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February 15, 2011

Classic Book: The Art of Photography by Bruce Barnbaum - Updated and newly revised edtion published by Rocky Nook

Rocky Nook’s Books
The Art of Photography 
An Approach to Personal Expression 
By Bruce Barnbaum

BRUCE BARNBAUM
The Art of Photography: An approach to personal expression
Courtesy Rocky Nook, Santa Barbara, CA
This is an updated and newly revised edition of the classic book THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY: AN APPROACH TO PERSONAL EXPRESSION (originally published in 1994), which has often been described as the most readable, understandable, and complete textbook on photography.

With well over 100 beautiful photographic illustrations in both black-and-white and color, as well as numerous charts, graphs, and tables, this book presents the world of photography to beginner, intermediate, and advanced photographers seeking to make a personal statement through the medium of photography. Without talking down to anyone, or talking over anyone's head, Bruce Barnbaum presents "how to" techniques for both traditional and digital approaches. Yet he goes well beyond the technical, as he delves deeply into the philosophical, expressive, and creative aspects of photography so often avoided in other books.

Barnbaum is recognized as one of the world's finest landscape and architectural photographers, and for decades has been considered one of the best instructors in the field of photography. This latest incarnation of his textbook, which has evolved, grown, and been refined over the past 35 years, will prove to be an ongoing, invaluable photographic reference for years to come. It is truly the resource of choice for the thinking photographer.

BRUCE BARNBAUM, of Granite Falls, WA, entered photography as a hobbyist in the 1960s, and after four decades, it is still his hobby. It has also been his life's work for the past 30 years.

Barnbaum's educational background includes Bachelor's and Master's degrees in mathematics from UCLA. After working for several years as a mathematical analyst and computer programmer for missile guidance systems, he abruptly left the field and turned to photography.

Barnbaum has authored several books, some of which have become classics. The Art of Photography was first published in 1994 and remained in print until 2007. Barnbaum has been self-publishing the book ever since, but with limited distribution (until now).

Barnbaum is a frequent contributor to several photography magazines. His series "The Master Printing Class" is featured in each issue of Photo Techniques, and his articles are published regularly in LensWork. Through his workshops, articles, lectures, books, and innovative photography, Barnbaum has become a well-known and highly respected photographer, educator, and pioneer.

Barnbaum is recognized as one of the finest darkroom printers, both for his exceptional black-and-white work, as well as for his color imagery. He understands light to an extent rarely found, and combines this understanding with a mastery of composition, applying his knowledge to an extraordinarily wide range of subject matter. His work is represented by more than ten galleries throughout the United States and Canada, and is in the collections of museums and private collectors worldwide.

THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY  
By Bruce Barnbaum 
Published by Rocky Nook 
364 p. - $44.95 US -  $55.95 CA 

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