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img810When two or more people LOOK, two or more people will “SEE” things differently.

Is there an objective way of “seeing” in photography? In 1984, Amphoto, an imprint of Watson-Guptil Publications, published the book shown above by world re-known British born photographer cum author  Michael Freeman.(1945-)

In the book’s introduction, the author has emphasized some of the inevitable questions we face when either photographing something or engaging in looking at photographs.


img812The book has, in my opinion, some very useful advice for the professional and the collector of photographs alike, and it uses a number of photographs to illustrate ways of “seeing“.

img814The bibliography is perhaps the least impressive part of the book, as most of the titles are, now 30 years later, standard fare for reference, and some of it outdated. This is bound to happen with most books, and easily overlooked by anyone used to doing their own research.

img815I have promoted record cover photography on my blog in different posts, and  I firmly believe that this aspect of commercial photography is much underrated. I want to share what the author has to say on the subject matter, and also use it to illustrate the depth of the book.

img819img820img817Careful reading of the captions illustrate the point that we are not talking here about “snapping a picture“, and please do not attempt anything of the sort shown below if you are attempting to make your way in the music business ( the one in flames is a professional stunt man)!

img818The above photograph is from the Pink Floyd album Wish You Were Here.

img816The advice in the last 3 lines, in the text above, is ever more pressing now with the “distortions“, or outright news faking, in the political arena these days on major news networks that tend to put us on a “primrose path“.

img811I highly recommend reading Michael Freeman’s excellent blog here. The blog also covers collectable photo books!

Interesting however that the Wikipedia entry on Mr.Freeman does not mention the above book at all, but instead focused on his perhaps better known travel books.