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Photographing Childhood

The Image and the Memory

By LaNola Stone

  1. ISBN: 9780240818184
  2. Publication Date: September 2011
  3. Format: Paperback
  4. Pages: 192
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Description

Children are one of the most intriguing yet difficult subjects to photograph. Whether you are a proud parent who wants to capture the fleeting moments of childhood or a professional photographer working with paying clients, Photographing Childhood: The Image and the Memory will give you the know-how and the inspiration that you are looking for to create the perfect image. Rich with emotion and creativity, this guide delivers tips from a master photographer who has contributed to Child Magazine, Pottery Barn, Martha Stewart Omnimedia, and many others. Learn how to take photos that are technically and compositionally sound; pictures that are so gorgeous they'll fill up your walls, refrigerator, and your family's (or clients') email in-boxes for years to come.

This book goes way beyond photography basics. There are countless important events and stages to document in a child's life; learn the secrets to making sure you don't miss a single photo opportunity. Be inspired by amazing shots from several historical and contemporary photographers. Working with children can be particularly tricky, and this book shows you what pitfalls to avoid to prevent tantrums (your own or your subjects!). Before you know it you'll have a collection of great shots that you'll want to share for personal or professional purposes. You will not find a more engaging, expressive, or nostalgic guide to taking photos of what you love most: children.

Featured Historical Photographers:

Southworth and Hawes

Julia Margaret Cameron

Gertrude Käsebier

Lewis Hine

Edward Steichen

Jacques Henri Lartigue

Heneri Cartier-Bresson

Featured Contemporary Photographers:

Sebastião Salgado, Brazil

Emmet Gowin, USA

Joyce Tenneson, USA

Melissa Anne Pinney, USA

Robin Schwartz, USA

Takashi Homma, Japan

Rania Matar, Lebanon

Achim Lippoth, Germany

Anders Hald, Denmark

Cuny Janssen, The Netherlands

Author Bio

LaNola Stone is currently an Adjunct Professor of Photography at the Art Institute in Salt Lake City and former Creative Director of Organize Magazine (when it won 2007 Best Organization Magazine of the Year). Her work has been seen in California Home + Design Magazine, Child Magazine, Apollo Magazine, And Baby Magazine, and more. She has also photographed for Martha Stewart Omnemedia, Pottery Barn, and Sterling Pear among others. Her photography was selected by the Visual Arts Gallery for representation at Aqua Art, during Art Basel Miami 2009. And she was recently featured as CMYK Magazine's "Top 100 New Creatives."

Reviews

"As a professional photographer, I know that one of the most intriguing subjects are children. However, capturing those truly once-in-a-lifetime moments as a timeless treasure. well, that's a specialty in our field. Photographing Childhood: The Image and The Memory is a well written and thorough guide for the photographer to learn how to collaborate with their child subjects and create photographs as well as experiences that will be remembered when working with youth. Included in this book is a wonderful time line of childhood from birth to adulthood in which LaNola shares her secrets of what the photographer can expect through each stage of growth and how to capture those moments, creating a unique story to be cherished for generations. The book also includes wonderful examples of well-known photographers to inspire you and a chapter on storing, printing and sharing those precious memories. Not only is this book a must have for the professional photographer, but it would make a wonderful gift for new parents!"--San Francisco Book Review

"Katrina Eismann chose Stone's new book as one of 2011's Best Photography Books: 'Photographing Childhood: The Image and the Memory (Focal Press, 2011) by LaNola Kathleen Stone is thoughtful, inspiring, and unexpected. The book features an historical homage; an insightful timeline of childhood; useful information on lighting and image management; and most importantly highlights a wide variety of contemporary photographers and photographic approaches to frame and focus on the fleeting moments of childhood. Smart, beautiful and poignant!'"--ElizabethAvedon.blogspot.com

"Stone's own photographs, often accompanied by diagrams, illustrate lighting techniques, while captions give technical information and pragmatic suggestions (e.g., for more "idyllic" infant shots, swap out plastic diapers for cloth). A chapter on her personal project, Memories Abandoned, deals with notions of childhood and nostalgia, and an up-to-the-minute chapter on storing, printing and sharing work adds a finishing touch. All told, this generous book gives readers the tools, motivation, historical perspective and encouragement to make and preserve images that skillfully and artfully bind photographs and memory."--ASMP Bulletin, Winter 2012

Contents

CHAPTER 1: the authentic, the idyllic & the fantastic

Why we photograph: exploring intent

CHAPTER 2: early image makers

What history offers us

CHAPTER 3: tools of the trade

Nuts and bolts of image making

CHAPTER 4: timeline of childhood

What to expect and when to expect it

CHAPTER 5: before nostalgia

The Image and the Memory

CHAPTER 6: artists & images to inspire & inform

Contemporary Photographers: art, style and insight

CHAPTER 7: storing, printing & sharing your work

how to archive, and share your photographs