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Understanding a Photograph
John Berger

Aperture, 2013

John Berger's explorations of the relationships between the individual and society, culture and politics, and experience and expression through the written word, films, photographic collaborations and performances are unmatched in their diversity, ambition and reach. His television series and book Ways of Seeing revolutionized the way that art is understood. Now, Understanding a Photograph gathers the photography writings of one of the most ...
  
  











  



  
Aperture 214: Spring 2014

Aperture, 2014

The ground for documentary storytellers has radically shifted over the last decade. How can socially minded storytellers adapt to this new terrain? Created in conjunction with Magnum Foundation and guest editor Susan Meiselas, Aperture 's spring 2014 issue, "Documentary, Expanded," explores a cross-section of critical questions for practicing documentarians today, when the old models for producing and disseminating work have disappeared. ...
  
  











  



  
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye

Aperture, 2005

Henri Cartier-Bresson's indelible writings on photography and photographers have been published sporadically over the past forty-five years. His essays--several of which have never before been translated into English--are collected here for the first time. The Mind's Eye features Cartier-Bresson's famous text on "the decisive moment" as well as his observations on Moscow, Cuba, and China during turbulent times. These essays ring with the same ...
  
  











  



  
Richard Renaldi: Touching Strangers

Aperture, 2014

Since 2007, Richard Renaldi has been working on a series of photographs that involve approaching and asking complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format eight-by-ten-inch view camera, Renaldi encounters the subjects for his photographs in towns and cities all over the United States. He pairs them up and invites them to pose together, intimately, in ways that people are ...
  
  











  



  
Mitch Dobrowner: Storms

Aperture, 2013

Mitch Dobrowner has been chasing storms since 2009, traveling throughout Western and Midwestern America to capture nature in its full fury. Making photographs in the tradition of Ansel Adams, to the highest standard of craftsmanship, Dobrowner creates extraordinary black-and-white images of monsoons, tornados and massive thunderstorms conjure awe and wonder. As Dobrowner states in the book's afterword, "I experience storms as living beings, ...
  
  











  



  
Photography Changes Everything

Aperture, 2012

Photography Changes Everything offers a provocative rethinking of photography's impact on our culture and our daily lives. Compiling hundreds of images and responses from leading authorities on photography, it offers a brilliant, reader-friendly exploration of the many ways in which photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world. The volume draws on the extraordinary ...
  
  











  



  
Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places
Lynne Tillman, Stephan Schmidt-Wulffen

Aperture, 2005

Published by Aperture in 1982 and long unavailable, Stephen Shore's legendary Uncommon Places has influenced a generation of photographers. Among the first artists to take color beyond advertising and fashion photography, Shore's large-format color work on the American vernacular landscape stands at the root of what has become a vital photographic tradition. Uncommon Places: The Complete Works presents a definitive collection of the original ...
  
  











  



  
This Is Mars
Alfred McEwen, Francis Rocard, ...

Aperture, 2013

This Is Mars offers a previously unseen vision of the red planet. Located somewhere between art and science, the book brings together for the first time a series of panoramic images recently sent back by the U.S. observation satellite MRO (Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter). Since its arrival in orbit in 2006, MRO and its HiRISE telescope have been mapping Mars' surface in a series of exceptionally detailed images that reveal all the beauty of this ...
  
  











  



  
Alex Webb: The Suffering of Light
Geoff Dyer

Aperture, 2011

The Suffering of Light is the first comprehensive monograph charting the career of acclaimed American photographer Alex Webb. Gathering some of his most iconic images, many of which were taken in the far corners of the earth, this exquisite book brings a fresh perspective to his extensive catalog. Recognized as a pioneer of American color photography since the 1970s, Webb has consistently created photographs characterized by intense color and ...
  
  











  



  
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image: The Photography Workshop Series

Aperture, 2014

Renowned photographers and teachers Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb guide readers on a creative journey through the world of street photography and the poetic image as a path toward finding and deepening a unique photographic vision. Based on their popular international workshop, this creative couple interweaves real-world insight with stories that reveal their own creative process and influences. They touch on a variety of photographic issues ...
  
  











  



  
Sebastião Salgado: Workers: An Archaeology of the Industrial Age

Aperture, 2005

More than those of any other living photographer, Sebastião Salgado's images of the world's poor stand in tribute to the human condition. His transforming photographs bestow dignity on the most isolated and neglected, from famine-stricken refugees in the Sahel to the indigenous peoples of South America. Workers is a global epic that transcends mere imagery to become an affirmation of the enduring spirit of working women and men. The book is ...
  
  











  



  
Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph: Fortieth-Anniversary Edition

Aperture, 2012

When Diane Arbus died in 1971 at the age of 48, she was already a significant influence--even something of a legend--for serious photographers, although only a relatively small number of her most important pictures were widely known at the time. The publication of Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph in 1972--along with the posthumous retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art--offered the general public its first encounter with the breadth and ...
  
  











  



  
Shomei Tomatsu: Chewing Gum and Chocolate

Aperture, 2014

One of Japan's foremost twentieth-century photographers, Shomei Tomatsu has created a defining portrait of postwar Japan. Beginning with his meditation on the devastation caused by the atomic bombs in 11:02 Nagasaki , Tomatsu focused on the tensions between traditional Japanese culture and the nation's growing Westernization, most notably in his seminal book Nihon . Beginning in the late 1950s, Tomatsu photographed as many of the American ...
  
  











  



  
Photography Changes Everything

Aperture, 2012

Photography Changes Everything offers a provocative rethinking of photography's impact on our culture and our daily lives. Compiling hundreds of images and responses from leading authorities on photography, it offers a brilliant, reader-friendly exploration of the many ways in which photographs package information and values, demand and hold attention, and shape our knowledge of and experience in the world. The volume draws on the extraordinary ...
  
  











  



  
Larry Fink on Composition and Improvisation: The Photography Workshop Series

Aperture, 2014

Renowned photographer and teacher Larry Fink leads readers on a creative journey exploring the relationship between composing a photograph and improvising within the scene at hand to create images with both feeling and meaning--merging style, content and personal vision. Based on his teaching, Fink combines advice, real-world insight and stories that reveal his own creative process and years of experience as an artist and working photographer. ...
  
  











  



  
The Sochi Project: An Atlas of War and Tourism in the Caucasus
Arnold van Bruggen

Aperture, 2013

Rob Hornstra and Arnold Van Bruggen have been working together since 2009 to tell the story of Sochi, Russia--site of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games. They have returned repeatedly to this region as committed practitioners of "slow journalism," establishing a solid foundation of research on and engagement with this small yet incredibly complicated place before it finds itself in the glare of international media attention. As Van Bruggen writes, ...
  
  











  



  
Sally Mann: Immediate Family

Aperture, 2014

First published in 1992, Immediate Family has been lauded by critics as one of the great photography books of our time, and among the most influential. Taken against the Arcadian backdrop of her woodland summer home in Virginia, Sally Mann's extraordinary, intimate photographs of her children reveal truths that embody the individuality of her own family yet ultimately take on a universal quality. With sublime dignity, acute wit and feral ...
  
  











  



  
The Photographer's Playbook: Over 250 Assignments and Ideas

Aperture, 2014

There is no better way to learn than by doing. This book is for anyone who wants to be inspired, to learn to take better pictures and to discover how to look at them in a more informed way. Featuring over 250 photographic assignments as well as ideas and anecdotes from the world's top photographers and photography professionals, the texts in The Photographer's Playbook will inspire fresh ways of understanding and documenting the world we live ...
  
  











  



  
Robert Adams: Why People Photograph: Selected Essays and Reviews

Aperture, 2005

A now classic text on the art, Why People Photograph gathers a selection of essays by the great master photographer Robert Adams, tackling such diverse subjects as collectors, humor, teaching, money and dogs. Adams also writes brilliantly on Edward Weston, Paul Strand, Laura Gilpin, Judith Joy Ross, Susan Meiselas, Michael Schmidt, Ansel Adams, Dorothea Lange and Eugène Atget. The book closes with two essays on "working conditions" in the ...
  
  











  



  
Rinko Kawauchi: Illuminance
David Chandler

Aperture, 2011

In 2001, Rinko Kawauchi launched her career with the simultaneous publication of three astonishing photobooks-- Utatane , Hanabi and Hanako --firmly establishing herself as one of the most innovative newcomers to contemporary photography, not just in Japan, but across the globe. In the years that followed, she published other notable monographs, including Aila (2004), The Eyes, the Ear (2005) and Semear (2007). And now, ten years after ...
  
  











  








   



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