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Philosophy of Photography Taking pics is one thing, but understanding why we take them, what they mean, what they are best used for, how they effect our reality -- all of these and more are important issues of the Philosophy of Photography. One of the best authors on the subject is Susan Sontag in her book "On Photography."

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Old 12-11-2012   #26
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... But the most important thing to read, is this little essay by Bill Jay on pages 31-39 of this issue of Lenswork:
http://www.lenswork.com/lw31e.pdf as kindly suggested by johnwolf on this forum.
How nice to see you mention this reference. I agree it's among the most important reads for any photographer. I'd suggest getting Jay's entire book, Negative/Positive: A Philosophy of Photography. It will likely deepen your work and your life.

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How nice to see you mention this reference. I agree it's among the most important reads for any photographer. I'd suggest getting Jay's entire book, Negative/Positive: A Philosophy of Photography. It will likely deepen your work and your life.

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Thanks for that and I particularly like the final sentence

"In my opinion, no work of art can or should be separated from the personality of the artist and his life- attitude." Bill Jay
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One more suggestion, especially if you're into street photography and the street tradition: Tod Papageorge's Core Curriculum.

It's a collection of essays and speeches on Winogrand, Frank, Evans, HCB, and other major figures in this genre. Very rewarding.

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One more suggestion, especially if you're into street photography and the street tradition: Tod Papageorge's Core Curriculum.

It's a collection of essays and speeches on Winogrand, Frank, Evans, HCB, and other major figures in this genre. Very rewarding.

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John yes thanks I am aware of Tods book. Great stuff.
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If you want some short books on how to be a better photographer and how to be creative, David duChemin has formed a publishing company that primarily published ebooks on the subject. I have about 20 of them (they are generally short; about 40 pages+/-) and find them to be very helpful. As a bonus, they are very inexpensive.
http://craftandvision.com/

Hope you find this helpful.
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But the most important thing to read, is this little essay by Bill Jay on pages 31-39 of this issue of Lenswork:
http://www.lenswork.com/lw31e.pdf as kindly suggested by johnwolf on this forum.
Thanks for the link!

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You might like Szarkowski's writing about Atget in the MoMA book. The images are, by and large, stunning, and Szarkowski has a short text accompanying each of the images. I think the images and text are a gripping and thought-provoking combination.

http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma...83_11487_15070
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Interesting suggestions.

Love the "Tao of Photography." If you like that, you might also like "The practice of contemplative photography: seeing the world with fresh eyes" by Karr and Wood. It's a book I go back to again and again, and learn something new from it each time.
Just finished reading this book, I highly recommend it for a fresh approach to taking photos.

There is very little of technical stuff and plenty of teaching you how to "see".
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But the most important thing to read, is this little essay by Bill Jay on pages 31-39 of this issue of Lenswork:
http://www.lenswork.com/lw31e.pdf as kindly suggested by johnwolf on this forum.
Thanks for this thought-provoking read. I'm a musician and could easily substitute the word music for photography in this essay and be challenged, as well as in my photography.
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If you like The War of Art I can also recommend 101 Things to Learn in Art School by Kit White.
It's a small book with lots of useful ideas and tips on how to see.
Also, pretty much anything by Szarkowski.
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