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"Calumet Photographic’s DVD The Essence of Photography with John Upton is an excellent interview of an artist who has worked a lifetime in the medium. John Upton co-authored the book Photography, the preeminent text that, in my opinion, all others have been measured against since the mid 1970s. Interviewer Jerry Oher is well prepared and the questions invite aesthetic depth from the artist as well as the challenges of technological expertise of the medium. John Upton is wonderfully articulate in describing areas of importance to making and looking at photographs, as well as looking at the medium’s history and changing technology. The Essence of Photography provides a fundamental
view of photography beyond the usual how-to. It has a wide audience appeal for photographers and for beginning photography course
Emeritus Professor of Art and Integrative Arts
The Pennsylvania State University
University Park, PA 16802
The Essence of Photography with John Upton is the perfect guide for beginners and advanced amateurs who want to learn photography from the legendary John Upton.
He co-authored Photography, the major college textbook that has dominated introductory college courses in photography since its publication in 1976, with almost two million copies in print. Anyone planning to pursue photography as a career or increase enjoyment as a hobby will be inspired by Upton’s unique insight on what it takes to make great pictures.
As a college professor for more than four decades, Upton always emphasized both technique and visual awareness to help his students build the foundation for success. The Essence of Photography provides a discussion of topics that include Upton’s famous mentors, understanding how cameras work, learning to see pictures, photographic history and development of the photographic image. John shares his thoughts on images by his famous college professors and provides insightful reviews on the current work of professional photographers.
(16:9 Widescreen Format)