I compiled a list of recommend readings for learning and understanding photography. These books are part of my personal collection and I think they are helpful for new or experienced photographers. I hope you enjoy.
This guide draws on in-depth interviews with established photographers from the fields of fashion, art, portraiture, documentary photography, and advertising as well as comments from picture editors, curators, agency directors, and publishers who reveal what they look for when choosing an image.
Art & Fear
Art & Fear explores the way art gets made, the reasons it often doesn't get made, and the nature of the difficulties that cause so many artists to give up along the way. The book's co-authors, David Bayles and Ted Orland, are themselves both working artists, grappling daily with the problems of making art in the real world.
Ms. Swanson’s book has information on fundraising for your personal projects, the art market today, licensing images, multimedia and your marketing, exhibition proposals,
Her Blog is an amazing resource for photo marketing info.
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.
A now classic text on the art, "Why People Photograph" gathers a selection of essays by the great master photographer Robert Adams, tackling such diverse subjects as collectors, humor, teaching, money and dogs.
For more than 15 years, Edward Weston kept a diary in which he recorded his struggle to understand himself, his society and his art. His journal has become a classic of photographic literature.
Mary Ellen Mark on the Portrait
and the Moment
Through words and pictures Mary Ellen Mark
shares her own creative process and discusses a wide range of issues, from gaining the trust of the subject and taking pictures that are controlled but unforced, to organizing the frame so that every part contributes toward telling the story.