This is a fairly good introduction to photographic theory… From a technical standpoint, Michael Freeman ‘s Textbooks are quite informative… I’ve only read (most of) The Photographer’s Eye, and it has given me a lot of useful tools to use while out shooting. So few photographers understand that the art is more than an empirical record of an event. It takes the event beyond its historical context and brings it into the present, long after it’s over. I could go on. Or, you could check out the link and the listed reading material.
The Photosmudger did a great post on the books photographers should read to get insight into the critical theory side of the art. I want to share with you the top three books on his list that he’s convinced me to read. To see the rest of the reading list and to be convinced, as I was, why you should delve into critical theory head over to the photosmudger post.
Ways of Seeing by John Berger
This, according to the photosmudger, is “the grand-daddy of them all” and required reading.
The GoodReads blurb: John Berger’s Ways of Seeing is one of the most stimulating and the most influential books on art in any language. First published in 1972, it was based on the BBC television series about which the (London) Sunday Times critic commented: “This is an eye-opener in more ways than one: by concentrating on how we look…
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