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10 books about photography


i absolutely love photography books, and the bigger the better. they can take up a lot of room on your bookshelf, but looking at amazing photographs in print and at a decent size (rather than on your phone or computer) can't be beaten. unless it's at an exhibition. photography has been a huge love of mine since i was a child, and though i am always learning i find the best way besides just taking photos is via inspiration.

i recently bought this erwin blumenfeld book and it's amazing! i am forever amazed by his photos. simple without being overly minimal, and strong and colourful without overwhelming. he was an amazing photographer.

as always, i would love your suggestions for photography books! i especially love fashion photography (especially so from the 1930s to 1960s) and anything with a bit of quirk. saying that, i am very open with my tastes and i would love to add even more books to my wishlist. in no particular order, here's 10 books about photography that i would love to own.

man ray - portraits
avedon fashion - 1944 to 2000
pictures by tim walker (i have wanted this forever!)
stern fotographie no. 65: erwin blumenfeld
what remains by sally mann (and this one!)
horst: photographer of style
cecil beaton: portraits and profiles
viviane sassen: in & out of fashion
kodachrome by luigi ghirri
emmet gowin by emmet gowin


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prints by liz mosley

created to create print by liz mosley
if you're a fan of typographic posters with a little twist, you will love those of liz mosley. my favourite is the 'created to create' one pictured above, but as an image maker/creator, how could it not be?! i saw it on her instagram a little while back before she launched her shop and was instantly smitten.

created to create print
liz kindly sent me 3 posters to share with you: the created to createlet love grow and shine like stars ones. i love that her posters are a little varied, but still have a 'feel' about them that tie them together. also, despite not being a huge fan of stars as a motif, liz has totally found my sweet spot with that print! i originally put it on the living room door, but we have it in the bedroom now and it's so nice to look at from the bed.

which is your favourite? and if posters aren't your thing, she also has some cards in her shop. i particularly like the 'hello' one. wouldn't that be nice to get in the post?

ps: because you are awesome and deserve a treat (or these would make lovely christmas presents), you can get 15% off in her shop with the code 'CARDBOARDCITIES'.

let love grow print by liz mosely
let love grow print closeup
shine like stars print by liz mosely


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twitter chats for creative sellers & small businesses

twitter chats for creative sellers and small businesses
in a follow up to my twitter chats for creative sellers and bloggers post earlier this year, i thought it would be a good idea to tell you about some more twitter chats to help you promote your creative endeavours and small businesses!

twitter has become absolutely invaluable to me, and i know many other people find it a very important (and awesome) tool to promote and connect with other sellers. once again, i've included the hashtag, the associated accounts where applicable and times. if you know of any other widely used ones, let me know! (oh, and if you want to say hello, i'm @cardboardcities)

#buyonlinehour - @buyonlinehour 
monday - 8.30 - 9.30pm

#bizhour - @bizhour 
weekdays - 2-3pm

#smallbizhour - @smallbizhour
tuesday - 9-10pm

#SBS - @theopaphitis
sunday - 5-7.30pm (one tweet only, and you need to tweet @theopaphitis too)

#womaninbiz & #wineoclock - @awardingwomen
weekdays - 6-7pm

#twittersisters
thursday - 8.30-9.30pm


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