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101 Quick and Easy Ideas Taken from the Master Photographers of the Twentieth Century

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  • Posted September 28, 2010

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    So that's how they did it!

    Matthew Bamberg is the photographers' friend - whether that photographer is a professional or an absolute amateur or in the 'gray area' somewhere in between. This book is not only a fascinating series of mini-biographies of the greats in photography, it is also a workable guide on how to recognize what it is about a famous photographer's work that makes it unique AND how to go from there to making your own images incorporate some of these ideas.

    Each of the 37 chapters in this book (well illustrated with images you will recognize and some you can work from) is dedicated to one photographer: Ansel Adams, Eugène Atget, Brassaï (pseudonym of Gyula Halász), Imogen Cunningham, William Klein, André Kertész, Dorothea Lange, Paul Strand, Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston and more. Bamberg opens each chapter with a summary of the artist's life and defines what made that artist great. He then focuses on an aspect of that greatness, explains how it can be achieved with our own camera, and follows this with a fine example. It is teaching of the first rank.

    Critics will say the book is too simplified, to lacking in backup data or depth. But that is not the audience Bamberg addresses. Matthew Bamberg shares with the public how aspects of art can come from each of us. And therein lies the beauty of his many books from the 'Quick and Easy' series!

    Grady Harp

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