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Black And White Photography

RRP $77.99

The appeal of traditional black and white photography is still strong, even in the digital age, and this book offers a comprehensive guide to both the aesthetics and the technique of creating fine monochrome prints.

The emphasis throughout is on achieving your personal vision by mastering the appropriate camera and darkroom techniques. This is a down-to-earth book which tells you what you need to know without getting bogged down in unnecessary technical detail. It explains clearly how exposure, development and printing all work together to produce the intended result.

Many of the author's magnificent photographs are presented as examples, with notes on how the picture came to be taken and how it was printed. A series of detailed case studies shows how the print evolves in the darkroom, from the initial working print to the final product.


Wildlife Photography

RRP $49.95

Australia enjoys an abundance of unique wildlife from inspiring marine mammals to colourful birds, countless species of insects and the well-known and well-loved favourites including kangaroos, emus, wombats and koalas. In this practical Wild Australia Guide Steve Parish shares his wealth of experience gleaned over many years and countless images taken in the field. It is packed with how-to information and stunning wildlife examples and it even delves into the philosophy behind the passion for wildlife photography.

Clear, personable text guides new photographers, as well as those in search of new perspectives and valuable insights, through topics including content, mood and design in photography. The ethics and techniques of working successfully with animal subjects are also discussed. Great tips on equipment, light and technique are peppered throughout the book you will want to keep this handy whenever you're out and about in our wonderful outdoors.

Wild Australia Guides have a slimline and contemporary format with a flexible cover, making them attractive as well as convenient. The cover's gloss varnish protects the book when outdoors too, so it's perfect for stowing in the car's glove compartment or in your backpack!


Reading Photography

RRP $49.95

The relatively new medium of photography has generated, from its inception, intense debate over its merits as an art form. (It was not until late in the twentieth century, for example, that colour photography was accepted in the canon of art historical scholarship.) In Reading Photography, Sri-Kartini Leet brings together over 100 extracts from writings on different themes in the medium to explore the art of photography. Beginning with the historical origins of photography, she charts the changes from daguerrotype and formal portraits to the everyday and the emergence of modernism. By the 1920s well-known surrealist artists were using the photograph to develop experimental techniques. Colour, frequently sidelined in early photography, is considered in its various incarnations of advertising, amateur pictures and its adoption in the 1960s as an expressive media. The concept of the photo as a commodifying practice, blurring the boundaries between the artistic and the prosaic, is discussed. Photography was included in the post-modernist movement to question traditional notions of what constitutes art, and several authors have been selected to illustrate this development.Landscape and the city are juxtaposed to demonstrate how location was used in the representation of political, social and psychological states. The role of the individual in these settings is expressed in a chapter on identity and photography. Preceeded by a discussion of its means of rendering the subject an object, a chapter on anthropological photography demonstrates the unattainable desire to achieve an objective view of the different natures of man. Equally, the nature of photography enables artists to dismember the body and thereby dehumanise it. Feminism and the role of the female photographer are implicated in this chapter. The final section considers the impact of the digital age. Sri-Kartini Leet's judicious selection of articles introduces the reader to a broad and enriching range of art historical comment engendered by the photograph, and makes Reading Photography an indispensable aid to the study of photography.



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