- Gebundene Ausgabe: 696 Seiten
- Verlag: New Riders Publ; Auflage: 01 (13. Dezember 2013)
- Sprache: Englisch
- ISBN-10: 0321886399
- ISBN-13: 978-0321886392
- Größe und/oder Gewicht: 19 x 5,8 x 23,6 cm
- Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4 Kundenrezensionen
- Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 24.882 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
Road to Seeing (Voices That Matter) (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 13. Dezember 2013
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"This book should be on every photographer's nightstand, and you should read three or four pages of it, and look at five or six pictures in the portfolio every single day for inspiration and as a way to help you stay grounded, focused, and motivated as a photographer. Beautiful job, Dan Winters. This is a book for the ages, and it is really the book of the year ."
-"Not Another Mac Podcast," review by John Nemerovski"
Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende
Dan Winters is a photographer well-known for his celebrity portraiture, photojournalism, and illustrations. He has won numerous awards including the World Press Photo Award, and his work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Rolling Stone. His previous books include Periodical Photographs, Last Launch, and Dan Winters's America: Icons and Ingenuity. He splits his time between Austin, Los Angeles, and Savannah. See his work online at danwintersphoto.com.
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Dan Winters ist einer der größten zeitgenössischen Fotografen und ein bescheidend auftretender, humorvoller, freundlicher Mann. ( unbedingt einmal Interviews mit ihm lesen)
Dieses Buch beinhaltet mehrere Themen, es ist Teil Biographie ,Teil Lehrbuch und Teil Philosophie.
Es liest sich wunderbar und der durch und durch humanistische Ansatz von Dan Winters in all seinen Beschreibungen und Geschichten fasziniert.
Das Buch ist 696 Seiten stark, aufwendig gestaltet und enthält viele Fotografien von Dan Winters und den ihn inspirierenden Fotografen.
Ich musste lange auf dieses Buch warten, da es sehr schnell und immer wieder vergriffen war, aber das Warten hat sich gelohnt. Eines - wenn nicht das beste - Buch über Fotografie, das ich gelesen habe.
Dieses Buch ist meines Erachtens jetzt schon ein Klassiker !!!!
Ich lese gerne Autobiografien von Fotografen - sie geben weitere Ebenen, um ihre Bilder zu lesen. Dieses Buch halte ich für sehr empfehlenswert.
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It's nearly 700 pages long, and is far and away the deepest journey into the photographic process I have ever read. It includes technique, but in the context of the journey covered in this book technique is almost an afterthought. And appropriately so.
Best way I can put it: Road to Seeing is not so much a book as it is a mentorship.
THE "WHY" PRECEDES THE "HOW." THIS, I BELIEVE, SHOULD BE THE GOAL OF ALL ART. (pg. 439)
Part of me wants to do the standard run-though of Road to Seeing, to give an idea of its breadth and depth. To talk about the huge number of images it contains—only about half of which were shot by Winters himself.
About how it is a wonderfully detailed manual (a personal journal, even?) of one man's life path to becoming of on the greatest illustrative portraitists of his generation.
About its significant nod to the history of photography and to so many influential photographers who have come before. About its deep journey into the internal process of photography and creativity and craft. About its deep journey into the internal process of photography and creativity and craft.
But another part of me says to just keep it vague and to not ruin the reader's experience by mapping out the book before they begin it.
So instead I'll just say this. The book starts in Winters' childhood and from there explores the decades of layers and experiences that made him into the person he is today. Like anyone's path, his has its moments of randomness. But there is also serendipity, conscious decisions and significant risks taken along the way.
The narrative is, for the first portion of the book, mostly chronological. From there, Winters wanders down the occasional side path looking in-depth at assignments or other types of projects. But he always comes back to the core of who he is, and in that forces you to examine your own core beliefs as a photographer.
Or to recognize that maybe you have not yet discovered your own core beliefs and that it is high time you got started doing so. The thing that leaps out at you throughout, is that this is not randomness at all. It is his continually, consciously chosen path as a photographer.
Road to Seeing is not a book you blow through and exit with a new bag of techniques. It is a book you absorb over time. In fact, I wonder even what percentage of young photographers will possess the mental wherewithal to realize exactly what they are holding in their hands.
I'd like to think this book would have significantly altered my path had I read it as a 20-year-old. But I have to wonder. I was having a lot of fun shooting for newspapers at that age, and probably would not have been ready to hear what it has to say. But boy, does it resonate at 48.
It is very possible that people of different ages (and different points along their own paths) will read this as entirely different books. And will go back to it five years later and see it completely differently.
So in that sense I think it is appropriate for a serious college student. Or a 48-year-old student, as the case may be.
There's good little chapters here and there, some more informative than others, some more personal, some more moving, but all in all, it jumps around a bit much.
So i don't know- Heisler's recent book is so much more in my eyes - more eloquent, more informative, and more thoughtful all around. So i don't know, get Heisler's 50 portraits, and if you have money left over, pick this up as well- i mean, it is a beautiful book filled with plenty of amazing images.
You'll read about many stories about Winters' that influenced his life and career, and get an intimate look at his philosophy and approach. The stories are simple and honest (although perhaps at times, may feel overly sentimental). Among the most interesting chapters for me was the one on portrait collaborations, where Winters shares images and stories about making celebrity photographs. This section isn't meant to be instructional (so you won't see any technical details about making the shot), although outside of that, has a similar feel to Gregory Heisler's excellent book "50 Portraits" or Brian Smith's "Secrets of Great Portrait Photography". The portraits themselves were enjoyable, and the print reproduction is relatively good.
Things start to get more random towards the latter half of the book. There's a chapter on illustration that while mildly interesting seems disconnected. A chapter on personal work contains some interesting images. I thought among the best of these were the black and white photographs of Winters' family. Then, there's a fairly large section on the history of photography, which personally felt a bit academic, and out of place. The last section on street photography contains a large collection of photographs, including (of course) work from Cartier-Bresson.
Overall, this book is pretty hard to characterize. There's some really good stuff in here, but personally, it's so varied that there are equal portions of things that didn't really hold a lot of interest for me. On the other hand, if you're even remotely interested in this book, there's almost certainly something you will enjoy. I'd say this is a good book to perhaps borrow and read once, but not the kind of thing you'd have permanently in your bookshelf.