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The Photobook Show

The Photographer’s Eye: Learning Photography from Books

episode 15

Tue, April 16, 2024 at 2pm (ET)
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What is there to learn in photography beyond how to use your camera and some basic knowledge of optics? In the world of photography education, there is a fundamental belief that the ability to “see” can be trained and educated — and is what lies behind many books designed to help you learn to take great photographs. In this episode, we’ll be showing you some classics (e.g., John Szarkowski’s The Photographer’s Eye), some that are more specialized (Jörg Colberg’s Understanding Photobooks), and some that are more fun to read (David Campany’s On Photographs). Looking through these books will not immediately make you take better pictures, but they will certainly give you some guidance and encouragement along your journey as a photographer.

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Stefan Frank

Stefan Frank is a photographer and writer, working from Heidelberg, Germany. Way before he came to photography, he studied mathematics and philosophy at Ruhr Universität Bochum and worked as an IT specialist. He studied at Atelier Smedsby with JH Engström and Margot Wallard in Paris in 2017, before he eventually began studying photography at Ostkreuzschule, Berlin, with Peter Bialobrzeski. He graduated in 2023 with the work Irgendwo (“Anywhere”), a project dealing with politically motivated crime and the terror-spree of the far right in Germany. He has been teaching with StrudelmediaLive since 2020, giving courses on surrealism, poetics of space, gestalt theory for photographers, and more. His work has been exhibited in Heidelberg, Frankfurt, and Berlin.

Stefan teaches the poetics of space, nighttime photography, and much more — including presenting The Photobook Show — for StrudelmediaLive.