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A Show Of Hands

A Show Of Hands is a book full of images of people's hands. You might immediately think that this an odd port of the body to take images with. Usually we go for someone's face, or use the environment they're set in to tell a story about them. But when looking through this book you'll be surprised how much someone's hands say about their life. Photographs of tradesmen and ordinary people's hands are mingled in with those of celebrities, including the likes of Jonny Wilkinson, Sir Ranulph ...

Cinematic Portraits

Cinematic Portraits is a book all about creating photos with the look of classic Hollywood photography. The book begins with a little of the history of film noir, giving you an idea of why the portraits from the time looked as they did. It's all about creating a mood and telling a story with the image. Many different types of lighting effect can be used to give the feel of the genre, and these are listed along with a set up diagram and what you're aiming to achieve. The next chapter ...


Hashtag365 is a collection of the best images from Netherlands photographers and friends Sjoerd Spendel and Lennart de Jong. Three years ago, the pair promised each other that they would take a photo every day for one year. After posting some of the images on their Tumblr account, the pair quickly gathered worldwide interest, making their Tumblr page the biggest one in the Netherlands. This is some feat, and the images in Hashtag365 really shows the talents and creativity of both Spendel...

Memory City

Memory city is a book covering photographer Alex Webb's journey across Rochester, New York. With his last rolls of the now discontinued Kodak Kodachrome film, he took images of Rochester, New York in what may be the last days of film as we know it. Kodachrome used to be a vibrant colour film, that can now only be processed as black and white. The resulting images have a weathered quality, like the fading memories of the film era. Along with the black and white images, Alex also took...

Roger Ballen: Asylum of The Birds

'Asylum of the Birds' is the newest collection of works from acclaimed photographer Roger Ballen. All the works in this book are taken in the confines of a house in a Johannesburg suburb, the location of which is kept secret. Ballen's work is a surreal mix of art, installations and photography, combining together to create something undefined, which will not be pigeon holed as it were into any single genre, and is more of a conglomeration of several different types of work rolled into on...

Black And White Photography Field Guide

The Black And White Photography Field Guide is a compact and easy to carry book that is designed to be used out on the shoot. Photography maestro Michael Freeman has produced many great photography books, and this one is no different. The book starts off with a chapter on the black and white tradition, covering the history of photography, and leading on to the photographer's choice between black and white, structure and tonal nuance of black and white photography. Freeman then moves on t...

101 Top Tips For Black and White Digital Photography

101 Top Tips for Black and White Digital Photography is a well organised and easy to follow book about converting and taking good black and white images in a digital age. The book mainly focuses on turning your existing photos into black and white images, and how this can be more complicated than you think. There are many different ways to turn a photograph black and white, and this book gives you 101 tips on doing this successfully using an image editing software. You are encouraged to u...

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Black and White

Michael Freeman's Photo School: Black and White is your all round guide to the world of black and white photography. Michael Freeman is an acclaimed photographer that has already written four guides in this style that are ideal for those wishing to learn more about a certain area of photography. These books are written with the student of photography in mind, and includes challenges after each technique description for you to home in your skills. The book introduces you to students, that...

Advanced Digital Black & White Photography

You might first think that Advanced Digital Black & White Photography would be a narrow subject field. But when you begin to read this clever and informative book, you soon realise that this is not the case. The book is in five sections, beginning with taking the shots, then moving through to converting images to black and white, fine tuning your images, digital image work flows and presentation issues. In this updated second edition, it seems that if something is wroth knowing about the...

Border Country

This book by Berlin based Irish photography James Clancy is called Border Country. The title derives from a name that James uses for his uneasy condition of heart and mind that possesses him from time to time. The book has a short two page introduction (in German and English) to explain his mind set and the photos that follow. And what follows is a wonderful collection of black & white images of decaying woodland and derelict buildings recorded with attention to the finest of details. So...