Photographers' Sketchbooks

Photographers' Sketchbooks

  1. Stephen McLaren
  2. Bryan Formhals
  • ISBN 9780500544341
  • 22.00 x 29.70 cm
  • PLC (no jacket)
  • 320pp
  • With 520 illustrations
  • First published 2014

Photography is so much more than pushing a button ...

‘To flick through the book is to gain a new understanding of the detailed thinking that goes into every professional photograph’ – The Daily Telegraph
'… proves that the best shots hardly ever happen by chance’ – The Sunday Telegraph
‘Gives you a fascinating window into the creative process … As you’d expect of Thames & Hudson, the presentation, design and print quality are second to none’ – Royal Photographic Society
‘Meticulously researched … a fascinating insight into the work and methods of more than 50 photographers’– The Independent on Sunday
‘Wildly fascinating … demonstrates the process of photography that takes place well before a camera is even touched’– What Digital Camera
‘Offers rich insight into the working minds of nearly 50 photographers’– Professional Photography

… It involves an enormous amount of preparatory work, research, and trial and error. All photographers – the visually restless, the diarists, the experimenters, the R&D obsessives, the collectors and the cross-genre free-wheelers – know this as they dream of future pictures and agonize over the next big project. They create speculative work that may blossom into something important, or wind up in a box under the bed – or its virtual equivalent.

Photographers' Sketchbooks

This book offers a rare behind-the-scenes look at the working methods of nearly 50 photographers from around the world.

Photographers' Sketchbooks

In their own words, they present selections from their ‘sketchbooks’: everything from Polaroid studies to smartphone snaps, diaries, found photography, installations, zines, blogs and online photo streams alongside traditional contact sheets, photo albums and book dummies.

With over 500 images, Photographers’ Sketchbooks is a compelling insight into the ways professional photographers realize a personal vision.

See the complete list of photographers