Inspiration, Motivation and Celebration
BY JIM CORNFIELD
ABOVE: In Alice’s Adventures, Hawkins shows her unique approach to making
storytelling types of candid portraits as she travels the planet.
The Professionals’ Approach 7th Edition
by kenneth kobré
focal press | routledge/taylor & francis group | 564 pp.
Virtuoso photo-educator Kenneth Kobré has
informed and inspired documentary shooters for
over 40 years with successive editions of this
evergreen of photography literature. For readers
who already consider Photojournalism the bible
of their craft, the seventh edition offers updated
information on techniques, new hardware and
software options, the whole social media culture, and the need for
photojournalists to embrace video, multimedia production, and
that wakening imaging giant, the smartphone.
With his signature thoroughness, Kobré draws not just on
his own experiences but on detailed interviews with other
professionals who practically embed readers in authentic shooting
scenarios. There’s also help to guide budding photojournalists
around the ruts on the road toward financial success. The book’s a
must for all documentarians.
edited by clément chéroux
in collaboration with clara bouveresse
thames & hudson | 416 pp.
Magnum Photos is not just the world’s most
respected photo agency, it’s more like a royal
family. Formed in 1947 by Robert Capa, Henri
Cartier-Bresson, George Rodger and David
“Chim” Seymour, the goldplate names among
its rank and file comprise the cream of the crop
of our profession—including the likes of Bruce
Davidson, Elliott Erwitt, Philippe Halsman, Cornell Capa, Susan
Meiselas, Inge Morath, W. Eugene Smith and so many others. To
honor its landmark anniversary this year, Magnum curators
assembled an impressive annotated picture collection, Magnum
Manifesto, which traces the agency’s coverage of culture and
geopolitics over three epochs of our recent history. It begins
with a journalism fueled by the optimistic postwar ideals of a
world seeking to heal itself and takes us, decades later, to
contemporary Magnum shooters framing a dangerous and
fractured planet in their viewfinders. A gem of a book.
by alice hawkins | contributions by katie grand, mark haywood,
john c. jay, frith kerr and nick knight
thames & hudson | 224 pp.
As contemporary wedding images become more audacious
and experimental, the work of inventive fashion shooters—
and there are many of them—acquire ever more useful status
as inspiration for wedding specialists. A good case in point is
the recently released title Alice’s Adventures, a fast-paced
image collection from the editorial portfolio of London-based fashion photographer Alice Hawkins.
Hawkins’ use of rich colors and her novel background
selections derive from a passion for traveling the world and improvising
location images using regional hues and decor. She creates her spirited
brand of candid portraiture in such disparate locations as her native Britain,
Cuba, India, Los Angeles, Nairobi, Russia and beyond. Casting models from
among the locals she encounters on the road, Hawkins demonstrates in
this first book an instinctive acumen for working with inexperienced talent—
all of them wearing unfamiliar and not-always-comfortable clothing, often
in very staged physical environments. Alice’s inspirational adventures are at