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Making Digital Type Look Good

This book has a stylish cover that uses just type to create the illustration, this, of course, being the theme for the book. To designers type is the essential element that makes a page pleasing to read or jarring. Much time is spent carefully laying out pages with different faces and sizes, bold serif sans serif italic small large. Basically a lot of time is wasted trying to determine what will and wont work for the new concept that's being created. It is designed to help and it does so perfect...

No Mans Land photography of Lynne Cohen

Since 1971 sculptor, turned photographer, Lynne Cohen has been recording peopleless interiors of labs, classrooms, offices, etc that look stark and uncomforting. The images are bizarre, do we really create such bleak environments? Most of the images are black & white and leave you feeling very cold. Its not the sort of book I would buy, but its certainly worth a once over from the public library.

Coincidences

I always remember being fascinated by Sarah Moons soft and low contrast photography from a portfolio in Creative Photography magazine back in the 80s, so I awaited this new arrival with excitement. The first edition is hardback and a typically heavy coffee table style art book. It has 193 photographs each full page and just one page intro from Sarah and a couple of conversations splitting up the images. The images are split into chapters with no explanation of the relevance or titles; one chapte...

Complete Guide to Digital Photography

When I saw this book I was expecting another one of those books that provides a shallow overview of digital photography written by a highly respected traditional photographer. I was pleasantly surprised. The beginning lived down to my expectations, a typical formulaic intro, but this soon shifts a gear and has some great advice on shoot with a computer and calibration. Then in chapter 2 there are some excellent illustrated pieces on digital image editing with levels, histograms, selection tools ...

Children

If you have children and take pictures that you would like to improve on this book is perfect. It doesn't have a regional feel that some portrait books have and show some new and interesting ways to capture your children on film. The cover shows a hand coloured photo, which is lifted from the finishing chapter that looks at presentation and printing techniques. Elsewhere we are given examples of how to determine what the client wants (assuming you are shooting for a living) how to develop a rela...

Love is a Stranger

Melanie Manchot studied photography and art at New York University and the Royal College of Art in London. In this book she claims to challenge socially and culturally constructed ideas about beauty, aging, sexuality and fantasy. This includes a series of images where she goes up to people in the street and photographs them while asking for a kiss. Their reactions appear visually in images and verbally in text. She photographs her aging mother against backgrounds such as the London Eye, and fema...

Paris

Hard back book with 96 pages and 69 duotone photographs offers a rich and multi-faceted portrait of the French capital over the last five decades. Paul, a Hungarian photographer and keen traveller, started his career as a journalist and has covered the world and settled in France in the 50s. His images capture the social conditions experienced by the rich and the poor of the country and in this book we see a collection of photographs spanning three decades. Its a real insight into the street lif...

Close to the Eyes

A book of the portraits of Xiao Hui Wang, a Chinese photography now living in Germany, who always carries her camera and has recorded many subjects over the last decade while visiting Europe, North America, Asia and Australia The book begins with an insight into how the Chinese view portraits, written by Tilman Spengler. Then we have a fascinating autobiographical piece that explains how Xiao Hui Wang developed her style, covering the ordeals of her family life, her enthralling observations and...

Black & White Architecture

Terry always seems to take a fresh slant on a subject and here, where you may expect to see the usual collection of skyscrapers, modern metallic industrial units and stately homes, you see instead close ups of rotting wooden structures, beautifully toned and contrasty walls, sepia images, infrared castles (from our favourite Simon Marsden) and grainy images. The book is full of atmosphere and really will get the black & white photographers adrenalin rushing. Its split into chapters on Location, ...

Professional Photography Photographing Buildings

This book houses some superb architectural photography from stunning 5x4in black & white shots emphasising texture to bold and graphic colour imagery. The captions, in true Rotovision style, are extremely informative - I never, for example, thought about waiting until lunchtime to photograph interiors to avoid people. The only criticism, from a UK point, is a lot of the work is from US based photographers and in most English towns we dont have the same dominating skyscrapers where quite a few o...