Image Makers, Image Takers: Interviews with Today's Leading Curators, Editors and Photographers

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Thames & Hudson, 2007 - Photography - 272 pages
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This is the first book to take a look at what motivates and inspires photographers and what it is that makes them succeed. It reveals how some of the world's leading photographers from the fields of art, documentary, fashion, advertising and portraiture actually work and explores what it is that picture editors, curators, agency directors and art book publishers are looking for when choosing an image.
Combining perceptive interviews with over 200 carefully selected images, Anne-Celine Jaeger delves into the working practices of famous photographers, unveiling the mysterious process of artistic creation involved in making and taking a photograph. Here is the background on how Mario Sorrenti was inspired to capture a naked Kate Moss draped over a sofa for the iconic Calvin Klein campaign, why and how Sebastiao Salgado approaches the people he documents, and how Rineke Dijkstra gets the best from her subjects.
With the images taken, or a commission in prospect, how are photographs then selected? How does the picture editor of The New York Times Magazine decide which photographer should shoot the next fashion spread? What photographs are worthy of being hung on a wall in The Photographers' Gallery in London? What advice would art book publisher Gerhard Steidl give to a budding photographer?
From questions of what to look for in an image and views on cropping to the use of color over black-and-white, the shapers and makers of taste provide a unique and indispensable account of their working methods.
Unique and accessible, Image Makers, Image Takers will inspire you to look at photographs and through your lens in a whole new way.

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This book will provide you not only with inspiration to help you find your voice in photography but it will also show you from experienced published working photographers that it is not any easy ... Read full review

Image makers, image takers: the essential guide to photography by those in the know

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Seeking to understand how photographers get their ideas and inspiration and how images are selected for exhibition and publication, journalist/critic Jaeger has gathered interviews with an impressive ... Read full review


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Anne-Celine Jaeger has written for many publications, including the Sunday Times [London] and Wallpaper*, and is author of Fashion Makers, Fashion Shapers and Image Makers, Image Takers.

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