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Trust the Process

Written by Shaun McNiff


Format: Trade Paperback
Publisher: Shambhala
On Sale: March 31, 1998
Price: $22.95
ISBN: 978-1-57062-357-8 (1-57062-357-0)

Whether in painting, poetry, performance, music, dance, or life, there is an intelligence working in every situation. This force is the primary carrier of creation. If we trust it and follow its natural movement, it will astound us with its ability to find a way through problems--and even make creative use... Read more >

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Earth Matters
Land as Material and Metaphor in the Arts of Africa
Written by Karen E. Milbourne
Contribution by Allan DeSouza, Clive van den Berg, Wangechi Mutu and George Osodi


Format: Hardcover, 288 pages
Publisher: The Monacelli Press
On Sale: November 12, 2013
Price: $50.00
ISBN: 978-1-58093-370-4 (1-58093-370-X)

Featuring more than 100 extraordinary works of art from 1800 to the present, Earth Matters reveals how African individuals and communities have visually mediated their most poignant relationships with the land–whether it be to earth as a sacred or medicinal material, as something uncovered by mining or claimed by burial, as a... Read more >

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Body Land

Photographed by Arno Rafael Minkkinen


Format: Hardcover, 60 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: August 17, 1999
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-1-56098-880-9 (1-56098-880-0)

In this collection of self-portraits Arno Rafael Minkkinen incorporates his own nude body into a range of isolated settings, emphasizing its bond to the natural world. Whether rooted to the ground like an aspen or emerging from a smooth bank of snow, he contorts himself to merge with the contours of... Read more >

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BetterPhoto Basics
The Absolute Beginner's Guide to Taking Photos Like a Pro
Written by Jim Miotke


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: April 27, 2010
Price: $21.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-0502-1 (0-8174-0502-X)

In BetterPhoto Basics, Jim Miotke, founder of the popular online photography school BetterPhoto.com, shares tips and tricks to improve photos right away, no matter what camera is being using. Flip the book to any page for an instant tip to use right away. Learn to compose knockout shots, make the most... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The BetterPhoto Guide to Digital Photography

Written by Jim Miotke


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: June 1, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8174-3552-3 (0-8174-3552-2)

Digital cameras are the hot new tech toy-but many of the millions of people who are buying the cameras aren't getting the most out of their new purchase. Mysterious icons, strange jargon, a dizzying array of imaging software and hardware...stumbling blocks quickly become tools to create great pictures with The BetterPhoto... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Walrus and the Elephants
John Lennon's Years of Revolution
Written by James Mitchell


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Seven Stories Press
On Sale: December 3, 2013
Price: $23.95
ISBN: 978-1-60980-467-1 (1-60980-467-8)

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Lost History
The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists
Written by Michael H. Morgan


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: June 19, 2007
Price: $26.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-0092-2 (1-4262-0092-7)

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for any student seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing... Read more >
Also available as a trade paperback.

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Wondrous Cold
An Antartic Journey
Written by Joan Myers


Format: Hardcover, 160 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: June 1, 2006
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-238-6 (1-58834-238-7)

For centuries Antarctica has captured the imagination of explorers, scientists, and armchair travelers. Its starkly beautiful landscape, extraordinary wildlife, and harsh climate only begin to suggest the wonders of the world’s least understood continent.

Intrigued by a part of the planet vividly described in the journals of explorers Robert Falcon Scott and... Read more >

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Van Gogh
The Life
Written by Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith


Format: Trade Paperback, 976 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks
On Sale: December 4, 2012
Price: $25.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-75897-3 (0-375-75897-6)

Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith, who galvanized readers with their Pulitzer Prize–winning biography of Jackson Pollock, have written another tour de force—an exquisitely detailed, compellingly readable portrait of Vincent van Gogh. Working with the full cooperation of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Naifeh and Smith have accessed a wealth... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Women of Vision
National Geographic Photographers on Assignment
Written by National Geographic
Afterword by Elizabeth Crist
Foreword by Ann Curry
Introduction by Chris Johns


Format: Hardcover, 224 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: March 4, 2014
Price: $30.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1272-7 (1-4262-1272-0)

Women photographers have produced many of National Geographic’s most powerful photo-narratives of the past decade. These talented photojournalists are celebrated in this captivating photography book, covering places and subjects around the globe and sharing the same passion and commitment to storytelling that has come to define National Geographic magazine, with more... Read more >

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The Rape of Europa
The Fate of Europe's Treasures in the Third Reich and the Second World War
Written by Lynn H. Nicholas


Format: Trade Paperback, 512 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: April 25, 1995
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-75686-6 (0-679-75686-8)

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award

The cast of characters includes Hitler and Goering, Gertrude Stein and Marc Chagall--not to mention works by artists from Leonardo da Vinci to Pablo Picasso. The story told in this superbly researched and suspenseful book is that of the Third Reich's war on European... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bear
Spirit of the Wild
Written by Paul Nicklen


Format: Hardcover, 208 pages
Publisher: National Geographic
On Sale: October 15, 2013
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-4262-1176-8 (1-4262-1176-7)

Paul Nicklen, wildlife photojournalist, showcases his stunning photography for National Geographic with this collection of North American bears: the grizzly, polar bear, black bear and the rarest spirit bear. Evocative storytelling combines with Nicklen’s landmark photographs to reveal the truths and myths about these amazing creatures, and sheds light on their... Read more >

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What Happens Next
A History of American Screenwriting
Written by Marc Norman


Format: Trade Paperback, 576 pages
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
On Sale: September 30, 2008
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-307-39388-3 (0-307-39388-7)

“Fascinating.”
Los Angeles Times

A brilliant, wildly entertaining history of Hollywood from the screenwriters’ perspective

In this truly fresh take on the movies, veteran Oscar-winning screenwriter Marc Norman gives us the first comprehensive history of the men and women who penned some of the greatest movies of all time. Impeccably researched, erudite, and filled... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Changing Face of Portrait Photography
From Daguerreotype to Digital
Text by Shannon Perich


Format: Hardcover, 176 pages
Publisher: Smithsonian Books
On Sale: October 18, 2011
Price: $35.00
ISBN: 978-1-58834-274-4 (1-58834-274-3)

A richly illustrated volume examines ten photographers’ portrait work and explores the power of the portrait and the role it plays in our personal and national identities.

The Changing Face of Portrait Photography explores ten groups of portraits selected from within the Smithsonian National Museum of American History’s Photographic History Collection. The... Read more >

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Abstract Painting
Concepts and Techniques
Written by Vicky Perry
Introduction by Barry Schwabsky


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: September 1, 2005
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-9542-1 (0-8230-9542-8)

"Abstraction allows man to see with his mind what he cannot physically see with his eyes...Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is emancipation of the mind. It is an explosion into unknown areas."
- Arshile Gorky

Abstract Painting: Concepts and... Read more >

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Bryan Peterson's Exposure Solutions
The Most Common Photography Problems and How to Solve Them
Written by Bryan Peterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: April 2, 2013
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7704-3305-5 (0-7704-3305-7)

Bryan Peterson’s Understanding Exposure has demystified the elements of exposure for nearly half a million readers, making it one of the most popular photography books in the world. Now, Bryan returns with his first-ever follow-up, Bryan Peterson’s Exposure Solutions, this time tackling 28 of the most common exposure stumbling blocks for... Read more >

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Learning to See Creatively
Design, Color and Composition in Photography
Written by Bryan Peterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: October 1, 2003
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-4181-4 (0-8174-4181-6)

Almost everyone can “see” in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Understanding Exposure, 3rd Edition
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Written by Bryan Peterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: August 10, 2010
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-3939-2 (0-8174-3939-0)

Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers.
In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Bryan Peterson's Understanding Photography Field Guide
How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera
Written by Bryan Peterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: August 18, 2009
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-3225-6 (0-8174-3225-6)

This all-in-one guide from renowned photographer, instructor, and author Bryan Peterson will help you take better photos anytime, anywhere–with any camera.

Want to finally understand exposure? Interested in learning to "see" and composing your images more creatively? Ready to master the magic of light? It’s all here, the techniques every amateur... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Understanding Shutter Speed
Creative Action and Low-Light Photography Beyond 1/125 Second
Written by Bryan Peterson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Amphoto Books
On Sale: April 1, 2008
Price: $25.99
ISBN: 978-0-8174-6301-4 (0-8174-6301-1)

The first book in the Understanding Photography series, Understanding Exposure, was a runaway best-seller, with more than 250,000 copies sold. Now author Bryan Peterson brings his signature style to another important photography topic: shutter speed. With clear, jargon-free explanations of terms and techniques, plus compelling “before-and-after” photos that pair a mediocre... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Perspective for Interior Designers

Written by John Pile


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: August 1, 1989
Price: $29.99
ISBN: 978-0-8230-4008-7 (0-8230-4008-9)

The author provides the means by which students and interior degigners can learn to draw interior perspectives through the use of a basic formula. He offers an easily accessible and quickly learned method that will serve every interior designer's drawing needs. All that is required is familiarity with plan, section, and... Read more >

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The Art Prophets
The Artists, Dealers, and Tastemakers Who Shook the Art World
Written by Richard Polsky


Format: Hardcover, 272 pages
Publisher: Other Press
On Sale: October 25, 2011
Price: $24.95
ISBN: 978-1-59051-406-1 (1-59051-406-8)

In The Art Prophets, Richard Polsky introduces us to influential late twentieth-century dealers and tastemakers in the art world. These risk takers opened doors for artists, identified new movements, and resurrected art forms that had fallen into obscurity. In this distinctive tour, Polsky offers an insightful and engaging dialog between artists... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The DC Comics Guide to Creating Comics
Inside the Art of Visual Storytelling
Written by Carl Potts
Foreword by Jim Lee


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $24.99
ISBN: 978-0-385-34472-2 (0-385-34472-4)

From the bestselling DC Comics Guide series, this is the essential resource for aspiring comics creators looking to make intriguing, action-packed comics like the experts at DC Comics. Going beyond the typical art and writing lessons, this book shows readers how to take full advantage of comics' sequential visual storytelling possibilities... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Drawing Mind
Silence Your Inner Critic and Release Your Creative Spirit
Written by Deborah Putnoi


Format: Trade Paperback, 192 pages
Publisher: Trumpeter
On Sale: April 3, 2012
Price: $17.95
ISBN: 978-1-59030-943-8 (1-59030-943-X)

When asked to draw, most people become anxious. The fear of making a “mistake” or not drawing something “perfectly” gets in the way of just drawing and experimenting with the process. And yet the ability to make a mark on a blank page is something that is universal.

The Drawing Mind... Read more >

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Acrylic Painting Techniques

Written by Stephen Quiller


Format: Trade Paperback, 144 pages
Publisher: Watson-Guptill
On Sale: April 1, 2002
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-8230-0106-4 (0-8230-0106-7)

Who would have thought that synthetic acrylic paint, a still-young medium with a plastic polymer base, would become the most versatile and exciting painting medium in the twenty-five years since it appeared? Today, acrylics are being used by more painters—and with more dazzling results—than any other medium.



Acrylic Painting Techniques shows... Read more >
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