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Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years.
Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.
Bruce has authored several books, some of which have become classics. The Art of Photography was first published in 1994 and remained in print until 2007. Bruce has been self-publishing the book ever since, but with limited distribution (until now).
Bruce is a frequent contributor to several photography magazines. His series "The Master Printing Class" is featured in each issue of Photo Techniques, and his articles are published regularly in LensWork. Through his workshops, articles, lectures, books, and innovative photography, Bruce has become a well-known and highly-respected photographer, educator, and pioneer.
Bruce is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both for his exceptional black and white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found, and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter. His work is represented by more than ten galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and is in the collections of museums and private collectors worldwide.
Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through his involvement and leadership with organizations such as the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, the Stillaguamish Citizens' Alliance, 1000 Friends of Washington, and the North Cascades Conservation Council.
Too many photography guides are written with a dry, technical style that is good for picking up a few new tricks, but does little to kindle a passion for the art. Read morePublished 25 days ago by Chris C.
I have a lot of photography books and most are very basic and not worth the money. I can honestly say
I would buy this one again
I love the pictures in this book, and how this goes beyond the mechanics of a good picture. Well Done!!Published 2 months ago by Donna
A disappointment. I'm a boomer, I've shot film, dabbled in b/w developing/printing and have for the past 4 years been shooting digital; I'm a pretty proficient amateur... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Bill G.
This book was exactly what I was looking for. Barnbaum s approach is simple and yet so profound. Read more
One of the best photography instruction books I have read in a long time! I am starting to follow his philosophy with excellent results. Read morePublished 3 months ago by RajahX
Best photography book I have read. It reinvigorated my interest in photography that had been waning.Published 3 months ago by D. Williams