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Vilém Flusser was born in Prague, Czech Republic in 1920 – died 1991. He became a lecturer and a writer on language, design and communications. Towards a…

At 35 by 31 cm, this is the largest hard-cover photographic book I have reviewed. I prefer small, lighter books (the lug factor). Thankfully the London Library…

The Quality Instinct – Seeing Art Through a Museum Director’s Eye was published in 2012 by the American Association of Museums in Washington DC. This in-house…

In 2014, This Is Pollock, was thrust upon us by Laurence King Publishing, UK. The text is by Catherine Ingram, the illustrations by Peter Arkle. A small…

The powerful, yet conservative, photographic division of the mighty Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City published a book on Brassai in 1968. The 20 x…

Latent Image, The Discovery of Photography is a 22 x 15 cm book of 148 pages by Beaumont Newhall. It outlines the discovery of still photography centered…

In 1980 Mt Saint Helens erupts, John Lennon is shot dead, and CNN is launched. Photography & Society by Gisèle Freund is for sale in bookstores. D R Godine was…

Yousuf Karsh 1908–2002. In Search of Greatness – Reflections of Yousuf Karsh, is a 210-page book published by the University of Toronto Press in 1962. It…

Robin Kelsey has given us a 400-page book, Photography and the Art of Chance, in 2015 with about 65 b&w reproductions. He is a Professor of Photography at…

Vicki Goldberg is an award-winning author of several books on still photography. In 1997, the prestigious Infinity Award, created by The International Center…

I would love to review a book on abstract photography, but I have yet to find one in the local library. Still photography seems to be an unending norm. Why is…

Love? Who did Pascal think he was kidding? He was like me, like every other war-besotted journalist. An unapologetic hedonist. An adrenaline addict, hooked on…

Photography In Canada, 1960–2000 is a 176-page catalogue self-published by the Canadian [still] Photography Institute (CPI) within the National Gallery of…

The Clarence H White School of Photography – Pictorialism Into Modernism is a 207-page illustrated book, 30 x 24 cm, written and edited by 3 women. It was…

David Robinson is a still photographer who travelled, photographed and wrote. From his layered website, he had 6 books published. He briefly describes how…

August Sander (1876–1964) was a German still photographer. His big project, “Man of the 20th Century” was never fully realized. The book, August Sander, holds…

Group f.64 is a 400-page, illustrated history book by Mary Street Alinder, published by Bloomsbury, New York in 2014. She has written 3 books on Ansel Adams…

Perhaps 1 in 10,000 still photographers can draw or paint a fairly decent, realistic image. It is much easier for the herd to engulf everyday realities with a…

To my surprise, George Bernard Shaw (GBS), 1856–1950, was quite the still photographer. Normally, we think of him as a playwright, novelist and art critic. He…

Alfred Stieglitz, an American Seer, by Dorothy Norman, 1990, an Aperture Biography, 240 pages, is the best art book I’ve read in quite some time. I believe…
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