Galen Rowell's Vision: The Art of Adventure Photography Hardcover – November 9, 1993
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Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc.
- Item Weight : 2.25 pounds
- Hardcover : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0871564580
- ISBN-13 : 978-0871564580
- Dimensions : 7.25 x 1 x 10.25 inches
- Publisher : Sierra Club Books; 1st Printing edition (November 9, 1993)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #644,001 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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If this book had held together I would have rated it five stars without question. However, due to the poor quality of construction by the publisher, I'd have to recommend you save your money.
How much greater could Galen have become given the tool of modern day (i.e. 2013) digital technology?
This book is a must buy for any photographer who aspires to be better.
Galen Rowell's essays are richly entwined with clear strands of philosophical, technical, and artistic perspectives.
Like Galen has done most of his life--explore and adventure--the book is an exploration of inner and outer realms. Throughout the 60 essays, we explore the outer, physical world, as well as the inner thoughtful and emotional world that accompanies aesthetic photography.
Galen becomes our guide as he shows us new pathways of exploring photography. We learn to think about creating visual order out of chaos. We see the relationship between thoughtful preparation and capturing an image. While commonsense techniques are suggested, we learn to validate old technology as well as recent innovations. We are apprised of ethical issues when shooting. And most important (for me) we explore the resonance between spirit, content, and form through photography.
This book, with its exquisite images and stories behind them, will likely help you see better, become more contemplative as a photographer, and encourage you to capture that which you see with greater emotional integrity and technical competence.
So you can imagine my surprise, when I found myself reading the words with as much care as I was looking at the photos ... Rowell carefully describes his preparations, his thoughts and preferences ... he writes as he photographs ... in a direct manner, with few affectations and no gimmicks ... The reader learns not so much about f-stops or apertures, but is introduced into the mind set of an adventurer, an exceptional photographer ... whose approach to image making is both pragmatic and inspirational ... the photographs are more instructional than usual ... but an exceptionally good read!
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Sadly the quality of the book did not do justice as the pages especially round the photo sections became unstitched from the spine so I had to send off for a replacement after only getting to page 71. I hope to finish reading it when I get the replacement.
Update: Amazon replaced the book very promptly and credited the return and the quality of the replacement appears to be a lot better (no loose pages)