On Being a Photographer

by David Hurn/Magnum and Bill Jay

Now in it's third edition, On Being a Photographer has become one of the most popular books ever written with practical advice for photographers.

“A photographer might forget his camera and live to tell the tale. But no photographer who survives has ever forgotten the lessons in this book. It is not just essential reading, it’s compulsory.”
Daniel Meadows
Head of Photojournalism, Center for Journalism Studies
University of Wales

“I read On Being a Photographer in one sitting. This is an invaluable book for its historical and aesthetic references as well as David’s words, which go to the heart of every committed photographer − from the heart of a great photographer. It is inspiring.”
Frank Hoy, Associate Professor, Visual Journalism
The Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Telecommunication
Arizona State University

Sample chapter

Chapter titles:

  • Some Definitions
  • Selecting a Subject
  • Shooting the Single Picture
  • Creating Contacts
  • The Picture Essay
  • Cameras, Shoes and Other Essentials
  • The Future of Photography
  • Some Photographic Myths

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136-pages, Softcover
ISBN 978-1-888803-06-8

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