2017-06-22

A Photobook Catalog

"Hi, I'm John."

"Hi John."

"I buy books about photography, books of photography and books on Critical Theory and Philosophy. Yes, I'm the first to admit it: I'm a book-aholic."

In  Calgary, when it's -20C and it's snowing and the wind is blowing, photography shuts down for the season; unless you're got a layer of blubber or are a coyote. There's not a lot else to do but hunker down in the digital darkroom or curl up with the books you've acquired over the summer and try and learn a thing or two. 

I use Zotero to keep track of books I've read, notes I've made and any idea fragments that may have stirred in the deep dark reaches of my mind. It's a great application and I also use it to keep track of source documents when I'm creating aviation training material for my clients. Neat thing is, you just have to key in the ISBN and it pulls all manner of things of the interwebs like notes, abstracts, tags, yada yada yada. 

I exported my library from Zotero and after some finagling with style sheets, here it is:

  • 20th century photography

    Type Book
    Author Museum Ludwig
    Place Köln; London
    Publisher Taschen
    ISBN 978-3-8228-4083-2
    Date 2005
    Extra OCLC: 57749934
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:55:47 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 2:13:41 PM
  • About looking

    Type Book
    Author John Berger
    Edition 1st Vintage International ed
    Place New York
    Publisher Vintage International
    ISBN 978-0-679-73655-4
    Date 1991
    Call Number N71 .B398 1991
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 205
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:42:18 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:42:18 PM

    Tags:

    • Art
    • Meaning (Psychology)
    • Psychology
    • Visual perception

    Notes:

    • Originally published: New York : Pantheon Books, 1980
  • André Kertész: Paris, Autumn 1963

    Type Book
    Author André Kertész
    Author Matthieu Rivallin
    Author David Radzinowicz
    Author André Kertész
    ISBN 978-2-08-020155-3
    Date 2013
    Extra OCLC: 832277981
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract "In October 1963, photographer André Kertész returned to Paris, almost thirty years after his emigration to the United States, for a retrospective of his work held at the Biblioth̀eque Nationale. Over a period of two and a half months, he devoted his days to photographing the ephemeral autumnal beauty of Paris--from Montmartre, Notre-Dame, and the Jardins du Luxembourg, to the Canal Saint-Martin and the banks of the Seine. Through the lens of his Leica camera, he produced more than 1,500 negatives and 313 color slides. From this wealth of images, he selected fifty-nine of his best photographs and crafted them into a ferroprussiate process blueprint for a book. This exceptional body of work remained unpublished during his lifetime but is reproduced here in its complete form for the first time, as the photographer intended."--Jacket.
    Short Title André Kertész
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:43:29 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:43:29 PM
  • Ansel Adams: 400 photographs

    Type Book
    Author Ansel Adams
    Author Andrea Gray Stillman
    ISBN 978-0-316-40079-4
    Date 2013
    Extra OCLC: 857109184
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract "Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs presents the full spectrum of Adams' work in a single volume ... The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods, from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916 to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from the 1960s. An introduction and brief essays on selected images provide information about Adams' life, document the evolution of his technique, and give voice to his artistic vision."--Amazon.com, viewed November 21, 2013.
    Short Title Ansel Adams
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:24:06 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:24:06 PM
  • Ansel Adams, an autobiography

    Type Book
    Author Ansel Adams
    Author Mary Street Alinder
    Edition 1st ed
    Place Boston
    Publisher Little, Brown
    ISBN 978-0-8212-1596-8
    Date 1985
    Call Number TR140.A3 A33 1985
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 400
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:20:12 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:20:12 PM

    Tags:

    • Adams, Ansel
    • Biography
    • Photographers
    • United States
  • Believing is seeing: observations on the mysteries of photography

    Type Book
    Author Errol Morris
    Edition Paperback ed.
    Place New York, NY
    Publisher Penguin Books
    ISBN 978-0-14-312425-2
    Date 2014
    Extra OCLC: 935797880
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    Abstract "Academy Award-wining filmmaker Errol Morris investigates the hidden truths behind a series of documentary photographs. In Believing Is Seeing Academy Award-winning director Errol Morris turns his eye to the nature of truth in photography. In his inimitable style, Morris untangles the mysteries behind an eclectic range of documentary photographs, from the ambrotype of three children found clasped in the hands of an unknown soldier at Gettysburg to the indelible portraits of the WPA photography project. Each essay in the book presents the reader with a conundrum and investigates the relationship between photographs and the real world they supposedly record. During the Crimean War, Roger Fenton took two nearly identical photographs of the Valley of the Shadow of Death-one of a road covered with cannonballs, the other of the same road without cannonballs. Susan Sontag later claimed that Fenton posed the first photograph, prompting Morris to return to Crimea to investigate. Can we recover the truth behind Fenton's intentions in a photograph taken 150 years ago? In the midst of the Great Depression and one of the worst droughts on record, FDR's Farm Service Administration sent several photographers, including Arthur Rothstein, Dorothea Lange, and Walker Evans, to document rural poverty. When Rothstein was discovered to have moved the cow skull in his now-iconic photograph, fiscal conservatives-furious over taxpayer money funding an artistic project-claimed the photographs were liberal propaganda. What is the difference between journalistic evidence, fine art, and staged propaganda? During the Israeli-Lebanese war in 2006, no fewer than four different photojournalists took photographs in Beirut of toys lying in the rubble of bombings, provoking accusations of posing and anti-Israeli bias at the news organizations. Why were there so many similar photographs? And were the accusers objecting to the photos themselves or to the conclusions readers drew from them? With his keen sense of irony, skepticism, and humor, Morris reveals in these and many other investigations how photographs can obscure as much as they reveal and how what we see is often determined by our beliefs. Part detective story, part philosophical meditation, Believing Is Seeing is a highly original exploration of photography and perception from one of America's most provocative observers"--Provided by publisher
    Short Title Believing is seeing
    # of Pages 310
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:42:43 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:42:43 PM

    Tags:

    • Documentary photography
    • Dokumentarfotografie
    • Geschichte
    • History
    • Photographic criticism
    • Photography
    • PHOTOGRAPHY / Criticism bisacsh
    • PHOTOGRAPHY / History bisacsh
  • Camera lucida: reflections on photography

    Type Book
    Author Roland Barthes
    Edition Pbk. ed
    Place New York
    Publisher Hill and Wang
    ISBN 978-0-374-53233-8
    Date 2010
    Call Number TR642 .B3713 2010
    Extra OCLC: ocn671819280
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Language eng
    Short Title Camera lucida
    # of Pages 119
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:44:00 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:44:00 PM

    Tags:

    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Photography, Artistic
  • Camera work: the complete photographs 1903 -1917

    Type Book
    Author Alfred Stieglitz
    Author Pam Roberts
    Place Köln
    Publisher Taschen
    ISBN 978-3-8365-4407-8
    Date 2013
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language ger eng fre
    Short Title Camera work
    # of Pages 552
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:28:45 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:28:45 PM

    Tags:

    • Bildband
    • Camera Work
    • Fotografie
    • Geschichte
    • Stieglitz, Alfred
  • Classic essays on photography

    Type Book
    Editor Alan Trachtenberg
    Place New Haven, Conn
    Publisher Leete's Island Books
    ISBN 978-0-918172-07-5 978-0-918172-08-2
    Date 1980
    Call Number TR185 .C56
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 300
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:44:50 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:44:50 PM

    Tags:

    • Photography
  • Contact sheets: the selected photos. Volume 1

    Type Book
    Author Giammaria De Gasperis
    Place Rome
    Publisher Postcart
    ISBN 978-88-86795-86-9
    Date 2013
    Extra OCLC: 926386820
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Short Title Contact sheets
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:33:28 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:33:47 PM
  • Core curriculum: writings on photography

    Type Book
    Author Tod Papageorge
    Series Aperture ideas : writers and artists on photography
    Edition 1st ed
    Place New York
    Publisher Aperture
    ISBN 978-1-59711-172-0
    Date 2011
    Call Number TR642 .P363 2011
    Extra OCLC: ocn692287442
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract This is a collection of essays, reviews, and lectures - some of which have gained a cult following due to online postings by Tod Papageorge, one of the most influential voices in photography today
    Short Title Core curriculum
    # of Pages 191
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:39:13 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:39:13 PM

    Tags:

    • History
    • Photography
    • Photography, Artistic
  • For the world to see: the life of Margaret Bourke-White

    Type Book
    Author Jonathan Silverman
    Author Margaret Bourke-White
    Series A Studio book
    Place New York
    Publisher Viking Press
    ISBN 978-0-670-32356-2
    Date 1983
    Call Number TR140.B6 S59 1983
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title For the world to see
    # of Pages 224
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 2:02:51 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 2:02:51 PM

    Tags:

    • Biography
    • Bourke-White, Margaret
    • Photographers
    • United States
  • Fred Herzog: photographs

    Type Book
    Author Fred Herzog
    Author Douglas Coupland
    Author Jeff Wall
    Author Sarah Milroy
    Author Claudia Gochmann
    Place Vancouver
    Publisher Douglas & McIntyre
    ISBN 978-1-55365-558-9
    Date 2011
    Extra OCLC: 713188025
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract Presents a collection of early color and urban street photography by Fred Herzog.
    Short Title Fred Herzog
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:23:10 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:23:10 PM
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson

    Type Book
    Author Jean Clair
    Place Arles
    Publisher Actes Sud
    ISBN 978-2-7427-5366-6
    Date 2004
    Extra OCLC: 469443963
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language French
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:25:27 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:25:27 PM
  • Henri Cartier-Bresson: a retrospective : the man, the image and the world

    Type Book
    Author Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Author Philippe Arbaïzar
    Place London
    Publisher Thames and Hudson
    ISBN 978-0-500-28642-5
    Date 2006
    Extra OCLC: 488056030
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract Fotografisk billedværk.
    Short Title Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:53:50 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:53:50 PM
  • Here far away: photographs from the years 1964-2011

    Type Book
    Author Pentti Sammallahti
    Author John Demos
    Author Mario Peliti
    Author Finn Thrane
    Author Kristoffer Albrecht
    Place Stockport, England
    Publisher Dewi Lewis
    ISBN 978-1-907893-26-1
    Date 2012
    Extra OCLC: 808499289
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract "A retrospective work that comprises nearly fifty years of photographic activity and unfolds in almost as many countries"--[Preface].
    Short Title Here far away
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:52:55 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:52:55 PM
  • How to read a photograph: lessons from master photographers

    Type Book
    Author Ian Jeffrey
    Place New York
    Publisher Abrams
    ISBN 978-0-8109-7297-1
    Date 2008
    Call Number TR183 .J44 2008
    Extra OCLC: ocn227919058
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title How to read a photograph
    # of Pages 383
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:12:45 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:12:45 PM

    Tags:

    • Photographers
    • Photography, Artistic
  • Look again!

    Type Book
    Author Anne D'Alleva
    Place Upper Saddle River, NJ
    Publisher Prentice Hall
    ISBN 978-0-13-189404-4
    Date 2005
    Extra OCLC: 54692743
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract "This handbook is designed to accompany the major textbooks used in the art history survey, presenting various methods for analysis of art as well as extensive tips on writing about art. Professor Anne D'Alleva created this handbook to accompany the major textbooks used in art history survey courses. Because the main survey texts focus on the artworks themselves, she saw the need for a complementary handbook that introduces students to the methodologies of art history in an open, accessible way. Look! discusses basic art historical practices, such as visual and contextual analysis, and provides guidelines for writing papers and taking examinations in art history. It provides a short history of the discipline and provides links to related academic disciplines to provide students with a sense of intellectual context for their work."--Publisher's website.
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:09:58 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:09:58 PM
  • Magnum contact sheets

    Type Book
    Editor Kristen Lubben
    Editor Magnum Photos
    Edition Compact edition
    Place London
    Publisher Thames & Hudson
    ISBN 978-0-500-54431-0
    Date 2014
    Call Number TR820 .M2553 2014
    Extra OCLC: ocn888462005
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract "This work reveals how Magnum photographers capture and edit the very best shots. Addressing key questions of photographic practice--was the final image set-up, or a serendipitous encounter, [etc.]--this book lays bare the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes behind some of the world's most iconic images."--Front jacket flap
    # of Pages 524
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 2:01:54 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 2:01:54 PM

    Tags:

    • Contact printing
    • Documentary photography
    • Magnum Photos
    • Photojournalism
  • Magnum: fifty years at the front line of history

    Type Book
    Author Russell Miller
    Place New York
    Publisher Grove Press
    ISBN 978-0-8021-1631-4 978-0-8021-3653-4
    Date 1998
    Extra OCLC: 38096934
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract "The history of Magnum is the story of its photographers - some of the most talented, brave, and resourceful in the world -- including Eve Arnold, Rene Burri, Cornell Capa, Bruce Davidson, Ernst Haas, Mary Ellen Mark, Susan Meiselas, Inge Morath, James Nachtwey, Gilles Peress, Eugene Richards, Sebastiao Salgado, and Dennis Stock. Magnum follows them on assignment -- including encounters with soldiers, bodyguards, and visa troubles -- and into the offices of Magnum, with all the moments of inspiration and inevitable frictions of brilliant and opinionated people working together. Fifty years after its founding, Magnum remains a testament to the vision of its founders, and membership in it is still the most coveted badge of honor and prestige that a photographer can attain. Full of wonderful stories, heroic feats, and human drama, Magnum is a dramatic, sweeping portrait of the worlds greatest photo house and its times."--Jacket.
    Short Title Magnum
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:07:25 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:07:25 PM
  • Margaret Bourke-White: her pictures were her life

    Type Book
    Author Susan Goldman Rubin
    Author Margaret Bourke-White
    Place New York, N.Y
    Publisher Abrams
    ISBN 978-0-8109-4381-0
    Date 1999
    Call Number TR140.B6 R83 1999
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Margaret Bourke-White
    # of Pages 96
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:24:30 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:24:30 PM

    Tags:

    • Bourke-White, Margaret
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Photojournalists
    • United States
    • Women photographers
  • Moonfire: The Epic Journey of Apollo 11

    Type Book
    Place Cologne, Germany
    Publisher Taschen
    ISBN 978-3-8365-5622-4
    Date 2015
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Moonfire
    # of Pages 613
    Date Added 5/31/2017, 10:38:53 AM
    Modified 5/31/2017, 10:38:53 AM
  • New Deal photography: USA 1935-1943

    Type Book
    Author Peter Walther
    Contributor USA
    Series Bibliotheca universalis
    Place Cologne
    Publisher TASCHEN
    ISBN 978-3-8365-3711-7
    Date 2016
    Extra OCLC: 932682275
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng ger fre
    Short Title New Deal photography
    # of Pages 605
    Date Added 5/31/2017, 10:38:15 AM
    Modified 5/31/2017, 10:38:15 AM

    Tags:

    • Bildband
    • Fotografie
    • Geschichte 1935-1943
    • USA
  • One night on Broadway

    Type Book
    Author Horst Hamann
    Author Jimmy Breslin
    Author Katja Guttmann
    Place München
    Publisher Schirmer/Mosel
    ISBN 978-3-8296-0127-6
    Date 2004
    Extra OCLC: 56068316
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English text with German translation.
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:27:14 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:27:14 PM
  • On photography

    Type Book
    Author Susan Sontag
    Place New York
    Publisher Picador USA
    ISBN 978-0-312-42009-3
    Date 2001
    Extra OCLC: 249608627
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    # of Pages 208
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:40:05 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:40:05 PM

    Tags:

    • Photography, Artistic
  • Patrick Litchfield: Perceptions.

    Type Book
    Author Martin Harrison
    Place London, UK
    Publisher Quadrille Publishing
    ISBN 978-1-84400-948-0
    Date 2011
    Extra OCLC: 752160811
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Short Title Patrick Litchfield
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:38:41 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:38:41 PM
  • Paul Strand

    Type Book
    Author Paul Strand
    Author Max Haworth-Booth
    Series Aperture masters of photography
    Place New York, NY
    Publisher Aperture
    ISBN 978-0-89381-259-1 978-0-89381-077-1
    Date 1987
    Extra OCLC: 231131898
    Series Number 1
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    # of Pages 95
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:31:51 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:31:51 PM
  • Photographically speaking: a deeper look at creating stronger images

    Type Book
    Author David DuChemin
    Place Berkeley, Calif
    Publisher New Riders
    ISBN 978-0-321-75044-0
    Date 2012
    Call Number TR146 .D78 2012
    Extra OCLC: ocn704386200
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Photographically speaking
    # of Pages 254
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:15:14 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:15:14 PM

    Tags:

    • Composition (Photography)
    • Photography
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Technique
  • Photographs not taken: a collection of photographers' essays

    Type Book
    Editor Will Steacy
    Place Hillsborough, US
    Publisher Daylight Community Arts Foundation
    ISBN 978-0-9832316-1-5
    Date 2012
    Extra OCLC: 934699039
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    Short Title Photographs not taken
    # of Pages 133
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:37:35 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:37:35 PM
  • Photography!: a special collection at Leiden University

    Type Book
    Author Maartje van den Heuvel
    Author Wim van Sinderen
    Author Joke Pronk
    Author Donald H. Mader
    Contributor Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden
    Contributor Fotomuseum Den Haag
    Edition 1st ed
    Place Leiden] : [The Hague
    Publisher Leiden University ; Hague Museum of Photography
    ISBN 978-90-8910-191-4
    Date 2010
    Call Number TR646.N42 L454 2010
    Extra OCLC: ocn624618536
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Language eng
    Short Title Photography!
    # of Pages 246
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:21:41 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:21:41 PM

    Tags:

    • Photograph collections
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Rijksuniversiteit te Leiden
  • Photography: the whole story

    Type Book
    Editor Juliet Hacking
    Place Munich : New York
    Publisher Prestel Publishing
    ISBN 978-3-7913-4734-9
    Date 2012
    Call Number TR15 .P493 2012
    Extra OCLC: ocn798061771
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract This ambitious and vibrant publication leads you through the world's most iconic photographs - those innovative images that have become key reference points in our conception of ourselves and the world around us. Organized chronologically, the book traces the evolution of creative photography period by period, while detailed timelines provide historical and cultural context--
    Short Title Photography
    # of Pages 576
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:09:02 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 2:13:47 PM

    Tags:

    • 19th century
    • 20th century
    • History
    • Photography
  • Photo nomad

    Type Book
    Author David Douglas Duncan
    Place New York
    Publisher Norton
    ISBN 978-0-393-05861-1
    Date 2003
    Call Number TR654 .D86 2003
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 464
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:41:39 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:41:39 PM

    Tags:

    • Duncan, David Douglas
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Photojournalism
  • Road to seeing

    Type Book
    Author Dan Winters
    Place San Francisco, CA
    Publisher New Riders
    ISBN 978-0-321-88639-2
    Date 2014
    Call Number TR655 .R625 2014
    Extra OCLC: ocn816028732
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract "After beginning his career as a photojournalist for a daily newspaper in southern California, Dan Winters moved to New York to begin a celebrated career that has since led to more than one hundred awards, including the Alfred Eisenstaedt Award for Magazine Photography. An immensely respected portrait photographer, Dan is well known for an impeccable use of light, color, and depth in his evocative images. In Road to Seeing , Dan shares his journey to becoming a photographer, as well as key moments in his career that have influenced and informed the decisions he has made and the path he has taken. Though this book appeals to the broader photography audience, it speaks primarily to the student of photography -- whether enrolled in school or not -- and addresses such topics as creating a visual language; the history of photography; the portfolio; street photography; personal projects; his portraiture work; and the need for key characteristics such as perseverance, awareness, curiosity, and reverence. By relaying both personal experiences and a kind of philosophy on photography, Road to Seeing tells the reader how one photographer carved a path for himself, and in so doing, helps equip the reader to forge his own"--
    # of Pages 663
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:50:28 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:50:46 PM

    Tags:

    • Photography, Artistic
    • Winters, Dan
  • Robert Doisneau: from craft to art

    Type Book
    Author Robert Doisneau
    Author Agnès Sire
    Author Jean-François Chevrier
    Contributor Fondation Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Edition 1st ed
    Place Göttingen [Germany]
    Publisher Steidl
    ISBN 978-3-86930-025-2
    Date 2010
    Call Number TR647 .D6513 2010
    Extra OCLC: ocn499093779
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Language eng
    Short Title Robert Doisneau
    # of Pages 221
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:48:04 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:48:04 PM

    Tags:

    • Doisneau, Robert
    • Paris (France)
    • Photography, Artistic
  • Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees: over thirty years of conversations with Robert Irwin

    Type Book
    Author Lawrence Weschler
    Contributor Getty Foundation
    Edition Expanded ed
    Place Berkeley
    Publisher University of California Press
    ISBN 978-0-520-25608-8 978-0-520-25609-5
    Date 2008
    Call Number N6537.I64 W4 2008
    Extra OCLC: ocn225871342
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Seeing is forgetting the name of the thing one sees
    # of Pages 310
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:08:33 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:08:33 PM

    Tags:

    • 20th century
    • Aesthetics
    • Artists
    • Art, Modern
    • Irwin, Robert
    • United States
  • The Aperture magazine anthology: the Minor White years, 1952-1976

    Type Book
    Author Minor White
    Edition 1st ed
    Place New York, N.Y
    Publisher Aperture Foundation
    ISBN 978-1-59711-196-6
    Date 2012
    Call Number TR140.W467 A64 2012
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title The Aperture magazine anthology
    # of Pages 455
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:48:35 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:48:35 PM

    Tags:

    • Aperture (San Francisco, Calif.)
    • Periodical editors
    • Photography
    • White, Minor
  • The book of photography: [the history, the technique, the art, the future]

    Type Book
    Author Anne H. Hoy
    Place Washington, D.C
    Publisher National Geographic
    ISBN 978-0-7922-3693-1
    Date 2005
    Call Number TR146 .H82 2005
    Extra OCLC: ocm60743259
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title The book of photography
    # of Pages 447
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:05:52 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:05:52 PM

    Tags:

    • Photography
  • The future of the image

    Type Book
    Author Jacques Rancière
    Edition Pbk. ed
    Place London ; New York
    Publisher Verso
    ISBN 978-1-84467-297-4
    Date 2009
    Call Number BH151 .R36 2009
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Language eng
    # of Pages 147
    Date Added 6/2/2017, 9:09:10 PM
    Modified 6/2/2017, 9:09:10 PM

    Tags:

    • Aesthetics, Modern
  • The mind's eye: writings on photography and photographers

    Type Book
    Author Henri Cartier-Bresson
    Author Michael L. Sand
    Edition 1st ed
    Place New York, N.Y
    Publisher Aperture
    ISBN 978-0-89381-875-3 978-0-89381-890-6
    Date 1999
    Call Number TR185 .C37 1999
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title The mind's eye
    # of Pages 109
    Date Added 5/31/2017, 10:39:32 AM
    Modified 5/31/2017, 10:39:32 AM

    Tags:

    • Photographers
    • Photographic interpretation
    • Photography
  • The moment it clicks: photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters

    Type Book
    Author Joe McNally
    Series Voices that matter
    Edition 1st ed
    Place Berkeley, CA
    Publisher New Riders
    ISBN 978-0-321-54408-7
    Date 2008
    Call Number TR161 .M46 2008
    Extra OCLC: ocn179803230
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract Provides information on the techniques and equipment necessary to take great digital photographs
    Short Title The moment it clicks
    # of Pages 256
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:13:16 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:13:16 PM

    Tags:

    • Digital cameras
    • Digital photography
    • Photography
    • Study and teaching
  • The Ongoing Moment

    Type Book
    Author Geoff Dyer
    Place Edinburgh
    Publisher Canongate Books
    ISBN 978-0-85786-401-7
    Date 2012
    Extra OCLC: 935820999
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    # of Pages 380
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:45:26 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:50:11 PM

    Tags:

    • Fotografie
    • Geschichte
    • History
    • Photography
    • Photography History
    • Photography Themes, motives
    • United States
    • USA
  • The passionate photographer: ten steps toward becoming great

    Type Book
    Author Steve Simon
    Place Berkeley, CA
    Publisher New Riders
    ISBN 978-0-321-71989-8
    Date 2012
    Call Number TR146 .S532 2012
    Extra OCLC: ocn682896806
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title The passionate photographer
    # of Pages 253
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:12:09 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:12:09 PM

    Tags:

    • Composition (Photography)
    • Digital techniques
    • Photography
    • Technique
  • The photographer's eye

    Type Book
    Author John Szarkowski
    Place New York
    Publisher Museum of Modern Art
    ISBN 978-0-87070-527-4
    Date 2007
    Call Number TR650 .S92 2007
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 155
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:24:59 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:24:59 PM

    Tags:

    • Composition (Photography)
    • History
    • Photographs
    • Photography
    • Photography, Artistic
  • The photographer's eye: a graphic guide: instantly understand composition & design for better digital photos

    Type Book
    Author Michael Freeman
    Place New York
    Publisher Focal Press, an imprint of the Taylor & Francis Group
    ISBN 978-0-240-82426-0
    Date 2013
    Call Number TR267 .F754 2013
    Extra OCLC: ocn842364587
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title The photographer's eye
    # of Pages 192
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:17:26 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:17:26 PM

    Tags:

    • Composition (Photography)
    • Digital techniques
    • Photography
    • Technique
  • The photographer's eye: composition and design for better digital photos

    Type Book
    Author Michael Freeman
    Place Boston
    Publisher Focal Press
    ISBN 978-0-240-80934-2
    Date 2007
    Extra OCLC: 145084918
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract Presents instructions on traditional photographic composition and addresses the new techniques of digital photography that allow the image to be edited, manipulated, or montaged to produce a radically different final result.
    Short Title The photographer's eye
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:17:00 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:17:00 PM
  • The photographer's mind: creative thinking for better digital photos

    Type Book
    Author Michael Freeman
    Place Amsterdam; Boston
    Publisher Focal Press
    ISBN 978-0-240-81517-6
    Date 2011
    Extra OCLC: 671877603
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract Explains "what makes a photograph great, and explore the ways that top photographers achieve this goal time and time again."--Back cover.
    Short Title The photographer's mind
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:17:54 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:17:54 PM
  • The photographer's story: the art of visual narrative

    Type Book
    Author Michael Freeman
    Place Burlington, MA
    Publisher Focal Press
    ISBN 978-0-240-81519-0
    Date 2012
    Extra OCLC: 816511795
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Abstract How a sequence of photos can be more than the sum of its parts. Todays photographers approach their craft in a multitude of ways, and with so many millions of people at it, theres a sizeable support group for every interest, from iPhoneography to expressive, humanitarian, or collaborative photography. Narrative is one such popular area, and there is a new interest in making coherent photo stories. Using Michaels own work, and that of many other great photographers, this unique book will show how classic photo stories are shot and edited, and give aspiring photojournalists and hobbyists alike a wealth of ideas to unlock the potential of their most powerful storytelling tool: their camera.
    Short Title The photographer's story
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:19:12 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:19:12 PM
  • The photographer's vision: understanding and appreciating great photography

    Type Book
    Author Michael Freeman
    Place Amsterdam; New York
    Publisher Focal Press
    ISBN 978-0-240-81518-3
    Date 2011
    Extra OCLC: 714729557
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Short Title The photographer's vision
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:18:41 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:18:41 PM
  • The photography book

    Type Book
    Editor Phaidon Press
    Place London
    Publisher Phaidon Press
    ISBN 978-0-7148-3634-8
    Date 1997
    Call Number TR650 .P493 1997
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 512
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:39:31 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:39:31 PM

    Tags:

    • Photography, Artistic
  • The practice of contemplative photography: seeing the world with fresh eyes

    Type Book
    Author Andy Karr
    Author Michael Wood
    Edition 1st ed
    Place Boston
    Publisher Shambhala
    ISBN 978-1-59030-779-3
    Date 2011
    Call Number TR179 .K37 2011
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title The practice of contemplative photography
    # of Pages 226
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:16:12 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:16:12 PM

    Tags:

    • Composition (Photography)
    • Photography
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Technique
  • The World Atlas of Street Photography

    Type Book
    Author Jackie Higgins
    Author Max Kozloff
    Place New Haven, CT
    Publisher Yale University Press
    ISBN 978-0-300-20716-3
    Date 2014
    Call Number TR659.8 .H54 2014
    Extra OCLC: ocn871788343
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract The energetic, fluctuating pace of the metropolis has long lured photographers to capture--often candidly--the chaos, character, and incident of modern urban life ever since the genesis of photography in the 19th century. The World atlas of street photography focuses on the abundance of photos created on street corners internationally, including classic documentary street photography as well as mediated images of urban landscapes, staged performances, and sculpture. Twelve specially commissioned artworks are featured, in addition to a wide selection of striking and well-known images of city life. Lively and informative, this handsome book compiles expressions of a vibrant genre and is the first of its kind to scour the globe--from New York to New Delhi, Beijing to Brighton, Havana to Hamburg, and Sydney to Seoul. This magnificently illustrated compilation of more than 700 images presents over one hundred established and emerging contemporary photographers, including Nikki S. Lee, Lise Sarfati, Jeff Wall, Daido Moriyama, Alexey Titarenko, Christo and Jeanne-Claude, David Goldblatt, and Julio Bittencourt, among many others. The World atlas of street photography offers a peek through the lenses of photographers chronicling the fever, furor, and intimacy of urban life
    # of Pages 399
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:46:58 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:46:58 PM

    Tags:

    • Street photography
  • Under blue cup

    Type Book
    Author Rosalind E. Krauss
    Place Cambridge, MA
    Publisher MIT Press
    ISBN 978-0-262-01613-1
    Date 2011
    Call Number N71 .K717 2011
    Extra OCLC: ocn699378944
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 142
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:40:52 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:40:52 PM

    Tags:

    • Art
    • Memory (Philosophy)
    • Psychology
  • Understanding a photograph

    Type Book
    Author John Berger
    Editor Geoff Dyer
    Edition First edition
    Place New York, NY
    Publisher Aperture
    ISBN 978-1-59711-256-7
    Date 2013
    Call Number TR187 .B467 2013
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 173
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:40:51 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:41:00 PM

    Tags:

    • Photographers
    • Photographic criticism
    • Photography
    • Social aspects
  • Unseen Ansel Adams: photographs from the Fiat Lux Collection

    Type Book
    Author Ansel Adams
    Author Jason Weems
    Place San Diego, Calif
    Publisher Thunder Bay Press
    ISBN 978-1-60710-013-3
    Date 2010
    Extra OCLC: 707185719
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    Abstract Showcases one hundred and eighty rare photographs of the artist's work for the University of California, including scenes of the campus, the L.A. freeway system, Santa Cruz's forests, and the Santa Barbara coastline
    Short Title Unseen Ansel Adams
    # of Pages 192
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:20:56 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:20:56 PM

    Tags:

    • Adams, Ansel
    • Artistic photography
    • Bildband
    • California
    • Fotografie
    • Landscape photography
    • Landschaft
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Schwarzweißfotografie
    • University of California (System)
  • Vision & voice: refining your vision in Adobe Photoshop lightroom

    Type Book
    Author David DuChemin
    Place Berkeley, CA
    Publisher New Riders
    ISBN 978-0-321-67009-0
    Date 2011
    Call Number TR267.5.A355 D83 2011
    Extra OCLC: ocn540143164
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Vision & voice
    # of Pages 257
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:14:48 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:14:48 PM

    Tags:

    • Adobe Photoshop lightroom
    • Developing and developers
    • Digital techniques Computer programs
    • Photography
  • Vivian Maier: street photographer

    Type Book
    Author Vivian Maier
    Author John Maloof
    Author Geoff Dyer
    Edition 1st ed
    Place Brooklyn, NY
    Publisher PowerHouse Books
    ISBN 978-1-57687-577-3
    Date 2011
    Call Number TR659.8 .M35 2011
    Extra OCLC: ocn751753013
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Abstract "A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers. Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide--from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries--and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America's post-war golden age. It wasn't until local historian John Maloof purchased a box of Maier's negatives from a Chicago auction house and began collecting and championing her marvelous work just a few years ago that any of it saw the light of day. Presented here for the first time in print, 'Vivian Maier: Street Photographer' collects the best of her incredible, unseen body of work."--Publisher description
    Short Title Vivian Maier
    # of Pages 123
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:22:25 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:22:25 PM

    Tags:

    • Illinois Chicago
    • Maier, Vivian
    • New York (State) New York
    • Street life
    • Street photography
  • Walker Evans

    Type Book
    Author Walker Evans
    Author Maria Morris Hambourg
    Contributor Metropolitan Museum of Art (New York, N.Y.)
    Contributor San Francisco Museum of Modern Art
    Contributor Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
    Place New York
    Publisher Metropolitan Museum of Art in association with Princeton University Press, Princeton
    ISBN 978-0-87099-937-6 978-0-87099-938-3 978-0-691-05078-2
    Date 2000
    Call Number TR647 .E9 2000
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 318
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 2:00:09 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 2:00:09 PM

    Tags:

    • Evans, Walker
    • Photography, Artistic
  • Ways of seeing: based on the BBC television series with John Berger

    Type Book
    Editor John Berger
    Edition Repr
    Place London
    Publisher British Broadcasting Corporation and Penguin Books
    ISBN 978-0-14-013515-2
    Date 1990
    Extra OCLC: 249411402
    Library Catalog Gemeinsamer Bibliotheksverbund ISBN
    Language eng
    Short Title Ways of seeing
    # of Pages 166
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 2:43:09 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 2:43:09 PM
  • Why fonts matter

    Type Book
    Author Sarah Hyndman
    Place London
    Publisher Virgin Books
    Date 2016
    Extra OCLC: 961287942
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language English
    Date Added 3/19/2017, 11:51:35 AM
    Modified 3/19/2017, 11:51:35 AM
  • Why photography matters

    Type Book
    Author Jerry L. Thompson
    Place Cambridge, Massachusetts ; London, England
    Publisher The MIT Press
    ISBN 978-0-262-01928-6
    Date 2013
    Call Number TR183 .T4753 2013
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    # of Pages 92
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:40:22 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:40:22 PM

    Tags:

    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Psychological aspects
  • Winogrand: figments from the real world

    Type Book
    Author Garry Winogrand
    Author John Szarkowski
    Contributor Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.)
    Series Springs Industries series on the art of photography
    Place New York, N.Y
    Publisher Museum of Modern Art : Distributed by New York Graphic Society
    ISBN 978-0-87070-640-0
    Date 1988
    Call Number TR647 .W56 1988
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Winogrand
    # of Pages 260
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:59:10 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 2:14:24 PM

    Tags:

    • Exhibitions
    • Photography, Artistic
    • Winogrand, Garry
  • Within the frame: the journey of photographic vision

    Type Book
    Author David DuChemin
    Place Berkeley, CA
    Publisher New Riders
    ISBN 978-0-321-60502-3
    Date 2009
    Call Number TR183 .D84 2009
    Library Catalog Library of Congress ISBN
    Short Title Within the frame
    # of Pages 254
    Date Added 8/25/2016, 5:14:03 PM
    Modified 8/25/2016, 5:14:03 PM

    Tags:

    • Moral and ethical aspects
    • Philosophy
    • Photography
    • Technique
    • Travel photography
  • ロバート・キャパ/Robert Capa

    Type Book
    Author Robert Capa
    Author 武 桐谷
    Place 大阪
    Publisher 創元社
    ISBN 978-4-422-70085-4
    Date 2011
    Extra OCLC: 762973956
    Library Catalog Open WorldCat
    Language Japanese
    Date Added 8/30/2016, 1:38:05 PM
    Modified 8/30/2016, 1:38:30 PM

2017-06-17

Pictures At An Exhibition

There are two things in life that draw me into a region of space-time where the idea of time passing has no real meaning: bookstores (new and used) and art galleries.

I had such an experience while in London a while back. The good lady wife was knee deep in horticulture at the Chelsea Flower Show so I hoofed it down the embankment waving at the Battersea Power Station, MI6, on along to Westminster and then over Blackfriars to the Tate Modern. I was tempted to stop at the Tate Britain as they had a Hockney retrospective but as much as I like Hockney, the Modern was my goal.


The spaces there are amazing. The Turbine Hall is a massive space and currently (hah) devoted to a sound installation where as you walk through the hall you are hit by different sound loops. The effect is not dissimilar from "On the Run" from Dark Side of the Moon.

On The Run
There's another bit of synchronicity here as the architect of the Bankside Power Station, home to the Tate Modern is the same architect that designed the Battersea Power Stations as featured on the cover of Pink Floyd's album "Animals". The more you know...

I digress.

The Tate Modern is a wondrous place. Even when busy, it has the size to allow you to retreat. Time stood still for me as I wandered the halls. Oh the ideas, the dangerous disruptive ideas churning away in there. As I wandered I was struck by the number of people walking at a seemingly brisk pace, raising a camera or smartphone, click and on to harvest the next image. I had started make some images but for some reason I stopped; perhaps the artwork was too captivating.

Along the way I had an "AHA" moment. A project presented itself: "Pictures at an Exhibition". I became interested in the question: "How do people interact with the gallery and the artwork?"

Harvesting Art
In bygone times you would sit, sketchbook and pencil in hand, and "commune" with the artwork: drinking it in, responding to what Walter Benjamin would refer to as the "aura". You would write down what you felt, make some sketches, trying to understand the technique, trying to read what the artist is trying to tell you, trying to answer questions and seek clarification through contemplation.

I did see some of that, two men in close, hushed conversation as they tried to work through what was being shown, but unfortunately many where like a botanist from the Age of Exploration, pithing butterflies on blotters and pressing flowers in books.

What's It All About
Maybe I'm not in tune, may that's the way of the world now: capturing mementos of things seen in museums for later study (possibly), but heavens, the Tate has most of this available on line now: better exposed and annotated.

Am I trying to obfuscate what a gallery is for? Is in fact the taking of pictures the latest in the democratization of art? Berger writes that once art could be reproduced it was democratized, making it available to all, taking it out of the hands of the moneyed classes and making it available to everyone. Am I trying to block that democratization? Once art has been liberated from the artistic power structures, Berger writes, they try to stuff the genie back into the bottle by surrounding it with complex terminology and controlling access: restricting how close you can come to the artwork and "curating" (controlling access) artists' work.

Interestingly, the Tate Modern is complicit in this in some regard. I was at the oddly named Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Humlebaek, Denmark just prior. Both galleries had Giacometti. Louisiana encouraged you to interact with the sculpture; the Tate had little white strings around everything and if you got too close an exceedingly bored docent shooed you along. I realize that London isn't a quiet little village outside of Copenhagen and that the two societies are different, but it is interesting. Oddly enough, none of the Danes even thought to touch the Giacometti; it just wasn't done.

Docent
The last picture in the sequence is not from the Tate Modern, but The Photographers' Gallery.  This is an intimate gallery in London and well worth seeking out. When I was there they had the three finalists for the 2017 the Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize and a remounting of Roger Mayne's installation "The British at Leisure".

Catalogues
Technical Notes

These images where all made with my iPhone 6s using the 645 Pro Mk III app. This app shoots Raw (dng) and allows you to save a .tif image using the emulsion of your choice along side the RAW file. It's my go-to photo app and truth be told, it's what's keeping me on the iThingy. I haven't found a suitable Android equivalent yet.

2017-06-14

Working Stiffs: The Book

Well, this embarrassing. I opened up my text editor and found the following article. What with one thing and another happening around the maison, I forgot to post the following announcement.

I’m pleased to announce the publication of my latest photobook, “Working Stiffs: The People”. This is a collection of images is dedicated to the men and women who get things done.

You know, the ones who deliver the beer, make sure the traffic flows, make sure that the lads don’t get out of control. The ones who build our buildings, clean our streets and catch our fish — the overlooked, the unseen, the ignored, the spoken down to — are the ones without whom our urban world would quickly grind to a halt.

I started on this project about a year ago and after some twists and turns prints have been pulled and a book published. You can go have a look at the book by following the link in the sidebar (and buy one).

I learned a lot of technical "stuff" over the course of the year. Things like:

  • "Windex cures more than arthritis and tennis elbow" It's true! Best print head cleaner ever! Remove the print head, soak in about 1/8" of Windex for 24 hours, wipe with distilled water (the real stuff, not just Brita filtered) and your're good to go.
  • Monitors are too bright; turn them down to 80% (at least) and then calibrate. This gives you a fighting chance pulling a print that comes close in luminance to what is printed. To get even closer (at least for black and white prints) order the calibration print from Ilford Labs, download the the calibration file and tweek the monitor so the file and the print match.
  • Paper makes the difference. When I started printing, I softproofed in Lightroom and printed on some off the shelf Canon Super Glossy II paper. The result where OK but not what I remembered when I was printing in the darkroom all those years ago. I settled on Moab Juniper Baryta paper and the results where stellar. It was like looking at the Ilfobrom Type 3 resin coated paper I cut my teeth on all those years ago.
  • Keep the book layout simple. I decided on a minimalist layout. The hard bit was deciding on a typeface that was reflected the subject matter and wasn't a distraction to the image. I ended up deciding on the DINPro typeface in varying weights.
  • Blurb's software doesn't recognize OpenType fonts: I needed to change my OpenType fonts to TrueType. Come on Blurb, that should be a no brainer.
  • NIK Silver Efex is still the best Black and White tool out there. Franzis BW Projects 5 is getting close and I like some of the effects. I'm going to work with it a lot more. I wish Google would just opensource NIK and be done with it. The world doesn't need more abandonware.
  • Run a checklist. Being solo means no external eyes to do QA or QC, make sure you're exporting files properly, proofread, spell check and provide feedback on layouts, sequencing and all the million things that go into an enterprise like this.

Be ready for the unexpected turn. In doing the photo selection, I discovered I had another project at about the same state as when I started this one: "Working Stiffs: Tools of the Trade" Given the speed I work at this should be ready this time next year.

Some photographers are of the school that holds "A photograph isn't exist until it's printed". I have to agree with that. There's an intense satisfaction in seeing the image emerge from whatever process you use.

The Working Stiffs galleries are here.

2016-09-09

Zis iz zee castle of my master, Guy de Lombard!

Well, not really, but this is photograph a friend of mine made while he was skiving rather than being at the conference he was supposed to be at. He'd posted it on a private board after doing some tinkering and I thought to myself: "Hang on, I think we can get a bit more out of the image than that." He kindly posted the RAW file for me to play with. The image was made by a Samsung NX30, 1/2500 @ f/6.3, ISO 200.

When I first looked at the RAW file in Lightroom, I was surprised at just how much detail was still available in the shadows given bright sky and the dark castle walls.
Original Image
In LR, I did the following adjustments:
Lightroom Adjustments
The original exposure was OK but I really hit the Highlights and Shadows settings (I also cloned the bird on the left out. Bloody seagull) I found the RAW file to be remarkably robust to this sort of heavy handed tweaking. The only disconcerting thing was the two pure green spots on the castle wall. I think that this is a hot or dead pixel. I did end up cloning them out after I had run the file through Viveza. After this LR jiggery-pokery I ended up with this:
Lightroom Adjustments
I wanted to lighten up the Welsh flag a bit as I found it a bit dark. I opened the image in NIK Viveza 2.0 (Hey Google, if you're going to abandon the NIK suite, at least have the decency to open source it!) After tweeking the overall brightness, warmth, structure and shadows, using a Control Point set on the flag green of the flag I tweeked the brightness and saturation giving me this:
After Viveza 2.0
Not bad, not bad at all. Now, NIK has a tone mapping HDR application so, since I was going all McGyver on this image anyway, why not try that. There's lots of pre-built settings, ranging from neutral to "OMFG the acid has just kicked in!" Here's the three that I tried:
NIK HDR Pro Tone Map "Neutral" Setting
NIK HDR Pro Tone Map "Balanced" Setting
NIK HDR Pro Tone Map "Artistic B/W" Setting
I think I prefer my handbombed colour processing using LR and Viveza over any of the HDR colour presets.

I do like the B/W except for the burnt out sun, so back to the original image and this time I loaded it up in Viveza and set a control point on the burnt out sun and reduced the brightness until I got it to blend in to the cloud bank. Next I ran it through NIK HDR tone mapping, selecting the "Natural" preset. Finally into the ab fab NIK SilverFX. I selected the Ilford HP5 profile and worked with the fine structure, brightness, dynamic brightness and soft contrast sliders until I got this:
NIK SilverFX
This I think is the image I felt was hiding inside the image (except for the bright pixels and the bloody seagull)

For my friend, who is a Linux guy, I think you can do the LR adjustments and Viveza style spot adjustments in Darktable. I've got it running on Junior but I just haven't had the time to understand the UI yet. I don't know what application you'd use to do the tone mapping HDR, but LightZone does run on Linux and it does some pretty neat tone mapping.

Oh, and if Mike from Australia is reading this, well, you know what to do...

2016-08-21

Big Alberta Sky

You’ll notice that rather than a photograph next to the lead-in paragraph I’ve embedded a YouTube link to an Ian Tyson song “Land of Shining Mountains”. I’ve been listening to that old cowpoke quite a bit and there is lot in his body of work that resonates with me having spent some formative years in Kamloops which, at the time, was a rail junction for both the CNR and CPR as well as a cowtown. The fancy hotel was called “The Stockman’s” featuring dinner and floor show Friday and Saturday nights for the well-heeled. It had its stockyards, its cowboy hotels and saloons and at certain times of the year your Mom and Dad hustled you across the street just “because”; later I found out it was because a cowhand had passed out in a doorway. I still recall wanting nothing more than a pair of cowboy boots and blue jeans to walk just that way like they did in the Lone Ranger and Rifleman.

It was Stampede and I had to get out of the city. As I wrote in my journal: “it feels like my head is being crushed”. In town, the sidewalks were filled with not the cowboys I grew up around in Kamloops but the Ricky Rodeos who forgot that the bullshit is supposed to be on the outside of the boots. I’ve always loved the Porcupine Hills and the sagebrush and short grass prairie south of Highway 3 and north of the 49th Parallel so I loaded up the truck and headed south.

In a review on Amazon.com of Ian Tyson’s album “I Outgrew the Wagon” Jim Cleary writes:
“You'll smell the dust and sage; you'll feel the blazing sun and stinging sleet; and you'll hear the sound of the wind in the wire. The prairie’s infinite expansiveness, its quiet and loneliness and unquenchable thirstiness, its midday deadness and its spring to life at low sun, it's nourishing protection for the lucky and its steadfast brutality for the unprepared.”
And the sky. Oh my lord the sky. It arches over you streaming to forever. It’s different than up in the Peace Country. I always felt the sky there oppressive, pressing down on you like the Lutheran god of the Swedes and Norwegians that settled there. The southern sky just is. It passes no judgement, pays no heed to the busy-ness of man. It can be quick to anger: a prairie thunderstorm can appear and disappear in a blink leaving flattened fields, damaged buildings, flooded streams and roads. It can also caress: sitting by the side of the road, the breeze rustling the grass, brushing your face and carrying away the cares of the world. 

I’ll be the first to admit that I’m not a very good landscape photographer. I find that I just can’t capture the emotions I feel when confronted with some of the vistas that I have here in my backyard. But hey, I tried. It’s something that takes time, like writing cowboy poetry. 

I have to come clean that I’ve fudged a bit. The standard 3x2 “full-frame” and 4x3 “Micro-Four Thirds” aspect ratios don’t do bupkis to help me get even close to showing my feelings of expanse: I cropped the images to a 16x9 aspect ratio to try to get me there. This is truly a subject area that needs a wiiiiide canvas.

As you drive through Porcupine Hills you come across ranches, some old, some new, some gone, some not much changed from when they were founded. Some are nestled in the hills; some are out in the open. This one is long gone and only the sighing of the wind bears witness to what once was.

Abandoned Ranch, Porcupine Hills
The month of July had brought storm after storm roiling out of the mountains and onto the plains. After slithering up the wet gravel, I crested a hill and whompf! There it was: the foothills, the Rockies and the sky. I wondered what de La Vérendrye felt when he crested a hill like this one in 1743.
Southern Rockies, North of Pincher Creek
The next day I set out from Lethbridge and headed back west, heading south towards Del Bonita, now a ghost town although the two teacherages are for sale.
The sky to north would be threatening a nasty series of thunderstorms brewing, even in the early morning. This turbulent sky was to be my constant companion for the rest of the day. 
Infinity
Canola and Fence Line
Heading deeper into the south and east, as if being drawn to the Sweetgrass Hills by a magnet, the land changes from cropland to sagebrush and short grass prairie. This is the land of the cowboy.

Short Grass and Sagebrush
Gate
Old Corral and Sagebrush (Thanks, Ian)
And always, always, the sky.
Brewing Storm
South, south, further and further south on the gravel roads until you brush up against the United States. The Sweetgrass Hills, at first just a ripple on the horizon now are the landscape rising up purple, untouched by the great Pleistocene ice sheets. 
Sweetgrass Hills
Sweetgrass Hills #2
All through this trip the ghosts of the cowboys were riding with me: Casey Tibbs, Bob Fudge, Jerry Ambler. Authors Zane Grey and Louis L’Amour were with me too; their descriptions of the prairie and the purple sage with me. It is a beautiful land and I hope that these images do it justice: I'll keep going back until my images do.