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The Unforgettable Photograph: A Review


I purchased “The Unforgettable Photograph” by George Lange for my father-in-law for Christmas, hoping I’d get a chance to sneak a peek inside. I did more than sneak a peek–I got lost in it. (Well, as much as I could when I’m in a house full of people and I’ve got an impish toddler to keep from killing himself.)

I love this book. It’s fun, it’s funny, it’s poignant, it’s useful. Why is a book about snapping great pictures poignant? Well, on at least a couple of occasions, the author talks about capturing moments he shared with his father-in-law, who has since passed away. (When you learn about the stories behind the photos, suddenly things like a pan filled with cold bacon grease takes on much more dimension.)

Here’s the thing: there’s something in the book for everyone, from the seasoned photographer to the smartphone-using novice. Really, what the book does is encourage you to find inspiration (hint: it’s kind of everywhere) and eschew cliche. Plus, it’s just joyful. I get the feeling the author wants everyone to go out there and take the best, most interesting photos of their lives. And it ma inspire some people to do just that.

Speaking of inspiration, I’d like to again thank our commenters for directing me to the works of some incredible artists. Kirsty Mitchell, especially,  really blew me away.  I finally finished my latest piece, which I mean to be a bit of an homage…

Do we have any photographers in our midst? I invite you to share your photos in the thread. I’d love to have a look.

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