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Magnum Legacy: Eve Arnold

Magnum Legacy books cover the creative process of Magnum photographers through a mix of biographical text, archival materials and iconic imagery. This particular title is all about Eve Arnold. This book looks at Eve's life in and around the photos, and explores her creative work process as well as her relationship with photojournalism and documentary photography. Eve received her first camera as a medical student in the 1940s and from then on her passion for the subject took hold. Photogra...

Double Take: Portraits Over Time

Double Take: Portraits Over Time is a book showing portraits of children and young adults as they grow up. Photographer Maggie Evans Silverstein has had a photographic studio in South Miami for 20 years or so, and in that time she has photographed lots of families. In this book, she has taken photographs of these families and their children as they are now, and juxtaposed them against each other, revealing the stark changes that have taken place. The book is nostalgic, and with each set ...

Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now

This book is the life story of one of the greatest photographers the world has ever seen. Henri Cartier-Bresson is perhaps one of the most well known and famous photographers to date, and he has been the first photographer to have his work showcased in the Louvre. This is very much a reference book, and provides a lot of information on the photographer as well as giving plenty of examples of his most famous, and also his lesser seen images, with images of some of his rare and unpublished...

80 Years Gone In A Flash: The Memoirs Of A Photo-Journalist

80 Years Gone In A Flash is an autobiography of the life of photo-journalist John Jochimsen. In his time as a photographer back in the days of film, John has photographed everything from presidents to royalty and was there with Queen Elizabeth II the day she discovered her father the king had died. In a career spanning over five decades, John has no doubt had a very interesting career. This book is basically a memoir if his life, and begins right at the start, when John was born in Claph...

Steve McQueen A Passion For Speed

The life of Steve McQueen is already a well documented one but in this book, the author has utilised a variety and extensive collection of photographs to document this tale of the star's life. However, this is not merely a picture book, it's also an easy but fascinating read. The book divides itself into five chapters, The Pursuit of Speed, The Body as a Tuned Machine, Speed and the Silver Screen, Racing is Life and simply, Garage. What follows is an informative overview of the chapter headi...

Exposure: The Unusual Life and Violent Death of Bob Carlos Clarke

This is one of these books that I knew would eventually see the light of day now that several years have passed since the death of Photographer Bob Carlos Clarke so before I left for my holidays I rushed into town and picked up my copy from Waterstones in Glasgow in the hope that I had secured a good read in the coming week. This book is definitely not laid out in your standard fashion but is presented to you as page after page of snippets from interviews, gossip and hearsay from friends, re...