The Print and the Process: Taking Compelling Photographs from Vision to Expression from Pearson Education and written by David DuChemin is a book of ideas, thoughts, and techniques about photographs and the process that leads to the final image.
In this book, David duChemin takes the reader behind the scenes on four distinct photographic projects, discussing motivation, image creation, and post-production. The projects he walks the reader through are from Iceland, Kenya, Antarctica, and Venice-and for each he discusses the hows and whys of his own image-making process.
Each project begins with a series of 20-30 final images from that project-this is "the print" section, and it's geared for the reader to really take in those images holistically. Then, duChemin discusses "the process" behind creating those images.
In this section, the reader will see the project images again but as thumbnails, and David goes through each one, explaining very thoroughly his process. duChemin does not "pre-visualize" a scene, as Ansel Adams famously discussed. Instead, he feels it. And it's from that feeling that he begins working with the elements in front of him and looking at the choices available to him. As he moves around, including and excluding elements from the frame, the camera and the photographer become collaborators. It's from this struggle that the final image emerges.
DuChemin has been making images for over two decades, and this process has changed and evolved during that time. By exploring duChemin's images and reflecting on the process behind them-both behind the camera and in post-processing-the reader learns to pay more attention to their own process, and identify ways in which their process can be further examined and improved in order to take more compelling images.
01 About Process
04 Kenya, The BOMA Project
About the Author:
An assignment photographer specializing in humanitarian projects and world photography, David DuChemin has been creating compelling stories with a camera in hand for over 20 years. A passionate contributor to the international photography community, duChemin's first book, Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, received worldwide acclaim for its vision, passion, and depth.
David has shot on five continents for assignments and projects covering places as diverse as Paris, Haiti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Peru, Ethiopia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Malawi, Rwanda, Uganda, India, Nepal, and Mongolia.