Photography Reading List
Starting a photography course in the new year? GCSE? A-Level? Degree? Need a photography reading list to get you started? Good, here you go.
Congratulations, you are at the start of a wonderful journey. Cherish these years as you will look back upon them as a time when you could fully indulge in your practice, undisturbed by the outside pressures of money and family.
Devour as much information as you possibly can. Read, read and then read some more. Make notes, record videos, document the whole lot.
Have a dictionary on hand – not your phone, it’s distracting.
There will be plenty of words that you don’t understand, maybe even entire passages, but this has to happen in order for you to learn. You don’t read the same books from when you were a child over and over again do you? why not? because you have extracted the information from it, you know the morals or the facts contained within it. You are hungry for more. New information, new tales and stories, new inspirations!
Learning, and I mean real learning, happens right on the point where you know a bit of what you’re reading, but not all. Only then will you engage your brain to understand the core meaning. This is why revision is boring and rather unproductive. You know the information already, so you’re just re-reading the same thing over and over. Delving deep into a subject is what keeps the magic of learning alive.
Here is my photography reading list, some books are more challenging than others. By the time you reach the end of your degree, you should have read them all. Also included in this article is a list of relevant other resources such as galleries to visit, websites to get inspiration from and popular magazines with latest news and reviews.
Books – reading list
Ways of Seeing (1990)
Also available on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0pDE4VX_9Kk
Understanding a Photograph (2013)
A very short introduction
The Rhetoric of the Image
The Photographic Message
Photography – A Concise History
Pub: Laurence King, London
Pub: Oxford History of Art
Regarding the Pain of Others
Towards a Philosophy of Photography
Of Other Spaces: Heterotopias
Visual Pleasure and Narrative Cinema
Books on Photography Technique
Michael Freeman is a great communicator and offers plenty of useful information that’s easy to digest.
Timeless art of Monochrome
A Photographers eye
This is literally the alt bible
Magazines and Journals
The British Journal of Photography – Incisive Media (Professional Weekly)
Portfolio (Contemporary Photography)
Galleries and Museums
Check museumcrush.org for all current exhibitions
BFI Southbank Gallery
Belvedere Road, SE1
The British Library
Euston Road, NW1
Great Russel Street, WC1
County Hall Gallery
Westminster Bridge Road, SE1
Getty Images Gallery
Eastcastle Street, W1
The Hayward Gallery, Southbank Centre
Belvedere Road, SE1
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin’s Place, WC2
Royal Academy of Arts
Whitechapel High Street, E1
Park Street, Bankside, SE1
Camera Price Buster (price comparison site)
MPB Photographic (second hand gear)
First Call Photographic
Research – useful websites
The eye of photography
Features the greatest practitioners of the camera
Pinhole photography my professional photographer Justin Quinnell
Community of Lomographers
Digital archive and public library
Digital camera news, reviews etc…