Understanding a Photograph

How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever. John Berger was born in London in 1926.

Author: John Berger

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0718196015

Category: Photography

Page: 240

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John Berger's writings on photography are some of the most original of the twentieth century. This selection contains many groundbreaking essays and previously uncollected pieces written for exhibitions and catalogues in which Berger probes the work of photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and W. Eugene Smith - and the lives of those photographed - with fierce engagement, intensity and tenderness. The selection is made and introduced by Geoff Dyer, author of the award-winning The Ongoing Moment. How do we see the world around us? This is one of a number of pivotal works by creative thinkers whose writings on art, design and the media have changed our vision for ever. John Berger was born in London in 1926. His acclaimed works of both fiction and non-fiction include the seminal Ways of Seeing and the novel G., which won the Booker Prize in 1972. In 1962 he left Britain permanently, and he now lives in a small village in the French Alps. Geoff Dyer is the author of four novels and several non-fiction books. Winner of the Lannan Literary Award, the International Centre of Photography's 2006 Infinity Award and the American Academy of Arts and Letters's E. M. Forster Award, Dyer is also a regular contributor to many publications in the UK and the US. He lives in London.

Know your camera

Follow the steps in this book, and glean information from its pages to learn a new skill that could end with you making some part-time, or even full-time, income off your hobby turned into a profession!

Author: Jane Woodbrick

Publisher: Lilia Silvestrova

ISBN:

Category: Photography

Page:

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The automatic functions on a DSLR camera can get a pretty decent photograph when the right settings are used, but wouldn’t it be nice to get a photograph that’s more than just decent? If you answered yes to that question, then you’re interested in the realm of photography that’s a little deeper than just switching the camera mode from automatic night mode to automatic day mode. Follow the steps in this book, and glean information from its pages to learn a new skill that could end with you making some part-time, or even full-time, income off your hobby turned into a profession! I guarantee you won’t be disappointed, so keep reading!

See Saw

A lavishly illustrated history of photography in essays by the author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition See/Saw shows how photographs frame and change our perspective on the world.

Author: Geoff Dyer

Publisher: Graywolf Press

ISBN: 9781644450444

Category: Literary Collections

Page: 336

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A lavishly illustrated history of photography in essays by the author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition See/Saw shows how photographs frame and change our perspective on the world. Taking in photographers from early in the last century to the present day—including artists such as Eugène Atget, Vivian Maier, Roy DeCarava, and Alex Webb—the celebrated writer Geoff Dyer offers a series of moving, witty, prescient, surprising, and intimate encounters with images. Dyer has been writing about photography for thirty years, and this tour de force of visual scrutiny and stylistic flair gathers his lively, engaged criticism over the course of a decade. A rich addition to Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment, and heir to Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida, Susan Sontag’s On Photography, and John Berger’s Understanding a Photograph, See/Saw shows how a photograph can simultaneously record and invent the world, revealing a brilliant seer at work. It is a paean to art and art writing by one of the liveliest critics of our day.

How to Read a Photograph

Each entry includes a concise biography along with an illuminating discussion of key works and nuggets of contextual information, making this book the ideal gallery companion for photography aficionados everywhere.

Author: Ian Jeffrey

Publisher:

ISBN: 9780500287842

Category: Photographic criticism

Page: 383

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Ian Jeffrey is an excellent guide in this profusely illustrated introduction to the appreciation of photography as an art form. Novices & experts alike will gain a deeper understanding of great photographers & their work, as Jeffrey decodes key images & provides essential biographical & historical background

Bryan Peterson s Understanding Composition Field Guide

With this guide in your camera bag, you’ll be equipped not only to “see” beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time. Also available as an ebook

Author: Bryan Peterson

Publisher: Amphoto Books

ISBN: 0770433081

Category: Photography

Page: 288

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Learn to “see” more compelling images with this on-the-go field guide from Bryan Peterson! What makes an image amazing? Believe it or not, it is not about the content. What makes a photo compelling is the arrangement of that content—in other words, its composition. The right composition gives your images impact and emotion; the wrong one leaves them flat. In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is “beautiful” or “ugly” so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern. Get the tools you need to show your distinct voice and point of view in every image you shoot. With this guide in your camera bag, you’ll be equipped not only to “see” beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time. Also available as an ebook

Where is the Photograph

This collection of essays draws together a range of different historical and philosophical perspectives as a way of addressing the significant changes that have taken place in our critical and theoretical understanding of photography and ...

Author: David Green

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category: Photography

Page: 135

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"With photography's increasing incorporation into a wide range of fine art practices and the rapid development of evermore sophisticated electronic and digital technologies, it is clear that it is now extremely difficult to say precisely where and how we are to define the boundaries that separate photography from other media. We have been forced to abandon our preconceptions about what a photograph might be or mean and to ask the more fundamental question of where, in the complex space created by contemporary technologies and representational practices, something called the photograph might be; what it might mean for us to identify it and try to relate it to the reality beyond. This collection of essays draws together a range of different historical and philosophical perspectives as a way of addressing the significant changes that have taken place in our critical and theoretical understanding of photography and the photographic over the past decade."--BOOK JACKET.

Understanding Photography

The components of photography covered here comprise what you need to
physically take a photograph , but we've yet to ... to take the time to build that
educational foundation by deepening their overall understanding of light and
cameras .

Author: Sean T. McHugh

Publisher: No Starch Press

ISBN: 1593278942

Category: Photography

Page: 222

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Understanding Photography will teach you the core concepts that underlie the magic of digital photography with highly visual, clear, and comprehensive explanations. Topics covered include the fundamentals of exposure, how lens choice affects creative control, digital image characteristics, and how to make the most of natural light. If you yearn to understand the digital photography hobby at a deeper level, or you simply want to take better photos, Understanding Photography is a must-have resource.


Understanding Portrait Photography

Capture the perfect portrait--even if it's with a selfie--in this updated edition of a trusted classic, now with all-new photography.

Author: Bryan Peterson

Publisher: Watson-Guptill

ISBN: 0770433146

Category: Photography

Page: 192

View: 464

Capture the perfect portrait--even if it's with a selfie--in this updated edition of a trusted classic, now with all-new photography. Great portraits go beyond a mere record of a face. They reveal one of the millions of intimate human moments that make up a life. In Understanding Portrait Photography, renowned photographer Bryan Peterson shows how to spot those "aha!" moments and capture them forever. Rather than relying on pure luck and chance to catch those moments, Peterson's approach explains what makes a photo memorable, how to spot the universal themes that everyone can identify with, and how to use lighting, setting, and exposure to reveal the wonder and joy of everyday moments. This updated edition includes new sections on capturing the perfect selfie, how to photograph in foreign territory while being sensitive to cultures and customs, how to master portraiture on an iPhone, and the role of Photoshop in portraiture. Now with brand-new photography, Understanding Portrait Photography makes it easy to create indelible memories with light and shadow.

The Critical Eye

The Critical Eye provides a comprehensive approach to the critical understanding of photography through an in-depth discussion of fifteen photographs and their contexts--historical, generic, biographical, and aesthetic.

Author: Lyle Rexer

Publisher: Intellect (UK)

ISBN: 9781783209842

Category: Photographic criticism

Page: 180

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The Critical Eye provides a comprehensive approach to the critical understanding of photography through an in-depth discussion of fifteen photographs and their contexts--historical, generic, biographical, and aesthetic. Lyle Rexer argues that by concentrating on just a few carefully chosen works it is possible to understand the history, development, and contemporary situation of photography. Looking at images by photographers such as Roland Fischer, Myoung Ho Lee, Zanele Muholi, and Ernest Cole, The Critical Eye addresses a wide range of issues involved in photography, from authorial self-consciousness to the role of the audience, and with every chapter it seeks to link the history of photography to current practice.

Digital Photographer s Handbook

The first half of the book explains all of the essential techniques that every photographer needs to learn - from how to handle your camera correctly and understand its features, to composing a successful shot.

Author: Tom Ang

Publisher: Dorling Kindersley Ltd

ISBN: 0241450209

Category: Photography

Page: 408

View: 489

Discover how to get the very best from your photography with clear step-by-step guidance from expert photographer, Tom Ang. In this fully comprehensive photography companion, renowned photographer and teacher Tom Ang teaches you how to capture, enhance, and transform your photographs. The first half of the book explains all of the essential techniques that every photographer needs to learn - from how to handle your camera correctly and understand its features, to composing a successful shot. The second half develops your understanding of photography, guiding you through a range of projects that focus on different photographic genres and subjects, including landscapes, cityscapes, and live events. It explains how to digitally enhance your images, not only to improve the original shot, but also to apply creative techniques that will take your image to a new level. This section also gives advice on the best way to share your work, to choosing the most suitable equipment, and should you wish, how to develop a career in photography.

Photographs Museums Collections

What has been the work of photographs in museums? What does an understanding of photograph collections add to our understanding of collections history more broadly? What are the methodological demands of research on photograph collections?

Author: Elizabeth Edwards

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 147252733X

Category: Art

Page: 272

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The status of photographs in the history of museum collections is a complex one. From its very beginnings the double capacity of photography - as a tool for making a visual record on the one hand and an aesthetic form in its own right on the other - has created tensions about its place in the hierarchy of museum objects. While major collections of 'art' photography have grown in status and visibility, photographs not designated 'art' are often invisible in museums. Yet almost every museum has photographs as part of its ecosystem, gathered as information, corroboration or documentation, shaping the understanding of other classes of objects, and many of these collections remain uncatalogued and their significance unrecognised. This volume presents a series of case studies on the historical collecting and usage of photographs in museums. Using critically informed empirical investigation, it explores substantive and historiographical questions such as what is the historical patterning in the way photographs have been produced, collected and retained by museums? How do categories of the aesthetic and evidential shape the history of collecting photographs? What has been the work of photographs in museums? What does an understanding of photograph collections add to our understanding of collections history more broadly? What are the methodological demands of research on photograph collections? The case studies cover a wide range of museums and collection types, from art galleries to maritime museums, national collections to local history museums, and international perspectives including Cuba, France, Germany, New Zealand, South Africa and the UK. Together they offer a fascinating insight into both the history of collections and collecting, and into the practices and poetics of archives across a range of disciplines, including the history of science, museum studies, archaeology and anthropology.

Understanding Photography

From Dorothea Lange's photos of impoverished American migrant workers to the visual records of wartime in Europe and Japan, this book pays particular attention to the complex realities of life that helped bring photography into its own.

Author: Ian Jeffrey

Publisher: Ludion

ISBN: 9781419735998

Category: Art

Page: 440

View: 317

An accessible, illustrated, and passionate introduction to photography as an art form Understanding photographs has never been easy. Many photographs--including some of the best known--were not taken with a clear idea in mind. And even if they were, the idea was soon overlooked or forgotten. In this profusely illustrated book, Ian Jeffrey hands us the tools to decode key photographs. By giving the reader the necessary biographical and historical information, the author helps us to fully understand photographs by Alfred Stieglitz, Cindy Sherman, Rinko Kawauchi, Nan Goldin, Thomas Ruff, Dorothea Lange, Bill Brandt, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Paul Strand, Diane Arbus, and L.szl. Moholy-Nagy, among others. At the same time, readers explore an overview of the history of photography by looking at one image at a time. Each entry includes a concise biography along with an illuminating discussion of the works and relevant contextual information.

Photography Phenomenology and Sight

Abstract: Understanding photography can be a complicated prospect sometimes.

Author: William J. Nieberding

Publisher:

ISBN:

Category:

Page: 265

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Abstract: Understanding photography can be a complicated prospect sometimes. Even photographs that appear to be direct and transcriptive can be complicated. Numerous cultural and technological discourses are involved in the creation of even the most basic photographs. The overwhelming shift in photographic technology from traditional materials to digital technologies is not the cause of this, but it makes the complex interactions more evident. Because acts of vision occur in the production and reception of nearly every single photograph, connections between vision, photography and the discourse of vision are an essential part of understanding photography. The primary research question investigated is: What relationships between vision and knowledge, consciousness and subjectivity are described in the discourse of vision, and how do they relate to photography? Discourse analysis is the methodology used to consider interrelations between the three major strands of the discourse of vision: modernist vision, phenomenological vision, and postmodern vision. How each strand characterizes the act of seeing, and the stated or implied subject-object dynamic are also closely examined. A major focus is investigating the potential phenomenology offers as an alternate philosophical vantage point for understanding vision and photography. To consider the unique understandings generated when looking at photography through each of these discourse strands, photographs by artists Thomas Demand, Kelli Connell; photojournalists Olivier Jobard, and Alex Webb; students, and other non-artists are critically examined. These analyses give tangible form to the abstract theories of vision. Finally the research raises questions concerning photography education and the possibilities offered by a phenomenological approach toward photography and looks toward ways digital photography might be visualized as an ontologically productive form of seeing.

Bryan Peterson s Understanding Photography Field Guide

Second, I find that a few minutes spent simply observing a potential subject (
sometimes discreetly) goes a long way toward determining how I want to
photograph that subject. It is during these several minutes that I make mental
notes about ...

Author: Bryan Peterson

Publisher: Amphoto Books

ISBN: 0817400192

Category: Photography

Page: 400

View: 469

Everything you need to know in one take-anywhere field guide! This all-in-one guide from renowned photographer, instructor, and author Bryan Peterson will help you take better photos anytime, anywhere–with any camera. Want to finally understand exposure? Interested in learning to "see" and composing your images more creatively? Ready to master the magic of light? It’s all here, the techniques every amateur photographer needs to take better nature, landscape, people, and close-up photos. You’ll even get creative techniques, like making "rain" and capturing "ghosts," and practical advice on gear, equipment, and postprocessing software. Filled with Bryan’s inspirational photographs, this is the one essential guide for every camera bag.

From a Photograph

Rather than ‘reading’ photographs in the context of where or how they were taken, this book emphasises the importance of understanding how photographs are reproduced.

Author: Geoffrey Belknap

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000211495

Category: Photography

Page: 224

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Throughout its early history, photography's authenticity was contested and challenged: how true a representation of reality can a photograph provide? Does the reproduction of a photograph affect its value as authentic or not? From a Photograph examines these questions in the light of the early scientific periodical press, exploring how the perceived veracity of a photograph, its use as scientific evidence and the technologies developed for printing it were intimately connected.Before photomechanical printing processes became widely used in the 1890s, scientific periodicals were unable to reproduce photographs and instead included these photographic images as engravings, with the label ‘from a photograph’. Consequently, every image was mediated by a human interlocutor, introducing the potential for error and misinterpretation. Rather than ‘reading’ photographs in the context of where or how they were taken, this book emphasises the importance of understanding how photographs are reproduced. It explores and compares the value of photography as authentic proof in both popular and scientific publications during this period of significant technological developments and a growing readership. Three case studies investigate different uses of photography in print: using pigeons to transport microphotographs during the Franco-Prussian War; the debate surrounding the development of instantaneous photography; and finally the photographs taken of the Transit of Venus in 1874, unseen by the human eye but captured on camera and made accessible to the public through the periodical.Addressing a largely overlooked area of photographic history, From a Photograph makes an important contribution to this interdisciplinary research and will be of interest to historians of photography, print culture and science.

Negative Positive

This book represents a summation of Batchen’s work to date, making it be essential reading for students and scholars of photography and for all those interested in the history of the medium

Author: Geoffrey Batchen

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1000224767

Category: Social Science

Page: 266

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As its title suggests, Negative/Positive begins with the negative, a foundational element of analog photography that is nonetheless usually ignored, and uses this to tell a representative, rather than comprehensive, history of the medium. The fact that a photograph is split between negative and positive manifestations means that its identity is always simultaneously divided and multiplied. The interaction of these two components was often spread out over time and space and could involve more than one person, giving photography the capacity to produce multiple copies of a given image and for that image to have many different looks, sizes and makers. This book traces these complications for canonical images by such figures as William Henry Fox Talbot, Kusakabe Kimbei, Dorothea Lange, Man Ray, Seydou Keïta, Richard Avedon, and Andreas Gursky. But it also considers a number of related issues crucial to any understanding of photography, from the business practices of professional photographers to the repetition of pose and setting that is so central to certain familiar photographic genres. Ranging from the daguerreotype to the digital image, the end result is a kind of little history of photography, partial and episodic, but no less significant a rendition of the photographic experience for being so. This book represents a summation of Batchen’s work to date, making it be essential reading for students and scholars of photography and for all those interested in the history of the medium

Understanding Photography

... will find that in this book . If you appreciate both a striking photograph and the
equipment and processes which made it happen , you ' ll share the joy of
discovery with author Carl Shipman in this ramble called Understanding
Photography .

Author: Carl Shipman

Publisher: Hp Books

ISBN:

Category: Photography

Page: 224

View: 916

Offers informal, lively coverage of photographic equipment and techniques, discussing such topics as cameras, lenses, filters, films, exposure, and color

Contemporary Photography and Theory

Building on a foundational understanding of photography, it addresses recent theoretical debates and more complex ideas to enable students to acquire the tools and confidence to develop the independent thinking and analytical skills needed ...

Author: Sally Miller

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 1350003336

Category: Art

Page: 256

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Exploring contemporary theory and practice in photography, this textbook moves beyond introductory studies to cover more advanced concepts for the upper-level student. Building on a foundational understanding of photography, it addresses recent theoretical debates and more complex ideas to enable students to acquire the tools and confidence to develop the independent thinking and analytical skills needed for this level of study.Contemporary Photography and Theory analyses five key topics: identity, place, the politics of looking, psychoanalysis and the event. Its conceptual approach encourages students to apply theoretical texts to a range of issues and themes, both in their own work and that of others. Each topic is broken down into three chapters to address the central concept in detail, supported by the following features: - Troubleshooting footnotes to flag up and clarify common misunderstandings - Detailed case studies to show how theoretical concepts can be applied to artists' work - Further examples and reading suggestions from an international range of photographers and thinkersThe chapters are designed to be a suitable length for assigned weekly readings, making this the ideal resource for in-class discussion, as well as the perfect starting place for dissertation research.

New Scottish Photography

The work behind them , the education , understanding and calculation , are all
wiped out by the discovery , which appears to step aside from its ... It is no
coincidence that photography gains acceptance more readily as an art form
when it ...

Author: David Brittain

Publisher: Conran Octopus

ISBN:

Category: Photographers

Page: 102

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