At this time of gift giving, the first book in our monthly review may be a source of inspiration for the photo enthusiasts. There are other very attractive publications for a wide range of interests and tastes from sports and fashion to wildlife photography, and some interesting guides if you want to improve your photography, use it across media platforms or illustrate your writing.
“This book showcases the most unusual and unique examples of functioning toy cameras – retro analogs, branded novelties, new products from Japan – and the photographs they create. It explores the full range of this incredibly popular and often quirky photography niche. Camera crazy is more than a collection of plastic cameras. It’s the world as seen through a child’s eye: a world of bright color, unexpected results and exciting possibilities.” (Book cover)
Minor White : manifestations of the spirit
“Controversial, misunderstood, and sometimes overlooked, Minor White was one of the great photographers of the twentieth century, whose ideas exerted a powerful influence on a generation of photographers and still resonate today. His photographic career began in 1938 in Portland, Oregon, with assignments for the WPA. After serving in World War II and studying art history at Columbia University, White’s focus shifted toward the metaphorical. With a rich selection of more than 160 images including some never published before, the book accompanies the first major exhibition of White’s work since 1989.” (Syndetics summary)
The way we were : the photography of Julian Wasser
“This monograph presents an astonishing panorama of a bygone Los Angeles from photographer Julian Wasser. Some of the images are very well known — Joan Didion leaning against a Corvette Stingray in Hollywood — while many others, such as Jack Nicholson and Angelica Huston at Jack’s Mulholland Drive home, or the Fonda family lined up on the family sofa, paint a picture of a very private Hollywood of the 1960s and 70s, when privacy was possible and celebrity culture had not yet completely consumed the country. Mingled with these iconic faces are pictures of California counterculture such as the Hog Farm Commune in Sunland & surfers in Malibu Beach, and documentation of events such as Robert Kennedy’s campaign and the Watts riots. Wasser’s photographs appeared in some of the major magazines of the time.” (Adapted from Syndetics summary)
The art of sports photography
“Marc Aspland, Chief Sports Photographer of The Times, is one of today’s most prominent photographers in any journalistic genre. This book presents highlights from Aspland’s illustrious career and contains more than one hundred rarely seen images drawn from his personal archive. Some of the most prominent figures in world sport, such as David Beckham, Usain Bolt and Rafael Nadal are captured in penetrating and captivating detail, in action and at ease. Historical moments from some of the most important international sporting events are featured, alongside images that simply show the joy sport brings to societies all over the world.” (Adapted from book jacket)
50 years of Wildlife Photographer of the Year : how wildlife photography became art
“This special collection is a celebration of 50 years of the world-famous Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition and of wildlife photography itself. Featuring many of the greatest nature photographs of all time, it charts the development of nature photography, from the first hand-held cameras and the colour film revolution of the 1960s, to the increasingly sophisticated photographs of wild animals and unexplored places that are taken today.” (Adapted from Syndetics)
Miles of M.A.C : the collaborative art of M.A.C cosmetics and Miles Aldrige
“This book is the product of a long running relationship and collaboration between M.A.C., a cosmetics company synonym with fashion glamour, who’s founders directed their product line towards professionals in the beauty and fashion industry when all they could rely on was heavy stage make-up, and a world renown photographer courted by the biggest fashion magazines and art galleries, Miles Aldridge (watch a video of Aldridge talk about his work here). As Gordon Espinet, head makeup artist for the company says “The whole point of M.A.C. is to create an environment where people can write their own story”. And this is what Miles of M.A.C is about: the expression of two imaginary worlds colliding to create magical tales. Glossy, glamourous and fantastical. Check also Miles Aldridge : I only want you to love me.
And for the budding young fashion photographers out there, here is a title you will find in the Children’s collection:
Fashion photographer / Justin Dallas with Rebecca Rissman
“Do you like taking photos of people? Do you like fashion? Maybe you could be a fashion photographer! Justin Dallas takes photos in some pretty cool locations and gets to meet interesting people and travel along the way. In this book you’ll find out all about his amazing job!” (Syndetics summary)
And finally, some titles to guide you to using photography in your everyday life.
Photography for writers
“Digital photography has made photography accessible to all and, even if you have a mobile phone camera, it is possible to take publishable pictures. Photography for Writers explains the basics of digital photography, the different markets available to writers with a camera, how to submit their images, what to do with their images afterwards, how to use photography for research purposes, and even how to get photos to illustrate your articles if you don’t have a camera.” (From amazon.com)
Art of everyday photography : move toward manual & make creative photos
“In this easy-to-understand book, Susan Tuttle encourages the reader to get her camera out of “auto mode” and finally learn how to use its features to create beautiful photos capturing the everyday moments of life, including portraiture, landscape, still-life scenes, food, pet photography, street photography and more. In addition to camera basics, Susan includes many tips and techniques for getting the most out of smartphone cameras and photo apps.” (From amazon.com)