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Quincy, the Hobby Photographer

by J.otto Seibold

Hardcover, 64 pages

Published by Harcourt (2006-09-01)

List Price: $14.95

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Amazon Description

The dapper Quincy tells all in this lighthearted introduc­tion to the art of photographing dogs. He’s generous with helpful hints, like “You can stop to smell the roses, but dogs don’t hold their poses,” and mindful of the smallest details, such as allowing the subject to sniff the camera. To top it off, Quincy shares his favorite snaps from the field in a quirky slide presentation. 
In his inimitable style, J.otto Seibold delivers a book over­flowing with heart, humor, and four-footed friends. Part silly picture book, part off-the-cuff instruction manual, Quincy, the Hobby Photographer is an ideal gift for dog lovers and for photo enthusiasts of all ages.


One Potato Review

This is unfortunately the sort of literary and artistic wonder that falls between the cracks when young readers are in such a hurry to graduate to often insipid chapter books, but if you’re not afraid of looking like an extremely clever baby, here is the typically riotous Seibold on jobs versus hobbies, drawing versus photography – and dogs: in cars, in stores and in pairs, dogs who talk (on TV), and senior dogs who “always look me in the eye as if I were an old friend.” The book is also conveniently organized by chapters - “History,” “Composition,” “Common (Avoidable) Hazards of Dog Photography” – for those who depend on such things, and concludes with a “Helpful Photo Hint”: “Everyone and everything in life can be beautiful. It is just a matter of how you frame it. And it is not necessary to limit yourself to dogs.” Richy rewarding. 

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