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Book review: A Photographer’s Life by Jack Dykinga

A quarter-century ago, when I started large format nature photography, Jack Dykinga’s work was a main source of inspiration. His wilderness advocacy books on the American Southwest, and in particular the Sonoran, Mojave, and Escalante Canyons, used fine art photography as a means to document the land in a way both accurate and stirring. I […]

Best Photobooks 2017: the Meta-List

How do you separate wheat from chaff within the several thousand photobooks published last year? Photographers, critics, curators, and journalists have been writing year-end lists of best (favorite, interesting, notable…) photobooks. However, each list is subjective and limited by the number of photobooks to which the writer had access. The meta-list is a methodology to […]

Treasured Lands: Photography Tips and the Book as Object

I received the following question by email: “… I was wondering about the level of photography tips you offer in this book. I am primarily interested in learning some of your techniques (both while capturing the shot & post), and so that content to me is perhaps more important than the final photographs themselves (as […]

Best Photobooks 2016: the Meta-List

Here is this year’s meta-list of best photobooks. It started with the Aperture Photobook Awards 2016 shortlist, and continued with Olga’s compilation of lists at phot(O)lia, which I encourage you to visit to follow the links to those lists. The methodology is the same as for my meta-lists of previous years (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015), […]

Book review: A Sense of Yosemite

Yosemite, one the most popular and oldest national parks, has inspired photographers from its creation. Carleton Watkins and Ansel Adams created some of their most important work in the park. More recently, photographers as different as Galen Rowell, William Neill and Michael Frye left their distinctive visual mark there. Having studied many photography books about […]

National Park Service Centennial and Treasured Lands Book

The 100th anniversary of the National Park Service has finally arrived, and others have written more eloquently about the significance of the event than I could ever do. My contribution to the occasion is the photography book Treasured Lands. I view it as the 21st century version of National Parks Portfolio, the first photography book […]

Treasured Lands Book Production

Treasured Lands has, at least, finished printing last week at Artron, in Shenzhen, China. This post shares a few videos that should give you an idea of what’s happening in the book printing factory. We take a walk within the massive sheetfed offset printer. As detailed in The Printed Picture, offset printing remains the superior […]

Two Books on Photographing the National Parks Reviewed

There are a lot of books about photographing a specific national park, but to the best of my knowledge, there are only two books about photographing all the national parks. Photographing National Parks by Chris Nicholson, 2015, Softcover, 232 pages, 5.5 x 8.5 inches, $28 Photographing National Parks is a modestly guidebook-sized volume (5.5 x […]

Two NPS Centennial National Parks Photography Books Reviewed

Surprisingly, only two photography books about the national parks have been released for the NPS Centennial, and a third one is timed for this summer. Let have a look at them. The National Parks: An Illustrated History by Kim Heacox (author) National Geographic, 2015, Hardcover, 384 pages, 9.1 x 10.9 $50 Combining a history book […]

The First National Parks Photography Book

As you all know, 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. What is less known is that 1916 is also the year when the first photography book about the national parks, National Parks Portfolio, was published. It was no coincidence. As recounted in the film by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan, The […]