770: Exposed by Claire Lewis

by Gerard

770.92: Lewis, Claire. Exposed: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer: A Memoir. New York: Thomas Dunne Books, 2008. 321 pp. ISBN 0-312-38189-1.

Dewey Construction:

  • 700: Fine arts
  • 770: Photography
  • +92: Biography

Imagine trying to wrangle through a crowd of half-dressed women, toting a camera bag, wedging yourself into the perfect angle, all the while quietly trying to send instructions to your assistant and not get in the way of someone’s most important day. That’s the general theme of Claire Lewis’s Exposed: Confessions of a Wedding Photographer.

This review’s going to be a lot shorter than some of my other pieces because this book is mostly a sequence of anecdotes interwoven with the general life story of the author, and I don’t want to give away any of the fun bits. We see Claire grow from a young awkward actress-in-training to a globe-trotting amateur photographer and finally into a wife and mother with a blossoming photography business. But that’s just the window dressing.

The real fun in this book is in the stories about all the crazy, fun, sweet, infuriating, and whack-a-doo moments that are captured by a wedding photographer. I laughed through a great many of them. This book will provide a lot of food for thought for those who (a) are planning a wedding and (b) have lived through one.  If you want to take a break from the seriousness of most nonfiction, then pick this one up.