Fashion, Family & Food – June Photography picks

image_4100 years of Vogue is a milestone not to miss and our first reviewed book this month, pays homage to an institution that has shaped our vision of female beauty, for better and for worse. If you feel like exploring further why not log onto the Vogue Archive free with your library card from our Mygateway Arts page? It contains the entire run of Vogue magazine (US edition), from the first issue in 1892 to the current month, reproduced in high-resolution color page images. Every page, advertisement, cover and fold-out has been included, with rich indexing enabling you to find images by garment type, designer and brand names. The Vogue Archive preserves the work of the world’s greatest fashion designers, stylists and photographers and is a unique record of American and international fashion, culture and society from the dawn of the modern era to the present day.

4144p166DZL__SX408_BO1,204,203,200_Vogue 100 : a century of style
“In more than 2,000 issues, British Vogue magazine has acted as a cultural barometer, putting fashion in the context of the larger world in which we live. The century’s most talented photographers, illustrators and artists have contributed to it. In Lee Miller it had, unexpectedly, its own war photographer; in Norman Parkinson, Cecil Beaton, David Bailey, Snowdon and Mario Testino the greatest portrait and fashion photographers of their generation. Decade by decade, Vogue 100: A Century of Style celebrates the greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFashion’s double : representations of fashion in painting, photography and film
“Mere clothing is transformed into desirable fashion by the way it is represented in imagery. Fashion’s Double examines how meanings are projected onto garments through their representation, whether in painting, photography, cinema or online fashion film, conveying identity and status, eliciting fascination and desire. With in-depth case studies including the work of Nick Knight and Helmut Newton, film examples such as The Hunger Games, music video Girl Panic by Duran Duran, and much more, this book analyses the interrelationship between clothing, identity, embodiment, representation and self-representation.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThrough women’s eyes : from Diane Arbus to Letizia Battaglia : passion and courage
Through Women’s Eyes showcases the most influential women photographers of the modern and contemporary eras: from Diane Arbus and Nan Goldin to Yoko Ono and Roni Horn, along with many others. The artists featured in this book offer us their own interpretations of the world, filtered through the camera, and show us what is worth looking at among the barrage of images that bombard us. Their strength is the ability to combine languages–not only photography, but elements of cinema and painting as well, resulting in a collection of views that encompass the human experience.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFamily Photography Now
“This bold anthology explores how photographers around the world take on the emotional roller coaster and complex dynamics of family life. The book is divided into two parts: Our Own Families and Other People’s Families. Each section includes an essay analyzing the complex attachments between brothers and sisters, parents and children, step-families and in-laws, outcasts and adoptees. It includes the work of nearly forty international photographers, including sophisticated artworks in a range of photographic styles, and personal, never-before published shots by Birte Kaufman, Trent Parke, Nadia Sablin and Elina Brotherus.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFood Photography : A Beginners Guide to Creating Appetizing Images
“Anyone who has been inspired to take a picture of a great-looking meal knows that creating a successful food photograph is not easy. Though the food may look amazing, the resulting image can often end up mediocre and unappealing. Whether you want to create great food images for your blog or break into the world of commercial food photography, Food Photography is the perfect place to start your journey.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Beginner’s Photography Guide
“If you’re new to photography, then The Beginner’s Photography Guide is perfect for you. The ideal starting point for digital camera users, this manual explains key concepts in simple terms before offering step-by-step visual guides to every function. The Beginner’s Photography Guide compares and contrasts the effect of different approaches, showing you how to take the photos you want and develop your photography ability. This fully updated edition takes into account new photography trends and the latest equipment on the market.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverArt with an iPhone
“The iPhone boasts a powerful and highly capable camera that is always at the ready, allowing you to document the people, places, and things that surround you. Kat Sloma teaches you how to harness natural light, both indoors and out, to create high-quality images–and then she details some of the amazing, inexpensive, and powerful apps that can be used to finesse every aspect of the image–from capture to output. You’ll learn how to choose and use apps that mimic the controls offered on professional-level cameras to take control over focus and exposure. You’ll also discover apps that boost your camera’s resolution, improve stability, and more.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet’s guide to travel photography
“The fifth edition of Travel Photography shows readers how to avoid common mistakes and develop their skills. It’s full of practical exercises and tips to hone technique. Stunning photographs throughout will inspire travellers.” (Syndetics)