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London Bookworms

The Bookworm Club meets to discuss a photography book about ten times a year (no meetings in December or in the Summer).  Occasionally they may attend Exhibitions or Workshops as a group.  Meetings are usually on the third Wednesday of the month but may vary.  

Although the Group has in the past focused on a particular book over a number of months, the format has now changed and currently the group is focusing on a different photographer each month, a format which is proving very popular. The programme has included famous as well as lesser known photographers, and the discussions have been very stimulating. There is a core of 8 regulars and several others attend intermittently.

All are welcome but meetings are deliberately kept to a small number (usually about 10) so that all can enjoy and participate in discussions.   For more information, to check dates and to book, click here

 

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The following is a reading list to which the members are invited to contribute their personal recommendations and thus build it as a reference for the Group.

The first suggestions by Bookworm members are listed below.

  • Gerry Badger, The Genius of Photography, 2007

  • Gerry Badger, The Pleasures of Good Photographs, 2010

  • John Berger, several books including: Understanding a Photograph, 2013; Another Way of Telling, 1982

  • Cartier-Bresson: A Question of Colour, 2012

  • Henry Carroll, Read this if you want to take great photographs, 2014

  • Jackie Higgins, Why it does not have to be in focus: modern photography explained, Thames & Hudson, 2013

  • Robin Kelsey, Photography and the Art of Chance, 2015

  • Ashley La Grange, Basic Critical Theory for Photographers, 2005

  • Stephen Shore, The Nature of Photographs, 2007

  • Liz Wells, A Critical Introduction, 5th revised edition, 2015

Recommendation from Del Barrett is 'The Pencil of Nature' (Henry Fox Talbot) - downloadable from Project Gutenberg.  There’s a whole load of free stuff on their bookshelf <http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Photography_(Bookshelf)> , for those interested in historical stuff.

STOP PRESS: London Region's first outdoor exhibition "Totally Thames" is now installed behind St Mary's Church (where Putney High Street meets Putney Bridge).  Go here to see location and exhibition.

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