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    Books to read about Art + Geometry

    I am quite interesting to study the geometry(regular/irregular) and proportions on a scene, whether I will photograph it or now. What books do you recommend for this subject?
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    I'd recommend spending some time with books that have Henri Cartier-Bresson pictures, if you are one who learns by seeing and if you are interested in photography.

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    There's a particularly rare book called The Painter's Secret Geometry that answers to this call perfectly.
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    Ernst A. Weber - Sehen, Gestalten und Fotografieren (in german)
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    I was going to suggest specific photographers (Eggleston, Saul Leiter, Jeff Wall, etc) who have a good eye for composition, but then I realized that nearly ALL photographers worth their salt are good at composition. The exception to the rule would be some conceptual artists who photograph more out of an idea than visual shapes.

    Spend some quality time with the photobook section of your favourite library: pick a stash of books of various genres, eras, tastes, and look at the images. Try to reverse engineer them, and figure out how they are structured.

    You can also have a look at Henry Rankin Poore's "Composition in Art" (cheap, Dover) for a couple of tips/recipes to get you started.
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    You may wish to look at:-
    * HCB (as already said) I can’t think of any better examples of classic composition.
    * Symmetrical and asymmetrical composition.
    * Compositional shapes (s shapes, stars, circles, crosses, triangles, etc.).
    * Content and context within the image.
    * Emotive issues within the context.
    * Golden section/rule of thirds.
    * Fibonacci numbers.
    * Gestalt theory.
    * Always look at your pictures upside down and also consider what they may look like flipped in a horizontal plane (you don’t have to print shiny side up).

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