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Global Model Village

Global Model Village is a very metaphorical little book that makes you think. Using model people and everyday objects as props, photographer Slinkachu depicts the world according to little plastic model people, using them to represent current and past issues within our society. The book contains little wording apart from the introduction, which provides a very bleak explanation of what the world is like for us 'little people'. It then jumps straight into these pictures of model people, w...

The Photographer's Mind

This book takes a unique view on photography and focuses more on what's going on behind the camera, than what's going on infront. Faithful to the title. Many images and various amounts of photography is used throughout, pin pointing certain focus points that Freeman wants to discuss. This book could be read by anyone interested in the human brain rather than just photographers as it delves deep into human thoughts and how the brain works, then going on to relate to the images included and why...

The Dualism

A man sits astride a toilet, naked except for tears down his face and bloody ejaculate from his genitals - just one of the many shocking images within the dark realms of The Dualism. Part photographic collection, part art movement and wholly divisive, The Dualism is one book you WON'T want to be putting on the coffee table in a hurry. Described as a “journey of love and hate”, this anthology depicts such controversial subjects as masturbation, self-mutilation and DIY abortion with the same...

Still Life

Ive seen Irving Penn listed as the source of inspiration for many photographers over the years, but I have to own up to not having seen much of his work. That is until now. This hardback book is a collection of still life images taken between 1938 and 2000, many for Vogue. Some, like the cover are carefully contrived images that grab attention, others are dark graphic close ups. Detail throughout is fantastic with razor sharp full page images. Irving shoots black & white and colour of subjects s...

Lighting for Food and Drink Photography

This book is full of the sort of food and drink pictures you see illustrating the finest recipe books, glossy magazines and advertising campaigns. Lovely collection of images, great lighting and superb control of focus, but you could get similar inspiration by looking through the cook books and then you could go off and prepare a meal. In many examples large format gear has been used so achieving this sort of quality is going to be hard for the 35mm user, but if this is the sort of photography y...

Lighting for Still Life

A slightly shorter than A4 format book with great production values and a simple cover design. It's written by Steve Bavister who's well known in the photographic press as once Editor of Photo Answers magazine and current editor of The Photographer. I can't quite work out RotoVision. The design of some books has larger than necessary type and this one has a smaller face that will get anyone over the age of 40 reaching for their specs. Other than that the 160 page book is full of pictures shot ...