Every day and all over the world, millions of people take countless photographs Yet only a few of those images stand out from the rest, demand the world s attention, and survive the test of time This unusual new book showcases 100 outstanding photographers and points out the unique qualities that make their pictures great Skillfully analyzed here are The dramatic landscapes of Ansel Adams The experimental images of Man Ray The dramatic photos of Margaret Bourke White Incongruous humor caught by Garry Winogrand The candid immediacy of Henri Cartier Bresson and many others Guided by the expert eye of author Val Williams, When Photography Really Works covers a time span of than 100 years, showing readers how to recognize the defining qualities of important photographic art in genres that include portraits, landscapes, nudes, photojournalism, abstract imagery, and ....
|Title||:||When Photography Really Works|
|Publisher||:||Barron s Educational Series June 1, 2012|
|Number of Pages||:||224 pages|
|File Size||:||573 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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When Photography Really Works Reviews
WHEN PHOTOGRAPHY WORKS by Val Williams is a 224-page book on photography printed on glossy paper. Although the book is a small one (7 1/2 X 5 1/4 inches), most of the photographs take up the maximal possible space on the page, and most of the photos are 6 1/2 inches by 4 1/2 inches. The quality of the reproductions, in terms of detail and color balance, is excellent. The book is distinguished by its graphics, that is, by its color-coded chapter (little bits of highlighting) in red, yellow, purple, orange, turquoise, blue, and green. Each color goes with a theme. For example, purple goes with the theme of "beauty." Turquoise goes with the theme of "movement."
This is an amazing collection of pictures. Those pictures that for one reason or another will mean something to you. Not all of them, but many of them.
What a disappointment. I should have, but didn't, notice that this was written by a professor. I'm an intermediate-level photographer and expected analyses of technique in the chosen images that I could apply to advance my skills. Instead I was treated to analyses such as "The power of the photograph lies in its mystery, and photography keeps the secret." Or how about "...[the photograph] acts as a witness to cultures that otherwise would become insubstantial with the passing of time." Very few, if any, of the images appealed to me, unlike the work or evaluations of the works of Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, or (more recently) David Hume Kennerly or Lucien Niemeyer. I realize others reviewed this more positively, so I might have been a victim of unrealistic expectations, but if you, too, are driven by the practical and not the esoteric, I say "pass."
In short, this is simply a wonderful book and a big bang for the buck. I am a retired photographer and have been adding to my photo library for 42 years. I consider this book unique in the mix of it's photos, picture background material and photographer's quotes. If you want to be inspired in your shooting or just appreciate fine photographs, don't hesitate, buy it. It's a book you will keep going back to if you a beginner or long time shooter.