The Nature of Photographs. Text by Stephen Shore. Nature of shore
Phaidon, London, 2006.
136 pages, 60 black and white and 20 four-color illustrations, hardback, 8¼x9½”.

The Nature of Photographs is the essential primer of photography, not only for students but for anyone with an interest in the medium. This book grew out of a college course that Stephen Shore, one of the world’s most influential photographers, taught for many years. In this book, Shore explores ways of understanding photographs from all periods and all types - from iconic images to found photographs, from negatives to digital files.

This books serves as an indispensable tool for students, teachers and everyone who wants to take better pictures or learn to look at them in a more informed way. Its aim is not to explore photographic content – the subject of an image – but to describe the physical and formal attributes of a photographic print, the very elements that form the tools a photographer uses to define and interpret that content. By teaching us how to look at photographs and helping us to see the world the way the photographer may have seen it, Shore also teaches us a way of looking at the world around us.

The Nature of Photographs is a primary tool for critical analysis and the understanding of photography in general. As one of the photographers who established colour photography as a legitimate medium of artistic expression in the early 1970s and an influential and important teacher of both the theory and practice of photography, Stephen Shore is the ideal guide to the subject of ‘how’ to look at photographs. By putting himself in the shoes of the photographers, he imagines the concerns or approach to the subject or concept they may have had when they were taking the picture.

As well as a selection of Shore’s own work, The Nature of Photographs contains images from all eras of photography, from classic images by Walker Evans, Brassai and Eugène Atget to more contemporary work by Bernd and Hilla Becher, Cindy Sherman, Joel Sternfeld, Thomas Struth, Richard Prince and Andreas Gursky. It includes all genres, such as street photography, fine art photography and documentary photography, as well as images by unknown photographers, be they in the form of a snapshot from the early days of photography or an aerial photograph taken as part of a geographical survey. Together with his clear, intelligent and accessible text, Shore uses these works to demonstrate how the world in front of the camera is transformed into a photograph.

“This book explores ways of understanding the nature of photographs; that is, how photographs function; and not only the most elegant or graceful photographs, but all photographs made with a camera and printed directly from the negative or a digital file. All photographic prints have qualities in common. These qualities determine how the world in front of the camera is transformed into a photographs; they also form the visual grammar that elucidates the photographer’s meaning.” - Stephen Shore

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Vitamin Phvitaminph.jpg: New Perspectives in Photography.
Numerous contributing photographers, introduction by TJ Demos.
Phaidon, London, 2006.
352 pages, 100 black-and-white and 400 color illustrations, hardback, 9¾x11¾”.

Average Rating: 4.6 out of 5 based on 161 user reviews.

The Photograph As Contemporary Art. cotton_charlotte_the-photoas.jpg
Numerous contributing photographers, text by Charlotte Cotton.
Thames & Hudson, New York, 2004.
224 pages, full color, softback, 8¼x6″.

Charlotte Cotton is Curator and Department Head of Photographs at Los Angeles County Museum of Art. Previously, she was Head of Programming at The Photographers’ Gallery in London and Curator of Photographs at the Victoria and Albert Museum from 1993to 2004. She has curated many exhibitions of historical and contemporary photography including, ‘Imperfect Beauty: the making of contemporary fashion photographs’ (2000), ‘Out of Japan’ (2002), ‘Stepping In and Out: contemporary documentary photography’ (2003) and ‘Guy Bourdin’ (2003). Charlotte is the author and editor of publications such as ‘Imperfect Beauty’ (2000), ‘Then Things Went Quiet’ (2003), ‘Guy Bourdin’ (2003) and ‘The Photograph as Contemporary Art’ (2005).

Charlotte also interviewed Ed Panar for his new book Golden Palms published by PIP favorite J&L.

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 229 user reviews.

American Independents: Eighteen Color Photographers.
Numerous contributing photographers, edited and with text by Sally Eauclaire.
Abbeville Press, New York, 1987.
248 pages, full color, hardback, 10×9″.
Out of Print

Average Rating: 4.9 out of 5 based on 183 user reviews.

New Color/New Work: Eighteen Photographic Essays.
Numerous contributing photographers, edited and with text by Sally Eauclaire.
Abbeville Press, New York, 1984.
276 pages, full color, hardback, 10×9″.
Out of Print

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The New Color Photography
Numerous contributing photographers, edited and with text by Sally Eauclaire.
Abbeville Press, New York, 1981.
287 pages, full color, hardback, 10×9″.
Out of Print

Average Rating: 4.4 out of 5 based on 193 user reviews.

How You Look at It: Photographs of the 20th Century.howyoulookatit.jpg
Edited by Thomas Weski and Heinz Liesbrock.
Numerous contributing photographers.
Distributed Art Publishers, New York, 2000.
544 pages, 300 duotone and 104 color illustrations, hardback, 8½x10¼”.
Out of Print

Average Rating: 4.8 out of 5 based on 185 user reviews.

The Education of a Photographereducation_ofa_photographer1.jpg
Edited by Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller, and Adam B. Bell.
Allworth Press, New York, 2006.
256 pages, paperback, 6×9″.

This lively and idiosyncratic collection of writings from the diverse thinkings about photography and its making will bring encouragement and insight to all of those engaged in lens-based media in the twenty-first century. From the early twentieth-century masters to the postmoderns and on to today’s incisive visionaries, this thought-provoking book will navigate the reader through the varied landscape of photography, eloquently expressing what it means to be a photographer. - Allworth Press

Among the diverse group of writers and photographers are: Berenice Abbott, Robert Adams, Diane Arbus, Wendell Berry, Elizabeth Biondi, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Alexey Brodovitch, Harry Callahan, Sarah Charlesworth, Charlotte Cotton, Gregory Crewdson, Yolanda Cuomo, Tim Davis, Rachael Dunville, Dave Eggers, Vilém Flusser, Stephen Frailey, Lee Friedlander, Peter Galassi, Helen Gee, Luigi Ghirri, Ralph Hattersley, Daile Kaplan, William Klein , Max Kozloff, Ken Light, Vera Lutter, Nathan Lyons, Peter MacGill, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Susan Meiselas, Lisette Model, László Moholy-Nagy, Vik Muniz, Cynthia Oznick, Brian Palmer, Irving Penn, Robert Pledge, Kerry William Purcell, Alexander Rodchenko, Leo Rubinfien, Shelley Rice, Stephen Shore, Aaron Siskind, Clarissa Sligh, Larry Sultan, Mary Virginia Swanson, John Szarkowski, Gael Towey, Penelope Umbrico, Jeff Wall, Randy West , Minor White, Garry Winogrand.

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