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Photography Changes Everything

Edited by Marvin Heiferman, Foreword by Merry Foresta.

mages can have an immense influence on cultural thought and experience. Recently, the role that fashion photography plays in defining standards of beauty has come into question.

The truth is, photography’s influence extends well beyond that of fashion and beauty. Photographs affect not only how we view the world, but also what we think about it. Thus, photographers wield a tremendous amount of power. It is important to be aware of this power and to carefully consider how photographers’ perspectives influence the images we see and how we interpret them.

10% of all photos ever taken were shot in 2011
-- Fortune magazine, 24 September 2012

The role of photography in our lives has changed dramatically in the 21st century. 'Photography Changes Everything' serves as a forum for authorities on photography to consider the ways in which photographs present and filter information, capture our attention and imagination, and shape our thoughts about and how we experience the world. This book provides a look at the history of the medium, its range of uses both culturally and historically -- and how that is changing. Both experienced and beginning photographers alike should benefit from this thought provoking book. 'Photography Changes Everything' will encourage the reader to reconsider the place of photography in all of our lives.

Customer Reviews


5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars

February 28, 2018

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Great and interesting book of essays about photography.


5.0 out of 5 starsFive Stars

June 8, 2018

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Great book, I had to get it for my photography class, I loved reading the stories in here.

Sylvia Hottinger

5.0 out of 5 starsOne of the most original and useful books on photography I have encountered since I started ...

April 3, 2016

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One of the most original and useful books on photography I have encountered since I started working on photograph interpretation in 1998. It explains how photographs have changed our view on matters through photography specifically and in a huge variety of areas. I came across it by accident, like one often does, when doing a Coursera course just to brush up my skills. i think I've failed the course but I've discovered this book.


A Beautiful Anarchy: When the Life Creative Becomes the Life Created

By David du Chemin


“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself,”

- George Bernard Shaw

In A Beautiful Anarchy, duChemin provides a frank and honest conversation about the creative process and challenges the reader to consider what it really means to be an artist. This book extends beyond photography to the foundation of creativity and its place in a complete and rich life. Sometimes, the discussion is difficult, but the ideas are all necessary for every artist to consider.

Being an artist is not easy. At times you feel like you have it all figured out, and other times you are crippled with self-doubt. I was struck by this quote in the Foreward: 

“When was the last time you failed?” This is a frequent question asked of me. I don’t know if my answer is jacked up on hubris … but I do know it’s honest- “Every day.” – James Victore. 

Failing is a normal part of the creative process. As duChemin says, the most important thing is to just keep trying to find ways to lead a more creative life.

A Beautiful Anarchy is a thought-provoking book that would benefit any artist–and really anyone who wants to bring more creativity into their life.