ZEN & THE ART OF PHOTOGRAPHY:
RECOMMENDED MEDIA LIST

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED:

• Art and Fear, Bayles and Orland, The Image Continuum

• Steal Like An Artist, Austin Kleon, Workman Publishing

• The War of Art
: Break Through Blocks and Win Inner Creative Battles, Stephen Pressfield

CLASS READINGS WERE FROM:

• The Dhammapada, The Sayings of the Buddha, Thomas Byron Translation, Vintage

• Tao Te Ching by Lao-tzu, Jane English Translation, Vintage

• The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran, Knopf

• Peace is Every Step, Thich Nhat Hanh, Bantam

• Marry Your Muse, Jan Phillips

• •Zen Flesh, Zen Bones, Paul Reps, Tuttle

 

ART & CREATIVITY:

• The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

• Why People Photograph and Beauty In Photography, Robert Adams

• The Creative Habit, Twyla Tharpe (dancer/choreographer)

• Zen and the Art of Creativity, John Daido Loori, Shambala

• Wabi-Sabi for Artists, Designers, Poets and Philosophers by Leonard Koren, Stone Bridge

• 101 Things To Learn in Art School, Kit White, MIT Press

 

PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS:

• God Is At Eye Level by Jan Phillips, Quest Books

• The Tao of Photography, Seeing Beyond Seeing by Gross and Shapiro, 10 Speed Press

• The Tao of Photography, by Tom Ang, Amphoto Books  (more basic than the one above)

• Letting Go of the Camera, Brooks Jensen, LensWork Publishing

 

PHOTO ARTICLES:

• With Nothing Between You, Minor White. Aperture. 1960. Vol. 8 #4

• What Is Meant By Reading Photographs, Minor White. Aperture. 1957. Vol. 5 #2

• Of People For People, Minor White (as Myron Martin). Aperture. 1956. Vol. 4 #4

 

MOVIES/VIDEOS

• Spring Summer Fall Winter…and Spring Again, Korean film about Zen temple on island

• Enlightenment Guaranteed, (German) try and get past the first 20 minutes- it gets better!

• Rivers and Tides, documentary about sculptor Andy Goldsworthy, using natural materials

• Kundun (1997), directed by Martin Scorsese, about Tibet’s 14th Dalai Lama

• Baraka (1992), a non-narrative documentary film directed by Ron Fricke

• Dreams, by Japanese director Akira Kurosawa

 

BOOKS ON ZEN, PHILOSOPHY, ETC:

• Zen Mind, Beginners Mind by Shunryu Suzuki, Weatherhill

• Zen In the Art of Archery by Eugen Herrigel

• The Power of Now by Ekhardt Tolle

• Doing Nothing by Steven Harrison, Tarcher/Putnam

• Everyday Zen; Love and Work by Charlotte Joko Beck, Harper Collins

• When Things Fall Apart, Pema Cjodren, Shambala Sun

• Cloud Hidden, Where Abouts Unknown by Alan Watts, Vintage

• The Way of Zen by Alan Watts, Vintage

• Notes to Myself by Hugh Prather, Bantam

• Being Peace by Thich Nhat Hanh, Parallax

• Be Here Now by Ram Dass, Crown Publishing

• The Little Prince by Antoine St.Exupery, Harcot Brace

• Taking the Path of Zen by Robert Aitken, North Point Press

• The Code of the Samuri by A.L. Sadler, Tuttle

• The Book of Tea by Okakura Kakuzo, Tuttle

 

RECOMMENDED PERIODICALS

Photography:

• Shots (submit images on a theme for each issue)

• B&W Magazine

• Lens Work Quarterly (beautiful B&W reproduction)

• Aperture

• Nueva Luz

• Blind Spot

• Photo District News (for professionals)

• American Photo

• Zoom (Italian photo magazine available in US)

Other:

• The Sun (literary magazine)

• Orion; People and Nature (progressive nature magazine)

• Tricycle (Buddhist magazine)

• Shambala Sun (Buddhist/spirituality magazine)

• Stone Voices, art and spirituality

 

PHOTOGRAPHERS TO CHECK OUT

Classic:

Minor White

Paul Caponigro

Aaron Siskind

George Tice

Jerry Uelsmann

Wynn Bullock

Contemporary

Sally Gall

Franco Salmoiraghi (Hawaii, botanicals and Hawaiian Solidarity photojournalism)

Chris Rainier

Keith Carter

Graciela Iturbide (Mexico)

Michael Kenna

Kenro Izu

Luis Gonzalez Palma (Guatemala)

Hiroshi Watanabe

Susan Burnstine

Debbie Fleming Caffery

Linda Connor

Angela Bacon-Kidwell

Masao Yamamoto (Japan)

Hiroshi Sugimoto (Japan)

Sarah Moon (France)

Doug and Mike Starn (the Starn’s Twins)

Chris McCaw (long exposure solarizations of the sun)

Michael Donner (young photographer)

 

ARTISTS TO CHECK OUT:

Andy Goldsworthy (sculptor/installation artist/photographer)

Ai Weiwei (Chinese dissident sculptor/photographer/provocateur)

Marina Abromovic, performance artist

 

©Douglas Beasley 2015