- Series: Voices That Matter
- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (September 25, 2009)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0321684788
- ISBN-13: 978-0321684783
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 69 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,097,978 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A beacon of creativity with boundless energy, Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. InThe Best Camera Is The One That's With You,Chase reimagines, examines, and redefines the intersection of art and popular culture through images shot with his iPhone.
The pictures in the book, all taken with Chase's iPhone, make up a visual notebook—a photographic journal—from the past year of his life. The book is full of visually-rich iPhone photos and peppered with inspiring anecdotes.
Two megapixels at a time, these images have been gathered and bound into a book that represents a stake in the ground. With it, Chase underscores the idea that an image can come from any camera, even a mobile phone. As Chase writes, “Inherently, we all know that an image isn't measured by its resolution, dynamic range, or anything technical. It's measured by the simple—sometimes profound, other times absurd or humorous or whimsical—effect that it can have upon us. If you can see it, it can move you.
This book is geared to inspire everyone, regardless of their level of photography knowledge, that you can capture moments and share them with our friends, families, loved ones, or the world at the press of a button.
Readers of The Best Camera Is The One That's With You will also enjoy the iPhone application Chase Jarvis created in conjunction with this book, appropriately named Best Camera. Best Camera has a unique set of filters and effects that can be applied at the touch of a button. Stack them. Mix them. Remix them. Best Camera also allows you to share directly to a host of social marketing sites via www.thebestcamera.com, a new online community that allows you to contribution to a living, breathing gallery of the best iPhone photography from around the globe.
Together, the book, app, and website, represent a first-of-its-kind ecosystem dedicated to encouraging creativity through picture taking with the camera that you already have.The Best Camera Is The One That's With You—shoot!
About the Author
Chase Jarvis is well known as a visionary photographer, director, and social artist. He is widely recognized for re-imagining, examining, and redefining the intersection of art and popular culture through still and moving pictures. While commercial work for brands like Nike, Pepsi, Volvo, Reebok, Apple, and Red Bull have earned him recognition from the International Photography Awards, The Advertising Photographers of America, Prix de la Photographie Paris, and numerous other industry buzz centers, his recent push into personal work and fine art has rapidly gained the attention of curators and art critics, mainstream audiences, and celebrity circles worldwide. The online hub for Jarvis and his work is at http://www.chasejarvis.com
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Chase Jarvis is an award winning, internationally renowned photographer based in Seattle, WA. While Chase is well known for his innovative commercial work, he has also gained a large following through online forums due to his willingness to share advice / tips on his blog, his inspiring collection of personal photography and his advocacy of social networking.
"The Best Camera is the one that's with you" is his latest initiative, a 256 page photography book featuring only images taken with his iPhone. The book was released in 2009, and also coincides with his online iPhone photo ecosystem via the website [...]. I purchased my copy through Amazon a couple of weeks ago and just managed to get around to reviewing it.
The book itself comes in a minimalist, small format (6 x 6 x 0.7 inches). There is little in the way of written work, consisting mostly of images and titles, with a few of Chase's personal inspirational quotes scattered throughout. The photos are clearly the focus of the book, with each one attempting to underscore the statement that it's "the photographer that matters". Chase cover a wide range of both subjects and locations with images shot from plane windows, around the streets of Seattle, in bars and restaurants and by hotel pools. It's clear that Jarvis' iPhone goes pretty much everywhere he does. Many get a heavy dose of post processing, using a variety of filters. Several shots are black and white, others highly saturated mimicking a Holga or Lomo like effect. Others receive a lensbaby like finishing. The effects are wide and varied and it keeps things fresh. The quality of the shots themselves vary. A couple rank among my favourite images I've seen this year (irrespective of the camera used). Others are more slivers of insight into Jarvis' daily life - immensely meaningful to the subjects and the photographer and inspirational examples to anyone else.
Chase's work in "The Best Camera..." reminds me somewhat of the groundbreaking photos from Hiromix (real name Hiromi Toshikawa), a female Japanese photographer who rocketed to fame in the mid 1990's when she won a high profile Canon competition in Japan at age 19. Her original work could be characterised as the simple photo diary, and spawned a generation of female photographers who started seeing their every day lives around them a little differently. Chase's promotion of the camera phone as a meaningful photographic tool could potentially do the same.
In addition to the images, the quotations found within are of particular interest. "Each photograph is a tiny invention" and "No longer do I tire of the lounge or the crappy food or the painfully lines at airports" are both statements that have lived with me long after my first reading. Chase's quote about the gourmet chef who comes home and makes himself a grilled cheese sandwich is pure class. It's the perfect example of "strong words, softly spoken" - a case brilliantly argued without a great deal of fuss or words. In doing so, "The Best Camera..." quietly and effectively goes about putting to shame anyone whose ever muttered "there's nothing to shoot" or "if only I had a more expensive camera".
Undoubtedly with work like this, there will be some critiques who will pour scorn on the image quality found on some of the pages. The digital photography industry has given birth to a generation of "pixel peepers" and "The Best Camera..." stares down and challenges that trend. The few who walk away from the book thinking "so what" are the ones who are are missing a bigger point when it comes to photography. Inspiration is often what you make of it.
While the book benefits from a close association with the iPhone, it's not about the iPhone as a photographic tool. They key aim of the book is simpler - a demonstration that you don't need the latest or best equipment to produce great images. However, even with Jarvis' status, the book will ultimately will live or die by the quality of the work found within. And on that basis, how does it rate? My verdict is that the book absolutely succeeds in what it sets out to do - to challenge, to lead by example and to inspire. While it's a different experience than flipping through a commercial portfolio, the images are all about inspiring the reader to go out and shoot something different (or shoot something ordinary, but do it differently) and by this measure, "The Best Camera..." triumphs in every way.
Back in September Jarvis released a sort of trio of unsuspecting photography tools based on his famously popular iPhone photos. You can view many of his iPhone snaps on his TwitPic stream. His photos get thousands of views by other Twitter users, more often than not bringing up the question, "how did you do that?"
The answer came out in the form of The Best Camera iPhone app, a social photo site The Best [...] and a fantastic book full of inspiration, illustration and annotation.
The idea behind the project is simple, the best camera is the one you have with you, something Jarvis has proven this to be true time and time again. From photos of sewer grates to open fields to elevator steps to the decontextualized, his photos rarely fail to capture a certain photographic spirit.
The Best Camera iPhone app is a solid photo manipulator. It's not meant to fix problems with photos but by stacking various filters allowing the photographer to create something truly unique. You can easily share your photos with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends as well as the applications aforementioned social site..
Jarvis's book is essential the printed version of his TwitPic and Best Camera photo streams.
The photos are well printed and laid out in a way that somehow seems to work. With such a comprehensive and yet random subject matter, making something cohesive must have been difficult.. Most photography books I've picked up have been about one particular subject. This book is different. It captures everything, a sort of stream of consciousness.
Some of the cropping and effects used in his iPhone app seem to be a bit overdone, I subscribe to a sort of less-is-more faculty when it comes to these sorts of things.
Cropping down so many of the photos to fit the square book along with the exaggeration in color had me questioning the power of the photos themselves. Would they have been as interesting on their own or do they rely on the effects in the program?
Perhaps in the end these sorts of questions don't matter. If the photos come out beautifully, carry a narrative or simply peek interest, perhaps they've done their job.
For under $15, this book is a steal. It's really a blast to browse through the photos, to see how the limitations of a camera can become a tool. When I switched to a 50mm prime lens from a 18-135 zoom, I found myself taking much better photos. The same seems to happen with the iPhone. This book serves as a sort of illustration and guide to what is possible, though ultimately the limits are endless.
I do wish that a little more info was given about each photo (the only reason why this book didn't garner a 5 star review) but I guess if room had been made to allow for more detailed descriptions, they would have need to cut some photos, which would have been a shame.
All in all, this is a great book for anyone interested in iPhone photography or even just photography in general!