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Books for Your Library: ‘American Music’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

Annie Leibovitz is a photography icon. She is one of the most celebrated photographers in the world for her unique and captivating way of photographing popular culture.
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Her book, “American Music,” is a perfect example of her ability to document the American experience. The book focuses on, as the name implies, music in the American society. From jazz and blues to punk and hip-hop and everything in between, Leibovitz brings viewers and intimate look at the music and musicians who are part of the American experience.

Leibovitz has a unique way of bringing out the “natural” in her subjects. Even when the shot is overly-posed, she has a unique way of relaxing her subjects so that their “real” personality is expressed.

If you’re a fan of both music and photography, then this book is a definite must-have for your bookshelf or coffee table.

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Written by jeremyparce

May 6, 2009 at 5:28 am

Books for Your Library: ‘Olympic Portraits’

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Photo books are a great addition to any library. As photographers, we are constantly searching for new ideas and are always interested in seeing concepts-done-well. Here’s a suggestion to add to your library …

If you know nothing about photography you probably still have heard of Annie Leibovitz and probably can recall at least one photograph she has made over the years. Leibovitz is quite possibly the most well-known photographer in the world and for good reason … she’s that good.
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You might already know her biography – she started working for Rolling Stone magazine shortly after it launched and by 1973 was named its chief photographer. She photographed John Lennon and Yoko Ono for a Rolling Stone cover some five hours before he was shot by a crazed fan. She photographed the Disney Parks “Year of a Million Dreams” campaign in 2007 and she was Queen Elizabeth II’s official portrait photographer for the Queen’s visit to Virginia.

But her book “Olympic Portraits” is something different. It’s not musicians and actors. It’s not officials and heads of state. The book’s focus is on the athletes prior to the Atlanta Olympics.

Leibovitz doesn’t focus on the fame and action of the athletes. Instead, she focuses on the solitude and almost singular purpose exhibited by these icons of sport. The images are both beautiful and haunting. If you purchase no other photography book, this is THE one to own.

Written by jeremyparce

April 14, 2009 at 7:32 am

If You Want to Make Great Images, Look to the Pros

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Those of us who are serious about photography are always looking for new ideas. Sometimes that means spending countless hours shooting, editing, re-shooting and re-editing images until we get what we want.

It’s also important to look at the works of other photographers to see what they’re doing and to get more ideas.

Rolling Stone April 2002 cover featuring Shakira. (Photo Credit: Martin Schoeller via Rolling Stone)

Rolling Stone April 2002 cover featuring Shakira. (Photo Credit: Martin Schoeller via Rolling Stone)

Personally, I think Rolling Stone magazine offers some of the best photographic work on the market. The cover shots on this magazine can be spotted across a packed bookstore and the photos that accompany articles are amazing.

The magazine started in 1967 in San Francisco by Jann Wenner who is still its editor and publisher and music critic Ralph J. Gleason. Rolling Stone’s contributing and staff photographers include Annie Leibovitz, Robert Altman and Mark Seliger to name just a few.

Fortunately, Rolling Stone offers a look at every magazine cover from 1967 to present on its Website.
You owe it to yourself to take some time and look through the covers. I guarantee that after spending a few minutes, you’ll have hundreds of ideas for your next photo shoot.

Good luck and keep shooting!

Written by jeremyparce

March 19, 2009 at 7:04 pm