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Soviet Ghosts

Soviet Ghosts is a compelling and interesting book that grants you an insight into an area of the world you'll most likely never get to visit – the abandoned buildings and places of the Soviet Union. The photos contained in this book are thought provoking and spooky. There are images of hospitals, old school gyms, and abandoned homes, theatres and public spaces that are in a dire state of disrepair. In each chapter of the book, the photographer gives a brief outline of the trip, why th...

Powerful Imagery - The Photographer's Insight

Powerful Imagery – The Photographer's Insight is the latest e-Book from top travel photographer Mitchell Kanashkevich. Mitchell wants you to learn from his photos, and as such the book takes a few of his stunning images and deconstructs them so that you learn exactly how they were taken, giving you the tools to go out and have a go yourself. Each photo has different sections relating to it: the photo page, the story, objectives, light, overcoming challenges, creative decisions in the f...

Lens On Life

Lens on life is a truthful and interesting look at documentary photography. Through documentary photography, the photographer aims to let the photos tell a story about a person, place or object and give the viewer a feel of what that object, person or place is about. This book is a recommended read for anyone looking to go into documentary photography and create a new documentary project. Award winning documentary photographer Stephanie Calabrese Roberts guides us through the magical world of ...

Focus: Passages

As with the [link=http://www.ephotozine.com/book-review/focus--found-faces-400]Focus: Found Faces book[/link], this is a book that takes one topic, which in this case is passages, and decorates every page of the book with them. It's fun to flick through and may give you inspiration to go out and shoot a similar project. It's reasonably priced but it's not a book that everyone will want to read.

Hot - Life in the Australian Outback

Hot is Thijs' second book, designed and produced in the same style as his successful book Cold. Where Cold took is into the icy climate of the Antarctica, here Hot is a look at life in the Australian outback. The photographs are more people focused, with many environmental portraits mixed in with life, death and decay of the outback. If you liked Cold you will no doubt like this book. Thijs' photography is extremely good, he captures the things you would see and mixes this with the things you'd ...

CHINA: Portrait of a People

I'd never heard of Tom Carter until one day when he appeared in our forums, in our gallery, in our pro portfolio section and on our other site add your face. It seems he did the same all over the web. His mission to blog the world about this new book. It wasn't surprising that a few days later it arrived in the office along with the most in-depth press release we've ever had. The book so actively promoted is 15x15cm and 638 pages deep. The unusual design means it won't sit well on the book...

Carnival Masks of Venice

The Venice carnival draws thousands of experienced photographers to the area to capture the colourful parades, so we see many great carnival pics. This collection appears to be the work of a photographer who decided he wanted to publish a book but ran out of good shots. There are some excellent ones, but many are little more than snap shots. Further investigation leads us to the Photographers' Note page, near the back of the book where he explains that quality set ups are impossible in such a cr...

Kashgar: Oasis City on China's Old Silk Road

This photographic essay of Kashgar, one of the most complete historical urban centre's in China, features the photography of John Gollings. John is one of Australia's leading landscape photographers and here he illustrates the people, the architecture and the lansdscpae of Kashgar. While it's not a photography technique book, the images will give you ideas should you be visiting similar locations on holiday or travel.

Cold - Sailing to Antarctica

They say a picture paints a thousand words. Well here in this self published book titled “Cold - Sailing to Antarctica” by Thijs Heslenfeld every picture paints an incredible picture that records a fascinating journey by the author to the Antarctica. Thijs chose to travel by the Dutch barque Europa rather than a typical cruise ship and every step of the journey is visualised with brilliant photography. The book has few words - it really doesn't need them. What we are treated with is a collec...

See you in Leh

How many times have you been on a photographic holiday, only to return and six month's later struggle to remember exactly what you did where? Alistair Baird confesses that he has an appalling memory, so for a trip to Leh in India, he decided to keep copious notes in a diary. Upon his return these have been transcribed into See you in Leh, a travelogue with copious pictures, which is available as a two-part PDF download. Both are around 3.5Mb in size and can be downloaded from Alistair's ...