LITERARY RECOMMENDATION: THE PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT (ROSA ISABEL VÁZQUEZ)

In our series of photography book recommendations I bring you a topic that I was already touching: the personal photographic project. If you are thinking of embarking on one, you cannot miss this review.

IDEAL FOR…

Any person who is considering a personal photographic project, or who has already embarked and is somewhat lost because he does not know very well the steps to follow, how to define the idea, how to shape it or who doubts in any of its phases It is the ideal recipient of this reading.

IT IS NOT FOR YOU IF ...

... the photographic project is not in your plans. Nor is it the book you are looking for if you just landed on the picture and still work automatically because you do n't know any more options and you don't know how to handle the triangle of light. This book is for professional or amateur photographers but with a solid technical base. Do not expect to find recipes to expose well, compose, achieve a good approach or anything like that, it is not a manual of this type, but focuses on the most conceptual and artistic part of the project.

THE PERSONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC PROJECT. COMPLETE GUIDE FOR ITS DEVELOPMENT (FROM IDEA TO PRESENTATION)

INTRODUCTION

A brief introduction in which the author describes the way to get to this work and how it is structured.

CHAPTER 1. FIRST REFLECTIONS

Focused on the what, why and how of a personal project. It tells us about the importance of illusion, involvement and work as keys to embark on a personal photographic project. It introduces the subject of the project documentation, both of the internal work dossier that includes all the relevant information about the work and the dossier of the project that will accompany it at the time of submission. Topics to be developed in other chapters.

CHAPTER 2. IN SEARCH OF A METHODOLOGY

It presents different common work methodologies or project models after explaining how it has come to define them. Next, it details the states of the projects in order to establish an order and evolution of the personal photographic project. He ends by guiding on how to read the book based on these states, since the chapters of this work are based on them.

CHAPTER 3. PHOTOGRAPHIC IDENTITY

A chapter for reflection, to discover and define our photographic identity from personal identity, through different tasks and reflections proposed.

CHAPTER 4. PREPARING TO CREATE

This is a chapter dedicated to creativity, to understand how it works and how to encourage it to end in a creative process model.

CHAPTER 5. THE IDEA

It is the starting point, but you have to understand it and define it well in order to develop it. This chapter is dedicated to finding the idea and defining it.

CHAPTER 6. THE INVESTIGATION

To develop an idea we must investigate about it and about the project that we are going to carry out. This chapter guides you through this process.

CHAPTER 7. EXPERIMENTATION

Chapter dedicated to the importance of experimentation as a promoter of the creative process. Different forms of experimentation and how they can help in the personal photographic project.

CHAPTER 8. DEFINE, DEVELOP AND PLAN. THE WORK DOSSIER

As the chapter title says, it focuses on explaining how to create a work dossier to document the project. Title, definition, objectives, justification or planning are some of the parts of it.

CHAPTER 9. PHOTO SHOOTING

The photographic shot goes beyond the click. This chapter deals with different aspects related to it, such as planning, location, timing, definition of images, sketches or resource mobilization, among others.

CHAPTER 10. THE PROJECT EDITION

To talk about the edition of the personal photographic project is to talk about the selection of photos that will be included. Of order and coherence. This chapter helps with this arduous task that can be done so uphill.

CHAPTER 11. PRESENTATION FORMATS

Discover in this extensive chapter what is the most suitable format for your project; how to set up an exhibition, from the size of the works to the layout, through the support and taking into account many other aspects, such as prints, framed or editing and publishing a photobook.

CHAPTER 12. DISSEMINATION

Nobody makes a personal photo project to save it in a drawer or on a hard disk. The author describes the ways to enhance the visibility of your project and how to prepare the project dossier to present it.

CHAPTER 13. FINAL THOUGHTS

Questions that generate other questions in order to open the doors to creativity and close this complete work. It ends with an Index of author names that appear throughout the work and the Bibliography.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Artist, teacher, writer and curator, she is the coordinator of the Area of Author and Projects of the Machine, School of Photographic Specialization of Madrid, in which she develops an extensive teaching work in the subjects that have become her specialty: history of the photography, photographic language and personal project management. In addition, she has collaborated with university entities and works as an independent viewer and advisor for photographic projects. Forms, together with José Antonio Fernández, the Red Sache artistic couple. His works have received more than 100 international awards and have been exhibited in galleries and museums in different countries of the world. He treasures numerous and diverse national photographic awards. His artistic works, as well as the rest of the information, can be seen on the Red Sache website .

DETAILS

  • Paperback: 292 pages
  • Publisher: J De J; Collection: Fotoruta
  • Language: Spanish
  • Dimensions: 17x24cms (approx.)
  • Price:  € 28.40

THE BEST

The author's experience as an artist and as a teacher is present on each page. The didactic tone of the text is evident, but in a close and positive way. Reading the book, you think it would be ideal to have her as a teacher because her way of communicating is excellent, nothing pedantic, far from forced technicalities or the need to show that she knows more than you. Joining the teaching and artistic branch is able to see the personal photographic project from different points of view, covering many gaps or gaps that could appear from a single approach. The exercises, the proposed tasks and the continuous examples is another of the strengths of this work.

WORST

If there is any but it comes from the layout, which I think is improvable. I like that there are spaces in the margins of the books, but not at the cost of leaving a very small letter and some very tight pages I think the space could have been used better.

CONCLUSIONS

It is a very complete book that is essential for anyone who wants to embark on a personal photographic project and do it well. The author, as an artist, teacher and curator, knows the whole process very well and has a very rich and global vision of it, which takes into account every detail. It is not a book to spend a pleasant time, but rather a study or consultation manual even if it is pleasant to read and with a very close language. I totally recommend reading if you plan to make a personal photographic project.
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