Kevin Bjorke
Kevin Bjorke
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It’s been many days again since I’ve written here (though I have written a few short entries for PhotoPermit.Org), a good chunk of them consumed by reading. I feel like I’ve had some growth and change in the way I approach picture books. And that’s separate from doing a perhaps nutty thing with photo books: trying to view them through a camera viewfinder, to get a better grasp on what might have been seen by the original shooter (something worth doing once, but if it’s persistent, call a doctor).

No, but I think my new plateau comes from a similar leap of imagination, of having a stronger sense of what was in the maker’s mind for each image: where to stand with the camera, when to press the shutter; how to lay down the colors broadly and then to refine them with each successive stroke of the brush. The reading is slower but the enjoyment deeper.

Since Red Color News Soldier, which I’d written about earlier, I’ve managed to make it through these books:

Picture Books — most new, and a few old friends from the bookshelf:

Flamingo Robert Frank
Black and White Things Robert Frank
New York to Nova Scotia Robert Frank
U.S. Camera Annual 1958 contained an insert of
proto-Americans Robert Frank  
Americans, We Eugene Richards
Phaidon 55 Eugene Richards
A Storybook Life Philip Lorca-Dicorcia
A Kind of Rapture Robert Bergman
Tete á Tete Henri Cartier-Bresson
Portraits Richard Avedon
1964 Garry Winogrand
Photographs 1934-1975 W. Eugene Smith
Radiant Identities Jock Sturges
People in the Environment Jonathan Hilton
Revelations Diane Arbus et al

Not-so-many-pictures Books:

Emotions Revealed Paul Ekman  
The Creative Habit Twyla Tharp  
Pictorial Composition
and the
   
Critical Judgement of Pictures</cite> Henry Rankin Poore  
Between the Eyes David Levi Strauss  
The Five Love Languages Gary Chapman  
Avedon at Work in the American West Laura Wilson <tr><td align="right">The Crisis of the Real</td><td>Andy Grundberg</td></tr>
Stepfamilies Dr. James H. Bray & John Kelly  
Ways of Seeing John Berger  

And many others I’m trying to get traction on, reading a page here or there at a time:

Stop Staring Jason Osipa
Maya Character Animation Jae-Jin Choi
Programming C# ??
Golive Classroom in a Book Adobe
A Man with a Camera Nestor Alemendros
Last half of the Journal Eugene Delacroix

…plus the usual array of photo magazines, computer rags, Game Developer, ornery web forum postings, travel to Las Vegas and Seattle, and a big batch of work to push forward at the office, including multiple tradeshows and an upcoming journey to Europe plus writing on the next book, GPU Gems 2, and most-recently a good number of hours spent judging a contest for DeviantArt. Oh yeah, and an election.

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