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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: ‘Extreme Birds: The World’s Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds’

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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 …

The biodiversity found on this planet is too large to fully comprehend. The complex adaptations made by species in order to not only survive, but thrive in the various environments are not only scientifically amazing but also artistically beautiful. Dominic Couzens’ photo essay, “Extreme Birds: The World’s Most Extraordinary and Bizarre Birds,” is a look at birds on the extreme edge of biodiversification.
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Couzens states in the book’s introduction, birds are more constrained than other animals by their physiological and physical adaptations for flight and yet are still able to take their bodies and behaviors to amazing extremes. His photo essay documents 150 birds that are unique in the extreme way they live, play and mate.

This is a great book for anyone interested in not only bird photography but any form of wildlife photography. It is available at Amazon.

Books for Your Library: ‘X-Ray: See Through the World Around You’

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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 …

Nick Veasey’s book, “X-Ray: See Through the World Around You” offers both technically-sophisticated and stunning images of the world through X-ray photography. Collaborating with scientists, Veasey photographs the world just beneath the surface using security scanners and X-ray machines. If you’ve ever uttered the phrase, “beauty is only skin deep,” then you owe it to yourself to purchase this book.
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Veasey is a self-taught, award-winning photographer whose X-ray photography has been commissioned by some of the world’s leading companies. His work as also been featured in Time magazine, the New York Times and the Sydney Morning Herald.

The book is available at Amazon.

Books for Your Library: ‘Fighter: The Fighters of the UFC’

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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 …

Reed Krakoff’s recent work, “Fighter: The Fighters of the UFC,” is a stunning and not-too-often seen look at the men who fight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
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Krakoff, the president and executive creative director of Coach, is a fan of the UFC and trained his Mamiya medium format camera on capturing images of the fighters in a new light. This project may deviate from his usual fashion photography, but his background allows him a unique perspective in photographing the fighters.

Krakoff studied photography at Parsons School of Design and has shot many of the Coach ad campaigns over the years.

The 224-page hardcover book features such fighters as Mac Danzig, Diego Sanchez, Chuck Liddell, George St-Pierre and Matt Sera. It is available at Amazon.

Books for Your Library: ‘The Sadness of Men’

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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 …

The Sadness of Men is a 50-year retrospective by accomplished photographer Philip Perkis. Perkis, a noted photography educator, began photography in 1957 while serving in the U.S. Air Force as a tail-gunner. His formal training began when he started studies at the San Francisco Art Institute. He studied with famed photographers Ansel Adams and Dorothea Lange. In addition to his photographic work, he has taught at numerous schools, including the graduate faculty at the School of Visual Arts at NYU and is a professor emeritus at the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn.
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The book is his first published collection. Each image in the book builds upon the previous, guiding the viewer along the world through Perkis’ eyes. The images are a subtle look at the everyday; its sadness and the rhythm of the world.

The book is available at Amazon.com.

Written by jeremyparce

April 7, 2009 at 8:00 am

Photography.Book.Now Announces Call For Entries in Self-Published Photography Book Competition

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I will often publish media releases related to photography on this blog in order to help keep you informed. These media releases are created by the respective companies. I edit the releases for space as needed.

SAN FRANCISCO – The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition seeks entries for its second annual competition celebrating self-published photography books and the photographers behind them. The grand prize is $25,000 to finish – or start – a photography project of the winner’s choice. Entries will be accepted in three categories – Fine Art, Editorial, and Commercial. The grand prize and first-prize winners will receive a private portfolio review with members of the judging panel in the category in which they submitted.

Submissions will be accepted through 12:00 pm PDT on July 16, 2009, at http://www.photographybooknow.com. The Photography.Book.Now International Juried Competition is presented by Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books.

Noted photography book expert Darius Himes will serve as lead judge for the second year. In this role, Himes will lead a panel of editors, gallery curators, publishers, and photographers who will jury the Photography.Book.Now competition. The full panel of judges will be announced shortly. Complete entry guidelines and rules are available at http://www.photographybooknow.com.

“We were truly blown away by the amazing and inspiring range of work we saw in the competition’s first year,” said Himes, lead judge of the first Photography.Book.Now contest. “We expect submissions this year will be even more spectacular. Photography.Book.Now offers photographers of all backgrounds a wonderful opportunity to showcase compelling work in book form. The three categories celebrate the photography book as an experience that is more than just the sum of its parts.”

In 2008, more than 2,000 photography books were submitted for consideration to the inaugural Photography.Book.Now competition. Beth Dow, a professional photographer from Minneapolis was awarded the $25,000 grand prize for her project, “In the Garden,” a book-length presentation of a portfolio of large platinum-palladium prints that examine tensions of mass, light, and perspective in highly cultivated landscapes.

An important aspect of Photography.Book.Now is bringing together the photography community. In the Fall, there will be an awards celebration and meet-up in New York, where attendees will celebrate outstanding books and have a chance to meet some of the most influential figures in the field. Photography.Book.Now will also host similar events during the fall in San Francisco, Chicago, London, and Paris.

Written by jeremyparce

March 2, 2009 at 3:16 pm