For professionals and beginners alike: a behind-the-
scenes look at how photographers of world stature approach their work, and what it is that makes them succeed.
Seeking to understand how photographers get their ideas and inspiration and how images are selected for exhibition and publication, journalist/critic Jaeger has gathered interviews with an impressive international assortment of 20 photographers and eight curators, editors, and agency directors into one very interesting resource. She groups the photographers-e.g., Mary Ellen Mark, David LaChapelle, and Tina Barney-into five groups: art, documentary, fashion and advertising, portraiture, and next generation. Her straightforward questions, such as "Do you think it is important to have a philosophy?" and "What advice would you give to a budding photographer?" reveal her subjects' depth and range of practices and ideas. Likewise, those selecting photography for exhibition and publication-e.g., Rudolf Kicken (Gallery Kicken, Berlin) and Kathy Ryan (New York Times Magazine)-respond to questions like, "What do you look for in an image?" and "Where do you think photography is going?" Photographs accompany each interview. This is exciting stuff, spotlighting the inner workings of high-profile photography, and there is no single definitive answer to any given query. The result is a book full of informative ideas and suited for a varied audience. Recommended as an affordable addition to large public and academic photography collections.