Fully updated and revised, this seminal book explains and illustrates what photographs are, how they were made and used in the past and, more particularly, what their place is in the creative arts and visual communications world of today.
Paul Hill looks at photographs as modes of expression and explores the diversity of approaches taken when creating photographs and what these mean for a photographer’s practice and purpose. It emphasises the importance of contextualisation to the understanding of the medium, diving into the ideas behind the images and how the camera transforms and influences how we see the world. With an impressive collection of 200 full colour images from professional practitioners and artists, it invites us to consider the foundations of photography’s past and the digital revolution’s impact on the creation and dissemination of photographs today.
Essential reading for all students of photography, it is an invaluable guide for those who want to make a career in photography, covering most areas of photographic practice from photojournalism to fine art to personal essay.
Table of Contents
Foreword by Roger Taylor
Chapter One: SEEING AND THINKING PHOTOGRAPHICALLY
Lenses and Angles
‘Flattening’ the 3-D World
Tones and Hues
The Focal Point
Metaphors and Symbols
Chapter Two: AFTER THE SHUTTER IS PRESSED
Sequence and Series
Chapter Three: ART AND COMMUNICATION
Influence of Photography on Art
Influence of Art on Photography
Links with Literature
The Moving Image
Chapter Four: HOW PHOTOGRAPHY IS USED
Captions and Titles
Publishing and Reproduction
Posters and Photomurals
Chapter Five: THE PHOTOGRAPHER AS WITNESS
Making a Record
Content and Form
Chapter Six: EXPERIENCING BEAUTY
Landscape and Nature
The ‘Fine’ Print
Chapter Seven: IN SEARCH OF SELF AND THE METAPHOR
Reflecting the Human Condition
Spirit of Place
Chapter Eight: FROM PRINTED PAGE TO GALLERY WALL
Chapter Nine: RADICAL CHANGES AND THE IMAGING FUTURE
Signs and Symbols
Photography and Politics
Postmodernism and Beyond
After he worked as a newspaper reporter, climbing instructor, and freelance photo-journalist for The Guardian, The Observer, the BBC, amongst many others, he became Course Leader of the Creative Photography course at Trent Polytechnic in 1976, the same year as he set up The Photographers' Place, the first photo workshop in Europe. He has published several books on photography, including Dialogue with Photography (with Thomas Cooper) and was awarded an MBE in 1994. A recipient of the Royal Photographic Society's Education Award, he became a professor in 1995 at De Montfort University where he ran one of the first postgraduate courses in photography in the UK.
Approaching Photography provides its readers with an accessible understanding of photographic theory by surveying the key themes that have been – and remain - integral to the photograph. This is underpinned by practical advice that will help photographers convey their images' intended meaning to different audiences.
Dr Michael Pritchard FRPS, Director, Education and Public Affairs, The Royal Photographic Society, UK
Paul Hill’s Approaching Photography is one of the classic books on photography. Written by a photographer who is passionate about the craft of photography, he knows how to link technique to the construction of meaning and make it clear to the reader. This [updated edition of the] book is for anyone [or everyone?] who wants to pay close attention to the different skills and thinking involved in creating photographic images - and develop them into a coherent independent practice.
David Bate, Professor of Photography, University of Westminster, London, UK