Recently I bought three books. “The street photographer’s manual” by David Gibson, “Photography in 100 words” by David Clark and “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image”. These are my very first photobooks. The first book was a personal recommendation from street photographer. I just asked him via instagram for advice for a beginner. The second one I saw in instagram in video, and it was also recommended (by another street photographer). And the third one I bought following my intuition. The first one is great and useful. The second one is good too.
But the third one is an exceptional and amazing book to me. I like books in general and I like to read. And this book impressed me. Take a look on these very first words from the introduction written by Teju Cole:
“There is a poem by the twelfth-century Telugu poet Nanne Choda that I often think about:” An arrow shot by an archer / or a poem made by a poet / should cut through your heart, / jolting the head.”
And these words cut through my heart.
This book not only on Poetic Image, but this book is quite poetic to me. There is no too much text, but every text is concise and powerful.
I like to think, and I like that that book makes me thinking, that photography is a poetry. However it is hard to me to think about poetic image more specificly, i.e. this is abstract thing to me (and this brings even more issues for implementation). But I like it. I like that this book gives a lot of questions rather than answers. It makes me thinking.
Also, it is interesting to compare the mentioned Manual and this book. While I was reading the first one, I got certain ideas and thoughts on street photography. But this book (I mean AW&RNW) just makes me (my mind) speechless. It just jolted my head.
I will highly appreciate if you recommend similar book, which talks about photography like about poetry, or, well, just brings some high-level ideas which urge thinking and deepening in photography.
Thank you in advance!