Photographing ethereal beauty – New Photography books

Here is a diverse selection for the end of year, from fashion to astrophotography, food to travel photography. And while photography books tend to be heavy to carry, our online photography magazines won’t weigh you down on your holiday!

Syndetics book coverDiverse beauty
“New York-based photographer Alexi Lubomirski has become an established name within the fashion industry, shooting for such publications as Harper’s Bazaar , Vogue and GQ. It was after shooting Lupita Nyong’o that Lubomirski was struck by the homogeneity of the subjects he’d been hired to shoot professionally. Often when he submitted a list of models he was interested in shooting, responses would range along the lines of “we love her, but…,” “her hair is a problem,” “she is too dark” or “she is too light to make a statement.” In Diverse Beauty, Lubomirski aims to move beyond the underrepresentation of women from a range of ethnicities in fashion media. This handsome volume of cinematic fashion portraiture is also a small step in the direction of changing societal norms.” (Syndetics)

C51iJshvZCqL__SX385_BO1,204,203,200_apturing the world : the art and practice of travel photography
“Having been a professional photographer for the last 30 years, the author has taken every genre of travel photo, from people and architecture, to landscapes and nature. He takes you through the process of taking a successful travel photo from beginning to end, using his own spectacular images as examples. These examples demonstrate how it’s not just about technical skill; the best photographers put huge effort into getting themselves into a position where the potential for great images is maximized. This gloriously illustrated book will show you how to take your best travel photos.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverAstrophotography : the most spectacular astronomical images of the Universe / Rhodri Evans.
“Our enduring fascination in our solar system and the wonders of the universe is now being fed by images of breathtaking detail. The very best images captured by the new generation of terrestrial telescopes, orbiting telescopes and deep-space probes and landers have been collected in this magnificent volume. Detailed captions explain the equipment and techicalities of producing such images, which are not only mesmerising but also provide a huge amount of information about the geology and atmospheres of celestial bodies, and the formation of distant galaxies.” (From Amazon.com)

nzcamera-newNew Zealand camera : a showcase of outstanding photographic images from members of the Photographic Society of New Zealand
“New Zealand Camera is the flagship publication showcasing a collection of outstanding photographic images from members of the Photographic Society of New Zealand. From landscapes to wildlife, plants to people, sports and creative imagery, New Zealand Camera is compiled yearly by a dedicated editorial team of photographers and PSNZ members.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPeter Lindbergh : a different vision on fashion photography
“When German photographer Peter Lindbergh shot five young models in downtown New York City in 1989, he produced not only the iconic British Vogue January 1990 cover but also the birth certificate of the supermodels. The image marked the beginning of a new fashion era and a new understanding of female beauty. This book gathers more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography. Raw and seductive at once, we see how Lindbergh’s trademark monochrome pictures redefined standards of beauty by emphasizing spirit and personality as much as looks, celebrating the elegance and sensuality of older women, and privileging natural and authentic beauty in an era of pervasive retouching.” (From Amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverLittle tables : anytime breakfasts from around the world
“From congee to kedgeree to rösti, Little Tables brings together 72 kids’ breakfast recipes from 32 countries on six continents. It makes it easy for parents to bring a world of taste into their family’s mealtimes, helping to create shared memories of culinary and cultural discovery and fun. Little Tables is a collaboration initiated by photographer Vanessa Lewis, and features portraits put together by international fashion, food and hair stylists, and fun tidbits of information about each country. A delightful feast for the eyes!” (Book cover)

Syndetics book coverFocus in Photography: Master the Advanced Techniques That Will Change Your Photography Forever
“Focus is an often overlooked but powerful creative tool for photographers, made all the more powerful and accessible in the digital era. In his latest book John Neel takes you into an exploration of advanced focus that will greatly enhance your skill as a photographer. These pages will show you everything, from high-end techniques to create infinite focus, through to using it as an artistic tool, directing your viewer’s eye around your photographic composition. This book will be a valuable asset for any student, enthusiast looking for a new creative angle, commercial product photographer, or online traders.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe Photoshop darkroom 2 : creative digital transformations / Harold Davis, Phyllis Davis.
“Picking up where the authors’ best-selling first book left off, The Photoshop Darkroom 2: Advanced Digital Post-Processing will show you everything you need to know to take your digital imaging skills to the next level. Great photographers know that the best images begin well before the shutter clicks, and certainly well before Photoshop boots up. Harold takes a step back, and shares his helpful tips for capturing the most compelling images possible. You’ll also find complete coverage of important topics such as compositing, working with layers, and HDR.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverComplete Photography : Understand Cameras to Take, Edit and Share Better Photos
“This is the book for everyone who wants to take great photos but doesn’t know where to begin. This fresh, accessible guide to photography covers everything from types of camera and photographic techniques to digital processing. With it, you’ll learn how to compose a shot for visual impact, focus it to attract the viewer’s eye, and expose it so every detail is captured. Over 500 images and illustrations include not only inspiring aspirational pictures, but images that aren’t ideal (and why), helping the reader to improve fast. With clear explanations in everyday language, and carefully selected examples and masterclasses to illustrate every point, Gatcum brings a fantastic photography within everyone’s grasp. There’s even a section on creating a retro-style film darkroom at home.” (Syndetics)

Beyond books, another source of photographic information is the Press. You will find below a sample of titles your can read FREE with your library card on PressReader.

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Here are two articles recently published in Professional Photography magazine on Peter Lindbergh’s latest retrospective exhibition and accompanying book and in the Guardian, on the LagosPhoto festival, two of the many titles available on PressReader.


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From Vinyl to silk – New Photography books

As our new vinyl collection makes it début, this month’s photography selection features a 448 page new book dedicated to vinyl covers and the artists behind them. We also welcome back in our collection John Berger’s seminal Another Way of Telling and delve into the world of silk, taffeta and super models.

Syndetics book coverTotal records : photography and the art of the album cover
“The history of photography is teeming with portraits of musicians made iconic by their album covers: Thelonious Monk by W. Eugene Smith, Miles Davis by Irving Penn, Grace Jones by Jean-Paul Goude, Laurie Anderson by Robert Mapplethorpe. The history of album cover art also includes collaborations between prominent figures, such as Mick Rock and David Bowie, Annie Leibovitz and John Lennon, and Robert Frank with the Rolling Stones. Images like the Abbey Road crosswalk are deeply inscribed in our collective memory, yet few details are known about the photographer. This book is a compendium of electrifying images and the albums they grace.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverWilliam Eggleston portraits
“So many people take those simple snapshots of life, but there’s something about Eggleston that no one can match.” –Sofia Coppola.
The eminent American photographer William Eggleston (b. 1939) was a pioneer in exploring the artistic potential of color photography. Eggleston made a name for himself with his eccentric, unexpected compositions of everyday life that were nonetheless rife with implied narrative, elevating the commonplace to art. This sumptuously illustrated book features Eggleston’s masterful portraits, including many familiar and beloved images as well as some previously unseen photographs from his long and productive career.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPeter Lindbergh : A Different Vision on Fashion Photography
“When German photographer Peter Lindbergh shot five young models in downtown New York City in 1989, he produced not only the iconic British Vogue January 1990 cover but also the birth certificate of the supermodels. The image didn’t just bring revered faces together for the first time; it marked the beginning of a new fashion era and a new understanding of female beauty. To mark a major retrospective at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, this book gathers more than 400 images from four decades of Lindbergh’s photography to celebrate his unique and game-changing storytelling and the new romantic and narrative vision it brought to art and fashion.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFocus : the secret, sexy, sometimes sordid world of fashion photographers
“Before Instagram was an art form, fashion photographers and the models they made famous were pop culture royalty. From the postwar covers of Vogue to the triumph of the digital image, the fashion photographer sold not only clothes but ideals of beauty and visions of perfect lives. Focus probes the lives, hang-ups, and artistic triumphs of more than a dozen of fashion photography’s greatest visionaries such as Richard Avedon, Irving Penn or Helmut Newtown to name but a few.  An unprecedented look at an eccentric and seductive profession and the men and women who practice it on the treacherous shifting sands of pop and fashion culture.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe importance of elsewhere : Philip Larkin’s photographs
“Philip Larkin was a keen amateur photographer and through his life he made images of the people, places and things that meant most to him. The Importance of Elsewhere gathers the best of Larkin’s photographic work, divided into short thematic chapters arranged in chronological order. The book shows how Larkin, as an individual, as a writer and indeed as a photographer, developed an acute sensitivity to all aspects of the world around him, from his love of open uninhabited landscapes and empty churches to his mixed feelings about crowds. There are also fascinating portraits of those people who were closest to Larkin, including his lovers, his mother and his literary peers.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAnother way of telling
“In one of the most eloquent accounts of photography ever devised (originally published in 1982 and unavailable for many years), the writer John Berger and the photographer Jean Mohr set out to understand the fundamental nature of photography and how it makes its impact. Asking a range of questions – What is a photograph? What do photographs mean? How can they be used? – they give their answers in terms of a photograph as ‘a meeting place where the interests of the photographer, the photographed, the viewer and those who are using the photography are often contradictory’. A classic, now available as an ebook.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFifty Paths to Creative Photography: Style & Technique
“In keeping with the best tradition of Freeman’s writing, this isn’t a technical manual looking at camera settings, but a volume which will encourage you to explore what makes great photography. In Freeman’s own words: “There’s a long line of opinion, from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius.” (Syndetics)

Cuba People: Street Photography from Cuba Street Wellington, Aotearoa-New ZealandCuba people street photography from Cuba Street Wellington “Wellington’s urban environment is rich with opportunities to observe and capture life in the city. With the black and white photographic images in the Cuba People series I aim to celebrate the everyday, the surprising, the humorous, the beautiful, and the sad aspects of people out and about in this unique street, in central Wellington.” (Syndetics)

View Newtown Forever by MARY HUTCHINSONNewtown forever : street photography festival series 2016
“My photography collection Newtown Forever (Main Series) captures some of the human moments that contribute to present day Newtown’s well-recognised cultural diversity – be they facial expressions, clothing styles, architectural features or everyday activities. These combine with the myriad detail of urban visual patterns, and other graphic elements, in making my black and white street photographs. My images emphasise the diversity, universality, poignancy and fragility of human connectedness.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLonely Planet’s guide to travel photography
“The best-selling Lonely Planet’s Guide to Travel Photography is written by internationally renowned travel photographer Richard I’Anson. He shares his wealth of experience and knowledge about travel photography in this jargon-free guide to taking better photographs. This new edition has been thoroughly updated and refreshed with up-to-the minute advice, information and instructions on how to take amazing travel photographs using the latest digital cameras. It also includes tips on how to get great results from smartphones, DSLR cameras, drones and GoPro action cameras.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe five-minute fix : 200 tips for improving your photography and growing your business
“Unlike many books for “beginners”, Dale takes photographers from the beginning stages and continues nurturing them into starting a business and becoming a professional. His approach of providing a lot of bite-sized chunks of information on photography techniques, business, and marketing in one book is truly unique. For the photographer who wants both business and photography knowledge, this single book takes the place of two! Plus, with Dale’s accessible, conversational voice, you’ll not only find the book informative-but fun and engaging, too.” (Syndetics)

From sharks to flowers, Paris to London – New Photography books

This month’s selection will please nature lovers and fashion trendsetters alike, architecture photography enthusiasts as much as children discovering the thrill and techniques of this art for everyone.

Syndetics book coverSharks : face-to-face with the ocean’s endangered predator
“Michael Muller’s quest is to document sharks with an unprecedented proximity and precision, bringing the Hollywood portrait session he is famed for, to the ocean predator. In ocean depths around the world, he approaches the sharks with a patented seven-bulb, 1200-watt plexi-encased strobe lighting rig, developed with NASA engineering, and no cage. To compliment Muller’s work for advocacy organizations such as WildAid and EarthEcho, the images are contextualized with essays from Philippe Cousteau, Jr. and marine biologist Alison Kock, who discuss exploration and conservation of our oceanic kingdom.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverStreet style : an ethnography of fashion blogging
“Street style blogging has experienced a meteoric rise in popularity over the last decade. Amateur photographers, often with no formal training in fashion, have become critical arbiters of taste and trends, influencing the representations that appear in magazines and on runways, and putting new cities on the fashion world map. Chronicling author and anthropologist Brent Luvaas’ experience over three years of blogging through vivid street imagery and rich ethnographic detail, this book turns the lens of street style photography back onto anthropology itself, arguing that the phenomenon is a powerful mode of amateur ethnography. Bloggers blur the distinction between professional and amateur, insider and outsider, self and brand.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAdvanced style : older & wiser
“This follow up to bestselling Advanced Style features more senior street style and inspiration from all over the globe. In this new edition Ari Seth Cohen shares his work from the past few years, which now includes photographs of some of the world’s best-dressed older gentlemen as well as ladies. Advanced Style: Older And Wiser is similar in format to the original with dozens of images from cities all over the world.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLondon rising : illicit photos from the city’s heights
“In this book, an intrepid crew of city explorers share dizzying photos and stories collected while journeying up, over, and into the London skyline. Over the course of seven years, a well-respected team of adventurers has embarked on scores of not-quite-legal investigations inside, below, and above the city’s hidden infrastructures. Their first book published by Prestel, Subterranean London: Cracking the Capital , took readers under the city. Now, they reveal the results of their expeditions scaling the city’s heights. Jaw-dropping photographs offer extraordinary views from vantage points that most of us will never reach.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverParis changing : revisiting Eugène Atget’s Paris
“Between 1888 and 1927 Eugène Atget meticulously photographed Paris, capturing in thousands of photographs the city’s parks, streets, buildings, and diverse inhabitants. His images preserved the vanishing architecture of the ancient régime as Paris grew into a modern capital, and established Atget as one of the twentieth century’s greatest photographers. Christopher Rauschenberg spent a year in the late 1990s rephotographing many of Atget’s locations. By meticulously replicating the emotional and aesthetic qualities of Atget’s images, Rauschenberg vividly captures the changes the city has undergone and its enduring beauty.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe flowers
“In this beautifully illustrated flower arranging book, Dr Lisa Cooper gives us an insight into the philosophy and practices of someone who works with flowers daily as a leading floral designer and artist. Through anecdote, gentler instruction, and photographic essays, The Flowers takes us from Cooper’s studio workspace and to the growers’ farms, to see flowers in their natural form as well as their display arrangements. There are 17 formal floral designs as well as a collection of stories from the people, family, friends, growers, artists, gardeners, and florists who have influenced and inspired her work.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverDomes : flowers of Garden by the Bay
“In collaboration with Singapore’s Gardens by the Bay, Man Cheung presents a photographic gallery of the most exquisite flowers found inside the Gardens’ two conservatories, the Flower Dome and the Cloud Forest. Domes illuminates in loving detail the intricate beauty of some 100 flowers, pushing the boundaries of how we view them. For those interested to learn more about the featured flowers, there is also an index appended, listing their botanical names and classification.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFeathers : displays of brilliant plumage
“Exquisite images from award-winningNational Geographic photographer Robert Clark offer a captivating perspective on the vast beauty and myriad functions of a seemingly simple thing: the bird feather. Each detailed close-up is paired with informative text about the utility and evolution of the feather it depicts, making this handsome marriage of art and science the ideal read for bird lovers, natural history buffs, and photography enthusiasts.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverGo photo! : an activity book for kids
Go Photo! features twenty-five hands-on and creative activities inspired by photography. Aimed at children between eight and twelve years old, this playful and fun collection of projects encourages young readers to experiment with their imaginations, get messy with materials, and engage with the world in new and exciting ways. Indoors or outdoors, from a half-hour to a whole day, and whether alone or with friends, family, or an unsuspecting pet, there is a photo activity for all occasions. Some don’t even require a camera!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSelfie : the changing face of self-portraits
“Selfies are everywhere – from Kim Kardashian, queen of the selfie, to the Queen of England photobombing the Australian hockey team’s selfie in 2014, you can’t open a newspaper, or visit a news website, without seeing one. Selfie charts the progress and the development of the self portrait, from Indonesian caves, through famous self-portrait artists such as Vincent van Gogh and Pablo Picasso and the invention of the camera, to iconic modern selfies such as the 2014 Oscar photograph. It looks at trends, techniques and the tales behind some famous self portraits, such as those of Van Gogh, Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

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)

 

Photography in movies – photography picks for May

This month, photography features as an inspiration for and the subject of two movies: the feature film Carol and the documentary The Salt of the earth. Get our books and our DVDs for the complete experience and the “full picture”!

indexCarol a film by Todd Haynes.
Two women from very different backgrounds find themselves in an unexpected love affair in 1950s New York. As conventional norms of the time challenge their undeniable attraction, an honest story emerges to reveal the resilience of the heart in the face of change. A young woman in her twenties, Therese is a clerk working in a Manhattan department store and dreaming of a more fulfilling life when she meets Carol, an alluring woman trapped in a loveless, convenient marriage.

Based on Patricia Highsmith‘s novel originally titled The Price of Salt, Todd Haynes’ Carol is heavily inspired by street photographers of the 40’s & 50’s.

Here are two photography books from our collection that will give you an insight on the exquisite cinematography of the movie:

Syndetics book cover Saul Leiter : Retrospektive
“Saul Leiter has only in recent years been acknowledged as one of the great pioneers of colour photography. Like Robert Frank or Helen Levitt, he found his motifs on the streets of New York, but at the same time was visibly interested in abstraction. This collection, published to mark the first major retrospective of Leiter’s work, features for the first time, in addition to his early black and white and colour images, his fashion photography, the overpainted nudes, as well as his paintings and sketchbooks.” (Syndetics)

51Y9uYMhexL__SX398_BO1,204,203,200_A way of seeing
“In this essay, one of the most penetrating ever written on photography, Agee calls Helen Levitt’s pictures “as beautiful, perceptive, satisfying and enduring as any lyrical work that I know… The photographs as a whole body, as a book, seem to me to combine into a unified view of the world.” Active in film-making as well as photography throughout the Fifties, Levitt was co-maker of The Quiet One, winner of the first prize at the Venice Film Festival, and In the Street, the renowned documentary made by Janice Loeb and James Agee.” (Book jacket)

Syndetics book coverFiona Pardington : a beautiful hesitation 
This book showcases the work of one of Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important and celebrated photographers. Covering thirty years, it is the most comprehensive publication of her work to date. From her early black-and-white analogue photographs to recent digital images, Pardington’s oeuvre traverses the spirituality that underpins Māori customs and the metaphysical world, to sexual and cultural politics. Her cornerstones are the abject, the discarded, the precious and the wounded, and the deep ties she maintains with her K’i Tahu heritage. Designed by the artist’s brother, Neil Pardington, this book includes more than 150 images. Many early photographs are published here for the first time. With essays by Aaron Lister, Hana O’Regan, Susan Best, Kriselle Baker, Zara Stanhope, Ron Brownson and Peter Shand, with an interview by Andrew Paul Wood.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe wardrobe of Cecil Beaton : a life in fashion
“When fashion photographer and costume designer Cecil Beaton died in 1980, it was not surprising that one of his tailors was telephoned with the news before Buckingham Palace, despite his close association with the Royal Family. From the moment he arrived at Cambridge University in 1922 wearing an evening jacket, red shoes, black-and-white trousers, and a large cravat, to his appearance nearly forty years later at Truman Capote’s Black and White Ball, Beaton expressed a flamboyant sartorial nonchalance. A Life in Fashion is a lively and informative study of Beaton’s style, which kept evolving over the decades, driving and reflecting the transitions in men’s fashion that followed the Second World War. Drawing on unpublished records and interviews with Beaton’s former tailors, Benjamin Wild delightfully scrutinizes Beaton’s approach to fashion as well as his influence on designers such as Giles Deacon and Dries van Noten.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSebastião Salgado : the scent of a dream : travels in the world of coffee 
“In this remarkable visual survey, Sebastião Salgado documents traditional methods of sustainable coffee farming across the globe, revealing rituals deeply steeped in history and pride. The book spans nearly a decade of research into the hidden world of coffee, highlighting relationships characterized by respect, fair exchange, and a shared understanding that ever-improving quality has the power to improve lives. Salgado, a native to one of Brazil’s premier coffee-growing regions, is the perfect guide for a reader’s journey to principal farming locations in China, Colombia, Guatemala, Ethiopia, India, Brazil, Costa Rica, and beyond.”(Syndetics)

And don’t forget to watch the brilliant documentary The Salt of the earth : a journey with Sebastião Salgado by Wim Wenders and Juliano Ribeiro Salgado in which we follow Salgado’s 40 year travel through the continents, in the footsteps of an ever-changing humanity.


Syndetics book coverEdward Weston : 1886-1958
“Uncompromising passion: The Life and Art of Edward Weston. Few photographers have created such a legacy as Edward Weston (1886-1958). After a decade of successfully making photographs with painterly soft-focus techniques, Weston became the key pioneer of the school of precise and sharp presentation, dubbed “Straight Photography.” Through the 1920s, ’30s, and ’40s, Weston was a major force in pushing forward the art of photography. His photographs are monuments of sensual realism, perfectly composed images of stillness that sear with passion and intensity. Whatever the subject, be it a vegetable, landscape, shell, or naked body, Weston’s lens captures the essence of its life force, the fundamentals of its form.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLee Miller : a woman’s war
“Lee Miller photographed innumerable women during her career, first as a fashion photographer and then as a journalist during the Second World War, documenting the social consequences of the conflict, particularly the impact of the war on women across Europe. Her work as a war photographer is perhaps that for which she is best remembered–in fact she was among the most important photographers on the subject of the twentieth century. Published to coincide with an exhibition at the Imperial War Museum, Lee Miller: A Woman’s War tells the story beyond the battlefields of the Second World War by way of Miller’s extraordinary photographs of the women whose lives were affected.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe five-minute fix : 200 tips for improving your photography and growing your business
“The Five-Minute Fix began as a way for photographer Dale Benfield to share his photography and business knowledge with a growing base of photographers who followed his business, Benfield Photography. These tips evolved into a huge collection of techniques, tricks, and advice for beginning through early-professional photographers, covering a variety of topics, from posing, shooting, and lighting to social media and sales-and much more! Unlike many books for “beginners,” Dale takes photographers from the beginning stages and continues nurturing them into starting a business and becoming a professional. Includes over 200 bite-sized, easy-to-read tips to help photographers with technique, business strategies, and marketing Applies to photographers at all stages of their business, from aspiring to professionals.” (Syndetics)

Models, soldiers and philosophers – New Photography books in March

Models, workers and philosophers are among the people depicted in this month’s photography books as we celebrate 100 years of Vogue on one hand, and the wisdom of philosophers on the other. Contrasting worlds and contrasting views.

41KtHzw3YLL._SX402_BO1,204,203,200_Vogue 100 : a century of style 
“While principally a fashion magazine, Vogue has never been just that. It has assumed a central and vital role on the cultural stage, with a history that spans the most inventive decades in fashion and taste, and in the arts and society. Published to mark the magazine’s centenary, and accompanying the major exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery, this book celebrates the twentieth century and beyond with an authoritative and discriminating eye. Decade by decade, Vogue 100: A Century of Style celebrates the greatest moments in fashion, beauty and portrait photography.” (Adapted from publisher)

 
Syndetics book coverTim Walker : pictures
“This is an alternative edition – slightly reduced in trim size but absolutely unabridged – of the 2008 classic, now out of print. This stunning new edition offers us a privileged glimpse into Walker’s artistic process. It is a comprehensive overview that features a wide array of sketches, contact sheets, Polaroids, and source materials normally hidden within the photographer’s studio. The evocative images are rich with textured nuance and intriguing details. Walker gives full reign to his playful side and intersperses collages among the photographs.” (Syndetics summary)

Beyond fashion, here is the rest of this month’s selection:

Syndetics book coverThe 1960s : photographed by David Hurn
“David Hurn is one of the most important British Magnum photographers. This volume is the first anthology dedicated to Hurn during one of his most iconic periods of the 1960s. Included are photo essays from the streets of New York, anti-Vietnam protests and the London Soho scene. Also featured are portraits of some of the coolest characters of the age – like Michael Caine, Quentin Crisp and Julie Christie – and Hurn’s work within the film industry – capturing The Beatles during filming of A Hard Day’s Night and Sean Connery as Bond.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverThe Thames & Hudson dictionary of photography
The Thames & Hudson Dictionary of Photography is a landmark publication that encompasses the history, art, and science of photography in a single volume. At a time when information is instantly accessible on the Internet but is often unreliable or uncited, this ambitious project both reasserts the veracity, reliability, and accuracy of scholarly research in reference publishing and offers an immersive, usable, beautifully designed reading experience. Over 1,200 concise yet fully detailed entries describe all aspects of the subject, including photographers, images, agencies, genres, movements, exhibitions, publications, collectors, techniques, and processes.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRodchenko
“For many years, gallerists Peter MacGill, Rudolf Kicken and Edwynn Houk have been collecting Aleksandr Rodchenko’s photographs. This book is a curated selection of these images, most reproduced at their original sizes. The hallmarks of Rodchenko’s inimitable Constructivist-influenced vision are here to see, regardless of whether he is photographing people, architecture or machinery–bold diagonals, abstract shapes and moving objects cutting through space.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverHarry Callahan : Retrospektive = retrospective
“Harry Callahan (1912-1999) is regarded as one of the most innovative and influential 20th century American photographers. By amplifying the abstract tendencies of New Vision in a lyrical mode evincing great sensitivity, he was able to overcome the prevailing realist aesthetic in American photography. This retrospective presents Callahan’s multi-faceted photographic oeuvre, the product of tireless and prolific creative labours over the course of nearly sixty years. With nearly 200 works, it shows the entire spectrum of Callahan’s production.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverAnsel Adams in the national parks : photographs from America’s wild places
“With more than two hundred photographs – many rarely seen and some never before published – this is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams’ photographs of America’s national parks and wilderness areas. The legendary photographer explored more than forty national parks in his lifetime, producing some of the most indelible images of the natural world ever made.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverRobert Capa : the definitive collection
“This book represents the most definitive selection of Capa’s work ever published – 937 photographs meticulously selected by his brother Cornell Capa (himself a noted Life photographer), and his biographer, Richard Whelan. The photographs, arranged in chronological order as stories and accompanied by brief commentaries, reveal the dramatic shifts in location and subject matter that Capa experienced from day to day – from war-torn Israel to Pablo Picasso on a sunny beach in France, and from Ernest Hemingway carousing in London to Capa’s historic images of the Allied landing on Omaha Beach in Normandy in 1944.” (Syndetics summary)

Syndetics book coverPhilosophers
“Steve Pyke, a photographer whose work is a regular feature of The New Yorker and Vanity Fair, is known for his stunning portraits of prominent authors, artists, actors, and intellectuals. In this riveting collection, which he has been working on for twenty-five years, Pyke presents 100 black-and-white portraits of contemporary philosophers, photographed in his distinctive style. The effect of his technique can be startling but always revealing, showing insight into personality while shedding new light on the philosophical temperament. These fascinating portraits feature virtually every major philosopher working in the West. This volume is the long-awaited sequel to Pyke’s original collection, published in 1993.” (Book jacket)

The Power of the human face – Photography Picks for February

The human face is an eternal subject of fascination which has consumed photographers since the advent of the medium. This month, we start with two books of two diametrically opposed photographers and their take on portraits: a diminutive version of August Sander’s 1920’s black and white portraits in Face of our Time and a larger than life compilation of some of Mario Testino’s garish images in In Your Face. We also marvel at the diversity and intensity of human relations and finish with the wonders of the Australian and New Zealand wilderness.

Syndetics book coverIn your face
“Often imitated and never equaled, Testino is graced with a natural ability to float effortlessly from studio to backstage to after-party, producing stunning shots in any kind of situation. From royals to mega-celebrities, Testino has shot some of the world’s most inaccessible subjects, always with an ease that betrays the complexity of the task. This unorthodox collection of various images chosen by Testino from the span of his 30-year career reflects the diversity of his work.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFace of our time : sixty portraits of twentieth-century Germans 
“One of the legendary classics among German photography books, August Sander’s Face of Our Time, is now available again. Compiled by August Sander himself, the book was first published in 1929, with a foreword by German writer Alfred Dublin. The sixty shots of twentieth-century Germans represent only a small selection drawn from August Sander’s major work, which he began in 1910. He has approached his task as a photographer from his own immediate observations of human nature and human appearances, of the human environment, and with an infallible instinct for what is genuine and essential.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe lovers
“Inspired by the love letters her grandfather wrote to her grandmother during World War II, Fleishman began recording the love stories of other couples who have been together for more than 50 years. Finding the letters set her off on a long journey of research, starting with couples in New York, where she then lived, and continuing throughout the United States and Europe. Couples from diverse backgrounds provide a candid, and often moving, look at the experience of enduring love.” (Back cover)

Mary Ellen Mark died on May 25, 2015. Shortly before her death, she completed all the work on what would sadly become the last two books conceived and realised by her: Tiny: Streetwise Revisited and Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait and the Moment as featured here. Both books were printed just before she died.

Syndetics book coverTiny: Streetwise Revisited
“When first published in 1988, Mary Ellen Mark’s Streetwise received critical acclaim for its honest portrayal of life on the streets and introduced us to Tiny, a thirteen-year-old prostitute with dreams of a horse farm, diamonds and furs, and a baby of her own. Since meeting Tiny thirty years ago, Mark has continued to photograph her, creating what has become one of Mark’s most significant and long-term projects. Here the iconic work of the first edition is presented along with Mark’s moving and intimate body of work on Tiny, most of which is previously unpublished.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMary Ellen Mark on the portrait and the moment
“In The Photography Workshop Series, Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches, teachings, and insights on photography— offering the workshop experience in a book. Each volume is introduced by a well-known student of the featured photographer. In this book, Mary Ellen Mark offers her insight on observing the world and capturing dramatic moments that reveal more than the reality at hand.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJacob A. Riis : revealing New York’s other half : a complete catalogue of his photographs
“Danish-born Jacob A. Riis (1849-1914) found success in America as a reporter for the New York Tribune, first documenting crime and later turning his eye to housing reform. As tenement living conditions became unbearable in the wake of massive immigration, Riis and his camera captured some of the earliest, most powerful images of American urban poverty. This important publication is the first comprehensive study and complete catalogue of Riis’s world-famous images.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverProcess
A photographic record of The New Zealand Dance Company at work in the studio on projects including the company’s debut season Language of Living and Shona McCullagh’s Rotunda. 90 images of dancers in the rehearsal hall showcase the creative process of dance through photography. John McDermott’s images are complemented by an introductory essay from leading New Zealand dancer and choreographer Michael Parmenter.

Syndetics book coverPhotography exposure
Photography Exposure is a comprehensive guide to the theory of exposure, explaining the fundamental relationship between the photographic image and the effects of light intensity and duration. It describes the use of lens aperture and depth of field in relation to exposure and outlines the principles of in-camera and hand-held light meters: their strengths, limitations and correct use in a wide variety of lighting situations. Offering a detailed guide to using exposure for expressive purposes, this is an invaluable reference tool.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAperture magazine anthology : the Minor White years, 1952-1976
“Published on the occasion of Aperture magazines sixtieth anniversary, this is the first anthology of Aperture magazine ever published. Aperture was established in 1952 by a group of photographers, including Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange, Barbara Morgan, and historian-curators Beaumont and Nancy Newhall. Their intention was to provide a forum in which photographers can talk straight to each other, discuss the problems that face photography as profession an art, share their experiences, comment on what goes on, descry the new potentials.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

5Australasian nature photography
“The bioregion that encompasses Australia, New Zealand, Antarctica and New Guinea possesses a unique natural heritage stretching back more than 80 million years, to the break-up of the great southern continent of Gondwana. The South Australian Museum and Australian Geographic focus on enhancing a general knowledge of this extraordinary legacy by encouraging photography of the region’s nature and landscapes, and promoting it in an annual competition to find the Australian Geographic ANZANG Nature Photographer of the Year. Australian Nature Photography is a collection of ANZANG award-winning and shortlisted images from the 2015 competition.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Industrial typologies and super size books for the New Year – New Photography books

We start this year, commemorating the life and work of Hilla Becher who died at the end of last year. From 1966, together with husband Bernd, the German couple created a unique record of industrial structures. Through the distinctive typological grids they developed and what has come to be known as the ‘Becher school’ they influenced generations of documentary photographers and artists. Read her obituary on the Aperture blog and read the latest issue of Aperture magazine on Zinio (and back issues).

We also look at some extra large books that sometimes get overlooked in the library, as they are almost impossible to lug around. In the Central Library, they are kept along the far southern wall on the first floor (you will spot them from the yellow dot on the top of the spine). A couple of tables are standing by the shelves to help you browse through this cumbersome but worthwhile collection. Check it out next time you visit.

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Syndetics book coverThe Hollow of the hand
“Between 2011 and 2014 PJ Harvey and Seamus Murphy set out on a series of journeys together to Kosovo, Afghanistan, and Washington DC. Harvey collected words, Murphy collected pictures, and together they have created an extraordinary chronicle of our life and times. The Hollow of the Hand marks the first publication of Harvey’s powerful poetry, in conversation with Murphy’s indelible images.  As PJ Harvey says: ‘Gathering information from secondary sources felt too far removed for what I was trying to write about. I wanted to smell the air, feel the soil and meet the people of the countries I was fascinated.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSelf & others : portrait as autobiography
“Created over an almost 20-year span and drawing from 18 bodies of work, this is the first published monograph of Aline Smithson’s work and features her defining series Arrangement in Green and Black: Portrait of the Photographer’s Mother. From black-and-white to hand-painted photographs, this collection of portraits combines humor and family to create a universal expression of motherhood, to capture the essence of childhood, and to examine created realities, the poignancy of childhood, and the pathos of aging and relationships.” (From amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverCloser : Søren Solkær Starbird
” Closer is a collection of the works of Søren Solkær, a Danish photographer who has risen to astronomical heights in the world of international photography. His portraits, ranging from deep and intimate studies to large format cinematic scences shot in mind-blowing locations, have been published on the covers of the worlds leading magazines Q, GQ, Arena, Rolling Stone and Wallpaper.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverArt Kane
“Art Kane was one of the most profoundly influential photographers of the 20th century. A bold visionary, his work explored a number of genres – fashion, editorial, celebrity portraiture, travel and nudes with an unrelenting and innovative eye. Like his contemporaries, Guy Bourdin (1928-1991) and Helmut Newton (1924-2004), Kane developed a style that didn’t shy away from strong colour, eroticism and surreal humour.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverAndy Warhol : polaroids 1958-1987“Andy Warhol was a relentless chronicler of life and its encounters. Carrying a Polaroid camera from the late 1950s until his death in 1987, he amassed a huge collection of instant pictures of friends, lovers, patrons, the famous, the obscure, the scenic, the fashionable, and himself. Created in collaboration with the Andy Warhol Foundation, this book features hundreds of these instant photos, many of them never seen before. Often raw and impromptu, the Polaroids document Warhol’s era like Instagram captures our own, offering a unique record of the life, world, and vision behind the Pop Art maestro. (From amazon.com)

Syndetics book coverGrace: Thirty Years of Fashion at Vogue
“The 408-page collection of Grace Coddington’s greatest work as a fashion stylist and sittings editor is not just a monograph of her first 30 years at Vogue, it is also a visual reminiscence of 30 years of British and American Vogue’s best work. Featured photographers include Irving Penn, Cecil Beaton, Helmut Newton, Guy Bourdin, Snowdon, Horst, Norman Parkinson, Ellen von Unwerth, Bruce Weber, Mario Testino, Steven Meisel, Arthur Elgort, Steven Klein, Annie Leibovitz, Hans Feurer, Sarah Moon, Peter Lindbergh, Patrick Demarchelier, Peter Knap, Clive Arrowsmith, Sheila Metzner, Terence Donovan, Barry Lategan, Sacha, Alex Chatelain, Duc, Paolo Roversi, and Herb Ritts.”(Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe New York Times Magazine photographs
“For over thirty years, the New York Times Magazine has presented the myriad possibilities and applications of photography. This volume presents some of the finest commissioned photographs worldwide in four sections: reportage, portraiture, style, and conceptual photography, including photo illustration. Diverse in content and sensibility, and consistent in virtuosity, the photographs are accompanied by reproduced tear sheets to allow for the examination of sequencing and the interplay between text and image, simultaneously presenting the work while illuminating its distillation to magazine form.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverSawdust mountain
“A culmination of four years of photographing throughout Oregon, Washington, and Northern California, Sawdust Mountain focuses on the tenuous relationship between industries reliant upon natural resources and the communities they support. Timber and salmon are the bedrock of a regional Northwest identity, but the environmental impact of these declining industries has been increasingly at odds with the contemporary ideal of sustainability. Sawdust Mountain records a region affected by historic economic complexities and, by extension, one aspect of our fraught relationship with the environment in the twenty-first century.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverNomad
“Since 1999, photographer Jeroen Toirkens has been documenting the raw reality of the last living nomads of the Northern Hemisphere. Globalisation, draught, poverty and climate change make it increasingly difficult to maintain a traditional way of life. Toirkens’ strong photographs and a heartfelt essay by Jelle Brandt Corstius give a gripping image of twelve journeys to some of the remotest places on earth.” (Back cover)

Syndetics book coverThe art of discovery : Hollywood stars reveal their inspirations
“This exquisite book, features renowned photographer Jeff Vespa’s intimate portraits and key inspirational moments and stories from Hollywood luminaries including Zach Braff, Jessica Chastain, Tim Daly, Adam Driver, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ashley Greene, Jonathan Groff, Michael C. Hall, Ethan Hawke, Amber Heard, Cheryl Hines, Kate Hudson, Anna Kendrick, Nicole Kidman, Jared Leto, John Leguizamo, Jeremy Renner, Seth Rogen, Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Gabourey Sidibe, Kristen Stewart, Justin Theroux, Naomi Watts, Forest Whitaker, Shailene Woodley, and other icons of the entertainment industry.” (Syndetics)

For a preview of the images, visit Jeff Vespa’s portfolio.

 

NZ life & humans of the world – Photography Picks for December

Starting with three photography books about New Zealand, this month’s selection will fill your eyes and your imagination with photographic reflections on the world that surrounds us and the people that make it so interesting, from New Zealand children and their pets to skateboarders of the world, residents of New York or craftspeople of London. We also read about the lives of famous photographers and get a fresh insight into Lois Greenfield’s body of work. No review would be complete with some how-to’s which this month focus on smartphone photography.

Syndetics book coverSee what I can see : New Zealand photography for the young and curious
“Photography was invented in France in 1839 – the year before the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in New Zealand. Within a few years, cameras were charting the life and times of people at this end of the planet. See What I Can See is a celebration of that remarkable, well-travelled, ever-changing invention – the camera – the New Zealand that it captured, and the artists who wielded it. See What I Can See is an introduction to New Zealand photography that will appeal to young and curious photographers, students of New Zealand art history, or anyone who wants to sample the extraordinary range of images made in this country by our photographers.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverVernacular : the everyday landscape of New Zealand
“As long as people have lived in New Zealand, they have left traces of all kinds upon the land: stone walls, sculpted earthforms, urban benches, farm fences, boardwalks, walls, steps and drains. These everyday parts of our landscape form the backdrop to our lives, but are a frequently overlooked and underappreciated part of our cultural legacy. Landscape designer Philip Smith and photographer David Straight have travelled the length and breadth of New Zealand to document a wonderful diversity of forms and objects that make up our everyday landscape.” (Adapted from book cover)

Syndetics book coverLittle loves : New Zealand children & their favourite animals
“Rachael Hale McKenna’s stunning photographs catch the joy and delight that exist between children and animals and show off the amazing New Zealand landscape, whether it be coast, country, or city. There are many cute and funny stories about the children’s relationships with their favourite animals. As well as kittens and puppies, there are all sorts of pets, such as horses, rabbits, goats, pigs, chickens, and even eels!” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverLives of the great photographers
“In the history of photography, the lives of the major personalities behind the lens are often as captivating as the images they have left behind. Yet, while certain photographs have become world famous, the stories of the photographers have been all too often distorted, obfuscated, or overlooked, and their social and political environments misunderstood or forgotten. With entries on Margaret Bourke-White, Brassai, Robert Capa, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Walker Evans, André Kertész, Eadweard Muybridge, Edward Steichen, and many others, Lives of the Great Photographers captures from a new angle the contributions of some of the most masterful image-makers in history.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMoving still
“Rather than shooting literal moments from a dance, Greenfield captures split-second movements created specifically for her camera. Her astonishing images of dancers in mid-flight appear to defy all laws of physics, with her performers seeming to levitate and assume incredible sculptural forms. Moving Still charts Greenfield’s shift to colour photography and from shooting with a film camera to a digital camera. Greenfield herself, through commentaries on the photographs, offers fascinating insights into her creative process behind the camera and the challenges she faces in shooting these images.” (Adapted from book jacket)

Syndetics book coverSkate the world : photographing one world of skateboarding
“Hit the streets with 200 exhilarating photographs of the world’s greatest professional skateboarders in action. In this dynamic collection, award-winning photographer Jonathan Mehring takes us from New York to Hong Kong to Istanbul and beyond. Featuring stars like Tony Hawk, Nyjah Huston, and Eric Koston, Mehring invites us along on his exhilarating photo adventures across six continents.” (Adapted from Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe bag I’m in : underground music and fashion in Britain 1960-1990
“Youth subculture in twentieth-century Britain was a unique phenomenon. Throughout the decades, young people sought to define themselves sartorially, reflecting their identity in terms of regionalism, class and crucially, musical taste, through their clothes. This book is a comprehensive survey of forty-five “tribes” that roamed the streets of Britain from the ’60s to the ’90s. From Mod to Skinhead and Rocker to Rudeboy, the look of each movement is captured in meticulously researched, previously unpublished archive photography.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe sartorialist : X 
“Schuman’s boldest collection yet, The Sartorialist: X shares the visual and cultural diversity of the world that surrounds us all. It is a thrilling, human adventure from Marrakesh, Dubai, Johannesburg, Milan, Cusco, Paris, Bangkok, Jodhpur, New York, Lima, Rome, Naples, Mumbai, Madrid, Varanasi, Bali, Kiev and London to rural Bhutan, Poland and Pennsylvania. The Sartorialist: X is an invitation to free your imagination with every turn of the page.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMakers of East London
“East London is the creative hub of one of the world’s most dynamic cities and is seeing a resurgence of craftspeople breathing life back into traditional practices. This reflects a global interest in a return to handmade products created with individual passion. This book takes an intimate look at the people behind the craft, their studios and their practices to see what it takes to be a maker in a world of increasing mass production.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHumans of New York : stories
“In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began an ambitious project -to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City. The photos he took and the accompanying interviews became the blog Humans of New York. In 2013, his book Humans of New York, based on that blog, was published and immediately catapulted to the top of the NY Times Bestseller List where it has appeared for over forty-five weeks. Now, Brandon is back with the Humans of New York book: Stories presents a whole new group of people in stunning photographs, with a rich design and, most importantly, longer stories that delve deeper and surprise with greater candor.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe mobile photographer : an unofficial guide to using Android phones, tablets and apps in a photography workflow
“It’s been said that, with smartphones, everyone is a photographer. There is a snide implication here that camera phones aren’t ‘real’ cameras and that the people who use them aren’t ‘real’ photographers. In this book, Robert Fisher proves that today’s Android devices offer cameras that are remarkably powerful and more than capable of producing images that rival those made with more ‘serious’ equipment. From hardware and software, to uber-geeky apps, this book provides a solid foundation for creating artistically masterful shots with an ever-available, affordible device.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe smartphone photography guide : shoot, edit, experiment, share
“Thanks to our smartphones, we’ve all become camera-carrying photographers, able to snap a photo whenever and wherever we want. But how can we realize the full potential of this powerful tool? Complete with “Pro Tips,” “Try This” panels, jargon-buster explanations of technical terms, and advice on video settings, this smart guide will help you take, create, manipulate, and share your phone images like an expert.” (Syndetics)

Pictures of the world – November Photography picks

Starting with an important new publication on the history of New Zealand photography, this month review offers a wide range of titles from anthologies, monographs, how-to guides for young and old, digital and film photography manuals, a film by French image maker Raymond Depardon, an ebook from our eLibrary collection and the latest online magazines issues from Zinio.

Syndetics book cover New Zealand photography collected
New Zealand Photography Collected illuminates the richness of New Zealand’s photographic tradition, from nineteenth-century portraits and dramatic landscapes to the latest contemporary art photography. The book showcases more than 400 arresting and memorable photographs from the collection of the Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa, accompanied by richly informative descriptions. Featured photographers include James Bragge, Leslie Adkin, Burton Brothers, John Pascoe, Brian Brake, Frank Hofmann, Ans Westra, Eric Lee-Johnson, Marti Friedlander, Laurence Aberhart, Ann Shelton, Glenn Jowitt, Anne Noble, Yvonne Todd and many others.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverBeaton : photographs
“Cecil Beaton’s career is unparalleled in its historical breadth. By mid-century he had produced an astonishing array of portraits of the greatest creative figures of his time, including Picasso, Gertrude Stein, Lucian Freud and Francis Bacon. In contrast to the flamboyance and artifice of his early work, Beaton later displayed an almost minimalist eye. The book is drawn mostly from the 100,000 prints and negatives of the Cecil Beaton Studio Archive at Sotheby’s and follows the definitive monograph of his work during the war years, Theatre of War, published in 2012.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverThe dawn of Technicolor, 1915-1935
“Published to coincide with Technicolors centennial in 2015, The Dawn of Technicolor recounts the beginnings of one of the most widely recognized names in the American film industry. Following its incorporation in 1915, Technicolor developed a series of two-colour processes as necessary steps toward full-colour photography and printing, persevering against daunting odds to create the only commercially viable colour process for motion pictures. The authors chart the making of pivotal films in the process, from the troubled productions of Ben-Hur (1925) to the early short films in Technicolors groundbreaking three-color process: Walt Disneys animated Flowers and Trees (1932) and the live-action La Cucaracha (1934).” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMakers of East London
“East London is the creative hub of one of the world’s most dynamic cities and is seeing a resurgence of craftspeople breathing life back into traditional practices. This reflects a global interest in a return to handmade products created with individual passion. This book takes an intimate look at the people behind the craft, their studios and their practices to see what it takes to be a maker in a world of increasing mass production.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverEyes open! : 100 years of Leica photography
“A workshop log proves that at the latest in 1914, Oskar Barnack put the finishing touches on the first working model of a compact camera for 35 mm standard cinema film. He had not merely invented a new camera – the Leica, not introduced until 1925 due to the war, it in fact ushered in a paradigm shift in photography. The Leica made it easier for amateurs, newcomers, and emancipated women to take pictures, but it also enabled a whole new way of seeing. Just in time to mark Leica’s centenary, this volume offers 800 images showcasing a wide artistic and cultural history.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverMy digital photography for seniors
“The perfect book to help anyone 50+ learn digital photography – in full color! My Digital Photography for Seniors is an exceptionally easy and complete full-color tutorial on digital photography, visual storytelling, and image sharing. No ordinary “beginner’s book,” it approaches every topic using meaningful examples, step-by-step tasks, large text, close-up screen shots, and a custom full-color interior designed for comfortable reading. Professional photographer and top-selling author Jason R. Rich covers all you need to know to take great photos with your smartphone or tablet, manage and organize your digital photo library, safely exchange your images with family and friends, tell compelling stories and chronicle your memories with digital images, and share your creations in print and online.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverPhotos for OS X and iOS : take, edit, and share photos in the Apple photography ecosystem
“For anyone who’s taken photos, you know the frustration of trying to find and manage your snapshots on your iPhone, camera, or Mac. With Photos for OS X, Apple has made it possible to have at your fingertips all your photos. In the Photos for OS X and iOS book, best-selling author Jeff Carlson shows you how to tame your photo collection with Apple Photos for OS X app. He shows how to convert your existing iPhoto and Aperture libraries to Photos and how to import new photos from your iPhone and other sources. You’ll learn how to work with photos in the Apple iCloud service as well as edit images on your phone, Mac, and in the cloud.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverHow to Take Great Photographs With a Film Camera
“This is a simple-to-follow manual for film camera enthusiasts wishing to improve their skills, devised by one of the world’s leading photography professionals. It explores a range of classic 35 mm, medium and large format film cameras, from simple automatic and disposable cameras to single lens reflex (SLR) cameras. It features over 400 photographs designed to highlight and clarify every tip and technique. The use and understanding of traditional film equipment and accessories is treated in detail, from lenses and filters to flashes and autofocus. The book is an essential reference source for everyone interested in learning the techniques of classic film photography.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverJournal de France 
“Travelling alone, internationally acclaimed photographer and film-maker Raymond Depardon spent six years capturing his home country with a large format camera. This long, solitary road trip provided fertile ground for the creation – with his long-time partner and collaborator Claudine Nougaret – of an extraordinary travel journal. The journey returned Depardon to important places from his past as a reporter – Chad, Venice, Cannes – and to a wealth of previously unseen footage from his archive – an interview with Jean-Bedel Bokassa, a film of Jean-Luc Godard, extraordinary glimpses of private and public life.” (Syndetics)

Syndetics book coverFocus and filter : 100 photography tips from inside the studio and out in the field
“With camera phones ubiquitous and digital cameras more popular than ever, taking and sharing pictures has become an integral part of daily life. Focus and Filter is an essential compendium of professional secrets for novices looking to improve any shot-from the planned portrait to the cell-phone snap to the selfie. How to take a spectacular shot of a city skyline through a window without the reflection? How to get a pic of sushi that’s mouth watering? And how to snap a selfie worthy of being the best profile pic ever? All of these questions and more are addressed in this must-have photography primer.” (Syndetics)

And don’t forget to check out this month’s photography titles on Zinio

November 07, 2015 issue of Amateur PhotographerDecember 01, 2015 issue of D-PhotoSeptember 01, 2015 issue of ApertureMarch 01, 2015 issue of American PHOTODecember 01, 2015 issue of Digital Camera WorldDecember 01, 2015 issue of ShutterbugNovember 01, 2015 issue of Digital SLR Photography