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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2008 0 comments

Each year there are many new photographic books covering everything from nature to photojournalism to destination photography. Here are some that came across my desk that caught my eye:

Faces of Sunset Boulevard: A Portrait of Los Angeles; by Patrick Ecclesine; Santa Monica Press; $39.95; (ISBN-10: 1-59580-040-9)
Photographer Patrick Ecclesine provides the...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2008 0 comments

The Essence Of Photography; with John Upton, Calumet Imagemaker Series; $39.99; (ISBN: 978-0-9798629-2-2)
Designed for beginners and advanced amateurs, The Essence Of Photography With John Upton is part of Calumet's instructional DVD series. This highly informative video focuses on developing your technical and visual skills. Upton covers a...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Aug 01, 2008 0 comments

Dog Days; by Gandee Vasan; Andrews McMeel Publishing LLC, 160 pages; $24.95; (ISBN-13: 978-0-7407-6919-1)
Dogs are truly man's best friend. They're beloved family members, trusted companions, and highly skilled comedians. Their expressive faces mirror our own emotions and endear them to us in so many ways. Gandee Vasan's book does...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Lighting And Posing Techniques For Photographing Women; by Norman Phillips; Amherst Media, 128 pages; $34.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-58428-221-1)
This guide offers a bounty of advice from such talented photographers as Rick Ferro, Tom Lee, Tony Corbell, and Sheila Rutledge to name a few. Norman Phillips uses 240 full-color images from these top professionals...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Apr 01, 2008 0 comments

Vanishing Point: Fifty Years Of Photography; by David Plowden, introduction by Steve Edwards; W.W. Norton & Company, Inc., 352 pages; $100; (ISBN: 978-0-393-06254-0)
Photographer David Plowden has traveled across America on a quest to document the surviving pieces of our past. His well-trained eye captured the relics of our ever-changing...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

Each year we present our annual guide to some of the best photography books published in the past year. This year's selection spans a wild variety of topics, all expressed through beautiful images and thoughtful words. I'm pleased to offer you a brief glimpse at what I consider to be the best photography books of 2007.

Ansel Adams: 400...

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Joe Farace Posted: Dec 01, 2007 0 comments

"From the moment I picked up your book until I laid it down, I was convulsed with laughter. Some day I intend reading it."
--Groucho Marx

According to a recent Associated Press-Ipsos poll, one in four adults read no books in the past year. Of those who did read, women and older people were the most avid readers and their top choices were religious works...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Nov 01, 2007 0 comments

Buffalo Bill's Wild West Warriors: A Photographic History by Gertrude Käsebier; by Michelle Delaney; Smithsonian Books, 160 pages; $34.95; (ISBN: 978-0-06-112977-3)
In 1898 New York photographer Gertrude Käsebier became fascinated by the proud Sioux performers of Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show. Their breathtaking stunts...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Oct 01, 2007 0 comments

The World Of Lith Printing: The Best Of Traditional Darkroom And Digital Lith Printing Techniques; by Tim Rudman; Argentum, 160 pages; $24.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-902538-45-7)
Most photographers are fascinated by Lith printing process because it produces amazing results. In this book, Tim Rudman explores recent developments in techniques and materials...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Sep 01, 2007 0 comments

The Education Of A Photographer; edited by Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller, and Adam B. Bell; Allworth Press, 256 pages; $19.95; (ISBN: 1-58115-4450-X)
In order to become a great photographer one must acquire many skills but it takes much more than technical expertise to rise above the competition. This informative book contains 51 comprehensive essays...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jul 01, 2007 0 comments

Face Of Fashion; by Susan Bright, Photographs by Mert Alas, Marcus Piggott, Corinne Day, Steven Klein, Paolo Roversi, and Mario Sorrenti, essay by Vince Aletti; Aperture Foundation, 232 pages; $60; (ISBN: 978-1-59711-039-6)
Face Of Fashion explores one of today's hottest trends in fashion photography. This collection of portraits departs from...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: May 01, 2007 0 comments

Fine Art Photography: Water, Ice And Fog: Photographic Techniques And The Art Of Interpretation For Digital And Film Photographers; by Tony Sweet; Stackpole Books, 112 pages; $19.95; (ISBN: 978-0-8117-3349-6)
Accomplished photographer, workshop instructor, author, and lecturer Tony Sweet brings us this beautifully crafted book. It contains a fine collection of...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Mar 01, 2007 0 comments

Photography In Japan: 1853-1912; by Terry Bennett; Tuttle Publishing, 320 pages; $65; (ISBN: 0-8048-3633-7)
In 1853 Commodore Perry made it possible for the world to explore the wonders of Japan. Due to the rapid influx of outside ideas and innovations the traditional Japanese way of life experienced a sudden transformation from a feudal society to...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Feb 01, 2007 0 comments

Ellis Island: Ghosts Of Freedom; by Stephen Wilkes; W.W. Norton & Company Inc., 144 pages; $75; (ISBN-10: 0-393-06145-0)
In 1998, fine art and commercial photographer Stephen Wilkes embarked upon a fascinating and personal journey through an important chapter in America's history. In 2003 the task was completed and the result is the beautiful...

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C.A. Boylan Posted: Jan 01, 2007 0 comments

Location Lighting Solutions: Expert Professional Techniques For Artistic And Commercial Success; by Jack Neubart; Amherst Media, 176 pages; $29.95; (ISBN 0-8174-5909-X)
We all admire the quality of the images seen in major advertising campaigns and popular magazines and we have all speculated on how these beautiful shots were captured. Jack Neubart's...

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