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As both an art form and a universal language, the photograph has an extraordinary ability to connect and communicate with others. But with over one trillion photos taken each year, why do so few of them truly connect? Why do so few of them grab our emotions or our imaginations? It is not because the images lack focus or proper exposure; with advances in technology, the camera does that so well these days. Photographer David duChemin believes the majority of our images fall short because they lack soul. And without soul, the images have no ability to resonate with others. They simply cannot connect with the viewer, or even—if we’re being truthful—with ourselves.

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 collection of beautiful black-and-white images, the book’s essays address 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, connect with others, and, at their core, contain our humanity. The Soul of the Camera helps us do that.

TABLE OF CONTENTS
Introduction
The Place of Craft
The Discovery of Vision
Mindfulness of Language
A Willingness to Interpret
The Need for Openness
Patience
Capturing the Moment
Respect for the Creative Process
A Willingness to Surrender
Obedience to Curiosity
Improvisation
Abandon Perfection
The Search for Story
The Role of Audience
The Rejection of Comparisons
Authenticity
Critique
The Need for Love
Courage
The Rejection of Rules
A (Changing) Eye for Beauty
Discipline
After the Camera
The Pursuit of Mastery
Conclusion

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If you want to get in touch with the inner game of photography, you can do no better than to read The Soul of the Camera. David duChemin, photography''s Thomas Moore, puts soul into everything he does; never more so than in this book.

--John Paul Caponigro


I''ve long been a fan of David Duchemin. Not just for his photography, but also his dedication to photographers everywhere--mentoring them to become the best they can be. And after reading his many books (I own them all), I know he''s a kindred spirit. David''s messages are aligned with mine but I still learn from him; lessons transmitted through a poetic prose uniquely Duchemin. David admits he''s written more books then he ever imagined, each one a refinement of ideas. The Soul Of The Camera strips down and distills all the best and most useful information from his previous works in a sophisticated yet easy-to-digest way. Only essential and practical core messages, inspirations, and advice remain. This is something only a photographer who has pursued mastery for 30 years is able to do. Thankfully for him and us, that journey never ends, and this book is as good a travel partner as I could imagine.

--Steve Simon, author of The Passionate Photographer


The Soul of the Camera inspires the artist through compelling writing, impactful imagery, and reference-friendly bits of wisdom placed throughout the book. David is highly quotable throughout, but he is also highly thought-provoking. Loved this book.

--Tamara Lackey


In reminding us that ''it is we who put the humanity, the vision, and the poetry into our photographs, '' photographer and humanitarian David duChemin is right on point. The Soul of the Camera issues an urgent call to self-awareness and a willingness to embrace our inner poet warrior. In a world that is increasingly unstable and where heroes are needed, his eloquent words and photographic sensibility remind us that ''our photographs won''t speak to anyone if we ourselves, the life and soul of the camera, have nothing to say.'' Well said, David duChemin. You are, indeed, a poet.

--Cristina Mittermeier


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, author of More Than a Rock


" The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer''s Place in Picture-Making will bolster your courage and determination as you work to improve your images by adding more humanity, more soul, and more of yourself into your work."

-- PhotoLife Magazine

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"If you want to get in touch with the inner game of photography, you can do no better than to read The Soul of the Camera. David duChemin, photography''s Thomas Moore, puts soul into everything he does; never more so than in this book."

―John Paul Caponigro


"I’ve long been a fan of David Duchemin. Not just for his photography, but also his dedication to photographers everywhere―mentoring them to become the best they can be. And after reading his many books (I own them all), I know he’s a kindred spirit. David’s messages are aligned with mine but I still learn from him; lessons transmitted through a poetic prose uniquely Duchemin. David admits he’s written more books then he ever imagined, each one a refinement of ideas. The Soul Of The Camera strips down and distills all the best and most useful information from his previous works in a sophisticated yet easy-to-digest way. Only essential and practical core messages, inspirations, and advice remain. This is something only a photographer who has pursued mastery for 30 years is able to do. Thankfully for him and us, that journey never ends, and this book is as good a travel partner as I could imagine."

―Steve Simon, author of The Passionate Photographer


" The Soul of the Camera inspires the artist through compelling writing, impactful imagery, and reference-friendly bits of wisdom placed throughout the book. David is highly quotable throughout, but he is also highly thought-provoking. Loved this book."

―Tamara Lackey


"In reminding us that ''it is we who put the humanity, the vision, and the poetry into our photographs,'' photographer and humanitarian David duChemin is right on point. The Soul of the Camera issues an urgent call to self-awareness and a willingness to embrace our inner poet warrior. In a world that is increasingly unstable and where heroes are needed, his eloquent words and photographic sensibility remind us that ''our photographs won’t speak to anyone if we ourselves, the life and soul of the camera, have nothing to say.'' Well said, David duChemin. You are, indeed, a poet."

―Cristina Mittermeier


"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, author of More Than a Rock


The Soul of the Camera: The Photographer’s Place in Picture-Making will bolster your courage and determination as you work to improve your images by adding more humanity, more soul, and more of yourself into your work.”

PhotoLife Magazine

About the Author

David duChemin is a world and humanitarian assignment photographer, best-selling author, and international workshop leader whose spirit of adventure fuels his fire to create and share.

Based in Vancouver, Canada, David chases compelling images on all seven continents. When on assignment, David creates powerful photographs that convey the hope and dignity of children, the vulnerable, and the oppressed for the international NGO community. When creating the art he so passionately shares, David strives to capture the beauty of the natural world. Find David online at davidduchemin.com.

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Sean
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The uplifting and relentless journey to embrace the artist within
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2017
David’s latest book is a manifesto. It is a return to craft, a call to wonder and a rallying cry to change ourselves and the world through our photography. The Soul of the Camera is duChemin at his best. He begs us to stop listening to the dopamine dealers who... See more
David’s latest book is a manifesto. It is a return to craft, a call to wonder and a rallying cry to change ourselves and the world through our photography.

The Soul of the Camera is duChemin at his best. He begs us to stop listening to the dopamine dealers who have built their empires on our backs by pushing techniques, plugins, golden rules and the latest shiny new thing. David urges us to look deeper and to ask the questions that truly matter.

I won’t lie. It is painful.

This book asks, cajoles and even pleads with us to explore our inner truth - to develop something worth saying and then to toil and burn in the creative fires for no other purpose than to touch ourselves and perhaps another with what we see or feel or fathom.

It is inspiring.

David urges us to confront what makes us tick - our vision, our intent, and to worry less about sharpness and settings and far more about manifesting who we are into the work we produce. This books is the single, clearest call to the path of craft and meaning that I have ever read. But craft as defined as self-awareness and even soul-making.

It is beautiful.

The photos in this book are whimsical, challenging, deeply human and introspective. David ponies up. He walks the talk. He shoots what he sees. He shares images that made me laugh, cry and contemplate my humanity.

It is relentless.

This book punches, dodges, rallies, supports, urges and shouts. David will nibble at the edges of our fears and insecurities even as he is readying a haymaker blow.

I had the pleasure of traveling thousands of miles to walk with David on cobbled stones and to raise many a glass of prosecco with him. David never held back. He pushed me to dig deeper and to let go of my fanciful notions of “professional” and “photographer.” He wanted to know what I believed, what interested me and why.

But his greatest gift was to believe in myself again - to be able and willing to yearn for personal meaning in my work.

This book is your chance to hang with David and to find a mentor who yearns for you to find YOUR joy and to develop and expose your soul in your work. No matter what you may fear or believe, you are worth it. And this book will help you find your way.
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David Medina
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The Best Book on the Why of Photography
Reviewed in the United States on July 4, 2017
The Soul of the Camera has to be David DuChemin''s Magnus Opus. Most photography books are about telling you how to do things but while acknowledging the importance of mastering the craft, The Soulf of the Photographer is about the why we create images. It is about how we... See more
The Soul of the Camera has to be David DuChemin''s Magnus Opus. Most photography books are about telling you how to do things but while acknowledging the importance of mastering the craft, The Soulf of the Photographer is about the why we create images. It is about how we infuse our humanity, our uniqueness into our work.

The Soul of the Camera is an honest look at a subject not many people write about. It feels like I am siting around a dining table in a small village in Italy, enjoying some wine and prosciutto and just contemplating what it means to be a photographer. The type of conversation that makes for a richer and deeper life. The Soul of a Camera, far from telling you how to do things, it is a honest conversation that makes you look deep inside for the reason we press that shutter.

This is a must read book for any photographer who wants their images to mean something, to go deeper.
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Bill McCarroll
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A must read for any photographer looking to add meaning to their photography
Reviewed in the United States on March 31, 2018
I just finished reading David DuChemin''s new book, The Soul of the Camera. Let me just simply say that this book is a "must read" for any photographer looking to add meaning to their photography. There are a ton of places to go to be inspired but there are few... See more
I just finished reading David DuChemin''s new book, The Soul of the Camera. Let me just simply say that this book is a "must read" for any photographer looking to add meaning to their photography. There are a ton of places to go to be inspired but there are few credible authors and books like this to add to your work''s meaning.

First of all, it''s not a book to advance your technical skills around the operation of your camera. David''s keen insight and resulting inspiration in this book is totally directed towards you, the photographer. David''s book will put some perspective into the reasons why you''re making an image as as you strive to communicate the heart and soul in your photographs.

In some ways, David''s book title is a bit of a misnomer. David''s clear message is that the soul of our photography is not to be found by the type or brand of camera we shoot with. The camera is fundamental no matter how simple or technologically advanced it may be. Every camera delivers a measure of light through a lens to a sensor that then records and preserves the light''s impact. Rather the soul of an image comes from what we give of ourselves in the process of making a picture. The camera itself is a tool, it has no soul, but in the right hands and with the right mindset through its user has the potential to deliver images that that hold the potential to truly stir the emotions of a viewer.

As I read the book and walked with David through his brilliant insight around creativity, I couldn''t help but acknowledge the logic he was building as he described his insights into being creative. Like many great teachers, David captures what we fundamentally think we know already into a framework that complements and ties together key concepts that can be carried with us as we go forward on our individual journeys to improve with our photography. There were many moments where I just nodded my head in agreement as I was reading his short, easy to follow chapter essays. I''m sure I even mumbled some acknowledgements as I was drawn into the book.

As I read the book an inner voice within me consistently sought to know the magic answer to becoming more creative. In truth, nobody can prescribe how to be creative. There are considerations but as David rightfully asserts, creativity comes from your soul.

Throughout the book, at the end of each essay, David shares a few of his images. I looked at those amazing black and white pictures at the end of each chapter from his travels around the world as the dessert after a satisfying meal. The photographs exemplify his message delivered through the principles he so generously shares throughout his book. They added inspiration to put his thoughts to work in my own photography. I highly recommend this book to any photographer seeking to find the meaning in their work.
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Jeff McPheeters
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A sound philosophical treatise on photography for photographers
Reviewed in the United States on June 17, 2017
Will become a classic, I think. I''m familiar with David''s philosophy and style so it''s not a surprise to read his insights on how to gain vision, see subject matter, and tell stories with photographs. But this is more of a summation of his overarching style of teaching... See more
Will become a classic, I think. I''m familiar with David''s philosophy and style so it''s not a surprise to read his insights on how to gain vision, see subject matter, and tell stories with photographs. But this is more of a summation of his overarching style of teaching through much of what I''ve read and it gives the reader a tool to escape from the complexities of the highly technological world of digital photography, or even film (as it has always been highly technical) and reassemble one''s inner compass as a photographer to understand where you see ''true north'' in your own understanding, or to possibly recalibrate a bit and thereby fix your mind on more satisfying efforts and gain some perspective along the way to making better and more meaningful photographs. For me, this is part of the evolutionary approach to gaining skill in a craft that ranges between utility and art and sometimes straddles both.
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Dennis H Linden
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Delivers many delightful sensory rewards
Reviewed in the United States on June 19, 2017
I have seen and heard David speak about photography online, on and off for a few years. I am impressed by his calm and collected approach and attitude toward the subject of creating (photographic) art. He approaches the subject from many angles, never proclaiming one idea,... See more
I have seen and heard David speak about photography online, on and off for a few years. I am impressed by his calm and collected approach and attitude toward the subject of creating (photographic) art. He approaches the subject from many angles, never proclaiming one idea, method, position to be superior or right compared to others. This is the sign of a mature mind ( and I didn''t mean that in the derogatory sense ). So, this is my first purchase of any of his items, and I will say, I am impressed.

He writes with both knowledge and passion and there is a lot to read, and just enough to look at. Each chapter is thought provoking if you let it be. Now that I have spent a few years mastering the craft of photography, it is clear to me that what is missing most of the time is my soul. This is a passion that is not to be entered into without a willingness to devote some time to thinking about what you want to portray, and put some energy into the elements necessary to create story, an image with a soul.

Finally, on the book itself. David speaks eloquently about the images with his words, but there are in fact two other senses that only a printed book can deliver upon, and the Soul of the Camera delivers on those other senses very nicely. No iPad, no Kindle, no Instagram, 500px or whatever can deliver the two other sensory inputs the way a printed book can. First is touch. The feel of the paper, the weight, the smoothness and the texture of the ink upon the paper. Next is smell. A new printed book smells of the ink and the toil of the lithographer. This book smells and feels just as good as it looks and provides equal parts sensory input and cerebral stimulation.

If you care about photography and the art of delivering a work of art to your ______ ( client, friend, family, wife, daughter, son, ... ) then you owe it to them to read this book, and to yourself to touch and smell it!
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Revealing freeing enlightening - a food for a photographic soul!
Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2018
I never went to any photo school, so I was trying to learn about how to take photos better from the books and courses. I read many books hoping to find answers to my questions. I was looking for a book that would explain to me how to grow and get better and how to combine... See more
I never went to any photo school, so I was trying to learn about how to take photos better from the books and courses. I read many books hoping to find answers to my questions. I was looking for a book that would explain to me how to grow and get better and how to combine art, vision and photography together. Many books were about this or that aspect and not many were able to capture my attention as this one. I needed to hear that photography is hard, that I have permission to make mistakes and that I can learn from them a lot. I wanted to hear about creative struggles and inner fight that comes along the learning process. I have many pages of notes from the book which will accompany me on my photographic journey.
I’m glad that now there is a book out there that speaks to those who in photography see more than just a past time activity. To those in search of a way to use the eye, heart and the soul in order to create something unique, meaningful, something that speaks and feeds the souls of others. I truly wish there will be more books that go deep and provide answers to the hungry photographic souls.
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Sharon H
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If you want to be inspired & challenged in your photography journey, read this book!
Reviewed in the United States on April 8, 2019
A huge thank you to David for writing “Soul of the Camera”! After reading his book I was inspired, comforted, challenged and left wanting more for my photography journey. Every chapter opened my eyes to something I hadn’t considered or gave me a new perspective. A few of... See more
A huge thank you to David for writing “Soul of the Camera”! After reading his book I was inspired, comforted, challenged and left wanting more for my photography journey. Every chapter opened my eyes to something I hadn’t considered or gave me a new perspective. A few of my favorite take-aways are:
-studying other photographers (I’ve been procrastinating doing this, not sure why)
-having an open mind, letting go of my expectations
-patience, a big one for me (just ask my family!!)
-storytelling; I’ve never considered all of these aspects together and enjoyed his explanations and examples
-impose constraints; again something I’ve never considered but look forward to trying
-stop editing my ideas
-using sketch images
While I loved the entire book, one of my favorite paragraphs is on page 269 where he talks about telling the visual story and connecting to others. “Pictures that quicken hearts, spark imaginations, recall memories, fuel wonder, change minds, or cause us to act. Pictures that resonate the way a stone echoes when thrown down a well. Because your images have depth. Because they have soul.” I’ve got a copy of these words on my office wall to remind me that this is what I want for my photography.
Again, thank you for providing the perfect book for me to read at this point in my photography journey.
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How to Make Photographs that are Art
Reviewed in the United States on February 3, 2019
There are many books about cameras and the craft of camera mastery. This is not one of them. This is not for the camera aficionado who is overly concerned with f stops, lenses and megapixels. There are plenty of other books about that. This is about creating meaningful... See more
There are many books about cameras and the craft of camera mastery. This is not one of them. This is not for the camera aficionado who is overly concerned with f stops, lenses and megapixels. There are plenty of other books about that. This is about creating meaningful photographs that speak for you and communicate a vision of the world to others. This is about learning to take risks in image-making instead of relying on tried and true rules of composition. It is an inspiring guide to those who wish to dig deep and learn how to make truly magnificent photographs that inspire others with a personal story. It is well-written, personal, and inspiring. If you approach photography as a medium for self-expression, with passion and excitement, this book is for you.
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I. G. Wright
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Photographic Philosophy
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on April 11, 2018
There are many 5* reviews on Amazon.com which reflect the great qualities this book possesses - and explain them in considerable depth - so my review will be brief. The monochrome images are quite terrific - as good as travel/documentary images get. Wonderful mastery of...See more
There are many 5* reviews on Amazon.com which reflect the great qualities this book possesses - and explain them in considerable depth - so my review will be brief. The monochrome images are quite terrific - as good as travel/documentary images get. Wonderful mastery of light, ''the moment'' and composition. I''ve been fortunate to photograph in many of the locations featured and, for me, the book is worth having for the images alone. I do hope that in time David DuChemin will produce a volume primarily dedicated to a collection of his images. Nevertheless, it has to be said that the vast majority of amateur photographers will not readily identify with these rarified contexts and his associated, humanitarian story-telling ethos and at least some connection/commentary between the text and images would perhaps have been valuable. The text works for those of us with a philosophical leaning and enough relevant experience to look back and reflect - the book asks big and deep questions and reflects on them - it''s full of wisdom, idealism, passion and is elegantly written. It''s true that he has returned to his main themes in all of his books - in fairness from different angles and with different emphasis - but I''ve very much enjoyed his musings - and style - not least because they have expressed so well ideas and values I strongly associate with. Regrettably, the vast majority of enthusiastic amateur photographers I know would simply not ''get it'' - would simply not recognise the relevance of the questions - and this is perhaps primarily because most of these enthusiasts are operating in a much more limiting context - time, opportunity, horizons, local photographic (often single-image competion) culture, from which it is difficult to escape. I greatly admire the authors values, views and reflections. His work is not for mass-consumption but no-body does what he does, so well.
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Cliff Harvey
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on May 21, 2018
I own six books by this author, and treasure each of them... A true visionary is David DuChemin...
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Difficult to read
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 11, 2018
I found difficultvyo read it
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Five Stars
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 8, 2017
This book is brilliant. I love the way David DuChemin captures the essence of photography in words and pictures.
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 9, 2018
A wonderful exposition of the focus of a good photographer.
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