Stephen McLaren avec Photographers' sketchbooks
This book celebrates the new creative processes of the modern photographic era, in which blogs and Instagram streams function alongside analogue albums and contact sheets, and the traditional notebook takes the form of Polaroid studies, smartphone pictures, diaristic projects, found photography, experimental image-making and self-published photo-zines. Each photographer presents his or her sketchbook: several pages of images that convey his or her working methods and thought processes. These intimate, one-off presentations are accompanied by engaging interviews that reveal how the simple act of pressing a shutter can capture and express a fully realized personal vision. Three essays by the authors explore subjects at the cutting edge of contemporary practice, including: photo diaries and online experiments and exhibitions; print and electronic publication; planning and editing large projects; and new cameras and other photographic technologies. Designed to satisfy the most demanding of image junkies, this is an indispensible resource for anyone with an interest in photography or the creative process.
Photographers' Sketchbooks, a book compiling the notes, plans and ideas of nearly 50 photographers, proves that the best shots hardly ever happen by chance. --The Sunday Telegraph
Gives you a fascinating window into the creative process ... As you'd expect of Thames & Hudson, the presentation, design and print quality are second to none. --Royal Photographic Society
Meticulously researched ... a fascinating insight into the work and methods of more than 50 photographers. --The Independent on Sunday
A fascinating insight into the various ways that photographers develop concepts for their images and projects. --Digital Camera Magazine
Offers rich insight into the working minds of nearly 50 photographers. --Professional Photography
Wildly fascinating ... demonstrates the process of photography that takes place well before a camera is even touched. --What Digital Camera
A playful yet serious account of the wealth of experimentation that goes into the best personal projects. --BJP Journal
... a wildly fascinating look inside the thinking behind and construction of a variety of images ... this book demonstrates that the process of photography takes place well before a camera is even touched. --Oliver Atwell, Amateur Photographer Magazine
Stephen McLaren is a photographer, writer, and curator based in San Francisco. He is coauthor, with Sophie Howarth, of Street Photography Now. He also coauthored Photographers' Sketchbooks with Bryan Formhals.