Books

Eli Reed’s Long Walk Home

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“I just kept working at things to try to understand where I was coming from,” he said. “If you don’t try, nothing will happen. This world is so temporary, it would be nice that when we leave it, we leave something of substance behind. I’m not a pacifist or a Pollyanna. I just know there is a better way of doing things.”

Nothing but Pictures: Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin’s “Congo”

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There are a lot of great pictures in the colossal new book “Congo” (Aperture, 2015), by the photographers Alex Majoli and Paolo Pellegrin: pictures of immense panoramic scope and texture, pictures of deep, elaborate landscapes and of the human dramas that play out across them, scenes of labor, scenes of commerce, scenes of festivity, and scenes of tranquility, crowd scenes and portraits, interiors and exteriors, urban, rural, and wilderness, day and night, life and death.

Playground Pain and Pleasure

The following is drawn from the Jon Ronson’s foreword to the book “Playground,” by James Mollison, which is out April 30th from Aperture.

Book: A New Look at Urban Mobility by Gueorgui Pinkhassov

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The RATP invited the Franco-Russian photographer Gueorgui Pinkhassov to shoot a report on five cities: Casablanca, Florence, London, Paris and Seoul. Through these 60 color photographs, gathered in the book Un nouveau regard sur la mobilité urbaine (Éditions La Martinière), Pinkhassov shares his view of urban mobility. Human figures stand out or blend into the background as blazing colors sparkle from the predominantly dark tone of the images. Pinkhassov offers a metaphor for life, its movements and heartbeat.

3 Ways to Publish Your Photo Book

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There comes a point in a photographer’s life when publishing a book seems like a logical step. The coffee table book represents a platonic ideal for a photo project that is both long-term and worthy of considerations by others. Yet, even with the advent of high quality on-demand solutions like Blurb, book publishing is still fraught with challenges. We present three different approaches to book publishing in the 21st century.

Dressing Up: Fashion Week NYC with Lee Friedlander

In 2006, Lee Friedlander was hired by New York Times Magazine Director of Photography Kathy Ryan to photograph backstage at the Marc Jacobs, Donna Karan, Calvin Klein, Zac Posen, Oscar de la Renta and Proenza Schouler shows

The book, Photographers’ Sketchbooks, shows the creative process of photographers from around the world.

“You often hear that everyone’s a photographer these days, which is true and wonderful and I love it. But what sets these photographers apart is all the time they spend not taking pictures,” said Bryan Formhals, a photographer and writer who created the book with Stephen McLaren. “They spend so much time editing and thinking and writing and researching. It’s not just about pressing the button on the camera.”

Why it pays to work the fringes

t’s What I Do is a story of guts, professional ambition, and personal growth that will be familiar to a generation of journalists who came of age on the battlefields of America’s war on terror after the attacks of September 11, 2001. It is also the story of a woman making her way in a man’s world, whether she’s fending off men grabbing her ass while shooting on the streets of Pakistan, or being told by a male correspondent that her being a woman will interfere with their access to a prominent Afghan leader they’ve been assigned to profile. (Addario quickly finds her way to the warlord’s mansion, and is busy shooting when her colleague shows up.)

A Photo Book for Its Subjects

Mr. Okahara, who received the W. Eugene Smith Fellowship for his work on the project, originally considered self-publishing the book. Then he had an idea. He wanted people to see the photos and weigh in; to let his subjects know that people all over the world see, and care about, their stories.

Amazon Offers All-You-Can-Eat Books. Authors Turn Up Noses

“Your rabid romance reader who was buying $100 worth of books a week and funneling $5,200 into Amazon per year is now generating less than $120 a year,” she said. “The revenue is just lost. That doesn’t work well for Amazon or the writers.”

Fourteen Photo Books of 2014

As part of our 2014 year in review, The New Yorker photo department highlights a selection of books that were featured this year on Photo Booth.

Minutes to Midnight, par Trent Parke

 “I’ve been influenced by all sorts of things,” Parke said in a 2007 interview. “Music videos have been great. There is this Icelandic group Sigur Rós – their music is just very sad and melodramatic. Nine Inch Nails and Radiohead and those sorts of bands and their cutting-edge film clips have influenced me. They have this kind of dark, dreamy quality and I suppose that was what I’m trying to evoke. But, to be honest, I don’t really realize all this when I am shooting because the stuff inside me and the stuff outside me kind of flows through me into the pictures. Most of the time I’m in another world.”

Out of the Phone – The Mobile Photo Book 2014 Edition

If there is one thing that frustrates me in the digital image space it is the lack of critical analysis – just because you can doesn’t mean you should and too few exert control over what images they post. Not everything is worth sharing and in this environment finding great photographs is like the proverbial needle in a haystack. Instagram is awash with images. Daily the number of photographs uploaded is staggering, millions of them, and there are only so many photographers one can follow before the entire day is sucked into cyberspace. So how do you select only 100 images from this endless flow?

Losing the Media War in Afghanistan

“A journalist should be able to just go off and interview people and see for himself, but that has not been the case in Afghanistan for years,” he said in a phone interview last month. “I didn’t believe in the embedded photographer just taking pictures of things being blown up and calling that journalism, so I tried to piece it together visually.”

Bryan Formhals and Stephen McLaren: Photographer’s Sketchbooks

Photographers Stephen McLaren and Bryan Formhals have crafted an insightful book, Photographer’s Sketchbooks, that reveals the thought processes and inspirations of significant photographers. The book provides a wonderful opportunity to consider projects and ways of working that allow for a deep consideration of the artist and the art.

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