published 2011 by Focal Press, an imprint of Elsevier
Below are outtakes from the book. It is available to order online or to be picked up at your local bookstore.
I am really pleased with the resulting book and feel grateful to have a publisher that allowed me the freedom to create without heavy-handed direction.
Consider this book as a gift to anyone who seeks a holistic approach to photographing childhood, someone who seeks to be an informed artist-photographer and not just a button pusher. Creatives, you can feel confident in recommending this one to your friends! ;)
196 pages - Softcover (random excerpts from each chapter posted here)
IS MY FAVORITE?
THE ONE I’M GOING TO
– Imogen Cunningham
When I voiced my concern, while turning down their offer, the very wise and wonderful Cara Anderson St Hilaire of Focal Press asked me how I would write a book about photographing children and then allowed me to pontificate about my thoughts on respecting and collaborating with the child, the importance of viewing and seeking to understand great work and its context (both historical and contemporary)—allowing it to inform one's own work, and the importance of technique only if it supports the capturing of light as a co-subject (I'm not just talking about exposure). It has always been my opinion that technique and "systems" alone do not make good photographs and, although none want to hear it, being a good photographer requires work but being an artist-photographer requires authenticity of subject, shooter and context. Blah, blah, blah... and so I went on...
After hearing me expand on my initial thoughts Cara simply said, "Can you put together a proposal of what you think would make a good book about children and photography."
It was maybe a month after that when I received word that my proposal had been accepted and another few months more and I was able to corral an amazing graphic designer, Matt Simpson, to work on the grid with me (how lucky am I), and enlist the help of the very talented Davian Roberts Ogilvie to be my ideas editor (helping me shape my thoughts and writings into concise bite sized morsels of information). I decided to step away from shooting for a spell and lived off my savings. I got to work on the manuscript and design and almost a year later the book was published!