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"Who is this book for? This is yet another excellent read for aspiring photographers. Breaking down the many overwhelming aspects and complications of photography, this book manages to focus on what is most relevant in true photographic creation. The Minimalist Photographer touches on all of the key components of authentic photography in an easy to digest and extremely helpful manner." -- Photo.net
About the Author
Steve Johnson was originally a painter who took photographs. Over the last decade he has become a photographer who paints occasionally. His distinctive minimal style stems from the belief that subject matter is not as important as aesthetic considerations like composition, tone, and line.
Steve has taught visual art and undertaken commercial art projects on both sides of the Atlantic and in the Middle East. He and his wife also owned a gallery that specialized in both painting and photography.
Steve's work has been exhibited in both the United States and the United Kingdom. He is a UK citizen who lives and works in the American Midwest.
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Top Customer Reviews
Johnson clearly sets the premise for this book in the Introduction, beginning with the all-too-familiar crisis that a lot of us face after the excitement of a new camera wears off and we ask ourselves, "What now?" He came to realize that without bringing some kind of aesthetic philosophy to his photography, it would remain little more than an exercise in technical competence. He chose a minimalist, reductionist philosophical approach, and found that it works on all levels, whether as a style of art or as a conscious choice in equipment. Once that approach, that philosophy, was in place, the possibilities opened up, and interesting images could be made from nearly anything.
Developing an aesthetic philosophy begins with self-exploration, and the first chapter is appropriately titled "You." It starts with an explanation of why it is easier now to develop your own approach to photography than it was in the past, thanks to digital cameras and being able to share photos on the Internet, without worrying about meeting a pre-ordained standard set by publishers and gallery owners.
The chapter really kicks in for me, though, when Johnson poses the question, "Why do you want to take photographs?" It is a harder question to answer than it might first appear, but it is the first step toward developing your own philosophy, and you need to be honest. From there he asks, "What type of photographer are you now?Read more ›
Steve takes a long view of the art of photography. He adequately reviews the history of where photography has been, where it is now, and peers into the future.
If you have felt overwhelmed by the flood of technology on the market, you will find relief here, as Steve points out the pitfalls of the photographic publications' bias towards the market's "latest and greatest." He supports your suspicion that you don't have to invest excessively while pointing you in the right direction regarding your interests and what the market offers.
Steve's interest is in promoting you as a reflective and thoughtful student of the photographic arts. We are all students here and in the introduction to his chapter on Composition and Aesthetics he says, "I believe we learn more from teachers who are not afraid to inject their own thoughts and passions regarding a subject than those who do their best to imitate a textbook on legs." Steve is passionate about this art form and to illustrate his book each chapter includes a gallery of his photos that not only illustrate the points of the chapter but his point of view captured in the title, The Minimalist Photographer.
This book challenges the reader to think about the question of why and to engage with others regarding the art of photography. It is written for a broad spectrum: from beginner to seasoned veteran and offers thoughtful commentary to all. I strongly recommend it to anyone who uses a camera either casually or consciously striving to grow their eye.
The book itself is very person centered rather than technology or technique centered and starts with the question of why do you want to take photos and what sort of photographer do you want to be. While this may seem trite it should actually be the basis for all your decisions as a photographer - your approach is going to be radically different if you are interested in say taking snaps for a blog rather than portrait photography. From there you're led into a discussion of the workflow which is requirements rather than technology based; use the workflow that works for you not that advocated by anyone else. I think this is the only photography book I've seen so far that doesn't fall into line with the "thou must use Photoshop" edict and instead recommends the rather lighter weight and simpler (but perfectly adequate for most purposes) Lightroom.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a book about photography and introspection. As I see it, any life or art that comes out of deep introspection is by definition minimalist, regardless of how it looks, since... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Jerry Katz
The title should be Photography for beginners and not The Minimalistic Photographer. And even then; I wouldn't recommend it.Published 3 months ago by Jose
I was quite taken with the authors perspective on what he sees in the future for photography. I also liked the fact that he cautioned that what he believes will happen may not be... Read morePublished 9 months ago by Amazon Customer
A very well written and informative book on minimalism! There are so many books on the market that will tell you how to achieve a number of different effects and yet so few relate... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Leanne M. Staples
The Minimalist Photographer by Steve Johnson
As a photographer it is easy for me to want the next camera, camera lens, accessory, photobook or magazine to enhance my... Read more
Good technical information and good advice about finding your path in photography. The author is not an equipment snob which I appreciated. Read morePublished 19 months ago by pat bernardini
This is a good read and has a lot of good information. It is a very good insight into using your camera for Minimalist Photography. The author has an exlentent web site as well.Published 22 months ago by Skip Davis
This is an interesting and thought provoking book. The author dives into the concept of photography for photography's sake. Read morePublished on January 9, 2014 by Dan Holmes Photo