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Vision Anew: The Lens and Screen Arts
(University of California Press, 2015)

“A valuable, timely, and stimulating collection”
Geoff Dyer, author of The Ongoing Moment

“A remarkable compendium of important artists, practitioners, theorists, and essayists, who muse on what constitutes creativity in the lens and screen arts today. I think this book is destined to be essential reading for all those thinking about the future of our visual culture.”
Mark Lubell, Executive Director, International Center of Photography

“Brings together prophetic historic texts with the best of recent thinking to create an essential reader. This book provides a critical framework that genuinely supports a creative life in photography.”
Charlotte Cotton, author of The Photograph as Contemporary Art

The ubiquity of digital images has profoundly changed the responsibilities and capabilities of anyone and everyone who uses them. Thanks to a range of innovations, from the convergence of moving and still image in the latest DSLR cameras to the growing potential of interactive and online photographic work, the lens and screen have emerged as central tools for many artists. Vision Anew brings together a diverse selection of texts by practitioners, critics, and scholars to explore the evolving nature of the lens-based arts.

Presenting essays on photography and the moving image alongside engaging interviews with artists and filmmakers, Vision Anew offers an inspired assessment of the medium’s ongoing importance in the digital era.

Contributors include Ai Weiwei, Gerry Badger, David Campany, Lev Manovich, Christian Marclay, László Moholy-Nagy, Walter Murch, Trevor Paglen, Pipilotti Rist, Shelly Silver, Rebecca Solnit, and Alec Soth, among others. This vital collection is essential reading for artists, educators, scholars, critics and curators, and anyone who is passionate about the lens-based arts.

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The Education of a Photographer
(Allworth Press, 2006)

What does it mean to become a photographer in the twenty-first century? This thoughtful collection of essays illuminates the spirit of the people who make the indelible images of our times. Aspiring and professional photographers — especially those in arts programs throughout the United States—will appreciate the comprehensive vision of The Education of a Photographer. Classic writings from the twentieth century as well as the thoughts of the most influential talents working today, plus essays from designers, editors, and gallery owners, make this a compelling look at what drives and inspires photographers to create great work.

Contributors include Lee Friedlander, Charlotte Cotton, Peter Galassi, Elisabeth Biondi, Stephen Shore, Leo Rubinfien, Vera Lutter, Wendell Berry, Tim Davis, Berenice Abbott, John Szarkowski, Shelley Rice, Irving Penn, Susan Meiselas, Larry Sultan, Dave Eggers, Peter MacGill, Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Gregory Crewdson and many more.