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The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression [Paperback]

Bruce Barnbaum
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Dec 8 2010 Photographic Arts Editions

This is a newly revised edition of the classic book The Art of Photography (first published in 1994), which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and comprehensive textbook on photography. In his accessible style, Barnbaum presents how-to techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the technical as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography. This book is geared toward every level of photographer who seeks to make a personal statement through their chosen medium.

Bruce Barnbaum is recognized as one of the world’s finest photographers as well as an elite instructor. This newest incarnation of his book, which has evolved over the past 35 years, will prove to be an invaluable photographic reference for years to come. This is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer.

Filled with over 100 beautiful photographs, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables.

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About the Author

Bruce Barnbaum, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years.

Bruce's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.

Bruce has authored several books, some of which have become classics. The Art of Photography was first published in 1994 and remained in print until 2007. Bruce has been self-publishing the book ever since, but with limited distribution (until now).

Bruce is a frequent contributor to several photography magazines. His series "The Master Printing Class" is featured in each issue of Photo Techniques, and his articles are published regularly in LensWork. Through his workshops, articles, lectures, books, and innovative photography, Bruce has become a well-known and highly-respected photographer, educator, and pioneer.

Bruce is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers on this planet, both for his exceptional black and white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found, and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter. His work is represented by more than ten galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and is in the collections of museums and private collectors worldwide.

Bruce has been an active environmental advocate for more than three decades, both independently and through his involvement and leadership with organizations such as the Sierra Club, the National Audubon Society, the Stillaguamish Citizens' Alliance, 1000 Friends of Washington, and the North Cascades Conservation Council.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stimulating reading Dec 25 2012
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In a world enamored with high technology, with the latest and greatest recently released DSLRs, it’s refreshing to read a book that’s centered on the creative aspects of photography. Just like the last high tech DSLR that I bought, this book by itself will probably not make me a better photographer. But in contrast to that DSLR it stands a greater chance to of getting me on my way in acquiring the photographic skills that will.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on photography July 20 2013
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Written for the advanced amateur, a thoughtful gook with lots of good technical and artistic advice. I've read about 100 books on photography, this book is definitely top 5.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars OK, but . . . March 16 2011
By Mark
This book contains useful insights, and there is obviously much that one can learn from Bruce Barnbaum. However, the author's tone of voice started to get under my skin after a while. For my taste, there is far too much "I am very wise and deeply in touch with my inner self and that is why I am a great photographer."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very good book Nov. 21 2013
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Well written, great pictures, excellent for imagination, for beginners or experimented photographs. I should have bought it before. Introspection and self examination
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very Advanced...even darkroom techniques. June 26 2013
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Maybe too much if you are only into digital...however it DOES cover all the bases.

This is not photography 101. Maybe it should be.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent book. Dec 2 2012
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Very informative and inspiring. Provides insight into the creative and expressive exploration of photography not found in other books on the subject.
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