The Photographer's Place in Picture-Making

David duChemin's next book, The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer's Place in Picture-Making, is now available for pre-order on Amazon, shipping on or around its release date of June 15. But for those who want a signed copy and don't plan on seeing David anytime soon, we've set aside 100 copies as a special Signature Edition.

The Signature Edition will be signed and numbered and include two 8"x 5" signed prints and a digital (PDF) copy of the book (emailed to you on June 15) so you've got it to read on the bus or plane without lugging this beautiful hardback everywhere you go. And we'll include the shipping, anywhere in the world.

"In The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer’s Place in Picture-Making, David explores what it means to make better photographs. Illustrated with a beautiful collection of black-and-white photographs, the book’s essays speak to topics such as craft, mastery, vision, audience, discipline, story, and authenticity.

The Soul of the Camera is a personal and deeply pragmatic book that quietly yet forcefully challenges the idea that our cameras, lenses, and settings are anything more than dumb and mute tools. It is the photographer, not the camera, that can and must learn to make better photographs―photographs that convey our vision; that connect with others; that, at their core, contain our humanity."

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"David nails what is often elusive - the 'certain something' that some images have that others simply lack - not only through his images but through his understanding of photographic, artistic and personal craft. This book is an intimate look into the workings of someone who puts tremendous soul into his work, but it is also a guidebook, written ever-so-poetically, about the pivotal role the artist plays in what an image says and does to the person viewing it. I recommend anyone, even outside of traditional artistic crafts, read this book to put the soul back into your work and life." ~ Brooke Shaden


"David duChemin understands an important truth about photography; as photographers, what shapes our craft is how we see the world as humans, not the equipment we use or the situations we find ourselves in. The soul of the camera resides within our humanity, and duChemin does an amazing job of communicating how to access it." ~ Paul Nicklen, National Geographic Photographer


“The Soul of the camera is a long-overdue, and much-needed, book. David's words and images speak not only to his love of photography, but also to the great joys and meanings to be found in creative expression, in mindfulness and in living an artist's life. In a world rife with images and clatter, David offers one of the clearest, most thoughtful and most inspiring voices among today's photographers.” ~ Guy Tal