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Photo Adventures

Don’t take photos, make photos!

Jan von Holleben, Monte Packham


The Dr. Seuss of photography, Jan von Holleben, shows children how to bend reality with no more than a smartphone and a playful outlook

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Photo Adventures is an activity book by photographer and professional fun-maker Jan von Holleben, who reveals the secret to bending reality using nothing more than a smartphone and a playful approach. With the aid of props lying about the house, and a generous dose of imagination, children will discover how to fly like a superhero by turning the ground into the sky; create a ‘brain portrait’ of what’s hiding in their heads by re-photographing an existing photo; put their parents up a pole using tricks of perspective; devise an impossible pinball machine by combining some junk with a tight picture crop; and transform siblings into one-eyed, three-legged monsters with only a mirror and a sharp camera angle!

Featuring pro tips and secret tricks from von Holleben, whose trademark photos fill the book with energy, colour and creative inspiration, Photo Adventures shows that there’s more to photography than tech wizardry or applying a filter. Using just a camera phone or basic digital camera, Jan’s addictively playful projects are readily accessible, not to mention enormous fun, for the whole family.

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'Enormous fun'
Primary Times

'If they must be on their phones, shall we try to be more creative than Snapchat filters or TikTok videos? Photographer Jan Von Holleben offers ideas for taking photos using household props which should have some amusing outcomes'

Product Information

Book Details

Format: Paperback

Size: 25.0 x 18.6 cm

Extent: 96 pp

Publication date: 11 July 2019

ISBN: 9780500651575

Contents List

Dreams of Flying • Brain X-Rays • Totems • Superpunk Hairdos • Fear of Falling • Faraway Lands • Twisted Bodies • Mirror Monsters • Fashion Victims • Welcome to the Machine • Wild Things • Horror Show • Collections • In the Shadows • Technical Tips • Photo Words

About the Author

Jan von Holleben is a German photographer living and working in Berlin. His photographs illustrate over ten books for children, and his commercial clients include Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Dazed & Confused, Creative Review and The Face.

Monte Packham is a writer and photographer based in Munich and the author of ABC Photography.