Saelon's Bookshelves

Recommended Reading and Reference Materials, for Fine Art Photographers

Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking

by David Bayles and Ted Orland

This book has been out for over 20 years now but will never lose it's relevance to artists (regardless of your media). Just buy it, it is wonderful.


The View From The Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World

by Ted Orland

A great companion piece to the Art & Fear book listed above, this book is sort of a sequel - in the good sense.


The Naked and the Lens: A Guide to Nude Photography

by Louis Benjamin

This is a very well done book, published in early 2010 by Focal Point Press. I'd wholeheartedly recommend it even if I WEREN'T included in it! It is a very comprehensive book covering a range of subject matter, including some history of nude fine art photography and how it fits into the context of fine art photography in general. It includes lots of information on techniques and methods relevant to photographing the nude in a fine art context - perfect for anyone who wishes to make their first forays into the field but also good for anyone wishing to improve their skills. These tips cover everything from basic setup and lighting on through digital darkroom workflow. There are many wonderful examples offered throughout the book, from many different artists. The author kindly included one of my images on page 12 and four more along with an interview on pages 215-220.


The Naked and the Lens, Second Edition: A Guide for Nude Photography

by Louis Benjamin


Nudes (Camera Craft)

by Anna Henley

This is a lovely book, just published in June 2003 by AVA Publishing. It's part of a series of "how to" books. It features the work of quite a few photographers, describing how they made each photograph. The photos are grouped into sections like "Working With Light", "The Male Nude", "The Female Nude", "The Commercial Nude", "The Artistic Nude", etc. There is a lot of really good information here, and the photographers all share a lot of their philosophy of photographing the nudes as well. Four photographers (including me!) were chosen for a special section with interviews. Eight of my images were chosen for this book, including the cover.


Defending Pornography: Free Speech, Sex and the Fight for Women's Rights

by Nadine Strossen

A nationally renowned speaker and debater, NADINE STROSSEN is Professor of Law at New York Law School and President of the American Civil Liberties Union. My photographs have been on the web since 1994 and I was part of a website,, that worked with the ACLU to fight the early efforts by governments to censor the internet. Ms. Strossen makes an excellent case for supporting free expression while still creating a very interesting read. Ms. Strossen has included one of my images as the frontispiece, and uses my artwork as an example of some of the styles of art that would be banned by many anti-internet porn laws.

From the Back Cover—

"Defending Pornography is valuable precisely because of its lucid, broad exploration of the long debate over pornography. Strossen makes the case that censorship, not pornography, hurts women, and in the end...this book could spell the end of Dworkin's and MacKinnon's power over the public forum, and open the debate to more of this kind of common sense, which it sorely needs."—