There a few photographers that have influenced the way that I see and wield a camera than Jay Maisel. Since my younger days when I looked endlessly at his work in magazines or books until the time I was able to spend a week with him during a photo workshop, I have been influenced and inspired by this New York photographer.
Yet, despite the amazing body of work that he has produced and the many articles that have been written about him, there hasn't really been much of a repository for his wisdom and experience available in print.
It's Not About the F-Stop is the second in a series of books (the first of which was Light, Gesture and Color), which explores Jay's unique approach. As he'll tell you, he is not tech-savvy. You ask him something about the technical aspects of his camera and he'll respond with a tilt of the head and a colorful expletive.
It's Not About the F-Stop demonstrates how Jay has produced classic photographs by developing his way of seeing, rather than his proficiency at moving pixels. In the stories that accompany many of the images, you gain insight into the mindset, the approach and the luck involved in being able to recognize and capture the extraordinary in the mundane.
Jay has become a master photographer, not just because he always has his camera with him. It's because he never stops seeing. He observes the world with a child-like curiosity that allows him to see the remarkable in things we move past with indifference. This book shares what a remarkable talent and gift that can be.
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