Good photographers master their settings. Great photographers understand how to compose their shots. The best photographers find their own ways, or “paths,” to reveal their subject’s true nature.
This book is about those paths, and how to find your own. Whether you love taking pictures, or yearn to understand what lifts great photographers above the rest, this book is for you.
Featuring the work of over twenty photographers, as well as that of Freeman himself, this book looks in depth at everything from the early surrealist streets of Eugene Atget to the groundbreaking fashion work of Guy Bourdin and Art Kane, all the way up to the fine-art documentary work of Alec Soth and striking city lights of Trent Parke.
It is most assuredly not a book about camera technology or f-stops. Successful photographers might use their phones, a top-of-the-line SLR, or even film. What they need, and this book reveals, are ways to find that critical spark of creativity and nurture it to full flame.
This is something that anyone can learn. “There’s a long line of opinion,” notes Freeman, “from Plato through Kant, that holds creativity to be unteachable, and to be the province of genius. You have it or you don’t. End of story. I don’t agree”
The paths to creativity are there for everyone to use, you need only know where to find them.
Now you do.
Michael Freeman is perhaps the most widely published authority on photography in the world, not to mention a successful photographer in his own right. This recognition represents the wisdom that only four decades of editorial and commercial work can bring. A graduate of Brasenose College, Oxford University, Freeman first worked in London’s advertising industry during the period of exciting change that took place in the 60s. In 1970, he made the life-changing decision to travel up the Amazon river with two second-hand cameras, and when many of the resulting pictures were published Time-Life, he chose to embark on a full-time photographic career.
Since then, Freeman has consolidated his reputation as one of the world’s leading reportage photographers, working for clients that include all the globe’s major magazines, most notably Smithsonian magazine (for which he has shot more than 40 stories). Of his many books, which have sold over 4 million copies worldwide, more than 60 titles are on the practice of photography. For this photographic educational work, he was awarded the Prix Louis Philippe Clerc by the French Ministry of Culture.
Freeman’s books on photography, including L'occhio del fotografo, have been translated into 27 languages.
|Cover||Softcover with dust jacket|
|Dimensions||cm 23,5 x 25,5|