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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as giving plenty of examples of his most famous, and also his lesser seen images, with images of some of his rare and unpublished...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...