Gateways to Art Understanding the Visual Arts, 1st Edition

This book is used as a text book for a course for a course I am taking at George Mason University, Introduction to the Visual Arts. As a text book, it does a good job of helping me review what the professor has presented in class. It has wonderful photographs of important works of art, and it has good descriptions of how each piece of art was created. As I write this review, we are only half way through the course and the book, but I have found one error. This concerns printmaking and the way drypoint is created, hardly a major catastrophe, but it does make me wonder if there are other minor errors about technical process.

I am enjoying the book, which is well written and well illustrated. If you want to learn how to look at art, how to tell if a piece is good or not, how to appreciate the process of creating art, this book does a very good job.

Like many text books today, the price of this book is outrageous. Because it has just been published, I was unable to buy it used, but I advise anyone who can to do that.

About the Author

Debra J. DeWitte is an art historian who specializes in nineteenth-century French art. She was educated at the University of Texas at Arlington, Southern Methodist University, and the University of Texas at Dallas. She teaches at the University of Texas at Arlington and has developed an online art appreciation course that won a Platinum Award from the United States Distance Learning Association in 2008.

Ralph M. Larmann teaches art at the University of Evansville. He received his BFA from the University of Cincinnati and an MFA from James Madison University. He is a past president of Foundations in Art: Theory and Education and author of two popular websites, Art Studio Chalkboard and Figure Drawing Lab.

M. Kathryn Shields is an art historian who teaches at Guilford College. She received her PhD from Virginia Commonwealth University. Kathryn specializes in modern and contemporary and Pre-Columbian art.

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  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (October 27, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500289565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500289563
  • Product Dimensions: 10.8 x 8.5 x 1.1 inches

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Road to Seeing, 1st Edition

I am at a loss for a quick way to describe Dan Winters’ just-shipped book, Road to Seeing. That’s because it defies nearly any category of photo book I have seen to date.

It’s nearly 700 pages long, and is far and away the deepest journey into the photographic process I have ever read. It includes technique, but in the context of the journey covered in this book technique is almost an afterthought. And appropriately so.

Best way I can put it: Road to Seeing is not so much a book as it is a mentorship.


Part of me wants to do the standard run-though of Road to Seeing, to give an idea of its breadth and depth. To talk about the huge number of images it contains—only about half of which were shot by Winters himself.

About how it is a wonderfully detailed manual (a personal journal, even?) of one man’s life path to becoming of on the greatest illustrative portraitists of his generation.

About its significant nod to the history of photography and to so many influential photographers who have come before. About its deep journey into the internal process of photography and creativity and craft. About its deep journey into the internal process of photography and creativity and craft.

But another part of me says to just keep it vague and to not ruin the reader’s experience by mapping out the book before they begin it.

So instead I’ll just say this. The book starts in Winters’ childhood and from there explores the decades of layers and experiences that made him into the person he is today. Like anyone’s path, his has its moments of randomness. But there is also serendipity, conscious decisions and significant risks taken along the way.

The narrative is, for the first portion of the book, mostly chronological. From there, Winters wanders down the occasional side path looking in-depth at assignments or other types of projects. But he always comes back to the core of who he is, and in that forces you to examine your own core beliefs as a photographer.

Or to recognize that maybe you have not yet discovered your own core beliefs and that it is high time you got started doing so. The thing that leaps out at you throughout, is that this is not randomness at all. It is his continually, consciously chosen path as a photographer.

Road to Seeing is not a book you blow through and exit with a new bag of techniques. It is a book you absorb over time. In fact, I wonder even what percentage of young photographers will possess the mental wherewithal to realize exactly what they are holding in their hands.

I’d like to think this book would have significantly altered my path had I read it as a 20-year-old. But I have to wonder. I was having a lot of fun shooting for newspapers at that age, and probably would not have been ready to hear what it has to say. But boy, does it resonate at 48.

It is very possible that people of different ages (and different points along their own paths) will read this as entirely different books. And will go back to it five years later and see it completely differently.

So in that sense I think it is appropriate for a serious college student. Or a 48-year-old student, as the case may be.

About the Author

Dan Winters is a photographer well-known for his celebrity portraiture, photojournalism, and illustrations. He has won numerous awards including the World Press Photo Award, and his work has been featured in The New York Times Magazine, The New Yorker, Vanity Fair, GQ, and Rolling Stone. His previous books include Periodical Photographs, Last Launch, and Dan Winters’s America: Icons and Ingenuity. He splits his time between Austin, Los Angeles, and Savannah.

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  • Hardcover: 696 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (January 17, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321886399
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321886392
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 7.6 x 2.2 inches

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Picture Perfect Posing Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models (Voices That Matter), 1st Edition

If I had to choose one and only one book about posing, Picture Perfect Posing would definitely be my choice! Roberto’s approach is simply brilliant and never have I seen a system that clear and well explained about such a complex element of photography.

This book will teach you the ‘’language’’ of posing and how to use it in each and every situation depending on what you want to achieve. No more remembering poses, no more guessing and no more wondering what to do with each body part.

This will definitely help you step up your game and gain more confidence in front of your clients, whether it is a wedding or a commercial shoot.

I believe that no matter at what level of expertise you are, you can still benefit from this book.

Many thanks to Roberto Valenzula for being so transparent with his techniques and for sharing all this great knowledge.

About the Author

Roberto Valenzuela is a photographer based in Beverly Hills, CA. He developed his unique teaching style by following the same practice regimen he developed as a professional concert classical guitarist and educator. Roberto believes that it is not talent but deliberate practice that is at the core of skill and achievement. He has traveled to every corner of the world, motivating photographers to practice and break down the various elements of photography in order to master them through goal setting, self-training, and constant dedication.

Roberto serves as a judge for photographic print competitions in Europe, Mexico, South America, and the most prestigious international photography competitions held in the United States through Wedding and Portrait Photographers International (WPPI) in Las Vegas, NV.

Roberto teaches private workshops, seminars, and platform classes at the largest photography conventions in the world. He has been an international first-place winner three times and has been nominated by his peers as one of the ten most influential photographers and educators in the world. His first book, Picture Perfect Practice, became a bestselling photography training book, and it is sold worldwide.

Aside from the world of photography, Roberto is a high-performance remote-control helicopter pilot, a (not so good anymore) classical guitarist, and a table tennis fanatic. He is also a major foodie and is still searching for the most amazing red wine and the most pungent cheeses. His search for the perfect steak is over; he found it in the Japanese Wagyu.

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  • Series: Voices That Matter
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: New Riders; 1 edition (March 9, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0321966465
  • ISBN-13: 978-0321966469
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 8 x 0.9 inches

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Henri Cartier-Bresson Here and Now, 1st Edition

A new career retrospective of the legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson including rare and unpublished work

Henri Cartier-Bresson’s work embraced art, politics, revolution, and war. But more powerful than any of these overarching themes was his evident concern for the human individual at every social level.

This lavishly illustrated monograph—published to accompany France’s first major retrospective since the photographer’s death in 2004—traces Cartier-Bresson’s development as a photographer, activist, journalist, and artist. In addition to some of Cartier-Bresson’s best-known photographs, included here are many seldom seen or unpublished images and some rarities in color as well as black-and-white.

From his earliest photographs in Paris in the 1920s and Africa in the 1930s, Cartier-Bresson’s capacity to conjure coherence and harmony out of a chaotic world appears effortless and innate—a deep-centered attitude rather than a merely learned technique. His observations of the effects of poverty and revolution around the world led directly to his pioneering photojournalism and to his co-founding of Magnum Photos. He became renowned for his penetrating portraits of the most prominent figures of his time, becoming, in the words of his biographer Pierre Assouline, “the eye of the century.” 500+ illustrations in color and black-and-white.


“The glories of [Cartier-Bresson’s] long career are beautifully curated by Clément Chéroux in Henri Cartier-Bresson: Here and Now, with almost every image indelible, even the images he shot in private.” (The Wall Street Journal)

“Substantial and inclusive. . . . the standard narrative of the photographer, in which he moves from early surrealist concerns into photojournalism, becomes instead a narrative of diverse influences and concerns, ideals resonating and evolving across images. . . . The comprehensiveness and quality of this latest monograph distinguishes it as a significant contribution.” (Publishers Weekly)

About the Author

Cle?ment Che?roux is a historian of photography and curator of the 2014 retrospective exhibition at the Centre Pompidou, Paris.

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  • Hardcover: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (April 29, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0500544301
  • ISBN-13: 978-0500544303
  • Product Dimensions: 11.8 x 10 x 1.6 inches

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Before They Pass Away, 1st Edition

This historic volume showcases tribal cultures around the world. With globalization, these societies are to be prized for their distinctive lifestyles, art and traditions. They live in close harmony with nature, now a rarity in our modern era. Jimmy Nelson not only presents us with stunning images of customs and artifacts, but also offers insightful portraits of people who are the guardians of a culture that they–and we–hope will be passed on to future generations in all its glory. Nelson’s large-plate field camera captures every intricate detail and fine nuance for posterity. What’s more, this splendid pageantry is set against a vivid backdrop of some of the world’s most pristine landscapes. English/German/French edition.


For sheer splendor, the catwalks of New York, Milan and Paris combined can barely touch the eagle hunters of Mongolia. Riding squat ponies through the mountains, these Turkic peoples wear high-domed and winged fur hats, embroidered felt boots and leggings, cloaks of reindeer hide, studded metal belts, fearsome hooded eagles perched on their arms.

The fierce elegance of their clothing fully matches that of the stark landscape they inhabit; it also, and not incidentally, testifies to the irrepressible human will to beautify.

That conclusion inevitably results from viewing “Before They Pass Away,” the British photographer Jimmy Nelson’s tombstone-size new volume (teNeues, $150) documenting vanishing tribal cultures around the world. The book results from a project taking years and is less ethnology or anthropology than a document of his romance with otherness.

In his strenuous travels with an archaic studio camera, Mr. Nelson visited 35 of the world’s least known and most imperiled tribal peoples — from the Huli and Kalam tribes of New Guinea, to the Tsaatan of Mongolia and the Mursi people inhabiting the highlands of the Omo River valley in remote southern Ethiopia.

Guy Trebay, New York Fashion and Style Section, October 18, 2013

The ingenuity of tribal societies shines in “Before They Pass Away”…Nelson brings the expressive personalities further to life with a photographic style derived from Irving Penn and Malik Sidibe, making for a visually rich and fascinating read-and an ideal conversation-starter on any well-curated coffee table.

Fabio Morelli, Elle Dé, October 8, 2013

Jimmy Nelson has spent the past three years traveling to some of the most remote places on Earth capturing the lives of indigenous people, from the frigid moutains of Mongolia to the endless sandy deserts of Namibia.

Drama and emotion are crucial to Nelson’s photography because he’s on a search for beauty.

The author has done for the world’s remaining indigenous cultures, what Edward S. Curtis has done for the American Indian. He has made a photographic record of native tribal cultures, living close to nature. In our era of globalization, it’s not a far stretch to imagine that our modern civilization threatens to eliminate these people from our world. It’s extraordinarily insightful to look into the eyes of Nelson’s subjects, and to realize that these people represent a culture, which was once the culture of all of us. They are us, and we were them.

The photographs are wonderfully detailed and staged, to include the environments within which native peoples have traditionally sustained themselves for so long upon the land. These are very powerful and moving images. Nelson’s book is a top notch expression of photojournalism at its best.

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  • Hardcover: 408 pages
  • Publisher: teNeues (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: German, French, English
  • ISBN-10: 3832797599
  • ISBN-13: 978-3832797591
  • Product Dimensions: 14.8 x 11.9 x 2.1 inches

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Technical Communication, 10th Edition

Through clear advice and an accessible visual design, Mike Markel’s Technical Communication models the principles it teaches, offering practical strategies that students can put to use right away. Using a student-friendly voice, Mike Markel shows writers how to tackle the major types of documents and writing situations they will encounter in their professional lives. Excellent and always fresh sample documents and examples demonstrate effective techniques and offer plenty of opportunities for analysis, while interactive cases provide engaging scenarios for writing practice. The new edition incorporates the latest workplace and technology trends, offering new advice for how and why to use social media effectively in technical communication. Read the preface.


‘Markel is the best all-round technical writing textbook I have used. It combines a process approach to writing tasks with careful attention to the writing context and rhetoric. It is readable with engaging visuals and exercises. My students give Markel high ratings for accessibility and clarity. And the text does a good job of modeling what it teaches.’ – Nancy C. Martinez, University of New Mexico, USA

About the Author

MIKE MARKEL is director of technical communication at Boise State University, where he teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses. The former editor of IEEE Transactions on Professional Communication, he is the author of numerous articles and seven books about technical communication, including Ethics and Technical Communication: A Critique and Synthesis.

Great book reference. For technical writers, this is a must have as part of your collection. I use it all the time for guidance.

This is a book that every student of technical communications should have in their library. The fonts can be too small at times, but the content is worth it!

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  • Paperback: 832 pages
  • Publisher: Bedford/St. Martin’s; Tenth Edition edition (January 4, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312679483
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312679484
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 7.7 x 1.1 inches

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2012 International Residential Code for One- and Two- Family Dwellings, 1st Edition

This comprehensive code for homebuilding combines building, plumbing, mechanical, fuel gas, energy, and electrical provisions into a single resource. The 2012 International Residential Code For One- and Two- Family Dwellings Softbound Version uses these provisions to provide detailed insight into the construction of one- and two-family dwellings and townhouses up to three stories high. Using foundational principles that facilitate the use of new materials and building designs to guide the content, this reference guide also establishes minimum regulations using prescriptive provisions. Check out our app, DEWALT Mobile Pro™. This free app is a construction calculator with integrated reference materials and access to hundreds of additional calculations as add-ons.

About the Author

ICC is a leading organization dedicated to developing a single set of comprehensive and coordinated national model construction codes. 48 states have adopted various International Codes from ICC.

The IRC is good for design of residential structures, including many prescriptive methods that allow home owners/builders to design their own house without having to hire a full team of consultants. for anything complicated though, use the IBC building code as it has many more design options and provisions.

I am a service plumber in New Hampshire and this code book allows me to perform all my work within the code requirements. It is a useful tool to have all codes within 1 book.

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  • Series: International Residential Code
  • Paperback: 904 pages
  • Publisher: ICC (distributed by Cengage Learning); 1 edition (July 11, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1609830423
  • ISBN-13: 978-1609830427
  • Product Dimensions: 11 x 8.5 x 1.9 inches

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Disaster Mental Health Theory and Practice, 1st Edition

Prepare for disaster with DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH: THEORY AND PRACTICE! This tool in disaster preparedness and planning presents a theoretical integration and context for what disaster mental health is and what it is not. A practical discussion of a range of mental health interventions appropriate in the wake of a disaster helps you effectively prepare to respond to a disaster of any kind.


I. DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH THEORY. 1. Introduction. 2. The Characteristics of Disaster. 3. A History of Disaster Mental Health. 4. Reactions and Risk Factors. 5. Extreme Reactions. 6. Vulnerable Populations. II. DISASTER MENTAL HEALTH PRACTICE. 7. The Challenges of Counseling in Chaos. 8. Psychological First Aid. 9. Early Interventions Beyond First Aid. 10. Debriefing and the Impact of Disaster Trauma on First Responders. 11. Long-Term Treatment: Continuity Of Care. 12. New Directions. Appendices.

About the Author

Drs. James Halpern and Mary Tramontin each possess a range of experiences in many professional worlds: academia, private practice, public service, crisis counseling, forensic psychology, research, writing, consulting, collaborating with the media, and teaching disaster mental health. Together, Mary and James were part of the Disaster Mental Health Services Function of the American Red Cross Chapter in New York City. As such they were among the very first mental health professionals notified when a disaster requiring mental health intervention occurred. They have both participated in multiple disasters of different scope, intensity, magnitude and meaning. They have been in the unique position to bear witness to the effects of cataclysmic moments on those involved, and have been present to help, and shape, the healing process. Mary has been a Disaster Mental Health practitioner since its inception in the early nineties. She organized the first state wide training in Disaster Mental Health in Pennsylvania and currently continues to serve on the Leadership Committee of the Disaster Mental Health Services function in New York City. James is currently the Chair of the Disaster Mental Health Services Function of Ulster County, New York. He has responded to large scale national disasters in different parts of the country. Both Mary and James were among the first mental health professionals to offer mental health support on September 11th, 2001. James founded and serves as the Director of the Institute for Disaster Mental Health at the State University of New York at New Paltz.

This book is not a “heavy” read as some textbooks can be. It is informative and the chapters flow into each other. I would like to see a revised book to include more recent events.

bought this book for class – a class I HAVE to take, so wasn’t looking forward to it. So far, I think this is a great book – especially for those who are not in the mental health field. It gives a good look at why mental health people do what they do during a disaster.

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 1 edition (June 27, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0534534716
  • ISBN-13: 978-0534534714
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.8 x 0.6 inches

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Media, Crime, and Criminal Justice Images, Realities, and Policies, 4th Edition

Become a critical media consumer with MEDIA, CRIME, AND CRIMINAL JUSTICE. With the rise of the media’s role in reporting crime and using crime as entertainment, the importance of the interplay between the mass media news and entertainment systems and the criminal justice system may be greater today than ever before. In his engaging book, author Ray Surette provides a bridge between relevant mass media research findings and criminal justice practice, and corrects common misconceptions regarding the mass media’s effects on crime and justice. An end-of-book glossary, chapter-by-chapter objectives, classroom discussion questions, and additional readings help readers master the material and prepare for tests.

About the Author

Ray Surette has a doctorate in criminology from Florida State University and is a Professor of Criminal Justice at the University of Central Florida. His crime and media research interests revolve around the media’s effects on perceptions of crime and justice, criminogenic media, and criminal justice policies. He has published numerous articles and books on media, crime, and criminal justice topics and is internationally recognized as a scholar in the area. He has published research on the development of public information officers in criminal justice agencies, crime and justice infotainment programming, copycat crime, the effects of news coverage of high profile trials on similarly charged non-publicized trials and on police recruits, the effects of news coverage of corrections on municipal jail population trends, media oriented terrorism, and the use of computer-aided camera surveillance systems in law enforcement. He is currently working on a book on copycat crime.

This book was required for a Criminology class I’m taking. The topic in general interests me; however, this book is a lot better than I thought it would be. It makes you think about a lot of different aspects that I wasn’t expecting to be related to the media and CJ.

This book is great for my class for my Crime As Entertainment class. It provides great examples and I really enjoy reading it.

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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Cengage Learning; 4 edition (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0495809144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0495809142
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The Person An Introduction to the Science of Personality Psychology, 5th Edition

The Person provides psychologists with an organizational scheme for personality psychology. This sets the study of the person into evolutionary and cultural context and divided personality up into three broad areas: dispositional traits, characteristic adaptations, and integrative life stories. The fifth edition has been updated to reflect advances that have occurred in the field of psychology in the past few years. It presents new findings that have been obtained with respect to the correlates of personality traits, the dynamics of motives and goals in human lives, and the meanings and manifestations of life stories. Discussions are included on the new ideas on evolution and morality as well as the role of culture in personality. Psychologists will also find a much stronger and detailed discussion of psychophysiology of extraversion, neuroticism, and the train of sensation-seeking.

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Experience the story of a lifetime

When you want to truly get to know a person, dates and facts about their life will only tell you so much. You need to look at the stories that define that person’s life, as well as their individual traits and characteristics, as defined by human nature and culture.

When it comes to studying personality, the larger story matters most of all. In The Person: An Integrated Introduction to Personality Psychology, Fourth Edition, Dan McAdams presents a bold and integrative vision for personality psychology that puts many different ideas into a meaningful structure. With this text, you can understand the larger story, and discover how powerful and useful studying personality psychology is today.

The text begins with fundamental evolutionary, social, and cultural contexts for understanding personality, followed by an examination of the three different levels of an individual’s personality:

- Dispositional traits, a person’s general tendencies.

- Characteristic adaptations, a person’s desires, beliefs, concerns, and coping mechanisms.

- Life stories, the stories that give a life a sense of unity, meaning, and purpose.

Key Features:

  • New streamlined paperback format.
  • Updated with recent research findings to engage professors and students alike.
  • Presents a clear unifying vision for the field of personality psychology.
  • Brings together the best from traditional personality theories and contemporary research.
  • Addresses the most important questions that people can ask about their own lives and about human life in general.

Book for Psychology course. Author does include personal stories and intros to make text more interesting. Other than not, not too exciting and engaging to read.

This book had a lot of interesting information in it that many of probably don’t know. It really helped with my class.

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  • Hardcover: 620 pages
  • Publisher: Wiley; 5 edition (December 22, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470129131
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470129135
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