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Focal Press Publishes Hirsch's 'Exploring Color Photography' Share This on LinkedIn   Share This on Google   Tweet This   Forward This

24 February 2015

Focal Press has announced the publication of the sixth edition of Robert Hirsch's Exploring Color Photography. The new edition dips into smartphone photography, showcases inspiring images and provides exercises to improve your visual problem solving. The companion Web site has been updated as well.

Hirsch is a photographer with over 200 solo and group shows, a writer of half a dozen books, curator and the director of Light Research.

The new edition emphasizes "the thought process behind the creation of intriguing images" with a series of assignments and examples. Highlights include:

  • The text inspires with the latest accurate information, ideas, commentary, history, a diverse collection of contemporary images and expanded cellphone photography coverage.
  • A "Problem Solving and Writing" chapter offers methods and exercises to help you learn to be a visual problem solver and to discuss and write succinctly about the concepts at the foundation of your work.
  •, the companion Web site, has been revamped and updated to feature more student and teacher resources, including a new Web-based timeline: As It Happened: A Chronological History of Color Photography.

The title is "coming soon" but not yet available on Amazon. For more information see the news release below.

Exploring Color Photography Sixth Edition Now Available

Exploring Color Photography is the thinking photographer's guide to color imagemaking.

Now in its sixth edition, this pioneering text clearly and concisely instructs students and intermediate photographers in the fundamental aesthetic and technical building blocks needed to create thought-provoking digital and analog color photographs. Taking both a conceptual and pragmatic approach, the book avoids getting bogged down in complex, ever-changing technological matters, allowing it to stay fresh and engaging.

Known as the Bible of Color Photography, its stimulating assignments encourage students to be adventurous and to take responsibility for learning and working independently. The emphasis on design and postmodern theoretical concepts stresses the thought process behind the creation of intriguing images. It's extensive and inspiring collection of images and accompanying captions allow makers to provide insight into how photographic methodology was utilized to visualize and communicate their objectives.

About the Author

Robert Hirsch is a photographer, writer, curator and the director of Light Research ( His books include: Light and Lens: Photography in the Digital Age, Seizing the Light: A Social History of Photography, Photographic Possibilities: The Expressive Use of Equipment, Ideas, Materials and Processes and Transformational Imagemaking: Handmade Photography Since 1960.

Hirsch is a former Associate Editor for Digital Camera and Photovision and a contributor to Afterimage, exposure, Contact Sheet, The Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, History of Photography, The Photographic Collector, The Photo Review and World Book Encyclopedia as well as former Director of CEPA Gallery. Hirsch's work has been exhibited in over 200 solo and group shows.

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