Whether you’re just beginning out as a photographer, or you’ve been following your art passion for years, there’s never an excuse to finish improve your knowledge. If you’re a photographer, either amateur or professional, and you’d like to learn more or just add some awesome books to your own library, then the following 8 important titles are definitely ones to consider specially if your creative is portrait photo…
Must read books from professional photographer in Belgium Lala Belyaevskaya
1. Rudolf Arnheim. Art and visual perception
Since its publication fifty years ago, this work has established itself as a classic. It casts the visual process in psychological terms and describes the creative way one’s eye organizes visual material according to specific psychological premises. In 1974 this book was revised and expanded, and since then it has continued to burnish Rudolf Arnheim’s reputation as a groundbreaking theoretician in the fields of art and psychology.
2. What Makes Great Art: 80 Masterpieces Explained by Andy Pankhurst, Lucinda Hawksley
Why do some artworks stand out head and shoulders above others? Exceptional art somehow satisfies at a deeper level than the rest. What Makes Great Art showcases a selection of 80 outstanding paintings and sculptures from around the world and throughout time, assessing just what it is that makes them so great. Some owe their greatness to composition of colour, others offer profound insights into their human subjects, and some convey their message particularly effectively. Andy Prankhurst’s succinct, appraisive text will open your eyes to the unique defining qualities of these key works, enabling you to appreciate the groundbreaking talents of every age.
3. Ellen Von Unwerth. Couples
Couples by model-turned-photographer Ellen von Unwerth is what she calls a ”fast” book-loud, fun, splashy. Small-size and thick like a bible, it is a very personal and powerful collection of couples of all kinds
4. Peter Lindbergh – A Different Vision on Fashion Photography
Discover four decades of unique fashion storytelling from Peter Lindbergh. This stunning photographic collection includes more than 400 Lindbergh pictures, many previously unpublished, to showcase his seductive, cinematic aesthetics and the new narrative vision he brought to art and fashion. The images are accompanied by personal tributes from Jean Paul Gaultier, Cindy Crawford, Anna Wintour, and other front-row royalty.
5. When Art Really Works. Andy Pankhurst
Why do some artworks stand head and shoulders above others? Exceptional art somehow satisfies at a deeper level than the rest. When Art Really Works showcases a selection of eighty outstanding paintings and sculptures from around the world and throughout time, assessing just what it is that makes them so great. Some owe their greatness to composition or colour, others offer profound insights into their human subjects and some convey their message particularly effectively. Andy Pankhurst and Lucinda Hawksley’s succinct, appraisive text will open your eyes to the unique defining qualities of these key works, enabling you to appreciate the groundbreaking talents of every age.
6. David LaChapelle, Heaven To Hell
LaChapelle’s Heaven to Hell is the third volume in a trilogy which began with LaChapelle Land (1996) followed by the infamous Hotel LaChapelle (1999). This volume features almost twice as many images and comes packed with astonishing, colour-saturated, provocative images.
The strength of David LaChapelle’s pioneering work lies in his ability to focus the lens of celebrity and fashion on wider, more pressing issues affecting society.
7. Paolo Roversi: Studio
Studio assesses nearly two decades of Paolo Roversi’s hugely influential studio portraiture. Within the confines of his Paris studio, Roversi photographs using an 8 x 10 Polaroid format, often allowing the images to fade before affixing them to their substrate. His long exposures at close range harness an aesthetic that dates back to the earliest days of studio photography, but with a renewed urgency that wavers somewhere between history and apparition. Stripped of the usual accoutrements of studio portraiture, Roversi’s subjects push back with a vulnerable intensity that reveals as much of the photographer as of the model. The images collected here function not only as a series of individual portraits but also as a collective self-portrait of the artist and the place that stands at the center of his work. First published in 2005 in a limited edition, this new edition of Paolo Roversi’s sumptuous and critically acclaimed book presents a distinctive body of work in an accessible trade edition.
Paolo Roversi was born in 1947 in Italy. In 1970 he began collaborating with the Associated Press. His first assignment was to cover Ezra Pound’s funeral in Venice. During the same year, Roversi opened his first portrait studio in Ravenna, photographing local celebrities and their families. In 1971, he met Peter Knapp, the legendary Art Director at Elle magazine, and at Knapp’s invitation, he visited Paris in November of 1973, where he has remained since. His photographs have appeared in numerous publications, including French and Italian Vogue. He lives and works in Paris.
8. Immediate Family by Sally Mann
This is a book of remarkable images, intense and intimate, recording the photographer’s children as they explore their woodland home in Virginia. The photographs show the ambiguities and dramas of family life and hauntingly evoke the mysteries of childhood. Sally Mann herself says in the introduction: ‘These are photographs of my children … many of these pictures are intimate, some are fictions and some are fantastic, but most are of ordinary things every mother has seen. I take pictures when they are bloodied or sick or naked or angry. They dress up, they pout and posture, they paint their bodies, they dive like otters in the dark river.’ The result is a book that is ethereal, tender and sometimes disquieting.