Beautiful, Inspiring and Insightful: Review of Art Wolfe’s Photographs From the Edge

“Photographs From the Edge” is a compilation of Art Wolfe’s work from the film era of the early 1980’s through the digital age up to 2015. Each page features a photo along with a brief explanatory caption, a photo tip and a more detailed personal insight or short story by Wolfe.
Granted, some of the captions are a little pointless, like the one defining an avalanche. A little more effort and creative thinking could have made some of these more useful, but most are insightful and interesting.
Ultimately, this book is beautiful. It’s packed with Wolfe’s favorite pictures from around the world, and for aspiring or amateur photographers the photo tips and personal stories are both informative and fascinating.

From the moment I picked it up I loved this book. Reading about Wolfe’s experiences and his techniques was affirming to me as an aspiring photographer. I often get caught up in trying to do everything right, but as I read Art Wolfe’s tips and stories I was reminded that in the end, photography is truly art…my perspective, my unique way of capturing an image is just that: mine. So you could say this book gave me a much needed reminder that while technical correctness matters greatly, there’s got to be room for freedom to capture an image as it speaks to me.

This is definitely a coffee table or waiting room book as it’s formatted for pick-up and put-down browsing, but it is a book that will be frequently perused. The captions and stories will speak primarily to photographers, but given that everyone with a smart-phone is a photographer, that makes for wide-spread appeal. Above all, this is a picture book, and the pictures tell the stories of other people, remote places, and one man’s exploration of this world. In that sense there’s something for everyone in these pages.

I received a complimentary copy of this book for review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255.