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The Photographic Eye: Learning to See with a Camera.

THE PHOTOGRAPHIC EXE. Michael O'Brien and Norman Sibley. Worcester, MA: Davis Publications, 1988, 287 pp., hardbound, $25.95.

Subtitled Learning to See with a Camera, this book represents an omnibus approach to the teaching of photography from middle school through college levels. Beginning with a summary of photographic history and a discussion of careers in the field, the book proceeds through chapters addressing camera mechanics, photographic composition and how the elements and principles of design factor into taking and printing effective photographs. Each chapter concludes with exercises that define a specific assignment, an instructional goal and teaching suggestions. Four appendices expand on film processing, color photography, presentation methods and advanced techniques. The books graphic design makes for easy reading and reference, and the many color and black-and-white illustrations provide visual support for the concepts presented. Most of the illustrations are student work, although work by Atget, Stieglitz, Steichen, Muybridge, Lange and other important photographers are also presented. Strongly recommended for students, practitioners and teachers of photography.
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Author:Anderson, Kent
Publication:School Arts
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Jan 1, 1992
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