Running low on inspiration for photography projects or looking for insight into the practices of many of the most iconic contemporary photographers working? Perhaps you’re just beginning and are curious about the medium? Published by Aperture, The Photographer’s Playbook edited by Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern is an invaluable resource of perceptive information on all things photography. However, the further you read through The Photographer’s Playbook the more you realize that the ideas and exercises can be applied to just about any creative outlet or medium. Inside you will find advice for better shooting and editing, creative ways to start projects, games and activities, by photographers - John Baldessari, Tina Barney, Philip-Lorca diCorcia, Jim Goldberg, Miranda July, Susan Meiselas, Stephen Shore, Alec Soth, Tim Walker and many more.
The Photographer’s Playbook will be released next month by Aperture.
Jason Fulford is a photographer and cofounder of the non-profit publisher J&L Books. He has lectured at more than a dozen art schools and universities and is a contributing editor to Blind Spot magazine. Fulford's photographs have been featured in Harper's, the New York Times Magazine, Time, Blind Spot, Aperture, and on book jackets for Don DeLillo, John Updike, Bertrand Russell, Jorge Luis Borges, Terry Eagleton, Ernest Hemingway and Richard Ford. His published books include Sunbird (2000), Crushed (2003), Raising Frogs for $$$ (2006), The Mushroom Collector (2010) and Hotel Oracle (2013).
Gregory Halpern received a BA in history and literature from Harvard University and an MFA from California College of the Arts. His third book of photographs, entitled A, is a photographic ramble through the streets of the American Rust Belt. His other books include Omaha Sketchbook and Harvard Works Because We Do. He currently teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology.