Harold Eveas- Pictures on a page (Photo-journalism, Graphics and Picture Editing)

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.

Maria Short – Context and Narrative

 

Maria Short – Context and Narrative

 

This book introduces us with the things we need to consider prior every shooting: meaning of photograph, subject, audience, narrative, signs and symbols and text. All these things perfectly cover our course assignments.

 

Photograph – construction, images can be real and fake, context of photograph, importance to engage with audience through photograph.

 

Subject – choice of subject is very important to photography. If subject is not right or interesting, simply you won’t connect with audience or audience won’t be sure what you wanted to say. Also photographer has to be passionate about his work, so audience can feel this. Perfect photograph needs to be creative with the development of photographer’s belied and ethics.

 

Audience – we need to remember why we are creating photographs? Photography is three-way relationship between photograph, photographer and audience. How audience understands an image depends on photographer’s intention, connection with the subject matter, appropriate visual language, technique and presentation. Now we can see how much work we have to put in in one project or even one single image.

 

Narrative – helps to provide meaning, coherence and rhythm to the image.

 

Signs and symbols – I found this part the most important information. I remember when I was at school we read few books, where story is based on symbols and signs. As Lithuania used to be part or Russia, it was forbidden to write about political situation, so authors used other words and meanings to pass this information through to audience. This is the way to represent things in more complicated context.

 

Text – photographers won’t agree is text needs to support photographs or now. We do not want to make everything to obvious but in very difficult context is can be helpful. I have been introduced to some techniques which I never seen before, for example t combine text in the picture, it looks very interesting.

 

All in all I found this book full of useful photographic information, this is perfect for classwork as there is many exercises where you can work in-group or on your own. There is also summary after every chapter, many citations by photographers and journalists adds a value. My favorite citation is by Jean Gaumy, Magnum Photographer:

 

‘Taking pictures is like fishing or writing. It’s getting out of the unknown that which resists and refuses to come to light.’