Why Photographs Work: 52 Great Images: Who Made Them, What Makes Them Special and Why

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Every photographer, from weekend enthusiast to professional, can learn by studying the "greats". In Why Photographs Work, author/photographer George Barr analyzes 52 striking images by some of the world's top photographers. Accompanying Barr's analysis of each image is an explanation by the photographer describing the circumstances of making the image, including not only the how, but also the why. Also included is each photographer's biography, a reference to his or her websites and publications, and brief ...

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Overview

Every photographer, from weekend enthusiast to professional, can learn by studying the "greats". In Why Photographs Work, author/photographer George Barr analyzes 52 striking images by some of the world's top photographers. Accompanying Barr's analysis of each image is an explanation by the photographer describing the circumstances of making the image, including not only the how, but also the why. Also included is each photographer's biography, a reference to his or her websites and publications, and brief technical descriptions of the equipment used in making each image.

With guidance from Barr, we learn to decipher that certain intangible "something" that makes an image go beyond the ordinary. As we gain an understanding of and appreciation for the elements that make an image truly great, we are bound to improve our own images as well.

Included are images by:
Charles Cramer, Bruce Barnbaum, Harald Mante, Dan Burkholder, Nick Brandt, Hans Strand, Roman Loranc, Huntington Witherill, Susan Burnstine, Ryuijie, Beth Moon, Phil Borges, Shaun O'Boyle, David Ward, Michael Levin, Michael Reichmann, Michael Kenna, Cole Thompson, George Jerkovich, Bengt Ekelberg, Sandra Davis, Brian Kosoff, Joe Lipka, Gordon Lewis, Lawrence Chrismas, Craig Richards, and many more.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781933952703
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook
  • Publication date: 12/28/2010
  • Pages: 228
  • Sales rank: 817,105
  • Product dimensions: 10.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

George Barr is a photographer living in Calgary, Canada. Serious about photography since age 12, working initially with a WWII Zeiss Ikonta in a basement-bathroom "darkroom", he has progressed through medium format, 4X5, and now digital SLR's. He earns his living as a family doctor with a special interest in psychiatry but his primary passion has always been the fine art print.

Major milestones include learning to make quality prints from Fred Picker, learning to really "see" photographs from Hubert Hohn of the Edmonton Art Gallery, looking at Edward Weston prints bare, attending workshops, working with galleries, and being published.

George has had his images published in the magazines Black and White Photography, Black and White, Focus, Lenswork, and Outdoor Photography.

By the time George closed his darkroom, he was making very high quality prints and carried on this quality with digital cameras and inkjet printing, producing some of the finest inkjet prints made, surprising many traditional 4X5 photographers with the level of quality.

Throughout his life George has been a teacher of medical students & residents, patients, and fellow photographers. A writer of understandable patient newsletters and handouts, it was a short step to writing essays on photography. George has bravely tackled the challenging subjects of aesthetics, seeing, and composing in a style that is clear, practical, and applicable to many.

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Table of Contents

  • Dedication
  • Introduction
  • Chapter 1: Circular Chimney
  • Chapter 2: Iparo
  • Chapter 3: Elephant Drinking
  • Chapter 4: Glowing Autumn Forest
  • Chapter 5: Tree and Pond in Fall
  • Chapter 6: Bridge To Nowhere
  • Chapter 7: Pillow of Sickness
  • Chapter 8: Two Cape Breton Miners
  • Chapter 9: Traigh Eais Barra
  • Chapter 10: Tree Detail, Autumn, Zion Valley, Utah
  • Chapter 11: Stones in Window
  • Chapter 12: Moore Hall Interior # 1
  • Chapter 13: Shiprock Storm
  • Chapter 14: Manipulation
  • Chapter 15: Sleeping Halls
  • Chapter 16: Comp 16/07
  • Chapter 17: White Delphinium
  • Chapter 18: Caixa 1
  • Chapter 19: The Temple Of Godless Aphaia
  • Chapter 20: Sunflower Coal
  • Chapter 21: Fugue
  • Chapter 22: Huangshan Mountains, Study # 19
  • Chapter 23: Three Crosses
  • Chapter 24: Code
  • Chapter 25: Bluefin Trevally Herding Akule
  • Chapter 26: Precipitation
  • Chapter 27: Labyrinth 01
  • Chapter 28: Franciscan Church, Vilnius
  • Chapter 29: Color Prayer Flags – 2
  • Chapter 30: Fire & Ice
  • Chapter 31: Terminal Mirage 8
  • Chapter 32: Two People/Two Doors – Carlow, Ireland
  • Chapter 33: Dancer
  • Chapter 34: Sir Edward James Garden Sculpture
  • Chapter 35: Trumpet Plant
  • Chapter 36: Asylum Doors
  • Chapter 37: Waiting
  • Chapter 38: Front Towards Enemy
  • Chapter 39: Melange Un
  • Chapter 40: A June Evening, Hornby Island
  • Chapter 41: Vincente, Nebaj El Quiché
  • Chapter 42: Dancing in Bubbles
  • Chapter 43: Black Oaks, Morning Mist, Yosemite Valley, California
  • Chapter 44: River, South Coast, Iceland
  • Chapter 45: Auschwitz # 14
  • Chapter 46: Fe2O3 # 6, Kos, Greece
  • Chapter 47: Times Square
  • Chapter 48: Mrs. Nishimoto
  • Chapter 49: Birch and Window, Colmar, France
  • Chapter 50: Chrome Handle
  • Chapter 51: Descending Angel
  • Chapter 52: Tulips #55
  • Recommended Photographers


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