Photography in October

Locals only, California Skateboarding 1975-1978 by Hugh Holland

syndetics-lcThe heydays of freespirit California caught on camera.
“One afternoon in 1975, a young photographer named Hugh Holland drove up Laurel Canyon Boulevard in Los Angeles and encountered skateboarders carving up the drainage ditches along the side of the canyon. Immediately transfixed by their grace and athleticism, he knew he had found an amazing subject. Although not a skateboarder himself, for the next three years Holland never tired of documenting skateboarders surfing the streets of Los Angeles, parts of the San Fernando Valley, Venice Beach, and as far away as San Francisco and Baja California, Mexico. Thanks to the large  format of this book, the reader feels totally immersed in the scene unfolding on the page, testaments to the heyday of  free spirit skateboarding of the 70’s. “–Adapted from publisher’s website.

Adobe Premiere Elements 9 by Ozer, Jan,

syndetics-lcThe fastest, easiest, most comprehensive way to learn Adobe’s consumer-targeted video editing software. Each of the 13 chapters in this step-by-step, project-based guide contains a project that builds on your growing knowledge of the program, while end-of-chapter review questions reinforce each lesson.

I loved you the moment I saw you by Black, Peter,

syndetics-lcIn eighty-two brilliant, disturbing, and compassionate photographs, extended as if across the time it takes for a baby to wake up and recognise the grandfather who is waiting with the child to cross a busy, dangerous street, Peter Black has composed one of the great photo-portraits of our time. A digital flâneur on high alert crisscrossing the complex urban landscape, Black has seen and loved the tender, sad, and often humorous details of life lived moment by moment on the streets of Wellington, his home city. (Adapted from publisher)

Exposure field guide by Freeman, Michael.

syndetics-lcA Handy Pocket Guide to slip into your camera bag.
No one knows better than world-renowned travel photographer Michael Freeman how important it is to achieve great exposure in each and every image. In this handy field guide that you can tuck in your pocket and take along on your next photo adventure, he shares his secrets for getting a good exposure every single time – tips that are just as relevant for the hobbyist and home shooters as they are for someone with expertise ability. Lighting, technical information, and creative inspiration are discussed side-by-side in this essential guide for understanding exposure – the most fundamental aspect of photography. (From

Contemporary photography from the Middle East and Africa by Maggia, Filippo

syndetics-lcThis third book in the series, coming after Contemporary Photography from the Far East and Contemporary Photography from Eastern Europe, this new book brings together the work of artists from Africa and the Middle East. As in the other books in the series, the works are introduced by a critical text and come with a biography of each artist. This heterogeneous selection offers a clear interpretation of contemporary reality through the languages of images. African photographers are looking at the unfolding drama of contemporary life and experience in Africa with a fine-tuned alertness. They are examining and analyzing the dizzying processes of spatial transformation, massive transition, and social adaptation that make up the varied realities of diverse groups: urban and rural, formal and informal communities. (From

Exploring color photography by Hirsch, Robert

syndetics-lcSo, the cover is this beautiful photograph by Alyson Denny. Turquoise and blood red abstract sort of landscape. Very enticing. Then I opened the book and found myself in what suddenly looked suspisciouly like a text book. I had a closer look and discovered a very thorough study of photography, light and colour. The examples are multiple and taken from a wide range of great artists, historical as well as contemporary. My ambition is now to be able to read it from cover to cover. This title has a wealth of in-depth information and analysis on all apects of photography, analog as much as digital.  And at the back of the book, you get the bonus of a great foldout timeline on historical events paralleled with milestones in photography,  from the beginning of photography to today. A must read for students, teachers and serious amateurs alike. This book will not stay on the shelves very long!  (Member of staff).