- Paperback: 408 pages
- Publisher: Focal Press; 6 edition (February 14, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0415730953
- ISBN-13: 978-0415730952
- Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.9 x 10.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 11 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #386,244 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels 6th Edition
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'Thoroughly 'user friendly', Exploring Color Photography is an ideal instructional textbook for college and university level photography curriculums and should be considered a critically important acquisition for professional and academic library Photography instructional reference collections and supplemental studies reading lists.' - Michael J. Carson, The Midwest Book Review
About the Author
Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, curator, and the director of Light Research (lightresearch.net). His books include: Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials, and Processes, and Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960. Hirsch is a former Associate Editor for Digital Camera (UK) and Photovision, and a contributor to Afterimage, exposure, Contact Sheet, The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, History of Photography, The Photographic Collector, The Photo Review, and World Book Encyclopedia as well as former Director of CEPA Gallery. Hirsch’s work has been exhibited in over 200 solo and group shows.
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Robert Hirsch has made a significant contribution to the world of photography with his books, including his classic "Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography." His book "Transformational Imagemaking" rewrites the history of photography by bringing to light decades of work and artists not covered in traditional narratives. This book follows in that tradition by going beyond what other books provide.
"Exploring Color Photography" is for those who believe that true art and creativity comes from more than know what button to button to push (there are already plenty of books on that). Art comes from your head and your heart – and this book is designed to help you to see and think like an artist.
Color is an immensely complicated subject. This book breaks down the topics into easily grasped chapters - but always with an eye to how an artist can use this information. Even the technical sections become invitations to explore creative possibilities. Throughout the book are many sidebars on "problem solving" that cover key concepts in understanding color as well as technical challenges you might encounter. Many of these can be used as self-directed photography assignments to help you learn the subject in greater detail.
This book is encyclopedic in the sheer number of photographers represented in its pages – both those who are typically seen and those who's will be new discoveries for you. Each one has a paragraph or two giving you insight into the thought processes behind the artist's work, mostly in their own words. This alone guarantees that this book will be a source of inspiration for many years.
This book would function brilliantly as a textbook. It contains far more information than could possibly be covered in any class. Besides jump-starting your personal creativity, it also covers art history, safety, environmental issues with the materials used, as well as archival information and getting your work out into the world.
The truly amazing thing about this book is that even within the scope of the technical information presented, it never fails to keep its true focus on making art. A book that reduces photography to pushing a few buttons won't change your life – this book, on the other hand, probably will.