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Book Note: George Barr, Why Photographs Work

I read this book about 3-Dec-2012. This is the first time I've read this book. The book is copyright 2011. This note was last modified Friday, 01-Mar-2013 18:37:33 PST.

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Not the illustrator George Barr known in SF fandom, so far as I can tell.

This is interesting. A bit like Ansel Adams' Examples, but with photos from many people. Analysis both by Barr and by the creator of each image.

I have not had any big lightbulb moments from this book. I'm not sure if I'm learning much. But I am enjoying the photos, and the commentary. The explanations aren't much better than I can make up for myself, and sometimes I'm doubtful about them. Still interesting, and putting his own against those of the photographer is brave (and interesting).

He uses some photos from amateurs, or people with other careers at least, which is interesting. I think it's a trend that you don't make your living from art any more, so that's a good acknowledgment of it.


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