This has been a wonderful
year for photography books and I've had the great pleasure to review
a number of fantastic titles to share with you. This time I've saved
the best for last and created a terrific collection of titles that will
inspire you to the heights of creativity while allowing you to explore
a few new techniques that are sure to raise your images to the next level.
Of Rutgers: foreword by Robert Pinsky; Rutgers University Press,
100 Joyce Kilmer Avenue, Piscataway, NJ 08854; hardcover; 174 pages;
$39.95; (ISBN 0-8135-3083-0)
With its long and distinguished history, Rutgers has become a place
of higher learning as well as great beauty. The tranquil setting of
its campus and handsome stone structures certainly make perfect photographic
subjects but there is so much more to explore here. The high quality
images quietly guide you through the campus and provide a candid look
at the student body as they live and learn in their fantastic new environment.
It's certainly obvious that great amounts of loving care were
poured into the creation of this charming coffee table book making it
the perfect gift for your favorite Rutgers graduate or enthusiast.
In America: 264 Vintage Photographs; Edited by Kristina Harris;
Dover Publications Inc., 31 East 2nd Street, Mineola, NY 11501; softcover;
88 pages; $12.95; (ISBN 0-486-41814-6)
If you have children or grandchildren then you must be familiar with
the wide selection of fanciful titles from Dover Publications.
Victorian Fashion In America is a fascinating and informative collection
of 264 vintage images. These Daguerreo-types, Calotypes, Ambrotypes,
Tintypes, and Albumen prints provide an educational glimpse of life
in Victorian times. This is more than just a simple picture book since
it offers children some insight into the great importance of portrait
photography and how it progressed during that time.
With all it has to offer, this book would make an inspiring gift for
the tiny photographer in your life.
Some Trains In
America; by Andrew Cross; Prestel, 175 Fifth Avenue, Suite 402,
New York, NY 10010; hardcover; 156 pages; $45; (ISBN 3-7913-2679-1)
Like silver ribbons, they flow through crowded cities and peaceful towns,
past lush farms, and into the endless lonely prairies. Railroad tracks
are the bright threads that stitch our country together.
Such romantic visions ignited the imagination of photographer Andrew
Cross and inspired his unique passion for freight trains. This book
was fashioned from an exquisite collection of his images that document
his adventure across America in pursuit of these powerful giants as
they move across our varied landscape. His high degree of technical
skill and keen eye for detail are plainly evident in each photo, which
makes this book worth spending a great deal of time exploring.
I recommend adding this charming book to your library as you may find
yourself developing the very same passion for trains.
by Shunji Ohkura; Koda-nsha America Inc., 575 Lexington Avenue, New
York, NY 10022; soft cover; 256 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 4-7700-2738-9)
Most people are acquainted with the picture postcard view of Tokyo,
but Shunji Ohkura offers a very different look at this famous city,
a dark and strange vision of Japan.
More than 250 of his thought provoking black and white images were gathered
together for the creation of this unique book. They serve to deftly
guide the viewer beyond the usual glitter of the tourist spots and into
the gray areas of the city for an unforgettable journey into the bizarre
shadows and wild back streets. His expert level of photographic skill
and sharp eye for detail are truly inspiring, and this title is an excellent
example of his work.
This is a delightful ride that inspires emotions and curiosity on all
levels. I highly recommend having a look at this book.
France: The Monuments and Their Keepers; Photographs by Jean Guichard,
text by Rene Gast; Flammarion, 26 rue Racine, 75006 Paris, France; hardcover;
143 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 2-0801-0715-1)
Like majestic and lonely sentinels, lighthouses stand guard between
the sea and the shore offering hope of safe passage home to wayward
Such poetic visions are associated with lighthouses both past and present,
photographer Jean Guichard and journalist Rene Gast have combined their
extensive talents to produce this wonderful book. Its pages are overflowing
with amazing images of these important monuments while the text provides
a wealth of insight into their rich history. The dramatic shots serve
to highlight not only the fine architecture of some of these building
but they also stress their important function and supply us with a portrait
of their keepers as well.
This splendid combination of words and pictures transform this book
into a treasure that should be a valued addition to your library.
Photography; by Niall Benvie; Watson-Guptill Publica tions, 770
Broadway, New York, NY 10003; soft cover; 160 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 0-8174-3729-0)
While it's simple to grab a camera and head off into the woods
in search of that perfect image, capturing the subtle mood of the scene
can be a difficult task. Without the proper tools or skills, what your
eye sees can be vastly different from what the film records.
With the expert aid of veteran photographer Niall Benvie at your fingertips,
you can learn the true secrets behind the creation of stunning landscapes
taken in all sorts of lighting and weather conditions. With helpful
instructions and over 200 sample images, Benvie covers everything from
creativity, to technique, choice of film, exposure, lighting, and composition.
He even provides generous tips for digital imaging with information
on scanners and printers.
This book is suited for all skill levels and should foster a whole new
outlook on landscape photography.
Leica, The Reflecting
Eye; directed by Matthew Whiteman, produced by Philip Whiteman;
Grasshopper Films, 5B North Street, Thame, Oxfordshire, England, OX9
3BH; Video; $35
The name Leica never fails to conjure fond memories for both collectors
and professional photographers alike. In spite of that, it seems that
the evolution of Leica equipment has seldom been fully explored but
Grasshopper Films has created an engrossing documentary that effectively
fills the void.
This well crafted video features professional photographers Hum-phrey
Spender, John Bulmer, and Stephen Colover as they discuss the benefits
as well as the flaws of the equipment. The video itself is engrossing
as it brings to life the fascinating history of Leica. It's also
good to point out the fact that the focus of the video was not limited
to just rangefinders and important background information is provided
on nearly ever topic.
Leica, The Reflecting Eye
is an enthralling and informative video that is sure to be the perfect
addition to any Leica lovers collection.
A Professional Approach; In Focus Productions Of New York, Inc.,
PO Box 449, Stony Point, NY 10980; Video; $29.95
Sports events provide a wealth of fantastic opportunities to capture
breathtaking images on film. The only problem is knowing exactly how
to freeze those dramatic moments to capture great photos and how disappointing
it can be to discover that your images don't measure up to your
With the aid of this video from In Focus Productions' photography
series, you won't have to waste valuable time or resources struggling
to get that perfect shot. This 55 minute tape skillfully demonstrates
plenty of professional tips on the most effective ways to capture action
photos under various conditions. The lessons are expertly presented
in an easy to understand format that is sure to hold your attention
and speed learning.
This video is suitable for the advanced amateur or any professional
with a desire to take the best action photos possible every time.
The D1 Generation;
by David Cardinal and B. Moose Peterson; Moose Press, PO Box 3628, Mammoth
Lakes, CA 93546; hard cover; 250 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 0-9709451-0-8)
By now, nearly every photographer is aware of how complex the operation
of a digital camera can be, and the more advanced the model the more
gizmos it's sure to contain.
Far from being a simple rewrite of the owners manual, this book is a
clear examination of the Nikon D1, D1X, and the D1H. Each camera has
its own section that begins with an introduction and then moves on to
cover everything from the major features to the body, layout, monitor
display and much more. The D1 Generation is packed with well written
explanations that are easy to understand and hints that can help you
unlock the power of digital technology.
If you have a true passion for these wonderful Nikon cameras then this
title is something you must read.
The Art Of Color
Infrared Photography; Steven H. Begleiter; Amherst Media, PO Box
586, Buffalo, NY 14226; soft cover; 126 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 1-58428-065-4)
The average roll of color film can produce beautiful results, but if
you would like to take your images up a notch then try exploring the
surreal world of color infrared film.
Professional photographer Steven H. Begleiter is your expert guide through
this strange new world. He deftly explains everything from the electromagnetic
light spectrum to the different types of CIR film and how to utilize
filters to the best advantage. The text is well written and easy to
follow for such seemingly complex subject matter. The unique quality
of sample images sprinkled throughout the book are a wonderful incentive
to test a few rolls of this film for yourself.
This title is best suited for the advanced amateur or professional photographer
who wants to add an exotic twist to their color images.
High Impact Portrait
Photography: Creative Techniques For Dramatic, Fashion-Inspired Portraits;
Lori Brystan; Amherst Media, PO Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226; soft cover;
123 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 1-58428-062-X)
Why limit yourself to creating the same old portraits for every client?
Utilizing the helpful hints contained in this guide can help you deliver
unique images that are sure to set you apart from the crowd.
Lori Brystan puts her creative expertise to the test and provides sage
advice on how to effectively photograph children, women, men, and families
while maintaining that unique style and classic look. The chapters are
helpfully broken down by topic to make learning quick and easy. A large
amount of sample images are also used to illustrate the lessons while
simple diagrams and detailed equipment lists explain how each image
was captured. This well crafted book is sure to have a positive affect
on the quality of your work.
High Impact Portrait Photography is best suited for the advanced amateur
or the professional in search of a new approach to portraits.
For Photographers: The Rights And Liabilities Of Making Images; Bert
P. Krages, Esq.; Amherst Media, PO Box 586, Buffalo, NY 14226; soft
cover; 123 pages; $19.95; (ISBN 1-58428-059-X)
Today, important legal issues can arise at any time. To avoid expensive
complications or just bad experiences it's a good idea to be prepared,
and this handbook can help.
It's a jungle out there, but since Krages is a practicing lawyer,
writer and stock photographer, he has a unique understanding of the
situation. This perspective has enabled him to craft a well written
book about the legal issues that concern the field of photography. He
included information on everything from photography in public to privacy
issues, restrictions, and even how to effectively deal with the lawful
or unlawful seizure of film and equipment.
Every photographer should own a copy of this book, so grab one today.
212 Views Of
Central Park: Experiencing New York City's Jewel From Every Angle;
photographs by Mick Hales, text by Sandee Brawarsky, introduction by
David Hartman; Stewart Tabori & Chang, 115 West 18th Street, New
York, NY 10011; hardcover; 160 pages; $35; (ISBN 1-58479-224-8)
Central Park is the perfect spot to escape the pressures of modern life
and it is always filled with city dwellers and tourists alike. The over
26,000 trees shade peaceful lakes, graceful waterfalls, joyous fountains,
and fantastic works of art that dot the tranquil landscape.
The park was founded in the 1850s and has grown to become the virtual
center of New York City and a fantastic location to capture some truly
beautiful images which is exactly what Mick Hales has done with this
book. His high degree of talent as a photographer is evident in each
image and Sandee Brawarsky's lively text brings a certain warmth
and history to the work. Together they provide an unforgettable look
at this natural jewel softly nestled in the heart of the city.
It's a journey I'm certain you will enjoy time and again
so why not add this title to your library today.
Women Of Our
Time: An Album Of Twentieth-Century Photographs; by Frederick S.
Voss, preface by Cokie Roberts; Rizzoli International Publi-cations,
300 Park Avenue South, New York, NY 10010; hardcover; 176 pages; $35;
Here is a book with an intriguing story to tell and it may be one that
you have never heard before.
Frederick S. Voss collected 75 stunning portraits from various photographers
who were able to capture some of the most important women of the Twentieth
Century and he vividly brings them to life with detailed biographical
information. It's certainly a fine mix of women who lived their
extraordinary lives as the artists, athletes, poets, and aviators who
helped to shape the world as we know it today.
This title is much more than just a dry and dusty history lesson, it's
an adventure in time and one that should not be missed.
Idiot's Guide To Photography Like A Pro; Second Edition;
by The Editors of Petersen's PHOTOgraphic Magazine and Mike Stensvold;
Alpha Books, 201 West 103rd Street, Indianapolis, IN 46290; soft cover;
431 pages; $18.95; (ISBN 0-02-864387-9) & The Pocket Idiot's
Guide To Photography; by Roger Woodson; soft cover; 184 pages; $9.95;
Finally, there are informative how-to books for the absolute beginner
in almost any subject. The Complete Idiot's Guide series explores
everything from photography, to playing the guitar, and even conversational
I just had the pleasure to receive their wonderful photography titles
and they really are as easy and entertaining as they proclaim to be.
Photography Like A Pro leads you along the road to successful 35mm SLR
usage to produce fine quality images with ease. It's brimming
with professional tips, techniques, and advice that even includes information
on setting up your own darkroom.
The Pocket Idiot's Guide To Photography is also quite a treat.
Its small size makes it easy to carry along on your adventures and it's
also packed with tips, tricks, and valuable advice all at your fingertips.
Why waste time on trial and error when you can start off simply, quickly
and effectively with the aide of these fantastic books.
Guide To Adobe Photoshop: Easy Lessons For Rapid Learning And Success!;
by Michelle Perkins; Amherst Media, 155 Rano Street, Suite 300, Buffalo,
NY 14207; soft cover; 128 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 1-58428-071-9)
Photoshop is a wonderful program but navigating past all the technical
terms, choices, and special effects can be a daunting task for a beginner.
There is hope, because after reading this book the obstacles encountered
before can become useful tools you just can't live without.
Designed for the novice, this book is filled with easy step by step
instructions, helpful before and after examples, along with fully labeled
palettes, and dialog boxes. All of these elements combine to form a
fantastic guide that simplifies the Photoshop process from start to
finish. The 15 chapters range from basic topics and gradually move forward
to more advanced techniques. It leads the reader through the levels
with ease while building skill and confidence.
This book is suitable for photographers of all levels and I would highly
recommend it for anyone who wants to explore the amazing possibilities
Fine Art Nature
Photography; Advanced Techniques And The Creative Process; by Tony
Sweet; Stackpole Books, 5067 Ritter Road, Mechanicsburg, PA 17055; soft
cover; 107 pages; $19.95; (ISBN 0-8117-2750-5)
This is a wonderful title for any photographer who desires to experience
the magic of nature photography. A great way to get you stared in the
right direction, the book is packed with various hints on creating the
perfect image along with helpful information on the proper type of gear
to use for each shot. This rich blend of technical advice and sample
images combine to form a unique educational experience for all skill