There are few industries as heart-wrenching as the fine art business. It's a six-car pileup at the intersection of art and commerce and the amount of opinion and hyperbole that is somehow labeled as...
There is no frigate like a book
To take us lands away,
Nor any coursers like a page
Of prancing poetry.
This traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of toll;
How frugal is the chariot
That bears a human soul!
Mary Ellen Mark : American Odyssey, 1963-1999
contains a poem by Maya Angelou
ending in "we are more alike, my friends, than we are unalike". If you're an
insurance salesman or a computer programmer, the photographs will contradict Ms.
Angelou's point rather dramatically.
William Wegman will inspire you to stay in the studio with your dog and
imagination. All of his work is creative but Fashion Photographs
is over the top. If you're building a library you'll want the one
that started it all: Man's Best Friend
To decorate a self-consciously hip lobby, Helmut Newton's SUMO
, with its
included stand, makes a bold statement.
Ansel Adams: Forget the cheaper, smaller format books--they don't work for
this kind of photography. In August 2001 we were blessed with Ansel Adams at 100
, which contains an introduction and personal selection of images by John
Szarkowski, one of the strongest writers on photography. The American Wilderness
is also a great book.
, by John
Szarkowski. Beautifully reproduced photos, each accompanied by prose that could
only have been written by Szarkowski, the former curator of photography at MOMA:
"Except occasionally, ... the French have managed very well to sublimate the
periodic human tendency to behave violently toward one's fellow men, and have
directed these impulses toward their trees." (opposite a photo of a garden gate
made from trained trees)
Photo District News. If
you want to find out what happens in the advertising and studio photography
worlds, this is the place. Unfortunately, much of the news seems to be about
photographers suing their clients and vice versa. It can be disheartening and
disillusioning. Great photo editing, large format, always impressive.
Photographer. Beautiful pictures but somehow empty of feeling. You
aren't going to learn much from this magazine except that if you buy a really
huge camera and/or lens and have the patience to sit in front of a mountain or
animal for two weeks that you can probably get a decent picture. I let my
Photograph America, by Robert Hitchman. If you want to find the
top spots in North America for landscape and nature photography, and get
practical guidance for capturing the best those spots have to offer, this is your
newsletter. I subscribe and
every month that I get an issue when I'm sitting on my sofa it reminds me that
life is short.
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