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Exhibiting Photography: A Practical Guide to Choosing a Space, Displaying Your Work, and Everything in Between Paperback – February 5, 2008

ISBN-13: 978-0240809397 ISBN-10: 0240809394 Edition: 0th

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Focal Press (February 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0240809394
  • ISBN-13: 978-0240809397
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,446,230 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is a crying need for a business perspective to the contemporary creative arts. My colleagues in the professional world rightly despair at the progressive reduction in confidence and breadth of knowledge of those wishing to enter the world of commerce."
-Geoff Clark, photographer and exhibitor with 40 years' experience

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Conrad J. Obregon VINE VOICE on May 20, 2008
Format: Paperback
Here's a book aimed at serious photographers. In case you might have made a mistake and thought this book would show you how to display a photograph on your living room wall, it is instead for folks who want to display their photographs in a public venue.

After a general introduction to the subject, the book discusses finding an exhibition space, including a few that might not come readily to mind; planning and research for the exhibition; publicity; preparation for installation; and the actual hanging of the work.

The book is about the logistics of exhibiting and not much about the art, although Read makes suggestions relating to both the preparatory phases and the actual installation that will help in a more artful presentation. My first thought, as I opened the book, was that this was just common sense. However, I've lived long enough to have made a lot of mistakes and as I read along I kept encountering advice that I wished I had had before making some of those mistakes. For example, Read tells you that when it comes to the actual hanging, lay out the installation on the walls completely with pencil, ruler and level before you drive a nail. If I had done that on a particular occasion, I probably wouldn't have ended up taking down a bunch of pictures because my last frame was butted up against a corner. Emphasizing the importance of backwards scheduling in detail might have prevented the pile of advance brochures that arrived the day before the event. It's this kind of nitty-gritty detail that can keep one out of trouble. And of course the advice that, if you cut yourself on the glass for a frame, you should walk away from the framing area immediately to avoid bleeding on the work is a good reminder.
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This is a challenging economic time for photographers. Exhibiting is an excellent venue for getting a photographer's work in front of a new audience.

Shirley Read's book surprised me. I thought I was well versed in the topic. However, she and the team of photographers who share their experiences illuminated my insights into photographic exhibition to a far greater scale than I had anticipated.

It's not a book of pretty pictures. I'd term it "text heavy" in a most positive way. This book is very thorough in it's approach. With a variety of voices adding to Shirley's expertise, this book is more than one person's vantage point.

"Exhibiting Photography" stimulates the creative business mind.
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It is not simple to find a book that explain clearly the techniques about organizing an exhibition: this text is well written, clear, and very useful both for photographers, artists and, well, exhibition curators. Worth every dollar you pay, if you are a Fine Art photographer who wants to know how, when and where exhibiting your precious images!
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By walter on September 10, 2013
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The book covers all the aspect related to exhibiting with a simple language so that it is easy to follow even for amateur or beginners.
Too bad the kindle version had black and white illustrations.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Thorsten Gohl on September 19, 2010
Format: Paperback
The author eases you into the world of exhibiting photography.

His language is using words that speak to me and make it easy to follow his thoughts. Step by step he explains what a photographer should do and what not to do during the period of planning and executing. Everything is very detailed from thinking about the exhibition space to creating a web gallery/exhibition during or after the show. That is the part I enjoy. The book does not talk about the actual exhibition, but starts with the pre production and ends up with following up on the gallery as well as other exhibition possibilities. Is that not something how every photographer works? Great handouts! Easy to use as I can just check them one by one if I want to start my own exhibition! In the book there is also a few case studies, to give you a few examples about different exhibitions already planned and executed. Sometimes it feels like there is too much information, too much to read, but it is very helpful. Reading a list might help you, explaining the list is even more helpful. It is definitely worth while to not just copy the handouts out, make a note of the check lists and off you go. No!

This book guides you through the stages of presenting your work. Many of the ideas are common knowledge, but for me and my next exhibition, it is something to keep in mind and remind myself!
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