Talking Photography: Viewpoints on the Art, Craft and Business

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Allworth Press, 2002 - Photography - 307 pages
In this volume, Washington Post photography columnist Frank Van Riper assembles a selection of photographic insights from his columns. A photographer and writer, he seeks to inform and entertain readers with vignettes on the art, craft and business of photography. Chapters include answers to basic and rarely-addressed technical questions, from shooting pictures under fluorescent light to defending oneself against bloodthirsty mosquitoes; cutting-edge interviews with photography icons of various genres; essays on the everyday life and great moments in the life of a photographer; and reviews of photography books and shows.

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Frank Van Riper has been the photography columnist for the Washington Post for the past ten years and now appears exclusively every week in the Camera Works section of He is a distinguished commercial and fine arts photographer whose photography criticism has appeared in PhotoVision (Madrid), Contretype (Brussels), and in magazines across the United States. A former political journalist, he is also the author of Glenn the Astronaut Who Would be President, as well as two acclaimed photography books, Faces of the Eastern Shore and Down East Maine, which was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. His photographs are in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, National Museum of American Art and Portland Museum of Art in Portland, Maine. Van Riper was a 1979 Nieman Fellow at Harvard. The author lives in Washington, DC, with his wife and partner, photographer and sculptor Judith Goodman. nbsp;

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