Photo Adventures How to Bend Reality with Photography

Jan van Holleben, Monte Packham

An activity book that shows children how to bend reality with just a camera and a playful outlook.

Photo Adventures is an activity book by photographer and professional fun-maker Jan von Holleben, who reveals his secrets to making magic with no more than a camera or 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 pretend to fly like a superhero by turning the ground into the sky; use photo collages to create a “brain x-ray” of what's hiding in their heads; teeter their parents on top of a tower using tricks of perspective; devise an impossible machine by combining junk with a tight picture crop; and transform siblings into one-eyed, three-legged monsters using a mirror and a sharp camera angle.

Featuring pro tips and secret tricks, Photo Adventures shows that there's more to photography than tech wizardry or applying a filter. Using just a basic digital camera or camera phone, these addictively playful projects are readily accessible, not to mention enormous fun, for the whole family.


Jan van Holleben


Jan von Holleben is a German photographer living and working in Berlin. He is the author or photographer of more than ten books for children. His commercial clients include Die Zeit, Der Spiegel, Dazed & Confused, Creative Review, and the Face, among others.

Monte Packham

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Monte Packham is an art historian, writer, and editor. He has published articles in Art & Australia, sleek and Another Magazine among others. Born and educated in Sydney, he was an editor at Steidl for a number of years, and authored Concentric Circles: A Chronicle of Steidl Publishers. He lives in Germany.