ALEX COGHE PHOTOGRAPHY LESSONS ACCORDING TO A STREET PHOTOGRAPHER
PDF E-BOOK, 141 PAGES
A book between technique and philosophy to get inspired, including image and composition analysis. A book for any level of photographer. You will love this book, where I share my experience of over 10 years as street photographer and photojournalist.
This book is an intense experience for all visual culture enthusiasts, where I treat the photographic theme from a technical but also a philosophical point of view. I wanted to propose a clearly more mature and ambitious book, in which more academic subjects enter but always used subordinately to the idea of giving a clear, useful and never prolix text to the treated photographic material. In writing it I also thought that the book will be proposed as a study text for all those who will take workshops with me.
I am convinced that I was able to write a book that will be really inspiring and that helps every photographer and all those who deal with the visual in order to be able to read a documentary image.
In this latest editorial effort, Alex starts from a distinction between nostalgia and memory, saying that he doesn’t appreciate the first and he considers the latter to be a valid companion to photography.
Concepts such as the subjectivity of photography, the importance of a “straight” approach to photography, photography as “document” as “language” and “truth” are explored.
The author also provides us with a “decalogue” of behavior, guidelines to follow when photographing and to print well in the head one by one, are 10 “wisdom” that for some decades now are part of myself and that are at the base of my harmony with Alex .; but there is also a list of seven for the street photographer, with rational and ruthless demolitions of many so-called rules, because here we speak of mental and philosophical approach to photography, certainly not of rules!
And then a vast space dedicated to the semiotics of photography, to the reading of images.
“Learning to read a photograph is the first thing not to be a visual illiterate”. And Alex teaches us how to do it, giving us an example of reading but also and above all of visual interpretation of 109 photographs, because, as he rightly states: “The space for interpretation is always present when I take a picture”.
The reading of this essay is challenging and exciting, certainly the most mature work of Alex, the result of his now 10 years of commitment as a photojournalist.
I am very happy to have enriched myself by reading it, don’t hesitate to do the same.