A- Z Books on Photograhy Issues

The Waikato Photographi Scoiety has a library with some very good books. The library is constantly being added to. Consequently this list may not be complete.

For those who prefer a visual approach, check out some of the honour images.

A – B

  • Aperture Masters of Photography, Andre Kertesz – by Carole Kismaric, published by Konemann, 1997.
    A small format hardback book containing an essay, a gallery of photograps (black and white of course) and a brief chronology. Kertesz always provides an interesting point of view, sometimes lyrical, sometimes factual.
  • Aperture Masters of Photography, Man Ray – by Jed Perl, published by Konemann, 1997.
    A small format hardback book containing an essay, a gallery of photograps (black and white of course) and a brief chronology. Man Ray’s photography is incredibly strong and exceptional, worth a close look
  • Aperture Masters of Photography, Arthur Stieglitz – by Dorothy Norman, published by Konemann, 1997.
    A small format hardback book containing an essay, a gallery of photograps (black and white of course) and a brief chronology. Lots of interesting photographs, some feel studied others seem enigmatic, leaves you wishing there were more photographs in this book.
  • Aperture Masters of Photography, Paul Strand – by Mark Haworth-Booth, Published by Konemann, 1997.
    I didn’t recognise the name, but some of Strands work is very famous indeed. Strand worked from 1915 to 1975, doing mainly portraits, landscape, abstract architecture and nature photography.
  • Aperture Masters of Photography, Edward Weston – by R.H. Cravens, published by Konemann, 1997.
    A small format hardback book containing an essay, a gallery of photograps (black and white of course) and a brief chronology. Many strong photographs.
  • Art Care, the Care of Art in Museum Collections in New Zealand – compiled by C.P. Seager, S.L. Hillary and S. Weik, published by Northern Region Conversation Service, Auckland City Art Gallery, 1986.
    This book contains a wealth of high quality information about museum standard mounting, framing and care of photographs and paintings, as well as other art forms. The illustrations are clear and informative too. Ex Hamilton Library soft cover A4 format book.

C :

  • Camera in New Zealand – edited by A.R. Anderson and L. Casbolt, published by A.H. and A.W. Reed, 1967.
    Lots of great photos and desppite the age of this book the paper is in quite good shape. As a comparison check out the New Zealand Camera another book of PSNZ members work from 2004, and Camera: The First 50 Years (2003).
  • Camera Studies of the Small World – by A.t. Bandsma and R.T. Brandt, published by Whitcombe & Tombs, 1961.
    Nice close up photography of New Zealand insects with a nice balance of informative text make this a charming little book.
  • Camera, The first Fifty Years, Gallery 2003 – ed. by Beverly Sinclair, published by “AGM”, 2003.
    A history of the Photographic Society of New Zealand, and PSNZ gallery for 2003. Beautiful photographs and interesting text. By the way, Tony Dixon, a previous club president, has one of his photographs on the front cover of this title. We have 2 copies of this title.
  • Camera, Victorian Eyewitness – By Gus MacDonald, published by Batsford, 1979.
    Based on a Granada TV documentary series, this book offers an history of photography in the Victorian era. As you would expect, there are many photographs to illustrate.
  • Cameras, From Daguerreotypes to Instant Pictures – by Brian Coe, published by Marshall Cavendish Editions, 1978.
    A history of the film camera from the very begining to the Kodak Instamatic. A very comprehensive and well illustrated book.
  • (How to select and use) Canon SLR Cameras – By Carl Shipman, published by HP Books, 1977.
    As you’d expect a certain amount of information in this book is obsolete, however, there is a lot that is still useful. Apart from explaining how an SLR camera operates and the breif history of Canon, there are explanations of exposure metering, close-up and macro and the like. Most will find this book to best for owners of older Canon systems.
  • The Complete 35mm Source Book – By Michael Busselle Published by Mitchell Beazley International Ltd 1993.
    An attractive book nicely ilustrated throughout that is wide ranging in its scope. Beginning with the history the 35mm format and the evolution of the SLR camera Busselle goes on to explain aspects of photography, such as aperture and depth of field, creative exposure, lenses and so much more, in a clear and informative way. Busselle then looks at using the camera and photographing the subject, touching on topics such as low light photography, shutter speed, composition and more. We have two copies of this title, one is an ex Hamilton Library copy.
  • The Complete book of Photography – by John Freeman, published by Acropolis Books, 1993.
    Obviously not as complete as it used to be (a pre-digital book), but still contains a wealth of useful information, including kit, lighting, composition, finding you images and a lot more besides. This book is heavily illustrated with great photographs. There is plenty to inspire here!
  • The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Photography Like a Pro (second edition) – by Mike Stensvold, published by Alpha Books, 2002.
    This looks to be a good book that explains aspects of photography with plenty of illustration. The exposure and flash sections will be useful for many there are also chapters covering lighting and the various photography genres. The cover claims the book contains cutting edge information on digital cameras – time has not been kind to this information.
  • (A Guide to Photographing the) Canadian Landscape By Daryl Benson and Dale Wilson, Published by Cullor Books 1999.
    This one is bit of a surprise! A book devoted to photogaphing some of the gorgeous landscape areas in Canada. Nice to look at or to plan your photographic expedition to Canada, this is a truly beautiful book with lots of amazing photos with highly saturated colours (Fuji Velvia film used).
  • F. Lennard Casbolt – by Tom Ang, published by Dorling Kindersley, 2003.
    An overview of Casbolt’s work from the 1930’s and earlier to the 1980’s. Casbolt was a very important figure in New Zealand Photography during his time of activity, he was also acknowledged for his work internationally.
  • Creative Still Life in Photography – by Bert Eifer, published by Writer’s Digest Books, 1984.
    With a by-line: ‘put the “Pro Difference” in your photography and start creating remarkably better pictures today’. This book goes through the methods and ideas that go into good photography, e.g. pre-vizualisation, composing a picture, then explains some technical issues such as depth of field and lighting. Looks to be a very good and helpful book, to further refine your creativity you could look at Freeman Patterson’s “Photographing the World Around You”.

D :

  • Developing The Creative Edge in Photography – by Bruce Pendleton, published by Blandford, 1982.
    From the publishers Master Class Photography Series, this title appears to be a high quality product. The book covers topics such as principles of still life photography, basic and advanced lighting, exposure, tone, colour control, design, macro photography, miniatures and set building (and more of course).
  • Digital Photography, an introduction – by Tom Ang, published by Dorling Kindersley, 2003.
    A comprehensive book covering all that a photographer starting out in Digital needs to know, including colour, resolution, curves, sharpening and more. There are a number of “quick fix” sections that look very useful too. This is a good book, recommended for beginner and intermediate digital photographers.
  • The Digital Printing Handbook, A photographer’s guide to creative printing techniques – by Tim Daly, published by Argentum, 2002.
    This book looks at the issues surrounding digital image printing. Covers, hardware, file formats, image resolution, colour management, scanning, paper, inks and so much more. This book is Photoshop oriented, is pleasing to the eye and seems to set out a lot of information in a clear way.
  • Dorothea Lange, A Photographer’s Life – by Milton Meltzer, published by Farrar Strauss Giroux, 1978.
    A biography with small photographic sections.

E :

  • Enhance your landscapes, CD-ROM – published by Future Publishing, May 2005.
    This CD from Digital Camera Magazine contains one and a half hours of video tutorials for Photoshop covering filters, blur effects, polarising skies, the extract tool, Montage Plus, iWatermark. This CD also contains full versions of Montage Plus and iWatermark software and full versians of Cybia FastFix, Cybia BWPLUS and PhotoFreebies Photoshop filters, as well as trial software and filters.
  • The Family of Man – Ed. Edward Steichen, published by Museum of Modern Art, 1955.
    The pages are starting to yellow a little and feel slightly brittle, but is was made in 1955 and by a magazine company (Maco) so is doing well for its age. The 500 or so photographs are great and quite compelling, it can be quite hard to put down. Not bad for a book with so little writing. We have 3 copies of this title.
  • Improve your Camera Techniques – Ed. Jack Schofield, published by Newnes Books, 1985.
    Lots of practical advice for good camera practice and making better pictures.
  • The Joy of Photography – by Martin L. Taylor, published by Eastman Kodak Company, 1979.
    An excellent book that looks at developing style and mood, at film cameras lenses and filters as well as types of photography (genres such as portrait, landscape, et cetera) and how to get the best shots including us of existing light. Highly recommended, this book has much of interest with plenty of great colour photos all wrapped up in quaint seventies typography.

L :

  • Life Library of Photography – The Art of Photography – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    This volume looks at design with the camera and developing a sensitivity to your subject, thinking about your work as a photographer and applying these ideas. Amazingly this volume is even better illustrated than the the other books in this beautifully illustrated series.
  • Life Library of Photography – The Camera – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    The camera has changed profoundly since this book was first published, nonetheless certain sections still hold good. The chapters on camera controls, photography VS painting, and On Making Better Pictures looked good to me.
  • Life Library of Photography – Caring for Photographs – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    This book starts with (pre-digital) methods of restoration and processing for permanence, then moves on to storage methods. More interesting is a section devoted to mounting, framing and othe methods of presentation. It ends with a look at (pre-digital) slide showing and how the Family of Man exhibition was mounted.
  • Life Library of Photography – Colour – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    “Colour” looks at how you can use colour in your photography, perceptually and technically. Includes a history of colour in photography. There is a section on how Ernst Haas is an innovator in colour photography, and sections covering colour processing and development (and experimentation).
  • Life Library of Photography – Documentary Photography – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    The subject is defined and explained briefly then illustrated with an historical overview. Looking at The Photo League and American 1930’s documentary before individuals such as Kertesz, Cartier-Bresson, Robert Frank and Diane Arbus. The final section looks at photographers recording their private world.
  • Life Library of Photography – The Frontiers of Photography – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    A fascinating look into the future from a 1972 perspective. Looking at the likes of computers aiding the camera controls and hardware design, the complexities of holography, laser technology and art/mixed media, the interest in this title comes mainly from its historical value.
  • Life Library of Photography – Great Photographers – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    This volume deals with the years 1840 to 1960. As far as “Great Photographers” goes it has all the usual suspects plus others I have never heard of before, so I was pleasantly surprised. A lot of good photography, as you would expect.
  • Life Library of Photography – The Great Themes – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    The Great Themes looks at genre, still life, portrait, nude, war etc. and their subgroups. The technical issues involved with these genres are discussed and nicely illustrated too.
  • Life Library of Photography – Photographing Children – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    Mercifully light on text this title prefers to lead by example. Chapters are introduced then many captioned illustrations provide the rest of the information.
  • Life Library of Photography – Photography as a Tool – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    Examines photography and the element of time, photomicrography, astrophotography, aerial photography, x-rays, infrared, also industrial and medical photography. There is a section on special equipment and effects, and the bit about making a kaleidoscope is interesting.
  • Life Library of Photography – Photojournalism – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    This is not a text book on Photojournalism, but describes the issues involved around the subject. The book looks at the critical moment, Photo Essay, the photographic statement, there is a useful section on Photojournalism for Amateurs (subtitled: Making Personal Pictures Tell a Story) and finishing with whole chapter on a Life Photographers’ Own Account Leonard McCombe. There are a lot of famous and powerful photographs and as well as being well illustrated on all sections.
  • Life Library of Photography – The Print – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    Quite possibly this particular subject may be the biggest casualty of the digital era. Apart from printing the print there are sections on modern masterpieces, darkroom manipulation, and new or interesting directions in print making.
  • Life Library of Photography – Special Problems – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    Looking at issues around film and hardware in the field and studio offering solutions with gadgets and techniques. A far amount is now obsolete but a lot is quite fascinating, for example, sections on showing movement and how to succeed in breaking the rules.
  • Life Library of Photography – The Studio – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    The Studio looks at just that and has sections on, being on location, evolution of the studio, studio hardware and dark room, setting up a home studio and issues around various genres. Well illustrated with great photographs.
  • Life Library of Photography – Travel Photography – published by Time-Life International, 1972.
    This book seems to cover the most important bases with chapters such as the travellers eye, focussing on the human race, the tourist in the scene as well as sections entitled “a sense of place” and “cliches revisited”. A worthwhile book without much obsolete material (confined mainly to “the well planned trip” section).
  • Location Portraiture of Families and Executives – by V.W. and P.C. Frazier, published by Studio Press, 1992.
    This book is focussed on getting out there and photographing your clients in their natural environment. It considers your equipment, posing, the affect of location, background and composition, as well as technical issues and promotions. So, while geared to the professional, those interested in portraiture will find this good to have a look at.

M – O :

  • Mamiya Professional Systems Handbook – by Robb Smith, published by Amphoto, 1974.
  • The title of this book says it all, this is a specialist book and will be of interest to those with a Mamiya camera.
  • More Joy of Photography – published by Addison-Wesley, 1988.
    This looks to be another great book from Kodak. Part one covers the creative process, part two focusses on the creative controls (camera, light etc.), part three is titled 100 techniques for more creative photographs, at about 214 pages in this section is the largest section of this book. This book offers a lot and and is worth a good look.

N – O :

  • Nature Photography its art and techniques – by Heather Angel MSc FRPS, published by Fountain Press, 1972.
    This is quite a detailed book that looks at equipment and techniques, then looks at the various subjects in the environment such as trees, birds, flowers, grasses, aquatic life, mammals etc and works through the issues for each one. The paper is yellowing but the photographs are reproduced very well, some of the images are top notch.
  • New Dimensions in Photographic Imaging, A step-bystep manual – by Laura Backlow, published by Focal Press, 1995.
    Most of what is aimed for in this book is now far more easily and cleanly done in Photoshop or similar software. As a source of inspiration it is only so-so because there aren’t so many examples. If on the other hand you want to learn about gum bichromate prints, cyanotypes (much fun), platinum and palladium printing, solvent transfers, hand colouring and much more then this is the book for you.
  • New Zealand, A Century Of Images – by Paul Thompson, published by Te Papa Press, 1998.
    This book, packed with great and interesting photography, spotlights New Zealand and the development of photography in this country. The book falls into natural themes; the land, the people, the culture, the times and the personal view. A fascinating book.
  • New Zealand Camera 2005 – by PSNZ, published by Willson Scott Publishing, 2004.
    A beautiful book filled with stunning images, without much text (this is a good thing). One our club members, Roger Taylor has an image in this publication. See Camera in New Zealand dated 1967 and Camera: The First 50 Years (2003) for a comparison.
  • New Zealand Camera 2006 – by PSNZ, published by Willson Scott Publishing, 2005.
    A beautiful book filled with stunning images, without much text (this is a good thing). This is December 2005’s featured book (I rave a little more about it on that page).

O – R :

  • The OM System Lens Handbook – edited by Magna Inc., published by Olympus Optical Co, 1984.
  • More than you may expect from a book about a manufacturers lenses. Featuring a great many photographers with accompanying notes, a history of Olympus and lens comparisons.
  • Perception and Imaging – by Richard D. Zakia, published by Focal Press, 1997.
    This book will be heavy going for the casual reader, but for those interested in ideas behind images (not necessarily photographic) and their composition it will be a gold mine. Some chapter headings are Gestalt Grouping, Memory and Association, Illusion and Ambiguity, Subliminals and so much more. The print quality of illustrations is not so good, however the really bad ones are reprinted separately in a booklet for reference.
  • The Photo Essay – How to Share Action & Ideals Through Pictures: Paul Fusco and Will McBride – by Tom Moran, published by Alskog and Crowell, 1974.
    Looks at the various aspects of the photo essay and as the cover says there is a technical section as well.
  • Photo School – by Michael Freeman, published by MacMillan, 1982.
    PhotoSchool sets out to be a comprehensive introduction to as much photographic technique as possible within the 100 projects that make up this book. It is divided into 3 parts; first is camera technique, the second looks at what goes into the camera like lighting, colour, subject, the last section looks at the image with topics such as graphic relationships and symbolism and cliche et cetera.
  • Photographing Children – by John Hedgcoe’s, published by Mitchell Beazely Publishers, 1980.
    A great deal of very good advice over a range of topics including natural and mixed light, cropping, capturing the moment and more. Well illustrated with excellent photography.
  • Photographing Nature – by G.J.H. Moon, published by A.H. and A.W. Reed, 1970.
    Geoff Moon is a well known New Zealand natural history photographer (originally from England). A large portion of this book looks at the photographing birds, but other sections look at landscape, night photography, cinematography, combining flash and daylight and more. Lots of photos and practical advice.
  • Photographing the World Around You – by Freeman Patterson, published by Key Porter Books, 1994.
    The subtitle of this book is: A Visual Design Workshop. It is based on the Patterson’s week long photographic workshops and covers the building blocks of visual design, light, shape, texture et cetera, discusses the putting the parts together and then goes into evaluating your photography. From a Media Arts point of view his process looks to be very sound and potentially very beneficial to your approach to photography. This book assumes a level of technical competence, so for example if you need “depth of field” explained you may like to choose another book alongside this one. The content plus Patterson’s superb photography defines this small book as yet another gem in the clubs’ collection.
  • Photography and The Art of Seeing – by Freeman Patterson, published by Key Porter Books, 1985.
    The purpose of this book is not the technical aspects of photography, but rather to develop the artistic intent behind your photography. If you feel your photography is lacking in some way, or is too literal, or would like to approach your work from a more artistic angle then this book will be invaluable.
  • Photography Year 1978/79 – published by Time-Life International, 1978.
    This volume has the same silver and black cover design as the Life Library of Photography series, but doesn’t deliver in the way that that series does. It explores a few themes (animal photography, post cards), a couple of photo books, some new photography (not enough), technology, and some major shows, the effect is like a big hardcover magazine rather than an photographic overview of the 1978/79 period.
  • The Practical Zone System – by Chris Johnson, published by Focal Press 1999.
    This is a very interesting book particularly those interested in developing their own black and white film. Even for those with digital cameras there are concepts and practices worth looking at, but instead of developing and darkroom there is Photoshop. This book attempts to clearly explain the zone system without going into all the dry science behind it. It demonstrates the zones, previsualisation, light metering and tests. There is a primer on basic photography and small gallery section with notes by photographers using the zone system.
  • PSL Guide to Lighting – by Lou Jacobs, Jr., published by Patrick Stevens, 1979.
    This hardback handbook comprehensively covers studio lighting in particular but with chapters on outdoor lighting, flash, existing light photography and more.

S – Z :

  • SLR Photographers Handbook by Carl Shipman, Published by H.P. Books 1977.
    Definitely a technical book that looks at hardware, light and image capture. Giving information around 35mm cameras, lenses, filters, flash, exposure control etc. There are graphs and tables of info, and it explains how to read these. This would be a very useful book if you want to want to understand the issues surrounding SLR photography.
  • Taking Successful Pictures – edited by C. Angeleglou, published by Collins, 1981
    This is a good book for the novice photographer, taking you through the things a photographers needs to know or think about to take a good picture.
  • W – Z:
    Wide-Angle Lens Photography – by Joseph Paduano, published by Amherst Media, 1976.
  • This book discusses the issues surrounding the use of wide angle lenses. These issues include distortion, depth of field, F/stop, general and advanced shooting tips, landscape, image composition and lens care. This paperback handbook seems to be well laid out and covering as many aspect of the subject as you could hope for, it has 2 short colour sections and numerous black and white photographic illustrations.
  • World History of Photography – edited by Naomi Rosenblum, published by Abbeville Press, 3rd ed. 1997
    A big book with a big subject looking at technology, portraits, landscape, documentary, art photography and manipulation of images through from the earliest days of image capture till relatively recent times.