I’m Giving My Book Away

My idea--I'm a genius at marketing my work, it should be obvious by now-- was to send a free copy of Computational Photography each month, given postage-free* to a reader drawn randomly from my subscriber list. I mean, I would ask them first if they even wanted a copy of…

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Tour of Computational Photography: Title Page and Overture

Computational Photography, as it developed, became less and less like a regular photobook and more and more like an art project in itself. In a regular photobook you'd start off with an introductory text, followed by an essay from a curator or scholar associated with the kind of work that…

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Exploring the Mayan Ruins (In Books)

After going through William Frej's exciting photobook, Maya Ruins Revisited (see my review here), that excitement carried on and I wanted to dig deeper. Do you want more, too? The first place to start is the most obvious: One essay in Frej's book offers a good summary of what is…

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Albrecht Dürer was a Photographer

(This is part of series looking back at posts I wrote a decade ago. First published on November 4, 2011.)  If Albrecht Dürer were alive today he would be a photographer. I’m sure of it. I’ve been a fan of Durer’s work for many years and have always felt he…

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Listicle: Top 7 College Photo Textbooks

The Internet loves listicles—articles of the top ten this, the world’s best that. Easy to read and easy to write, they score high in Google’s search rankings because they are easy for the algorithms to parse and the search results are easy for the viewer to scan. Here’s my listicle:…

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Book Review: Looking at On Photographs, by David Campany

(This review is co-published with Photobook Journal: The Contemporary Phonebook Magazine.) When I was a young man I labored through the book On Photography, by Susan Sontag. I was a subscriber to the New York Review of Books, though not during the early 1970s when the chapters in this book…

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Things Are More In Focus Now

It's September 2001. The twin towers lay ruined and smoldering in New York City. At the Pentagon there are nightly vigils and there are flowers for the dead. In the small towns of eastern Pennsylvania the only topic of discussion is the plane that fell from the sky. The nation…

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Books Under the Tree

Christmas is over, the new year begun, and it's time to put the ornaments away, time to take away the tree. But before I do I wanted to share a few things I found under the tree on Christmas morning. A Middle Earth Traveler (John Howe)Lord of the Rings Sketchbook…

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Guided Tour: Hidden Codes On the Cover

(This post is part of a guided tour of my book, Computational Photography, on sale now for $49.95 with free shipping.) If you peel back the dust cover of Computational Photography you can see the actual hardcover of the hardcover book. This is the case cover, in book-speak, and is…

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