen to be. No amount of digital wizardry can turn a badly composed image into a picture you would want to display. While many books on composition tend to overcomplicate the subject, this book breaks down everything you need to know into small, digestible chunks of information that you will actually remember once you're out and about taking pictures. Instead of plodding through long and complex pages of text, this book supplements the necessary information, such as the basics of the rule of thirds and how to get good highlights and shadows, with tons of gorgeous, full color images that actually show you what to do and how to do it, rather than just telling you what to try. You'll be amazed at the gorgeous images you'll create, whether your passion is for photographing your family, pets, travel adventures, nature, or anything else.
"Picturing Minnesota brings together the best of the images taken in Minnesota from the collection of photographs commissioned by the Farm Security Administration during the depression era and the advent of World War II. Among the photographers represented here are John Vachon, a native of St. Paul, Russell Lee, Jack Delano, Arthur Rothstein and Marion Post Wolcott. Outstanding as photographic works of art, these pictures are unique in their ability to convey the details of life in Minnesota during those years"--Publisher's description from lensculture.com.