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Movie Photos

Movie photos is a great book for not only photographers wanting to go into the industry but for anyone who has an interest in the film world too. Alex has 25 years experience in the industry and the words he writes in the book are an educational treat. The work in the book is varied. You can see everything from romantic scenes to equipment used on set. They also come with captions telling you what they were taken on and how. The text is easy to follow, very informative and a great overall in...

World Press Photo 04

This annual book contains the most haunting and inspiring photographs from the previous year. Photos are submitted by over 4100 photojournalists, picture agencies, newspapers and magazines throughout the world. The ones that appear in the book are selected from over 63,000 images and represent the most powerful, moving and sometimes disturbing images of the year. Needless to say, this book is not for the faint hearted! Many of the images contain a brief detail about the situation, so they are e...

Sebastiao Salgado: An Uncertain Grace

No introduction necessary for this photographer who's famous photos of the Brazilian mine workers have been seen all over the world in almost ever year book and "Great Image" guides. This book features some of these along with other reportage shots where he explores the live's of the world's unseen people. If you like his work you'll love this book - 156 pages with 129 duo toned black & white photographs beautifully reproduced in a 13x11in format.

The Twilight Hour

The master of gothic imagery produces his sixth book of haunting infrared photographs. This one is accompanied by fictional texts and poetry from masters of the Celtic ghost tales along with descriptive pieces by Simon about the buildings and places he shoots. Full page pictures of an eerie nature will suit goths and supernatural fans while lovers of infrared will be totally inspired. One for my bookshelf!

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.

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.

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!!

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...

Sporting Life The journals of Walter Looss

This pictorial diary of Sporting Life photographer Walter Looss is a feast of sports pictures, humourous headlines cuttings and scribblings. It's almost like a monty python style book without the humour. There are some fascinating portraits shot on large format Polaroid, along with some wonderful images from all areas of sport. If you like looking at sports pictures you'll love it. If you want to learn some techniques forget it. As many of the scribbled notes are running up the side of the pag...