Five Books That Will Teach You Five Different Things About Photography

Five Books That Will Teach You Five Different Things About Photography

There’s a lot to learn about photography, and while online tutorials and YouTube videos are great, sometimes you just need a good book to get the creative juices flowing.

Through the course of a master’s degree in photography and a few years spent teaching it, I’ve read and considered many books for students. There’s a lot of repetition among photo books, but here are a few that have risen above the crowd to offer something different. Each focuses on a different area of photography, and so if you’re looking to improve in any one of these respects, check out these reads.

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Newark students share books and hope with Puerto Rican kids

For Naomi Salazar, a second-grader at South 17th Street Elementary School in Newark, reading isn’t just fundamental, it’s a foundation of hope.

“I feel sad that they don’t have any books to read, and I want to share my books so they can read them,” 8-year-old Naomi said. She and her school are involved in a program to provide books to school children in Puerto Rico, which is still struggling to recover from Hurricane Maria.

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Young Nigerians choose to fight Boko Haram with books

Northeastern Nigeria is a place of suddenly interrupted lives. Nearly 3 million people have been uprooted since the Islamist movement Boko Haram began its insurgency here a decade ago, taking deliberate aim at education. The group has murdered some 2,300 teachers, destroyed more than 1,400 schools, and kidnapped scores of students. But as war grinds into its 10th year, a counterinsurgency is building on unlikely front lines: battered open-air classrooms inside camps for displaced people, and dormitories at girls’ boarding schools, jammed with chattering teenagers in pink hijabs. Many here say Boko Haram’s fight against schools has backfired, though progress is fragile. “Lack of education is the disease that caused [Boko Haram] in the first place,” says Fanne Abdullahi, a mother of five who lives in a wind-swept camp in Maiduguri. The “classrooms” are little more than grass roofs; the walls were stolen for firewood. On a recent morning, Mastapha Kaltumi taught math to about 50 fidgety third-graders as children played tag nearby. “I’m so relieved to teach again,” Mr. Kaltumi says. “It’s gotten rid of perhaps 30 percent of the trauma I felt. At least I am engaging my mind.”

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‘The Spotify for Books’ hasn’t worked yet. Here’s why.

No term garners more collective trepidation from the publishing industry than ‘the Spotify for Books’. From Oyster to Scribd, and Flooved to Entitle, countless outfits have professed to be on the brink of disrupting the world of books. So why have none achieved the runaway success of Spotify? Is the publishing industry fundamentally unsuitable to a model of unlimited consumption? Many would have you believe so. In reality, whilst the term has inevitably been overused, it has also been misused. This has paved the way for widespread confusion regarding business models and in many cases, unnecessary reticence from publishers.

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Memphis Literary Arts Festival Launches

If the prevailing stereotype of the writer/reader is of a solitary individual, slaving away with bleary eyes, then the Center for Southern Literary Arts (CSLA) aims to challenge the traditional narrative. Because stories are inherently a means of communication and of reinforcing our connections — with each other, with the past, and with our cultures. To illustrate the communal aspect and intersectional nature of storytelling, in its many forms and genres, the CSLA is unveiling the inaugural Memphis Literary Arts Festival (MLAF) this Saturday, June 16th, in the Edge district.

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