Book Review – Eugene Richards (55) – Good photos of a Photographer

My favourite Photographer, Eric Kim  always says as “Buy books, Not Gears”.

Eric Kim

I dont have any interest on photography books, before reading has articles. I thought all of the good photos are available on internet and it is enough to view them.

But, Eric says that the photos available as books wont be there online. We can not hear the stories of photos, when we see them online as there is big stream of photos available in the queue. Its true. When we see the photos on flickr facebook, instragram, we give only few seconds for the photos, give like or goto next. We dont have time to hear that the photos speak something.

Eric says to buy books to hear the photos and learn to see the photos. I wanted to try few books before buying. Fortunately, Nottoingham City Library is having good collection on photography books. Today took 7 books of them. Let us see, how the books taste different.

The very first book I explored is “Eugene Richards (55)

Phaidon Press is releasing small size books with 55 best photos of good photographers, with narration on each photos along with the biography of the photographer.

This book explores the photos of Eugene Richards.

Eugene Richards

The photos are in Black and white with small narration. The photos speak themself and the narration adds more voice to them. War, child birth, family, sad, death, hospital, gun and more. They are being as a snapshot of that moment.

I took more time to goto next photo as the book has only 55 photos. Each photo has some history and brings that time on front of our eyes.

I realise that we dont need great camera to create good photography. I learn to see, explore and enjoy the photographs.

I am not sure such photo books are available in Chennai libraries. Before I come back to chennai in next Feb, I will try to explore all the photo books in Nottingham Library.

Thanks Eric for introducing the powers of photo books and Nottingham Library for having loads of Photography books.


Book Review – Zen in the Art of Street Photography – Free Ebook – A must read for all Photographers

zen in street photography cover-SMALL

This is the very first ebook on Photography, which I enjoyed reading.

Eric Kim speaks in the book, as a friend.

Street Photography is the topic Eric writes on this. But, Instead of talking about the technical details on choosing the camera, it various settings, post processing etc, he talks about the lifestyle of a photographer.

Every photographer wants to get more fame. We constantly upload our works on social media, flickr, 500px, etc. We are looking for likes and comments from people. We want this more and more. When we get less comments, likes we go sad. We feel bad. We compare with other photographers follower count.

We always want to upgrade our gear. Bigger DSLR, More and more lenses, More new model cameras. We never satisfy with our current cameras.

Do you feel the same ever? This book is the answer for you.

I learnt the following from this book.

  1. If we can not satisfied with our current camera, no camera in the world will satisfy us.
  2. Spend money on getting books, travel, experiences, workshops instead of buying camera items.
  3. Stick with one camera, one lens always.
  4. Dont upload all the photos you shoot, Kill your products yourself. Show only your best photos to the world.
  5. Dont think on comments, likes, followers count. People will be flying always. You can not be a hero forever.
  6. Shoot for yourself. Enjoy the process of walking on roads, shooting, post processing.
  7. Have few friends, who care on you and give real critic comments.
  8. Be grateful whatever you have. All you have are, still a big dream for someone.
  9. Keep on learning. Failures are common.
  10. Practise Daily. Have your camera always. Be prepared to shoot the great moments.
  11. Be very slow on uploading photos. No need to upload all you shoot everyday. Take one week or more time to process them and upload really good photos only.
  12. Know your camera well. Read it manual. Your small Point and Shoot camera can create magics.
  13. Learn from good photographers. Follow them, read them.
  14. Practising Zen and Taoism can change your entire lifestyle.
  15. People wont remember you for the millions of photos you upload. One good photo for a month, one good photo for a year, one good photo for your lifetime is enough for people to remember you.
  16. Work on Projects instead of random photo shooting.

This is a free Ebook. Get your copy from

All of the content in this book is “open source”— meaning you can edit, translate, remix, or distribute it openly and freely however you would like.

I recommend this book to all the photographers. This will change the way we see the world.

Thanks Eric for sharing all your experiences with the world for free. Your site is a nice gift for all the photographers.

About Eric:

Eric is very good at writing. Follow his website and read all other articles. He lst his job and then found his interest in street photography. Now, he makes life with the street photography, workshops etc.

CPC Exclusive – – Walk along the ancient camera’s and Exclusive Pictures at the Arthouse with Mr Sreethar

As a part of the World Photography Day celebrations ART House, Kasturirangan Road, Alwarpet is exhibiting about 1000 rare antique cameras and exclusive photographs

The exhibition showcases cameras that were painstakingly researched and collected from across the world. Reflective of the journey and history of photography, it was the invention of these very cameras that laid the foundation for neo-age digital cameras that offer us stunning realism today. The event also has a display of unique and exclusive photographs taken by the veterans offering a visual treat for the public.

Join with us on the 2nd September at 11am for an exclusive walk through by the Art House’s Artist and Owner Mr Sreethar

Limited Places – Please RSVP with Kaushik Krishnan 98414 10250

Event is Free