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World Press Photo 03

A paperback A4 sized book that displays the prize winning entries for the World Press Photo 2002 competition (the 46th contest to date). There are outstanding works in here and it's well worth a look, especially if you are a journalist or interested in reportage. Over 160 pictures submitted by Photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines from around the world.

Digital Photography Manual

A book that comes from the same stable that produces the famous hands-on car manuals. It has the same format - A4, stiff hardback jacket and the occasional poorly reproduced picture. In the very competitive digital camera book arena it has a hard job to do. The information delivered is informative and will certainly help you understand all the jargon so you can grow into digital photography. It does, however, have a no-frills look and lacks the funky design of some of the other titles so you may...

Next level

Quite an odd one this as it's classed as a magazine but has the thickness and production values of a book. Published every six months or so this is issue 3 and is a showcase for new and established artists and writers from around the world. The content is very "arty" and won't appeal to the traditonalists out there. Those wishing to be challanged and looking for creative ideas will find the mix of material interesting.

Women and War

Haunting, fascinating, shocking, intreguing...all words to describe the content of this visual diary of Jenny Matthews. Jenny has spent the last 20 years travelling the world taking photos and this collection is of the many roles women play in countries affected by war. The images are superb, the supporting text story telling. The prefect book for those interested in Photo Journalism.

How to Use Adobe Photoshop Elements 2

This book is laid out in a very easy to follow format with colour coordinated chapters and lots of step by steps. It's written in an easy to grasp language with lots of help and no assumed knowledge. The step by steps occasionally do not show a final result so you're left wondering why you would bother and some of the points don't explain why you would do something. For example, in the early stages there's an explanation of preferences and one about cache, in particular, explains how you adjust ...

DJ's by Lopez

An unusual format book a little larger than a CD comprising photographs of over 100 DJs with comments from them about their profesion. This will obviously appeal to the fans of the latest cult DJs so why are we reviewing it on a photography site? Well Lopez just happens to be a damn fine portrait photographer and although there's no photography technique here you can get some great inspiration from his images.

Start with a Digital Camera  2nd edition

If you judge a book by the cover I'd discard this one thinking it was another of those badly designed books that ends up in the clearance shop. A quick flick through though and it indicates much more than that. Here is a book written by a graphic designer with loads of invaluable tips to help you take better photos and then edit the results for even better pictures. There's a lot of ground covered over the 180+pages and some really good illustrations. Well worth a look if you're new to digital c...

Henri Cartier-Bresson: the Image and the World: The Complete Picture

A wonderful look at one of the finest reportage photographers in history. With over 600 photographs reproduced over 430+ pages, we have a fascinating insight into the life of this genius. It's bloody heavy though!!

Deep Sites: Intelligent Innovation in Contemporary Web Design

For the modern web designer this book is organised into five sections covering Interface and navigation, Typography, Animation, Community and Authoring. The book brags of 1000 illustrations but many of these are similar pages from a web site. The dissection of various sites is interesting the choice of sites less so. Not the most inspiring web design book I've come across.

The Universe 365 Days

This book comprises of 365 photos selected by the author from the Astronomy Picture of the Day web site. The photography is astounding, giving us an insight into space. There are some incredible pictures and there are some that leave you thinking so what. If astronomy is your thing then you'll be impressed, but if you only go ahhh when you see a photo of the moon or earth from space you'll probably find many of the images disappointing. I'd say I enjoyed looking at about 35%. From an educational...