Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Photography Criticism & Essays. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

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Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

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  • Author: Kristina Aldsworth
  • Publisher: Independently published (February 13, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 979-8708852571
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.16 x 11 inches


2. Photo No-Nos: Meditations on What Not to Photograph

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

At turns humorous and absurd, heartfelt and searching, Photo No-Nos is for photographers of all levels wishing to avoid easy metaphors and to sharpen their visual communication skills. Photographers often have unwritten lists of subjects they tell themselves not to shoot―things that are cliché, exploitative, derivative, sometimes even arbitrary. Photo No-Nos features ideas, stories, and anecdotes from many of the world’s most talented photographers and photography professionals, along with an encyclopedic list of more than a thousand taboo subjects compiled from and with pictures by contributors. Not a strict guide, but a series of meditations on “bad” pictures, Photo No-Nos covers a wide range of topics, from sunsets and roses to issues of colonialism, stereotypes, and social responsibility. At a time when societies are reckoning with what and how to communicate through media and who has the right to do so, this book is a timely and thoughtful resource on what photographers consider to be off-limits, and how they have contended with their own self-imposed rules without being paralyzed by them.

  • Author: Jason Fulford
  • Publisher: Aperture (July 13, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1597114998
  • Dimensions: 5.91 x 9.06 inches


3. On Photography

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

Winner of the National Book Critics' Circle Award for Criticism . One of the most highly regarded books of its kind, Susan Sontag's On Photography first appeared in 1977 and is described by its author as "a progress of essays about the meaning and career of photographs." It begins with the famous "In Plato's Cave"essay, then offers five other prose meditations on this topic, and concludes with a fascinating and far-reaching "Brief Anthology of Quotations."

  • Author: Susan Sontag
  • Publisher: Picador; 1st edition (August 25, 2001)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0312420093
  • Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.57 x 8.25 inches


4. Decolonising the Camera: Photography in Racial Time

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

Decolonising the Camera trains Mark Sealy's sharp critical eye on the racial politics at work within photography, in the context of heated discussions around race and representation, the legacies of colonialism, and the importance of decolonising the university. Sealy analyses a series of images within and against the violent political reality of Western imperialism, and aims to extract new meanings and develop new ways of seeing that bring the Other into focus. The book demonstrates that if we do not recognise the historical and political conjunctures of racial politics at work within photography, and their effects on those that have been culturally erased, made invisible or less than human by such images, then we remain hemmed within established orthodoxies of colonial thought concerning the racialised body, the subaltern and the politics of human recognition. With detailed analyses of photographs - included in an insert - by Alice Seeley Harris, Joy Gregory, Rotimi Fani-Kayode and others, and spanning more than 100 years of photographic history, Decolonising the Camera contains vital visual and written material for readers interested in photography, race, human rights and the effects of colonial violence.

  • Author: Mark Sealy
  • Publisher: Lawrence & Wishart (July 1, 2019)
  • Genre: Politics & Social Sciences, Sociology
  • ISBN: 978-1912064755
  • Dimensions: 5.51 x 0.62 x 8.5 inches


5. The Photographer's Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

The best way to learn is by doing. The Photographer's Playbook features photography assignments, as well as ideas, stories and anecdotes from many of the world's most talented photographers and photography professionals. Whether you're looking for exercises to improve your craft—alone or in a group—or you're interested in learning more about the medium, this playful collection will inspire fresh ways of engaging with photographic process. Inside you will find advice for better shooting and editing, creative ways to start new projects, games and activities and insight into the practices of those responsible for our most iconic photographs—John Baldessari, Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jim Goldberg, Miranda July, Susan Meiselas, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Tim Walker and many more. The book also features a Polaroid alphabet by Mike Slack, which divides each chapter, and a handy subject guide. Edited by acclaimed photographers Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern, the assignments and project ideas in this book are indispensable for teachers and students, and great fun for everyone fascinated by taking pictures.

  • Author: Jason Fulford
  • Publisher: Aperture; Illustrated edition (June 30, 2014)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1597112475
  • Dimensions: 6.03 x 1.22 x 9.15 inches


6. Richard Misrach on Landscape and Meaning (The Photography Workshop Series)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

In the sixth installment of The Photography Workshop Series, Richard Misrach―well known for sublime and expansive landscapes that focus on the relationship between humans and their environment―offers his insight into creating photographs that are visually beautiful and contain cultural implications. Aperture Foundation works with the world’s top photographers to distill their creative approaches to, teachings on, and insights into photography―offering the workshop experience in a book. Our goal is to inspire photographers at all levels who wish to improve their work, as well as readers interested in deepening their understanding of the art of photography. Through images and words, in this volume Misrach shares his own creative process and discusses a wide range of issues, from the language of color photography and the play of light and atmosphere, to transcending place and time through metaphor, myth, and abstraction.

  • Author: Richard Misrach
  • Publisher: Aperture (January 12, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1597114776
  • Dimensions: 7.5 x 0.4 x 10 inches


7. Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

This brief text is designed to help both beginning and advanced students of photography better develop and articulate thoughtful criticism. Organized around the major activities of criticism (describing, interpreting, evaluating, and theorizing), Criticizing Photographs provides a clear framework and vocabulary for students' critical skill development. The fourth edition includes new black and white and color images, updated commentary, a completely revised chapter on theory that offers a broad discussion of digital images, and an expanded chapter eight on studio critiques and writing about photographs, plus examples of student writing and critique.

  • Author: Terry Barrett
  • Publisher: McGraw-Hill Humanities Social; Subsequent edition (July 22, 2005)
  • Genre: New, Used & Rental Textbooks, Humanities
  • ISBN: 978-0072977431
  • Dimensions: 7.25 x 0.5 x 8.75 inches


8. The New Black Vanguard: Photography Between Art and Fashion

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

In The New Black Vanguard: Photography between Art and Fashion , curator and critic Antwaun Sargent addresses a radical transformation taking place in fashion and art today. The featuring of the Black figure and Black runway and cover models in the media and art has been one marker of increasingly inclusive fashion and art communities. More critically, however, the contemporary visual vocabulary around beauty and the body has been reinfused with new vitality and substance thanks to an increase in powerful images authored by an international community of Black photographers. In a richly illustrated essay, Sargent opens up the conversation around the role of the Black body in the marketplace; the cross-pollination between art, fashion, and culture in constructing an image; and the institutional barriers that have historically been an impediment to Black photographers participating more fully in the fashion (and art) industries. Fifteen artist portfolios feature the brightest contemporary fashion photographers, including Tyler Mitchell, the first Black photographer hired to shoot a cover story for American Vogue; Campbell Addy, founder of the Nii Agency and journal; and Nadine Ijewere, whose early series title, The Misrepresentation of Representation, says it all. Alongside a series of conversations between generations, their images and stories chart the history of inclusion, and exclusion, in the creation of the commercial Black image, while simultaneously proposing a brilliantly reenvisioned future. Photographs by Campbell Addy, Arielle Bobb-Willis, Micaiah Carter, Awol Erizku, Nadine Ijewere, Quil Lemons, Namsa Leuba, Renell Medrano, Tyler Mitchell, Jamal Nxedlana, Daniel Obasi, Ruth Ossai, Adrienne Raquel, Dana Scruggs, and Stephen Tayo And including conversations with Shaniqwa Jarvis, Mickalene Thomas, and Deborah Willis

  • Author: Antwaun Sargent
  • Publisher: Aperture; Illustrated edition (October 29, 2019)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Fashion
  • ISBN: 978-1597114684
  • Dimensions: 8.25 x 1.1 x 10.98 inches


9. See/Saw: Looking at Photographs

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

A lavishly illustrated history of photography in essays by the author of Otherwise Known as the Human Condition See/Saw shows how photographs frame and change our perspective on the world. Taking in photographers from early in the last century to the present day―including artists such as Eugène Atget, Vivian Maier, Roy DeCarava, and Alex Webb―the celebrated writer Geoff Dyer offers a series of moving, witty, prescient, surprising, and intimate encounters with images. Dyer has been writing about photography for thirty years, and this tour de force of visual scrutiny and stylistic flair gathers his lively, engaged criticism over the course of a decade. A rich addition to Dyer’s The Ongoing Moment , and heir to Roland Barthes’s Camera Lucida , Susan Sontag’s On Photography , and John Berger’s Understanding a Photograph , See/Saw shows how a photograph can simultaneously record and invent the world, revealing a brilliant seer at work. It is a paean to art and art writing by one of the liveliest critics of our day.

  • Author: Geoff Dyer
  • Publisher: Graywolf Press (May 4, 2021)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-1644450444
  • Dimensions: 7.01 x 0.7 x 9.34 inches


10. Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Photography Criticism & Essays - August 2021

Henri Cartier-Bresson's writings on photography and photographers have been published sporadically over the past 45 years. His essays—several of which have never before been translated into English—are collected here for the first time. The Mind's Eye features Cartier-Bresson's famous text on "the decisive moment" as well as his observations on Moscow, Cuba and China during turbulent times. These essays ring with the same immediacy and visual intensity that characterize his photography.

  • Author: Henri Cartier-Bresson
  • Publisher: Aperture; 1st edition (June 15, 2005)
  • Genre: Arts & Photography, Photography & Video
  • ISBN: 978-0893818753
  • Dimensions: 5.78 x 0.7 x 8.56 inches