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Jack Robinson On Show

This book takes a look at the brief but influential photographic career of Jack Robinson. Essentially, this book is a picture book displaying his fashion and portraiture collection that were often seen in The New York Times Magazine or Vogue. Many famous faces from the New York circuit between 1958 - 1972, feature in this book but it also has brief sections on Jack's technique, archive and career. Jack Nicholson, Elton John and Tina Turner are just a few of the A-Lister's that are captured in...

One Light Flash

This book aims to show how, with just one flash, you can produce amazing portraits where no two are the same. It starts by covering equipment, which is always a good place to start, especially for beginners, before moving on to more technique based tips. The equipment, obviously, covers flashes but cameras, bags and smaller items such as gaffer tape are also discussed – it doesn't seem to miss anything off its list. The basic lighting and camera control sections are excellent with large ...


Timeless is a picture book and when we say picture book, we really do mean that almost every page has an image on it. The only text that's in the book is there to tell you the story behind the creation a book, who's in it and to let you know a little more about the author. All the photos are portraits of people the photographer simply met in the street. They're all in black & white and most completely fill the page. They're full of texture and have an almost gritty feel while still bursting with...

The Changing Face of Portrait Photography: From Daguerreotype to Digital

This isn't a guide to portrait photography, it's more of a book that takes a look at portrait photography, what people take and how this genre in particular can produce some rather thought-provoking images. It takes a closer look at a group of photographer's work as well as taking an almost journey through the history of portrait photography. As we said, it's not something you're going to pick up and learn how to take better pictures from but it is interesting to see how portrait styles have...

Boudoir Photography: The Complete Guide to Shooting Intimate Portraits

When you pick up the Boudoir photography book and look at the cover it'll give you the impression that it's a tasteful title that's full of well taken, interesting images and you'd be right. The book is well illustrated with various types of shots and poses used throughout. Sitting alongside the images are tips that cover everything from skin tone and poses to editing your images in Photoshop. It's a book that's designed for photographers of all levels and it uses language that encourages you to...

Self-Portrait Photography

Most books on portraiture are written by photographers looking at how to photograph other people. This one is different. It's written and mostly illustrated by Natalie Dybisz who goes by the name of Miss Aniela and is well know in the online world for her incredible self portrait photography. Her photos excel on all levels. The book takes the subject of self portraits and splits it into chapters covering the history of self portraiture, equipment needed, shooting techniques and then into proc...

Wedding Photography - A Guide to Posing

This book maybe small but it's crammed full of handy tips and useful advice to help you improve your wedding photography. There's no fancy frills and you don't get swallowed up in technical jargon it just has straight-forward, easy to understand examples that will leave your brain buzzing with ideas. The book starts by covering basic posing advice with a model then moves on to real world examples which discuss lighting, backgrounds, clothing and other useful tips you shouldn't be without...

We are One: A Celebration of Tribal Peoples, in Association with Survival International

We are one: A celebration of tribal peoples, gives us a real insight into how the tribal people of our world live. The well captured imagery demonstrates the sheer beauty of the places they live and the photographs show some amazing places few people are fortunate enough to see. As well as interesting imagery, you'll be captivated by the comments and quotes from tribal people, writers and philosophers as they join together to show us that really, these people are no different to you and I. ...

Byker Revisited: Portrait of a Community

This book documents and records how a community in Byker has changed and is a follow-up to Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen’s first book: Byker. The book, which is the result of a six year project, is full of candid portraits of residents in their homes and shows you how very different people can be. The foreword for the book is written by Newcastle-born playwright and screenwriter Lee Hall and it sits well against the stark contrast of images decorating the many pages. If you're from the area...

The Contact Sheet

This book takes a look at over a 100 iconic photographs taken by some of the world's most iconic photographers. The Contact Sheet takes a close look at the photographers, examining how and why they produced some of their work. With stories that have never been told, and images of icons such as Marilyn Monroe covering the pages, The Contact Sheet is a really interesting read. This book may not contain many words but the variety of images that are on offer make this book a great coffee table p...