As you saw on my facebook page I recently bought two new books to add to my collection.
I thought it would be great material for a new blog post on why 'I think' buying photography books is important for your own photography development!
My new books
The first one is called 'Genesis' by 'Sebastião Salgado'. Salgado is a long term project photographer. I won't describe his whole biography because you can find that on other sites . I first heard about Salgado a few months ago. My teacher 'history of photography' wanted to share a lot of great photographers with us. Photographers that we can look up to, and Salgado was one of them that kept playing in my mind. His pictures were so interesting based on lightning and composition. As I didn't make it to the 'genesis' exposition he had in Paris these past months, I decided to buy his book immediately.
You can find even more information about Sebastião Salgado on this website.
The second book is called 'Untold' by 'Steve McCurry'. I think most people will know Steve McCurry from his most famous picture 'the afghan girl'. Steve is also a photojournalist and in this book he tells about the story's behind the pictures.
This brings me to my next chapter. Why are books important?
Why books are important
This is a good question, because nowadays you are able to put all your photos on an online website.
We all know the popular photography websites where everyone can upload photos to share them with the world.
Sharing your pictures is fun and positive, but this is also negative. How many times are you watching new photos while your mouse is saying 'click' every single second? We are rushing trough the photos and the next day we won't really remember what we saw the day before. This is a shame, and this is why I buy books of the photographers I really like.
You are not only supporting the photographer, but you will also find many more photos in the book which you won't even find on the internet. The photos will be high resolution photos instead of tiny pictures on the web. You can enjoy them any moment of the day and rewatch as much as you want. It also provides something 'existing'. Think about playing music with turntables and you'll understand.
Looking / analyzing / trying to understand photos will make you a better photographer.
By looking up to the great photographers and knowing why they 'made it', will teach you a lot of things that you can use while you're in the field shooting.
You don't have to agree, but this is what I believe in.
I'm not saying you should copy other photographers! Just stay true to yourself, but be inspired.
Maybe these books are also a kind of investment?
If you are interested to buy one of these products. I suggest taking a look at the webshop bol.com!
I have bought a lot of books from them and they always have one of the best prices around:
Next on my wishlist is: 'At 100' by 'Ansel Adams'.
What is yours? Feel free to comment below!
This will be all for now!
See you soon!