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The Essence of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum

Title The Essence of Photography
Author Bruce Barnbaum
Publisher Rocky Nook, Inc.
Release 2014-11-04
Category Photography
Total Pages 196
ISBN 1492016268
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

There is a lot more to photography than simply picking up a camera, pointing it toward something, and tripping the shutter. Achieving a great photograph requires thought and preparation, an understanding of the photographic process, and a firm grasp of how light and composition affect a photo. There must be personal involvement and personal expression. There must be experimentation, with the recognition that only a small percentage of experiments end successfully. In this book, best-selling author and world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum explores these seldom-discussed issues by drawing upon his personal experiences and observations from more than 40 years of photographing and teaching. In addition to photographs, Bruce also uses painting, music, and writing, as well as the sciences and even business, to provide pertinent examples of creative thinking. These examples serve as stepping-stones that will lead you to your own heightened ability to see and be creative. Creativity is a topic that is almost wholly ignored in formal education because most instructors think that it cannot be taught or learned. To the contrary, Bruce has proven that photographic seeing and creativity can be taught, learned, and improved. This book expands on the ideas that are central to Bruce's method of teaching photography, which he has used in workshops for the past 41 years. Included in the book are in-depth discussions on the following topics: Defining your own unique rhythm and approach as a photographer How to translate the scene in front of you to the final photograph The differences and similarities between how an amateur and a professional approach photography The differences between realism and abstraction, and the possibilities and limitations of each Learning to expand your own seeing and creativity through classes, workshops, and associating with other photographers Why the rules of composition should be ignored How to follow your passion When to listen to the critics and when to ignore them The book is richly illustrated with over 90 photographs taken by Bruce as well as other photographers.Seeing and creativity are difficult to teach, but not impossible. This very different, perhaps groundbreaking book is sure to inspire photographers of all skill levels-from beginners to seasoned professionals-to think deeply about the issues involved in creating successful photographs.

Title The Essence of Photography 2nd Edition
Author Bruce Barnbaum
Publisher Rocky Nook, Inc.
Release 2020-12-11
Category Photography
Total Pages 368
ISBN 168198637X
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

In this fully revised and greatly expanded second edition of The Essence of Photography, world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum draws upon 50 years of experience and observation to teach the art of photographic seeing and creativity.

There is a lot more to photography than simply picking up a camera, pointing it toward something, and tripping the shutter. Achieving a great photograph requires thought and preparation, an understanding of the photographic process, and a firm grasp of how light and composition affect a photo. There must be personal involvement and personal expression. There must be experimentation, with the recognition that only a small percentage of experiments end successfully.

In this revised and expanded second edition of The Essence of Photography, best-selling author and world-renowned photographer and teacher Bruce Barnbaum explores these seldom-discussed issues by drawing upon his personal experiences and observations from 50 years of photographing and teaching. In addition to photographs, Bruce also uses painting, music, and writing, as well as the sciences and even business, to provide pertinent examples of creative thinking. These examples serve as stepping stones that will lead you to your own heightened ability to see and be creative.

Creativity is a topic that is almost wholly ignored in formal education because most instructors think that it cannot be taught or learned. To the contrary, Bruce has proven that photographic seeing and creativity can be taught, learned, and improved. This book expands on the ideas that are central to Bruce’s method of teaching photography, which he has used in workshops for the past 50 years.

Included in the book are in-depth discussions on the following topics:

    • Defining your own unique rhythm and approach as a photographer
    • How to translate the scene in front of you to the final photograph
    • The differences and similarities between how an amateur and a professional approach photography
    • The differences between realism and abstraction, and the possibilities and limitations of each
    • Learning to expand your own seeing and creativity through classes, workshops, and associating with other photographers
    • Why the rules of composition should be ignored
    • How to follow your passion
    • When to listen to the critics and when to ignore them

The book is richly illustrated with well over 100 photographs taken by Bruce as well as other photographers.

Seeing and creativity are difficult to teach, but not impossible. This very different, perhaps groundbreaking book is sure to inspire photographers of all skill levels—from beginners to seasoned professionals—to think deeply about the issues involved in creating successful photographs.

The Concept of Non Photography by Francois Laruelle

Title The Concept of Non Photography
Author Francois Laruelle
Publisher MIT Press
Release 2011-04-01
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 304
ISBN 0983216916
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

A rigorous new thinking of the photograph in its relation to science, philosophy, and art, so as to discover an essence of photography that precedes its historical, technological, and aesthetic conditions. If philosophy has always understood its relation to the world according to the model of the instantaneous flash of a photographic shot, how can there be a “philosophy of photography” that is not viciously self-reflexive? Challenging the assumptions made by any theory of photography that leaves its own “onto-photo-logical” conditions uninterrogated, Laruelle thinks the photograph non-philosophically, so as to discover an essence of photography that precedes its historical, technological and aesthetic conditions. The Concept of Non-Photography develops a rigorous new thinking of the photograph in its relation to science, philosophy, and art, and introduces the reader to all of the key concepts of Laruelle's “non-philosophy.”

Title The Civil Contract of Photography
Author Ariella Azoulay
Publisher Princeton University Press
Release 2021-09-14
Category Photography
Total Pages 586
ISBN 1935408372
Language English, Spanish, and French
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In this groundbreaking work, Ariella Azoulay thoroughly revises our understanding of the ethical status of photography. It must, she insists, be understood in its inseparability from the many catastrophes of recent history. She argues that photography is a particular set of relations between individuals and the powers that govern them and, at the same time, a form of relations among equals that constrains that power. Anyone, even a stateless person, who addresses others through photographs or occupies the position of a photograph’s addressee, is or can become a member of the citizenry of photography. The crucial arguments of the book concern two groups that have been rendered invisible by their state of exception: the Palestinian noncitizens of Israel and women in Western societies. Azoulay’s leading question is: Under what legal, political, or cultural conditions does it become possible to see and show disaster that befalls those with flawed citizenship in a state of exception? The Civil Contract of Photography is an essential work for anyone seeking to understand the disasters of recent history and the consequences of how they and their victims are represented.

Photography by Stephen Bull

Title Photography
Author Stephen Bull
Publisher Routledge
Release 2009-12-16
Category Art
Total Pages 256
ISBN 1135270228
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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.

Laruelle and Non Philosophy by John Mullarkey

Title Laruelle and Non Philosophy
Author John Mullarkey
Publisher Edinburgh University Press
Release 2012-07-03
Category Philosophy
Total Pages 272
ISBN 0748645365
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

The first collection of critical essays on the work of this most original thinker. Francois Laruelle is one of the most important French philosophers of the last 20 years, and as his texts have become available in English there has been a rising tide of interest in his work, particularly on the concept of 'Non-Philosophy'. Non-philosophy radically rethinks many of the most cutting-edge concepts such as immanence, pluralism, resistance, science, democracy, decisionism, Marxism, theology and materialism. It also expands our view of what counts as philosophical thought, through art, science and politics, and beyond to fields as varied as film, animality and material objects.

Roland Barthes by Michael Moriarty

Title Roland Barthes
Author Michael Moriarty
Publisher Stanford University Press
Release 1991
Category Language Arts & Disciplines
Total Pages 255
ISBN 9780804719339
Language English, Spanish, and French
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This book provides a lively introduction to the work of Roland Barthes, one of the twentieth century's most important literary and cultural theorists. The book covers all aspects of Barthes's writings including his work on literary theory, mass communications, the theatre and politics. Moriarty argues that Barthes's writing must not be seen as an unchanging body of thought, and that we should study his ideas in the contexts within which they were formulated, debated and developed.

The Photographic Paradigm by Annette W. Balkema

Title The Photographic Paradigm
Author Annette W. Balkema
Publisher Rodopi
Release 1997
Category Art
Total Pages 192
ISBN 9789042001879
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Opstellen over de fotografie en fotografische zienswijzen als paradigma in de hedendaagse beeldende kunst.

Photography and Its Origins by Tanya Sheehan

Title Photography and Its Origins
Author Tanya Sheehan
Publisher Routledge
Release 2014-11-20
Category Photography
Total Pages 254
ISBN 1317578961
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Recent decades have seen a flourishing interest in and speculation about the origins of photography. Spurred by rediscoveries of ‘first’ photographs and proclamations of photography’s death in the digital age, scholars have been rethinking who and what invented the medium. Photography and Its Origins reflects on this interest in photography’s beginnings by reframing it in critical and specifically historiographical terms. How and why do we write about the origins of the medium? Whom or what do we rely on to construct those narratives? What’s at stake in choosing to tell stories of photography’s genesis in one way or another? And what kind of work can those stories do? Edited by Tanya Sheehan and Andrés Mario Zervigón, this collection of 16 original essays, illustrated with 32 colour images, showcases prominent and emerging voices in the field of photography studies. Their research cuts across disciplines and methodologies, shedding new light on old questions about histories and their writing. Photography and Its Origins will serve as a valuable resource for students and scholars in art history, visual and media studies, and the history of science and technology.

Police Photography by Larry S. Miller

Title Police Photography
Author Larry S. Miller
Publisher Routledge
Release 2014-07-07
Category Law
Total Pages 392
ISBN 1455774480
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Quality photographs of evidence can communicate details about crime scenes that otherwise may go unnoticed, making skilled forensic photographers invaluable assets to modern police departments. For those seeking a current and concise guide to the skills necessary in forensic photography, Police Photography, Seventh Edition, provides both introductory and more advanced information about the techniques of police documentation. Completely updated to include information about the latest equipment and techniques recommended for high-quality digital forensic photography, this new edition thoroughly describes the techniques necessary for documenting a range of crime scenes and types of evidence, including homicides, arson, and vehicle incidents. With additional coverage of topics beyond crime scenes, such as surveillance and identification photography, Police Photography, Seventh Edition is an important resource for students and professionals alike. Completely updated to reflect the rise of digital police photography Four-color photographs and illustrations added throughout to illustrate concepts Defines the steps for producing high-quality photographs of a range of crime scenes and types of evidence Explores specialized topics, including ultraviolet imaging, laser enhanced evidence, and surveillance photography Access to instructor ancillaries, including Test Banks, Instructor's Guides, and PowerPoint Lecture Slides for every chapter

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