One of the most important photography books ever written: Jay Maisel’s “Light, Gesture and Color.”

I am thrilled to announce that Jay Maisel’s “Light, Gesture & Color,” a book I believe will go down as one of the greatest, most important photography books ever written, is now shipping. I could go on and on and tell you why, but I believe Ellis D Vener , one of the first reviewers on Amazon,  said it best in this one sentence from his review:

“There’s more smart-ass, hard earned wisdom about what it takes to be a photographer, and maybe even how to learn to see and and cherish what is actually around you, in this slim book than in a thousand photographic how to manuals and monographs.” 

That description totally nailed it. There is only one Jay Maisel â” a true living legend of photography â” and Jay makes you think and feel in a way few photographers on this planet can. The book kind of reminds me of Joe McNally’s groundbreaking “The Moment it Clicks” in the way the frank, genuine, and insightful stories and lessons are surrounded by some really extraordinary photography.

Please take a moment to watch the short trailer (above) where Jay tells us in his own words about the book (that’s our own Mia McCormick with Jay â” we were honored to be able to work with Jay to produce his book, which is published by our publishing partner Peachpit Press).

What an incredible Holiday Gift this would be. Here’s a link to it on Amazon and Barnes & Noble. 

Have a great weekend everybody, and we’ll see you here Monday for my field report on the new Canon 100-400mm f/4.5 – f/5.6 lens (I had planned on having it ready today, but fell behind onâ¦wellâ¦pretty much everything).



  1. I have this book on my Xmas wish list, along with Volume 5 of your Digital Photography series. Just reading the excerpt got me excited to read the whole book.
    BTW, I received my signed, pre-ordered copy of your new Photoshop CC book in the mail this week, too. I only had a chance to flip through it, but it looks like you knocked another one out of the park!
    Have a great weekend,


      1. Well, if you want to send me another book with the requisite snarkiness I know and love so well, I’ll send back the one I got! :-)


  2. I pre-ordered Jay’s book; received it and already finished it. I think it is awesome … great photos, great advice; and a great insight into his thought processes! This is a terrific book.

  3. The thing that bugs me is that Jay’s best work is not available. You have to go buy old issues of Communication Arts Photography Annuals to see what the man can shoot. Most of his newer fame is as a presenter, and young photographers have no idea who this gruff old New Yorker is and why dinosaurs admire him because….frankly, most of the new work Jay shows is CRAP.

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