Book Review

The World's Top Photographers and the stories behind their greatest images. Landscape. by Terry Hope. The World's Top Photographers and the stories behind their greatest images. Landscape.

Author: Terry Hope

Publisher: Rotovision

ISBN 2-88046-576-1

This is the second book in a planned series “The World’s Top Photographers…” and it complements the first very well. Again a contemporary selection of recognised names in the field is showcased, along with a small selection of their own favourite photographs. As landscape photography is probably the most popular photographic genre this book has the potential to appeal to a lot of people.

A wide range of styles is displayed; from artistic to realistic, from black and white to hyper-saturated and from abstract to panoramic vistas. Sometimes the same raw material features in the work of different photographers. This is good as it gives the reader the chance to compare different approaches to the same subject, each coming up with a stunning result.

Photographers are arranged throughout the book alphabetically by surname. I found that this created constant surprises as I worked through this book, and added to the pleasure. A small portrait photograph and a short biography profile each of the 38 photographers. With anecdotes, tips, and technical details they then explain the stories behind their chosen photographs. Each is interesting in it’s own right but can be distilled down to, “you’ve got to be out there to get the shot”. And studying the almost 160 different photographs should instil sufficient inspiration in any warm-blooded landscape photographer to do just that.

Recommended for the landscape enthusiast.

The World's Top Photographers - Landscape. Sample Pages.