The State of Photography Illustration in 2015
It’s been a while since we last checked the photography in fiction picture report. Let’s have a look…
Here are all the 2015 picture books I’ve noticed that use photography in some way. If I missed any, let’s hear it in the comments.
Vincent and the Night by Adele Enersen
Tiny Hamster is a Giant Monster by Joel Jensen, Joseph Matsushima, and Amy Matsushima
Popular on YouTube, Hamster now has sights set on the picture book crowd.
Butterfly Park by Elly MacKay
Illustrations cut and positioned within paper worlds. MacKay make excellent use of light to add richness to the shots.
Sweep Up the Sun by Helen Frost; photographs by Rick Lieder
The Frost/Lieder tandem previously produced the wonderful Step Gently Out. Here they turn their focus from insects to birds.
Wild Ideas by Elin Kelsey; artwork by Soyeon Kim
A mixture of illustration, collage, and photography. It’s something to see.
Tiny Wish by Lori Evert; Photographs by Per Breiehagen
The Reindeer Wish Lori Evert; Photographs by Per Breiehagen
Both of these books employ photoshop to give the images a slightly surreal quality.
Happy Halloween, Witch’s Cat! by Harriet Muncaster
Another interesting mashup of illustration and photography.
Some Things I’ve Lost by Cybéle Young
Some incredible hand-made objects going on here.
Merry Christmas, Squirrels! by Nancy Rose
Maybe you remember The Secret Life of Squirrels from last year? Rose is back with more squirrellyness.
Happy Birthday, Cupcake! by Terry Border
A follow-up up to last year’s Peanut Butter and Cupcake.
Little Bird, Be Quiet! by Kirsten Hall; illustrated by Sabina Gibson
Felt characters in three-dimensional sets.
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Travis Jonker is an elementary school librarian in Michigan. He writes reviews (and the occasional article or two) for School Library Journal and is a member of the 2014 Caldecott committee. You can email Travis at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter: @100scopenotes.
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