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'Why it does not have to be in focus' tells a lot about photography in general by discussing various artistic approaches and featuring numerous amazing photographers in thematic configurations (far from being dull). It’s all about experiencing photography, as if each image was a riddle to unlock. 

The structure is very clear. From the very beginning, apart from a short introduction, the text is divided into chapters within which each photographer’s profile is described according to the same scheme (as shown in the guide to symbols). The author explains her intensions in the introduction: “This book reveals why a photograph need not be crisply rendered or ‘correctly’ exposed, colour-balanced, framed or even composed by the photographer in order to have artistic merit. “ And this task is executed successfully. 

The book joins an interesting list of titles released in past few year trying to answer the question why photography matters as never before (some literally!).  They all guide interestingly through exciting world of photography and experiencing it:

Michael Fried, “Why Photography matters  as art as never before”, Yale University Press / Elisabeth Couturi, “Talk about contemporary photography”, Flammarion / Gerry Badger, “The Genius of Photography. How photography has changed our lives”, Quadrille Publishing Ltd / Jerry L.Thompson, “Why Photography Matters”, MIT Press


Photography is not simply an art form but is one of such shape-shifting variety that is possibly the most important art form of our time.

Some of my favourite entries:  Idris Khan p. 94-95, Rinko Kawauchi p.96-97, Ori Gersht, p.100-101, Abbas Kiarostami, p.166-167, Uta Barth, p.192-193.

“David Bailey: Look”, Phaidon 


Why it does not have to be in focus, Jackie Higgins, Thames & Hudson