Harold Eveas- Pictures on a page (Photo-journalism, Graphics and Picture Editing)
This book introduces us with news photographs; there is analysis and research of the most famous journalism pieces published in magazines and newspapers. Harold Evans was an editor of ‘’Sunday times’’ and ‘’The Times”, so he has knowledge und understanding about news photography. Many famous photographers are interviewed in this book such as Bert Hardy, Bill Brant, Don McCullin, Henri Cartler- Bresson and many others.
Evans selected the five news photographs and proved to the audience that images taken by machines of amateur photographer can be published in newspapers and magazines. Those pictures are Astronaut photographed on the moon, Automatic camera catches bank raider, Sherpa Tensing on the Everest 1953 photographed by Edmund Hillary, John Gilpin catches DC-8 at take off, an atomic bomb exploded underwater in a test, near Bikini Atoll, 1946.
There are many photographs as examples and their explanations why this image has been taking exactly from this viewpoint, how photographers struggles to catch the right image, but uses 6 images to create one for example when Queen Elizabeth set foot on French soil for the first time in 1957.
Evans advices how photographers can add new perspectives to their jobs: every bending on the knees will help, when rest of us photographic on the eye-level,
Changing filters; to make distracting background blur, panning, change speed, the most important photographer can move himself to get fresh viewpoints.
I totally agree with Mark Godfrey, be believes that people have invisible zone of defense, when you get to close, you distract subject and decisive moment just runs away form you. I have notice that people do not know how to act in front of the camera.
Evans makes every image clear, he describes the main purpose of it, then how well photographer coupe with this and then he goes into technical details. He informs us about shutter speed, aperture, what lighting photographer used, how he focused his camera, to get such an effect and so on.
There are so many aspects of this book I can talk and talk. To be honest I wasn’t attracted to this book straight way, but now I see that this book is encyclopedia for photojournalist. There is all information what we need in one place. I am glad Harold Evans shared his knowledge and experience with us.