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America Through the Lens: Photographers Who Changed the Nation
Martin W. Sandler

Call Number: 770.92273 S217a 2005

A stunning view of America as captured by groundbreaking photographers, this book highlights twelve photographers whose work has truly changed the nation.

A Blind Spot for Boys
Justina Chen

After a bad breakup and the discovery that her father is quickly going blind, sixteen-year-old photographer Shana and her parents travel to Machu Picchu for an adventure, where Shana meets Quattro, a boy with secrets of his own.

Born Confused
Tanuja Desai Hidier

Dimple Lala is a seventeen-year-old, Indian-American teenager trying to fit in. Her immigrant parents don't like her "rebellious" American ways, including her obsession with photography and her dating habits.

Breaker Boys: how a photograph helped end child labor
Michael Burgan

Call Number: 331.310973 qH662Zb

Analyzes how Hine's iconic photograph of children leaving their jobs in the coal mines helped to end child labor in the US. Background on child labor, child labor laws, and the Progressive movement is provided. 

Career Opportunities in Photography
George Gilbert

Call Number: 770.23 qG464 2006

The authors interviewed professional photographers and consulted Department of Labor statistics, industry surveys and trade literature to compile 62 career profiles. Each job (e.g. aerial photographer; baby and child photographer) is featured in three-page entries that include job duties, alternate titles and prerequisites, the career ladder, salaries, prospects for employment and advancement, education and training required, relevant experience, skills and personality traits, unions and associations, and tips for entry. Arrangement is in nine categories: business and industrial, cinematography and videography, commercial, advertising and publicity, event and travel, fine arts and education, medical and scientific, news media and entertainment, photography business and related jobs and portrait photography. Eight appendixes contain contact information for related associations and two-year, four-year, undergraduate and graduate programs at schools across the U.S. Further references are also provided.

Carolina Autumn
Carol Lynch Williams

Fourteen year-old Carolina McKinney tries to make a fresh start after the death of her father and sister in a plane crash by expressing her grief, sorrow and hope for the future through her newly discovered love of photography.

Curveball: The Year I Lost my Grip
Jordan Sonnenblick

After an injury ends former star pitcher Peter Friedman's athletic dreams, he concentrates on photography which leads him to a girlfriend, new fame as a high school sports photographer, and a deeper relationship with the beloved grandfather who, when he realizes he is becoming senile, gives Pete all of his professional camera gear.


Dorothea Lange
Kerry Acker

Call Number: 770.92 L274Za 2004

A biography about Dorothea Lange whose most famous work, "Migrant Mother," became a symbol of the Great Depression.

Lamar Giles

When Lauren (Panda), a teen photoblogger, gets involved in a deadly game, she has to protect the classmates she despises.

Every You, Every Me
David Levithan

Evan is haunted by the loss of his best friend, but when mysterious photographs start appearing, he begins to fall apart as he starts to wonder if she has returned, seeking vengeance.

Kimberly Marcus

High school senior Liz, a gifted photographer, can no longer see things clearly after her best friend accuses Liz's older brother of a terrible crime.

Patricia Murdoch

Julie decides it’s time to get even. Taking compromising pictures of a few bullies seems like a great way to do it. But things don’t go quite as Julie expected.

Flash Burnout
L.K. Madigan

Stuck between his girlfriend Shannon, who loves him, and his photography class friend Marissa, who needs him, Blake needs to turn the lens on himself and discover the man he wants to become.

Halfway Perfect
Julie Cross, Mark Perini

Eve's time as a fashion model nearly destroyed her and now she is determined to build a career behind the camera after landing a photography internship in New York City, bringing her face to face with her dark past, her ex, and an up-and-coming male model named Alex who is falling for her.

Holding Back
Jada Jones

Nishell has been crushing on Jackson since forever. But Jackson is Marnyke's man-- and Nishell doesn't want any girlfriend drama.

Louis Daguerre and the Story of the Daguerreotype
John Bankston

Call Number: 770.9 B218 2005

The story of the French artist Louis Daguerre, who created an early form of photography which he called the daguerreotype.

Migrant Mother: how a photograph defined the Great Depression
Don Nardo

Call Number: 973.917 qN224m

Explores and analyzes the historical context and significance of the iconic Dorothea Langephotograph of a migrant mother during the Great Depression.

One Shot
Susan Glick

When fifteen-year-old Lonnie decides to spend the summer with her dad and step-mom, she figures her summer will be full of lazy days of hanging out at the pool. Then she lands a job with a talented but crotchety old photographer and Lonnie’s view of the world changes forever.

Perfect Couple
Jennifer Echols

When yearbook photographer Harper and the star player of the high school football team get voted "the perfect couple that never was" by their senior class, the unlikely pair start falling for one another. But a handful of obstacles, including Harper's boyfriend, stand in the way of their perfect ending.

Photo by Brady: a Picture of the Civil War
Jennifer Armstrong

Call Number: 973.730222 A736 2005

Tells the story of the Civil War as seen through the lenses of the field photographers hired by Matthew Brady, who traveled with troops and made visual records of what they saw.

Lee Frost

Call Number: 771 qF939 2000

Beginning and experienced photographers will find everything they need to know, from buying a camera to selecting film to developing pictures, in this comprehensive guide.

Photos Framed: a fresh look at the world's most memorable photographs
Ruth Thomson

Call Number: 770 qT484 2014

Explores some of the most famous photographs in history, including Stephen Dalton's "Ladybird Take-off," Charles C. Ebbets' "Lunchtime atop a Skyscraper," and Neil Leifer's "Muhammad Ali versus Sonny Liston."

Picture Perfect
Elaine Marie Alphin

When his best friend mysteriously disappears, Ian Slater, a gifted photographer, is forced to confront his abusive father in order to solve the mystery of what happened to his friend.

Ellen Wittlinger

Inspired by his friendship with Razzle, an unusual and eccentric girl, Ken embarks on a journey of self-discovery through his photography.

Shooting Stars
Allison Rushby

Sixteen-year-old paparazzo Jo forms an unexpected bond with teen idol Ned Hartnett after going undercover to sneak pictures of him.

Spitting Image
Shutta Crum

When reporters come to her Kentucky town, twelve-year-old Jessie hatches a plan to make enough money to help her friend Robert buy the new pair of glasses he desperately needs. Jesse begins charging the reporters for showing them around town as they take pictures of the “local color.” But when the photographs don’t turn out how she had imagined, Jesse learns that even the best plans can backfire.

Kim Firmston

After Martin is diagnosed with ADHD, he begins to feel that something isn’t right about his diagnosis. Martin is a passionate photographer whose craft gives him a focus.


The Tension of Opposites
Kristina McBride

Sixteen-year-old Tessa, a budding photographer, has been living in suspended animation since her best friend was kidnapped at the age of fourteen, and when she suddenly returns, both of them, along with the people they love, must deal with the emotional aftermath of the terrible ordeal.

Walker Evans: Photographer of America
Thomas Nau

Call Number: 770.92 qE927Zn 2007

Shooting in the New York City subways as well as the American heartland, Walker Evans became one of the great photographers of the twentieth century. Determined to "capture life has he saw it," he is best known for the photographs he took of farmers during the Great Depression.

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