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The Elements of Photography, 2nd Edition by Angela Faris Belt

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INTRODUCTION

LIKE ALL ART, PHOTOGRAPHY CREATES ITS OWN REALITY. AND THE BEST PHOTOGRAPHS ARE NOT THOSE WHICH SUCCINCTLY RECORD WHAT HAS BEEN SEEN, BUT THOSE WHICH UNDERSTAND HOW TO STRUCTURE THIS ACCORDING TO RULES AND LAWS SPECIFIC TO THE GENRE.—FROM ICONS OF PHOTOGRAPHY

There is just “something about” certain photographs, isn’t there? If you’re like me, you pause at the sight of them in magazines and journals, on gallery and museum walls, in family archives and in antique stores, and marvel at that “something.” What makes them so intriguing is difficult or impossible to describe verbally because it exists as a strictly visual construct. But ...

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