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Memory City

Memory city is a book covering photographer Alex Webb's journey across Rochester, New York. With his last rolls of the now discontinued Kodak Kodachrome film, he took images of Rochester, New York in what may be the last days of film as we know it. Kodachrome used to be a vibrant colour film, that can now only be processed as black and white. The resulting images have a weathered quality, like the fading memories of the film era. Along with the black and white images, Alex also took...

Roger Ballen: Asylum of The Birds

'Asylum of the Birds' is the newest collection of works from acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen. All the works in this book are taken in the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which is kept secret. Ballen's work is a surreal mix of art, installations and photography, combining together to create something undefined, which will not be pigeon holed as it were into any single genre, and is more of a conglomeration of several different types of work rolled into on...

Black And White Photography Field Guide

The Black And White Photography Field Guide is a compact and easy to carry book that is designed to be used out on the shoot. Photography maestro Michael Freeman has produced many great photography books, and this one is no different. The book starts off with a chapter on the black and white tradition, covering the history of photography, and leading on to the photographer's choice between black and white, structure and tonal nuance of black and white photography. Freeman then moves on t...

101 Top Tips For Black and White Digital Photography

101 Top Tips for Black and White Digital Photography is a well organised and easy to follow book about converting and taking good black and white images in a digital age. The book mainly focuses on turning your existing photos into black and white images, and how this can be more complicated than you think. There are many different ways to turn a photograph black and white, and this book gives you 101 tips on doing this successfully using an image editing software. You are encouraged to u...

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Black and White

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Black and White is your all round guide to the world of black and white photography. Michael Freeman is an acclaimed photographer that has already written four guides in this style that are ideal for those wishing to learn more about a certain area of photography. These books are written with the student of photography in mind, and includes challenges after each technique description for you to home in your skills. The book introduces you to students, that...

Advanced Digital Black & White Photography

You might first think that Advanced Digital Black & White Photography would be a narrow subject field. But when you begin to read this clever and informative book, you soon realise that this is not the case. The book is in five sections, beginning with taking the shots, then moving through to converting images to black and white, fine tuning your images, digital image work flows and presentation issues. In this updated second edition, it seems that if something is wroth knowing about the...

Border Country

This book by Berlin based Irish photography James Clancy is called Border Country. The title derives from a name that James uses for his uneasy condition of heart and mind that possesses him from time to time. The book has a short two page introduction (in German and English) to explain his mind set and the photos that follow. And what follows is a wonderful collection of black & white images of decaying woodland and derelict buildings recorded with attention to the finest of details. So...

Lakeland Mono

If you're a regular on ePHOTOzine you'll be well aware of the talented and informative photographer John Gravett. Well, John has recently released a new book through blurb demonstrating the vast number of mono landscapes he's taken in the Lake District and Cumbria. For those of you who don't know, John there's a short foreword giving you all the information you need to know about John and his photography. The book itself is a large, landscape format book that features 92 pages that are d...

Beyond Darkness and Light

A beautifully designed monograph surveying the works of the highly acclaimed contemporary photographer, Edgar Angelone. Angelone's photographs are soulful and evocative. Rather than being accurate descriptions of a place, his images capture the invisible lines which enclose space and encapsulate a time frame that signifies rhythm, harmony and structure. This book showcases fifty four black-and-white photographs. It is a perfect example of how an artist can use traditional photographic proces...

Vampires The Twilight World

This book by legendary infrared goth photographer Sir Simon Marsden works on two levels. One as a guide to the best haunted locations around the world, with scary stories told by the author about his visits to these places in search of his photography. And two as a great illustrated book of classic infrared photography that makes Simon so well loved. You soon become absorbed by the fascinating stories of journeys into the dark places. Not only from a guide to vampires perspective but also as a...