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The Photographer’s story is all about the art of visual narrative within a picture or series of pictures.
Author Michael Freeman has traveled all over the world, and is well versed in telling stories through his photography, through working for a wide number of publications in his professional career. This book is a testament to just how much a visual narrative can add to a piece of work. Not only telling a story, good photographic narratives get under the skin of the photograph, telling us all about the atmosphere, thoughts, and feelings behind a particular shot.
Throughout the book, Freeman uses examples of his own photographic stories to get the point across. One of the first ones we come across in the book is photographs of the Killing Fields in Cambodia. The subject may be harsh, and harrowing, but it clearly shows how good visual narratives are at portraying feeling. Freeman explains why he took every shot, and why it was important, but he wraps it in his own story of the events as they happened, making it difficult to put down read.
Freeman also goes into how to plan and shoot your narratives, giving handy hints and tips for scouting and brainstorming ideas. Your visual narrative must have a theme and agenda, and how to achieve this is covered in detail, again with some fantastic shots of Freeman’s own.
The book also goes into how to edit and show your photos effectively, getting the best possible reaction from your audience.
If anything, this book is an interesting and informative read that teaches about the world around us as much as photography. If you are wanting to tell a story through photos, and aren’t sure how to begin, then this is the book for you.