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Publisher Description

Photographs Not Taken is a collection of photographers’ essays about failed attempts to make a picture. Editor Will Steacy asked each photographer to abandon the conventional tools needed to make a photograph—camera, lens, film—and instead make a photograph using words, to capture the image (and its attendant memories) that never made it through the lens. In each essay, the photograph has been stripped down to its barest and most primitive form: the idea behind it. This collection provides a unique and original interpretation of the experience of photographing, and allows the reader into a world rarely seen: the image making process itself. Photographs Not Taken features contributions by: Peter Van Agtmael, Dave Anderson, Timothy Archibald, Roger Ballen, Thomas Bangsted, Juliana Beasley, Nina Berman, Elinor Carucci, Kelli Connell, Paul D’Amato, Tim Davis, KayLynn Deveney, Doug Dubois, Rian Dundon, Amy Elkins, Jim Goldberg, Emmet Gowin, Gregory Halpern, Tim Hetherington, Todd Hido, Rob Hornstra, Eirik Johnson, Chris Jordan, Nadav Kander, Ed Kashi, Misty Keasler, Lisa Kereszi, Erika Larsen, Shane Lavalette, Deana Lawson, Joshua Lutz, David Maisel, Mary Ellen Mark, Laura McPhee, Michael Meads, Andrew Moore, Richard Mosse, Zwelethu Mthethwa, Laurel Nakadate, Ed Panar, Christian Patterson, Andrew Phelps, Sylvia Plachy, Mark Power, Peter Riesett, Simon Roberts, Joseph Rodriguez, Stefan Ruiz, Matt Salacuse, Alessandra Sanguinetti, Aaron Schuman, Jamel Shabazz, Alec Soth, Amy Stein, and others.

Arts & Entertainment
March 27
Daylight Books
Perseus Books, LLC

Customer Reviews

Sbw1991 ,

Very interesting concept - love this book!

A writer’s use of imagery as a literary device is often what hooks a reader. This book introduces the idea of imagery in a very unique way. It is a collection of short essays written by dozens of well-known contemporary photographers such as Todd Hido, Alec Soth, and Stefan Ruiz to name just a few. These essays detail each photographer’s personal account of vivid moments in which he or she did not take a photograph, recounting these experiences with only written words. It is a direct view into the mind’s eye of people made famous for their use of sight as art. It’s well-written, with a very minimal, sleek design, further conveying the book’s focus on the relationship between language and the cerebral image. Photographs Not Taken is a great read for art lovers and bookworms alike – highly recommended!