Zen Camera: Creative Awakening with a Daily Practice in Photography

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The illiterate of the future will be ignorant of the pen and the camera alike.
—Lazlo Moholy-Nagy, 1934

Photography has rapidly become the dominant medium of the twenty-first century and most people now carry high quality cameras in their pockets. Yet many are unaware of the power of photography to bring them more fully into the present moment and help discover their authentic vision.

ZEN CAMERA teaches mindful attention through the medium of photography and guides readers to use photography as a means of awakening creativity and deep perception in the digital age. Following in the path of highly successful books such as The Artists Way by Julia Cameron and Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain by Betty Edwards, ZEN CAMERA updates the principles found in these books and applies them to photography for a current audience—offering timeless wisdom through a contemporary lens.

The material found in ZEN CAMERA has helped many people in my classes and has been distilled from 40 years of teaching photography in both college settings and workshops for the general public.

Publication Spring 2018: Ten Speed Press/Random House.

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“The most important lesson I learned was in a photography class with David Ulrich, who taught me that I had something to say. It was life changing.  I’ll never forget David’s generosity of spirit and how it transformed the course of my life.”
— Photographer Lydia Panas

Left Image: Easter Sunday, Stony Brook State Park, New York, 1963 by Minor White. The Minor White Archive, Princeton University Art Museum, bequest of Minor White © Trustees of Princeton University


ZEN CAMERA is divided into six lessons with numerous tools and exercises to help readers realize the content of each lesson.

Lesson One : Observation

Lesson One : Observation

Hollywood and Vine, 1969, by Garry Winogrand

© The Estate of Garry Winogrand, courtesy Fraenkel Gallery, San Francisco

Lesson Two: Awareness

Lesson Two: Awareness

Conversation, by Hengki Koentjoro

Lesson Three: Identity

Lesson Three: Identity

SF MOMA by David Ulrich

“We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are.”
— Anais Nïn

Lesson Four: Practice

Lesson Four: Practice

Light Pollution Grid 2, by Alison Beste

Lesson Five: Mastery

Lesson Five: Mastery

Martha Graham Letter to the World, by Barbara Morgan
Barbara and Willard Morgan photographs and papers, Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA

Lesson Six: Presence

Lesson Six: Presence

Maria and Corinne, by Lydia Panas