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Product Details

  • Paperback: 364 pages
  • Publisher: Rocky Nook; 1 edition (Dec 8 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1933952687
  • ISBN-13: 978-1933952680
  • Product Dimensions: 25.4 x 2.1 x 25.4 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #68,639 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Yves Chaput on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gord McKenna on 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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By johnvibes on Nov. 11 2011
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If you look for a deep analyse of why a picture stand out, from the contrast to the emotion of the photographer, you'll find out yourself as a really good judge and if you use it for yourself, probably a much better photographer!

Take your time to go through it, it's worthed if you're passionnate!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By cameralady on Jan. 9 2011
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I bought this book to give as a present to an relative amateur to photography. It is very detailed and covers every aspect of photography. It is even more advanced than I expected, and perhaps too much for an amateur. Beautifully illustrated.
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If you think you know photography..read this book and you will learn an incredible amount about photography that you never thought of before. It is not a beginners guide to how to take a photo, but rather a guide for experienced photographers who want a unique view on lighting, composition, etc... It is packed with information as to what to consider before and after taking a photograph, be it film or digital, although it is clear the authour prefers B+W film. Inspiring to those who one day want to take the "perfect" B+W film shot.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pierre Bergeron on 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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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Mark on March 16 2011
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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 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Alexandre on Dec 6 2010
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I just obtain mine from amazon. I bought it only from the review I saw and my feeling about the description of the book.

At first I was desapointed by the chapter about darkroom. (I open the book on this chapters and I don't shoot in argentic). But it's not just a set of tehcnical data about the darkroom, happily. The author exlain very well really deep concept has how manage your exposition to obtain the information you want into your negative. He also pass trought the same for digital negative.

Just to look the quality of is black and white print and you understand that it's a master of printing in the level of Ansel Adam.

The book have lot's of information and print and I'm stunned by the price. You have two comlumn of text in each page and so far I feel as having 60$ book of 600 pages.

This book is not a "cookbook" has to much book do today in he market but more a book about how transcend photography through your style. So I thinks it isn't for everyone but for serious to professional potographer. Some of the photography concept take into this book are from Ansel Adam but the author add the numeric and creativity that today we have in modern photography.

For sure I will pass lot of time into this book understanding it's concept.

And I recommand it as one of my favorite book.
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