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

 

RECOMMENDED FILMS & VIDEOS ABOUT PHOTOGRAPHERS

Movies about Photographers:

Finding Vivien Maier: documentary about the newly discovered street photographer

• What Remains: The Life and Work of Sally Mann

• William Eggleston In the Real World

• The Woodmans, about Francesca Woodman and her parents

• Richard Avedon: Darkness and Light

• The Eloquent Nude, about Edward and his wife, model and muse Charis Wilson

• Naked World and Naked Truth, about public nude photo projects by Spencer Tunik

• Wasteland, Vik Munez

• Manufactured Landscapes, about Edward Burtynsky

• Half Past Autumn: The Life and Works of Gordon Parks

• Diane Arbus

• Annie Liebowitz: Life Through A Lens

• Salt of the Earth, by Wim Wenders, about Brazilian Sabatio Salgado (a must see!)

 

Movies about Artists:

• Ai Weiwei: Never Sorry, about Chinese dissident multimedia artist Ai Weiwei

• Marina Abramovic: the Artist Is Present, Eastern European performance artist

• Rivers and Tides, about environmental sculptor and photographer Andy Goldsworthy

• Touch the Sound, documentary about deaf percussionist Evelyn Glennie

 

Movies Photographers Should See:

• Spring Summer Fall Winter… and Spring (2003), incredible Korean film about life in a Zen temple on a small island

• Baraka (1992), non-narritive documentary

• Poyaanisqatasi (1981), a visual feast with music by Philip Glass

• Koyaanisqatasi (1983), another visual feast with music by Philip Glass

• Raise the Red Lantern (1991), Chinese

• Winged Migration (2001), documentary

• Wings of Desire, directed by Wim Wenders

• Dreams (1990), Japanese, directed by Akira Kurosawa

• Rashomon, Seven Samurai, or any Akira Kurosawa film…

 

©Douglas Beasley 2015

 

RECOMMENDED ON-LINE PHOTO MAGAZINES

• Lenscratch (excellent interviews with photographers)

• Lens Culture

• Adore Noir B&W Photography Magazine

• Neutral Density Magazine

• Flak Photo

• Fraction Mag

• PH Magazine

• PDN Online (for professional photographers)

• Burn (for emerging photographers)

• Shadow & Light

 

PHOTO E NEWSLETTERS

• Red Dog News (very cluttered design but lots of info)

 

©Douglas Beasley 2014

 

Art, Writing & the Creative Process

ART, WRITING & THE CREATIVE PROCESS:
RECOMMENDED MEDIA LIST


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED BOOKS
:

• Art and Fear, by 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

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON CREATIVITY:

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

• Catching the Big Fish, by filmmaker David Lynch (Blue Velvet, Twin Peaks…)

• The Creative Habit, by dance choreographer Twila Tharpe

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

• Zen In the Art of Making A Living, Daido John Loori

• Marry Your Muse, Jan Phillips

• The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

• The Artist’s Tao, Sean Starr

• Zen Brush, Tao Words, Gene Lavon Porter, MA

• The Widening Stream: Seven Stages of Creativity, David Ulrich

• Just Kids, Patti Smith

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON PHOTOGRAPHY:

• The Photographer’s Eye John Szarkowski

• The Mind’s Eye Henri Cartier-Bresson

• Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs Ansel Adams

• Towards a Philosophy of Photography, Vilem Flusser

• Why People Photograph, Robert Adams

• On Beauty in Photography, Robert Adams

• On Photography, Susan Sontag

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

• Ping Pong Conversations, Alec Soth with Francesco Zanot, Contasto

 

RECOMMENDED BOOKS ON WRITING:

• If You Want To Write, by Brenda Ueland

• Writing Down the Bones, by Zen practitioner Natalie Goldberg

 

RECOMMENDED PERIODICALS

• The Sun (literary magazine)

• Orion (progressive nature magazine)

 

©Douglas Beasley 2014 

 

Media List

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

 

RECOMMENDED READING/ART, CREATIVITY:

• Why People Photograph and Beauty In Photography, Robert Adams

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

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

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

 

RECOMMENDED 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

 

RECOMMENDED PERIODICALS:

Photo:

• 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)

 

©Douglas Beasley 2015