Item description for The Photograph: Composition & Color Design by Harald Mante...
Overview Presents lessons explaining the elements of composition and color.
Harald Mante, one of the most distinguished teachers of the photographic arts in Germany and an internationally recognized master of photography, brings his teaching to us in the English language for the first time in more than 30 years. In "The Photograph" Mante explains the elements that are essential to achieving the highest level of visual design in photographs. This book is geared toward the serious intermediate and advanced photographer who strives to create outstanding images.
While a deep understanding of photographic techniques is required in order to master photography, technical knowledge alone is not sufficient to create outstanding images. Beyond the technical aspects, the crucial elements that determine the quality and strength of a photograph are the content of the image and its organization within the image frame. This is where the "art" of photography comes into play. Truly creative photography is based upon knowledge and mastery of design and of how the viewer perceives images. The creative photographer can exploit this knowledge and push image-making in new directions.
Mante explores the principles of line, shape, point, color, contrast, composition, and design in significantly greater depth and at a higher level than most any book available to date. He also covers a number of techniques to enhance expressiveness in a photograph to support the photographer's intentions.
These in-depth lessons are beautifully illustrated with more than 600 images from Mante's own portfolio, plus over 160 diagrams.
"The Photograph" is a unique book that is sure to become an invaluable reference for anyone involved in photography-from the hobbyist to the professional; forboth the digital and analog photographer; and for those practicing, studying, criticizing, or administering in the visual arts.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 9.25" Height: 11" Weight: 2.7 lbs.
Release Date Mar 15, 2008
Publisher Rocky Nook
ISBN 1933952261 ISBN13 9781933952260
Availability 0 units.
More About Harald Mante
Born in Berlin in 1936, Harald Mante studied graphic design and painting at Werkkunstschule Wiesbaden. He taught Photographic Design at Dortmund Polytechnic and at the European Art Academy in Trier, as well as many seminars and workshops. Professor Mante has authored numerous art books and textbooks. His photographic work has been exhibited in museums and private collections world-wide, and his books and calendars have become collector's items.
Reviews - What do customers think about The Photograph: Composition & Color Design?
A five-star book on photography, but two-star for the English language Sep 7, 2008
Another wonderful book on photography by Harald Mante, but the English translation is too poor to read with ease - I wonder how it got passed the editorial review.
The book has many new pictures if one has read the previous "Color Design". Despite the poor translation, I still highly recommended it to anyone who wants to learn at detailed serious technical level.
Five-star for content, two for the English translation.
Excellent text on fundamentals Aug 13, 2008
If you have read Michael Freeman's book, the Photographer's Eye, and liked it and you have patience for a bit denser treatment, you should like this one. Just be prepared for a lot of flipping back and forth to look at examples. Like Freeman, Mante, builds the concepts from points up though colors and then veers off a bit to cover more general topics such as creative unsharpness. As with Freeman's book I'll be reding it more than once.
Not good for amateurs Aug 7, 2008
When I picked up "The Photograph: Composition & Color Design", it felt and looked like a textbook (and it was shrink-wrapped like one). But the title sounded good, and the author is well known in Europe as an author and instructor for many years. These inferences led me to make a bad conclusion as to the worth of this book to me.
I should have focused on the term "color design" in the title. This book is very technically oriented. While it does have over 600 photos and 160 diagrams (all very well done mind you), it was difficult for me to make sense of much of it. I get the full impression now that this book is geared for students of design and not a budding amateur. In reality, the concepts are just too much for the average layman (and I am not an uneducated person). It felt like I was being told, in very technical terms, why I like the color interaction or composition of certain pictures. I really don't need to know why, in my opinion. If I like something, I like it - simple as that.
If you are a student of design or photography, this book would make sense to you. It is unfortunate though that "The Photograph: Composition & Color Design" is the first book I cannot recommend for an amateur like myself.
Harald Mante is one of the most renowned teachers of photography Jul 14, 2008
Harald Mante is one of the most renowned teachers of photography in Germany: here he explains elements of visual design in photographs for intermediate students and practicing photographers who want to add artistic elements to their results. Chapters cover what strengthens photos, where 'art' comes into play, and how design affects how a viewer sees an image. A text suitable for college-level art and photography collections as well as for classroom assignment.
Diane C. Donovan California Bookwatch
Thoght-provoking challenge to conventional approaches Jul 3, 2008
Mante's "The Photograph" joins Freeman's "The Photographer's Eye" as a must read for anyone who takes a serious interest in photographic composition. Though it probably won't be an easy read -- Mante does occasionally make considerable demands on the brain and the eye -- it will almost certainly be a rewarding read. You will likely find yourself taking, looking at, and thinking about photographs differently.
Mante organizes his book around five basic concepts, each of them the subject of a separate chapter: point, line, shape, universal contrast, and color contrast. His discussion of these concepts is enhanced by numerous diagrams and photos. Understanding the text requires studying the diagrams and photos, sometimes including putting the book down for a while and then coming back to it. Mante wants photographers to think differently about their craft, which means shaking off their usual ways of seeing what's in front of their cameras. The final chapter demonstrates how the five concepts might work together, using Mante's own work (the photos are his throughout the book).
There is something in Mante's approach that I find quite challenging but am unable to express precisely. Conventional photography books tend to take the subject as a given to which conventional rules (e.g., the rule of thirds, placement of the horizon, shooting early or late in the day) can be applied more or less effectively. Mante wants to pull the photographer out of this often basically reactive mode by instead taking the subject as something in which the photographer is far more actively, creatively involved. This means challenging pre-existing ideas about what our "subjects" may be. It means genuinely internalizing the notion that we don't find or dis-cover subjects already out there, but instead have a more direct role in creating those subjects by the very act of taking photographs. Our subjects, in a way, need no longer also be objects.
It's obvious that I'm still trying to work through the implications of Mante's book, but that in itself convinces me the book is worth reading. Whether or not it makes me a better photographer remains to be seen, but it has made me re-examine my ideas about what "better photographer" means in the first place.