Books for Photographers

I’m a photographer, I’ve always been one. For the last ten years I’ve even called myself a professional photographer.  There is nothing greater than blending my two loves, books and photography.

Enjoy! Please let me know if you pick these titles up and what you thought of them.

Timothy Egan – Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher

I didn’t know what I was getting myself into with this book. The title was on sale at B&N and I’ve always had a soft spot for our American Natives so I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised to learn more about Edward Curtis the famous native photographer of his time. In 1900, Curtis took off on an adventure and through patience and dedication, sometimes after many years just observing, he found himself being drawn into many Native Tribes circles and allowed to document them. In the course of his life he took over 40,000 photos, and 10,000 audio recordings creating the most diverse archived information of the American Indian. More than the facts about Curtis, Timothy Egan is a vivid story teller. He turns the facts and details into an adventure that you won’t be able to put down. Bonus Points: Edward Curtis was from Seattle and covered many Pacific Northwest Tribes.

“The Kiowa writer N. Scott Momaday wrote in “Sacred Legacy” a book of Curtis pictures “I felt that I was looking into a memory of my blood. Here was a moment lost in time, a moment I had known only in my imagination…Never before have we seen the Indians of North America so close to the origins of their humanity, their sense of themselves in the world, their innate dignity and self-possession.-P.322”

Deborah Copaken Kegan – Shutterbabe: Adventures in Love and War

Deborah Copaken Kogan is the ultimate female adventurer photographer/photojournalist. Seriously, this lady is badass. I don’t say that lightly. Kogans book starts off in 1989 where she finds a way to document a group of Afghan freedom fighters riding through the Hindu Kush mountains. Seriously. Although a few details at the beginning lean towards feminist views and a few TMI moments, hang in there her story is a fantastic mix of adventure, danger, love (or maybe a few precarious relationships,) history and photography. Follow her journey as a brand new photojournalist in Afghanistan and through the Balkans as she finds her way in a male dominate profession. Bonus Points: She shoots with Nikon.

“There’s a war going on, and I’m bleeding.

An unfortunate situation, to be sure, but considering it’s 2 a.m., fresh snow is falling and I’m squished in the back of an old army truck with a band of Afghani freedom fighters who, to avoid being bombed by the Soviet planes circling above, have decided to drive without headlights through the Hindu Kush Mountains over unpaved icy roads laced with land mines, it’s also one without obvious remedy. I mean, what am I supposed to do? Ask the driver to pull over for a sec so I can squat behind the nearest snowbank to change my tampon?

I don’t think so. -Opening of Shutterbabe”


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