Guillermo Esteves

Need a gift for a photographer? Give one of these books

A question I get with some frequency is “what is a good gift I can get for my photographer friend/relative?” Gifts for photographers are tough; equipment is too specialized and expensive to be given as gifts, accessories requires you to know what equipment they already have, and photography-themed doodads like lens-shaped coffee mugs are a waste of money that just end up collecting dust. Books, however, are a safer bet. Which photographer doesn’t love to look at photographs for inspiration? I’d never be upset receiving a cool photography book as a gift.

So, without further ado, here’s a list of 64 photography books I own and recommend. These are all currently sitting on my bookshelf, I’ve enjoyed each and every one of them and they’ve all inspired my photography in some way. I’ve sorted them by theme:

(Please note that each listing includes affiliate links; I’ll earn a small commission from any purchases made through those links).

For the landscape & wildlife photographer

  1. Cover of the book “Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs”, by Ansel Adams.

    Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs

    Each of Adams 40 photographs presented here is accompanied by an engaging narrative that explores the technical and aesthetic problems presented by the subject and includes reminiscences of the places and people involved.

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  2. Cover of the book “Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places”, by Ansel Adams, Andrea G. Stillman.

    Ansel Adams in the National Parks: Photographs from America's Wild Places

    With more than two hundred photographs - many rarely seen and some never before published - this is the most comprehensive collection of Ansel Adams' photographs of America's national parks and wilderness areas. For many people, Yosemite, Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, and other iconic American wildlands exist in the mind's eye as Ansel Adams photographs. The legendary photographer explored more than forty national parks in his lifetime, producing some of the most indelible images of the natural world ever made. One of the twentieth century's most ardent champions of the park and wilderness systems, Adams also helped preserve additional natural areas and protect existing ones through his photographs, essays, and letter-writing campaigns.

    Edited and with commentary by Andrea G. Stillman, the foremost expert on Adams' work, this landmark publication includes quotations by Adams on the making of numerous photographs and essays by Wallace Stegner, William A. Turnage of The Ansel Adams Trust, and journalist and critic Richard B. Woodward. This is a must-own for Ansel Adams fans and all those who, like Adams, treasure America's wilderness.

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  3. Cover of the book “Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs”, by Ansel Adams, Andrea G. Stillman.

    Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

    Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs presents the full spectrum of Adams' work in a single volume for the first time, offering the largest available compilation from his legendary photographic career. Beautifully produced and presented in an attractive landscape trim, Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs will appeal to a general gift-book audience as well as Adams' legions of dedicated fans and students.

    The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods, from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916 to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from the 1960s. An introduction and brief essays on selected images provide information about Adams' life, document the evolution of his technique, and give voice to his artistic vision.

    Few artists of any era can claim to have produced four hundred images of lasting beauty and significance. It is a testament to Adams' vision and lifetime of hard work that a book of this scale can be compiled. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs is a must-have for anyone who appreciates photography and the allure of the natural world.

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  4. Cover of the book “The Grand Canyon and the Southwest”, by Ansel Adams, Andrea G. Stillman.

    The Grand Canyon and the Southwest

    Honoring Grand Canyon National Park on its centennial, The Grand Canyon and the Southwest elegantly portrays the drama and the beauty of the Canyon and the American Southwest.

    "It is all very beautiful and magical here--a quality which cannot be described. You have to live it and breathe it, let the sun bake it into you. The skies and the land are so enormous, and the detail so precise and exquisite..." - Ansel Adams

    Next to Yosemite and the High Sierra, the Southwest was closest to Ansel Adams' heart. It was there, in the early 1930s, that he was inspired to make photography his life's work. He would return to the region again and again. In his words, "wherever one goes in the Southwest one encounters magic, strength, and beauty."

    Today, the Grand Canyon is one of America's most popular national parks, hosting more than six million visitors each year. This special edition paperback reproduces Ansel Adams' exquisite photographs of the Canyon alongside iconic images of the Southwest, spanning Arizona, California, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, and Utah. Edited by Andrea G. Stillman with an introduction by William A. Turnage, this collection of seventy dutotone photographs is complemented by Adams' vivid writings about his travels in the region.

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  5. Cover of the book “Yosemite”, by Ansel Adams, Andrea G. Stillman, Michael L. Fischer.

    Yosemite

    This beautifully printed paperback original collects Ansel Adams' finest images of the place closest to his heart, Yosemite National Park. "I knew my destiny when I first experienced Yosemite", wrote Adams, who first visited the park at the age of fourteen and returned every year of his life thereafter. This new book presents the essence of Adams' long association with Yosemite: sixty-six memorable photographs of glacial lakes and craggy peaks, cascading waterfalls and granite monoliths, lone trees and sylvan streams. Here are Moon and Half Dome, Clearing Winter Storm, and El Capitan, Winter, Sunrise - images that have become veritable icons of the American wilderness. Selections from Adams' writings about the park and its environment, and an introductory essay that reveals the prescience of Adams' views on park management issues, enhance this majestic photographic portrait of Yosemite National Park by America's foremost landscape photographer.

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  6. Cover of the book “Ansel Adams: Our National Parks”, by Ansel Adams, Andrea G. Stillman, William A. Turnage.

    Ansel Adams: Our National Parks

    In the century since the establishment of the world's first national park at Yellowstone, no individual has rivaled Ansel Adams in his unceasing effort--through both his photographs and writings--to support the philosophical essence and practical evolution of the "national park idea". Here are his greatest images of more than 40 national parks and monuments. 78 duotones.

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  7. Cover of the book “Ansel Adams' Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints”, by Ansel Adams, Pete Souza.

    Ansel Adams' Yosemite: The Special Edition Prints

    America's greatest photographer on his greatest subject--featuring the Yosemite Special Edition Prints, a collectible collection of photographs selected by Ansel Adams during his lifetime, yet never before published in book form.

    The photographs of Ansel Adams are among America's finest artistic treasures, and form the basis of his tremendous legacy of environmental activism.

    In the late 1950s, Adams selected eight photographs of Yosemite National Park to offer exclusively to park visitors as affordable souvenirs. He hoped that these images might inspire tourists to become activists by transmitting to them the same awe and respect for nature that Yosemite had instilled in him. Over the following decades, Adams added to this collection to create a stunning view of Yosemite in all its majesty.

    These photographs, the Yosemite Special Edition Prints, form the core of this essential volume. Adams' luminous images of Yosemite's unique rock formations, waterfalls, meadows, trees, and nature details are among the most distinctive of his career. Today, with America's public lands increasingly under threat, his creative vision remains as relevant and convincing as ever.

    Introduced by bestselling photographer Pete Souza, with an essay by Adams' darkroom assistant Alan Ross, Ansel Adams' Yosemite is a powerful continuation of Adams' artistic and environmental legacies, and a compelling statement during a precarious time for the American earth.

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  8. Cover of the book “Grand Canyon Impressions”, by Bernadette Heath.

    Grand Canyon Impressions

    Heath has a passion for the landscape of the Grand Canyon, from its dramatic vistas to its subtle beauties. This collection of inspiring photographs captures the Park's human history?pictographs made by ancient tribes, paths of early explorers, relics of old mining settlements ?as well as its natural history, which inspired the establishment of the Park in 1919, and earned it the title of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World.

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  9. Cover of the book “Yellowstone: A Land of Wild and Wonder”, by Christopher Cauble.

    Yellowstone: A Land of Wild and Wonder

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  10. Cover of the book “Yellowstone: A Journey through America's Wild Heart”, by David Quammen.

    Yellowstone: A Journey through America's Wild Heart

    Best-selling author David Quammen takes readers on a breathtaking journey through America's most inspiring and imperilled ecosystem - Yellowstone National Park. Filled with amazing images captured by eight National Geographic photographers over an extensive two year deployment in the park, it is unlike any Yellowstone book before it. Yellowstone's storied past, rich ecosystem and dynamic landscape are brilliantly portrayed in a captivating mosaic of photographs and eloquently written text that blend history, science and research from the field.

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  11. Cover of the book “Picturing America's National Parks”, by Jamie Allen.

    Picturing America's National Parks

    Picturing America's National Parks brings together some of the finest landscape photography in the history of the medium, from America's most magnificent and sacred environments. Photography has played an integral role in both the formation of the National Parks and in the depiction of America itself, through this natural resource. From Yosemite to the most recent 2013 addition of Pinnacles National Park in California, America's National Parks have been enjoyed through photographs for over 150 years. This book traces that history and delights readers with stunning photographs of the best American landscapes. An informative essay from curator Jamie M. Allen unfolds the role of photography in promoting America's national heritage, land conservation, and wildlife preservation. Featuring the historic work of masters such as Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham, William Henry Jackson, Edward Weston, and Minor White, as well as contemporary greats such as Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, and Joel Sternfeld, this volume offers a powerful look at America's National Parks and pays homage to a practice that has defined the way we see America, particularly the American West.

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  12. Cover of the book “Grand Canyon: A Visual Study”, by Lynn Wilson, Jim Wilson, Jeff Nicholas.

    Grand Canyon: A Visual Study

    Magnificent collection of photographs which celebrate the beauty of majestic landscapes. Includes a descriptive and helpful introduction with evocative poetic texts.

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  13. Cover of the book “The Ansel Adams Wilderness”, by Peter Essick, Jamie Willams.

    The Ansel Adams Wilderness

    In this exquisitely photographed and affordable keepsake book, esteemed National Geographic photographer Peter Essick pays tribute to Ansel Adams and the craggy California Sierra Nevada wilderness area named in his honor. Like Adams, Essick aims to instill respect for the awesome yet fragile beauty of the High Sierras; the stunning images in this book reinterpret this powerful landscape through the modern lens of digital photography. Interspersed with illuminating words from prominent naturalists and conservationists, these photographs offer a new view of one of the country's most timeless and striking national parks. Elegant and evocative, this modern tribute to one of photography's greatest masters will be treasured by camera buffs and nature lovers alike.

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  14. Cover of the book “Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service”, by Ren Davis, Helen Davis, George Alexander Grant, Timothy Davis.

    Landscapes for the People: George Alexander Grant, First Chief Photographer of the National Park Service

    George Alexander Grant is an unknown elder in the field of American landscape photography. Just as they did the work of his contemporaries Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Eliot Porter, and others, millions of people viewed Grant’s photographs; unlike those contemporaries, few even knew Grant’s name. Landscapes for the People shares his story through his remarkable images and a compelling biography profiling patience, perseverance, dedication, and an unsurpassed love of the natural and historic places that Americans chose to preserve.

    A Pennsylvania native, Grant was introduced to the parks during the summer of 1922 and resolved to make parks work and photography his life. Seven years later, he received his dream job and spent the next quarter century visiting the four corners of the country to produce images in more than one hundred national parks, monuments, historic sites, battlefields, and other locations. He was there to visually document the dramatic expansion of the National Park Service during the New Deal, including the work of the Civilian Conservation Corps.

    Grant’s images are the work of a master craftsman. His practiced eye for composition and exposure and his patience to capture subjects in their finest light are comparable to those of his more widely known contemporaries. Nearly fifty years after his death, and in concert with the 2016 centennial of the National Park Service, it is fitting that George Grant’s photography be introduced to a new generation of Americans.

    A Friends Fund Publication

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  15. Cover of the book “Grand Canyon National Park, 100 Views”, by Scott Thybondy.

    Grand Canyon National Park, 100 Views

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  16. Cover of the book “Genesis”, by Sebastião Salgado, Lelia Wanick Salgado.

    Genesis

    “In Genesis, my camera allowed nature to speak to me. And it was my privilege to listen.” —Sebastião Salgado

    On a very fortuitous day in 1970, 26-year-old Sebastião Salgado held a camera for the first time. When he looked through the viewfinder, he experienced a revelation: suddenly life made sense. From that day onward—though it took years of hard work before he had the experience to earn his living as a photographer—the camera became his tool for interacting with our world. Salgado, who “always preferred the chiaroscuro palette of black-and-white images,” shot very little color in his early career before giving it up completely.

    Raised on a farm in Brazil, Salgado possessed a deep love and respect for nature; he was also particularly sensitive to the ways in which human beings are affected by their often devastating socio-economic conditions. Of the myriad works Salgado has produced in his acclaimed career, three long-term projects stand out: Workers (1993), documenting the vanishing way of life of manual laborers across the world, Migrations (2000), a tribute to mass migration driven by hunger, natural disasters, environmental degradation and demographic pressure, and this new opus, Genesis, the result of an epic eight-year expedition to rediscover the mountains, deserts and oceans, the animals and peoples that have so far escaped the imprint of modern society—the land and life of a still-pristine planet. “Some 46% of the planet is still as it was in the time of genesis,” Salgado reminds us. “We must preserve what exists.” The Genesis project, along with the Salgados’ Instituto Terra, are dedicated to showing the beauty of our planet, reversing the damage done to it, and preserving it for the future.

    Over 30 trips—travelled by foot, light aircraft, seagoing vessels, canoes, and even balloons, through extreme heat and cold and in sometimes dangerous conditions—Salgado created a collection of images showing us nature, animals, and indigenous peoples in breathtaking beauty. Mastering the monochrome with an extreme deftness to rival the virtuoso Ansel Adams, Salgado brings black-and-white photography to a new dimension; the tonal variations in his works, the contrasts of light and dark, recall the works of Old Masters such as Rembrandt and Georges de La Tour.

    What does one discover in Genesis? The animal species and volcanoes of the Galápagos; penguins, sea lions, cormorants, and whales of the Antarctic and South Atlantic; Brazilian alligators and jaguars; African lions, leopards, and elephants; the isolated Zo’é tribe deep in the Amazon jungle; the Stone Age Korowai people of West Papua; nomadic Dinka cattle farmers in Sudan; Nenet nomads and their reindeer herds in the Arctic Circle; Mentawai jungle communities on islands west of Sumatra; the icebergs of the Antarctic; the volcanoes of Central Africa and the Kamchatka Peninsula; Saharan deserts; the Negro and Juruá rivers in the Amazon; the ravines of the Grand Canyon; the glaciers of Alaska... and beyond. Having dedicated so much time, energy, and passion to the making of this work, Salgado likens Genesis to “my love letter to the planet.”

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  17. Cover of the book “Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography”, by Stephen Trimble.

    Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon Photography

    One of the most photographed subjects on earth, Grand Canyon continues to inspire awe, admiration, and frustration for those who attempt to capture its majestry on film. From nineteenth century pioneer photographers using glass plate negatives to the twenty-first century's artful digital images, Canyon photography has loomed large in our nation's creative psyche for the past 125 years. The Canyon's immensity transcends the human scale and presents unsurpassed opportunities and obstacles to those who try to render it photographically. Included are captivating essays from twenty-one of the finest contempory Grand Canyon photographers to help tell the Canyon's photographic tale. 115 photos.

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  18. Cover of the book “Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone”, by Thomas D. Mangelsen, Todd Wilkinson, Ted Turner.

    Grizzly: The Bears of Greater Yellowstone

    Renowned photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen’s latest project focuses on a celebrated Yellowstone grizzly bear family, which he has been tracking and photographing for ten years. The grizzly bears of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks are the most famous wild bruins in the world. Millions of people and generations of travelers annually make special pilgrimages to the northern Rockies just to catch sight of these powerful, breathtaking animals. But like a lot of large predator populations on earth, grizzlies in the lower 48 states have struggled for survival. 

    In Grizzly, renowned nature photographer Thomas D. Mangelsen and environmental writer Todd Wilkinson team up to tell the inspiring if sometimes harrowing story of a remarkable bear clan: Mother Grizzly 399 and her generations of offspring. While tracking this charismatic band of bears, Mangelsen has amassed an incomparable photographic portfolio that offers an intimate glimpse into the lives of this celebrated bear family. The rescue of Yellowstone grizzlies ranks as one of the greatest feats of wildlife conservation.

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  19. Cover of the book “William Henry Jackson's "The Pioneer Photographer"”, by William Henry Jackson.

    William Henry Jackson's "The Pioneer Photographer"

    Of the many published accounts to come out of William Henry Jackson's long career, The Pioneer Photographer, first published in 1929, is widely accepted as Jackson's most trusted autobiography of his early pioneering days and his first eight years as the official photographer for the U.S. Geological Survey. This reconstruction of Jackson's classic work, long out of print, presents 160 photographs and early drawings, paintings, and lithographs by America's best-known landscape photographer, drawing on Jackson's diaries, other published accounts, and his annotations of The Pioneer Photographer to create a complete and multidimensional view of the unfolding nineteenth-century American West. Editor Bob Blair has significantly expanded Jackson's original autobiography, reprinted here in full with the author's annotations, with seventy additional photographs, drawings, and paintings, and extensive excerpts from Jackson's writings, much of the new material drawn from archives and historical collections and never before published.

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For the street & documentary photographer

  1. Cover of the book “Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph”, by Diane Arbus, Doon Arbus, Marvin Israel.

    Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph

    When Diane Arbus died in 1971 at the age of 48, she was already a significant influence--even something of a legend--for serious photographers, although only a relatively small number of her most important pictures were widely known at the time. The publication of "Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph" in 1972--along with the posthumous retrospective at The Museum of Modern Art--offered the general public its first encounter with the breadth and power of her achievements. The response was unprecedented. The monograph, composed of 80 photographs, was edited and designed by the painter Marvin Israel, Diane Arbus' friend and colleague, and by her daughter Doon Arbus. Their goal in producing the book was to remain as faithful as possible to the standards by which Arbus judged her own work and to the ways in which she hoped it would be seen. Universally acknowledged as a photobook classic, "Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph" is a timeless masterpiece with editions in five languages, and remains the foundation of her international reputation. A quarter of a century has done nothing to diminish the riveting impact of these pictures or the controversy they inspire. Arbus' photographs penetrate the psyche with all the force of a personal encounter and, in doing so, transform the way we see the world and the people in it.

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  2. Cover of the book “Pittsburgh: Photographs 1949-1950”, by Elliott Erwitt.

    Pittsburgh: Photographs 1949-1950

    Includes previously unpublished photographs of Pittsburgh by acclaimed photographer Elliot Erwitt taken between 1949 and 1950. These photographs, capturing the humanity and spirit of the architecture and people of the city of Pittsburgh, were thought lost until the negatives were recently located in the Pittsburgh Photographic Library.

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  3. Cover of the book “Garry Winogrand”, by Garry Winogrand, Sarah Greenough, Erin O'Toole, Tod Papageorge, Sandra S. Phillips, Leo Rubinfien.

    Garry Winogrand

    Widely regarded as one of the most important photographers of the 20th century, Garry Winogrand (1928–1984) did much of his best-known work in Manhattan during the 1960s, becoming an epic chronicler of that tumultuous decade. But Winogrand was also an avid traveler and roamed extensively around the United States, bringing exquisite work out of nearly every region of the country.

    This landmark retrospective catalogue looks at the full sweep of Winogrand’s exceptional career. Drawing from his enormous output, which at the time of his death included thousands of rolls of undeveloped film and unpublished contact sheets, the book will serve as the most substantial compendium of Winogrand’s work to date. Lavishly illustrated with both iconic images and photographs that have never been seen before now, and featuring essays by leading scholars of American photography, Garry Winogrand presents a vivid portrait of an artist who unflinchingly captured America’s swings between optimism and upheaval in the postwar era.

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  4. Cover of the book “Gordon Parks - The New Tide: Early Work 1940-1950”, by Gordon Parks, Maurice Berger, Philip Brookman, Richard J. Powell, Deborah Willis, Peter Kunhardt, Sarah Lewis, Earl Powell.

    Gordon Parks - The New Tide: Early Work 1940-1950

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  5. Cover of the book “Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968”, by Jill Freedman.

    Jill Freedman: Resurrection City, 1968

    Published in 1970, Jill Freedman’s Old News: Resurrection City documented the culmination of the Poor People’s Campaign of 1968, organized by Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, and carried out under the leadership of Ralph Abernathy in the wake of Dr King’s assassination. Three thousand people set up camp for six weeks in a makeshift town that was dubbed Resurrection City, and participated in daily protests. Freedman lived in the encampment for its entire six weeks, photographing the residents, their daily lives, their protests and their eventual eviction.

    This new 50th-anniversary edition of the book reprints most of the pictures from the original publication, with improved printing and a more vivid design. Alongside Freedman’s hard-hitting original text, two introductory essays are included, by John Edwin Mason, historian of African history and the history of photography at the University of Virginia, and by Aaron Bryant, Curator of Photography at the National Museum of African American History and Culture.

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  6. Cover of the book “Street: The Human Clay”, by Lee Friedlander.

    Street: The Human Clay

    American photographer Lee Friedlander (b. 1934) has had an expansive career, photographing his subjects—from family and friends to political figures and celebrities—in their everyday environments, while simultaneously changing the very landscape of his chosen media. In his Human Clay series, images of people in their surroundings are presented together thematically. Each book features hundreds of photographs, many never before published, chosen and sequenced by the artist himself from his vast archive. This latest volume in the series compiles some of Friedlander’s street photography taken over the course of more than 50 years—including images of Atlanta, Buffalo, Denver, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, and San Francisco, as well as more than 125 photographs of New York City.

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  7. Cover of the book “Magnum Streetwise”, by Magnum Photos, Stephen Mclaren.

    Magnum Streetwise

    Magnum Streetwise is the definitive collection of street photography from Magnum Photos, and an unparalleled opportunity to follow in the footsteps of the true greats of the genre. An essential addition to the street photography canon, this volume showcases hidden gems alongside many of street photography’s most famous images.

    Magnum photographers such as Henri Cartier-Bresson pioneered modern concepts of street photography before the term was even coined. A rich seam of street photography runs through the heart of Magnum to this day, both in the work of recognized masters of the genre—including Elliott Erwitt, Martin Parr, Bruce Gilden, and Richard Kalvar—and in the work of those who may not think of themselves as street photographers, despite their powerful influence on the current generation of budding artists. Magnum Streetwise is a true visual feast, interleaving insightful text and anecdotes within an intuitive blend of photographer- and theme-focused sections. Ambitious in scope and democratic in nature, Magnum Streetwise is an unmissable tour through the photographs and practices that have helped define what street photography is—and what it can be.

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  8. Cover of the book “American Voyage”, by Mario Carnicelli.

    American Voyage

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  9. Cover of the book “Mexico: Photographs by Mark Cohen”, by Mark Cohen, Jorge Volpi.

    Mexico: Photographs by Mark Cohen

    "I made these pictures exactly as if I was taking pictures in Wilkes-Barre, my hometown. I was led only by what I could see on the street. Of course, the extreme newness of this giant country, Mexico, was shocking to me. There really is surrealism in the air."

    --Mark Cohen

    Between 1981 and 2003, Mark Cohen travelled to Mexico eight times. Seduced by the "surrealist" qualities he found there, Cohen took his camera to the streets of Mexico City, Oaxaca City, and Merida, as well as other parts of the Yucatan. Following his split-second impulses, Cohen took his signature "grab shots," often flooding the subjects with the artificial light of the flash. His black-and-white photographs, taken at arm's length with minimal focus, capture the textures and rhythms of gritty city streets and city life. Reminiscent of Cohen's iconic photographs of working-class Pennsylvania towns, yet imbued with a perceptible sense of foreignness, these Mexican images convey the restless energy and strangeness of daily life.

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  10. Cover of the book “Martin Parr: The Non-Conformists”, by Martin Parr.

    Martin Parr: The Non-Conformists

    In 1975, fresh out of art school, Martin Parr moved to the picturesque Yorkshire Pennine mill town of Hebden Bridge. Over a period of five years, he documented the town in photographs, showing in particular the aspects of traditional life that were beginning to decline. Susan Mitchell, whom he had met in Manchester and later married, joined Parr in documenting a year in the life of a small Methodist chapel, together with its farming community. Such chapels seemed to encapsulate the region's disappearing way of life. Here Martin Parr found his photographic voice, while together he and Susie assembled a remarkable and touching historic document--now published in book form for the first time. The book takes its title from the Methodist and Baptist chapels that then characterized this area of Yorkshire and defined the fiercely independent character of the town. Non-Conformist Methodists reject the tenets of state Anglicism, and the Non-Conformist chapel of Hebden Bridge is central to the town and its community. In words and pictures, the Parrs vividly and affectionately document cobbled streets, flat-capped mill workers, hardy gamekeepers, henpecked husbands and jovial shop owners. The best Parr photographs are interwoven with Susie Parr's detailed background descriptions of the society they observed.

    Martin Parr (born 1952) is a key figure in the world of photography, recognized as a brilliant satirist of contemporary life. Author of more than 30 photography books, including Common Sense, Our True Intent Is All for Your Delight and Life's a Beach, his photographs have been collected by museums worldwide, including the Getty Museum in Los Angeles, New York's Museum of Modern Art and Tate Modern, London. A retrospective of his work continues to tour major museums around the world since opening at the Barbican Art Gallery, London, in 2002. Parr is a member of Magnum Photos.

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  11. Cover of the book “The Eyes of the City”, by Richard Sandler.

    The Eyes of the City

    Timing, skill, and talent all play an important role in creating a great photograph, but it is perhaps the most basic, primary element--the photographer's eye--which is most crucial. In  The Eyes of the City  Richard Sandler not only showcases decades-worth of his strong eye for street photography, but also the eyes of his subjects as he catches them looking into his camera at just the right moment. From 1977 to September 11th 2001, Richard regularly walked through Boston and New York City, encountering all that the streets had to offer, and the results are presented here, many for the first time.

    Sandler credits his fascination with street life to his years in New York as a teenager in the 1960s. Young Sandler, a frequent truant, spent much of his time in a very different Times Square than we know today. His quests were to buy illegal fireworks and visit the arcades and side shows, particularly Hubert's Flea Circus on 42nd Street. Manhattan was was a cyclone of faces: some at play, many clearly suffering. All eyes, ears, and heart, Sandler was sensitive to it all as a kid peering into this adult world. Such early impressions would come to play a significant role in his later street photography.

    Living in Boston in 1977, and after two careers involved in helping others, as a natural foods chef and acupuncturist, Sandler realized an overwhelming desire to do something for himself, alone. As if on cue, a late 1940s Leica appeared in his life and he hit the Boston streets in an experimental mood. He shot in Boston for three productive years and then moved back home to photograph an edgy, nervous, angry, dangerous New York City. In the 1980s crime and crack were on the rise and their effects were devastating the city. Graffiti exploded onto surfaces everywhere and the Times Square, East Village, and Harlem streets were riddled with drugs, while in midtown the rich wore furs in vast numbers and "greed was good." In the 1990s the city experienced drastic changes to lure in corporate interests and tourists and the results were directly felt on the streets as rents were raised and several neighborhoods were sanitized, making them ghosts of what, to many, made them formerly exciting.

    Throughout these turbulent and triumphant years Sandler paced the streets with all his knowledge of what the city was, ever on the lookout for what his eye connected to as it transformed and changed the lives of everyone who lived in it. For better and for worse, one was simply "on the street" in public space, bathing in the comforts, or terrors, of the human sea and Sandler's work is the marbled evidence of this beauty mixing with decay as only his eyes could capture it.

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  12. Cover of the book “In America”, by Robert Frank, Peter Galassi.

    In America

    Because of the importance of Robert Frank's The Americans; because he turned to filmmaking in 1959, the same year the book appeared in the United States; and because he made very different kinds of pictures when he returned to still photography in the 1970s, most of Frank's American work of the 1950s is poorly known. This book, based on the important Frank collection at the Cantor Arts Center at Stanford University, is the first to focus on that work. Its careful sequence of 131 plates integrates 22 photographs from The Americans with more than 100 unknown or unfamiliar images to chart the major themes and pictorial strategies of Frank's work in the United States in the 1950s. Peter Galassi's text presents a thorough reconsideration of Frank's first photographic career and examines in detail how he used the full range of photography's vital 35mm vocabulary to reclaim the medium's artistic tradition from the hegemony of the magazines.

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  13. Cover of the book “Street Photography Now”, by Sophie Howarth, Stephen Mclaren.

    Street Photography Now

    Included are luminaries such as Magnum members Bruce Gilden, Martin Parr, and Alex Webb (who are still “seeing what is invisible to others,” as Robert Frank put it), along with an international group of emerging photographers whose individual biographies illuminate the stories behind their pictures of New York, Tokyo, Delhi, or Dakar.

    Four thought-provoking essays and a global conversation between leading street photographers explore the compelling and often controversial issues in the genre. A select bibliography and a resource section for aspiring street photographers complete the book.

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  14. Cover of the book “Zusammenleben”, by Ute Mahler, Sibylle Berg.

    Zusammenleben

    Ute Mahler (born 1949) is one of the most stylistically influential photographers of the former East Germany. After the collapse of the Berlin Wall, she and other East German chroniclers founded Ostkreuz, today's most successful German photo agency. Her series "Zusammenleben" which she began more than 40 years ago is published here for the first time.

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  15. Cover of the book “Street Photographer”, by Vivian Maier, John Maloof, Geoff Dyer.

    Street Photographer

    Please note that all blank pages in the book were chosen as part of the design by the publisher.

    A good street photographer must be possessed of many talents: an eye for detail, light, and composition; impeccable timing; a populist or humanitarian outlook; and a tireless ability to constantly shoot, shoot, shoot, shoot and never miss a moment. It is hard enough to find these

    qualities in trained photographers with the benefit of schooling and mentors and a community of fellow artists and aficionados supporting and rewarding their efforts. It is incredibly rare to find it in someone with no formal training and no network of peers.

    Yet Vivian Maier is all of these things, a professional nanny, who from the 1950s until the 1990s took over 100,000 photographs worldwide—from France to New York City to Chicago and dozens of other countries—and yet showed the results to no one. The photos are amazing both for the breadth of the work and for the high quality of the humorous, moving, beautiful, and raw images of all facets of city life in America’s post-war golden age.

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  16. Cover of the book “American Photographs”, by Walker Evans.

    American Photographs

    More than any other artist, Walker Evans invented the images of essential America that we have long since accepted as fact, and his work has influenced not only modern photography but also literature, film and visual arts in other mediums. The original edition of American Photographs was a carefully prepared letterpress production, published by The Museum of Modern Art in 1938 to accompany an exhibition of photographs by Evans that captured scenes of America in the early 1930s. As noted on the jacket of the first edition, Evans, "photographing in New England or Louisiana, watching a Cuban political funeral or a Mississippi flood, working cautiously so as to disturb nothing in the normal atmosphere of the average place, can be considered a kind of disembodied, burrowing eye, a conspirator against time and its hammers." This seventy-fifth anniversary edition of American Photographs, made with new reproductions, recreates the original 1938 edition as closely as possible to make the landmark publication available for a new generation. American Photographs has fallen out of print for long periods of time since it was first published, and even subsequent editions--two of which altered the design and typography of the book in small but significant ways--are often available only at libraries and rare bookstores. This version, like the fiftieth-anniversary edition produced by the Museum in 1988, captures the look and feel of the very first edition with the aid of new digital technologies.

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For the music lover

  1. Cover of the book “Danny Clinch”, by Danny Clinch, Bruce Springsteen.

    Danny Clinch

    Danny Clinch has established himself as a premier photographer of the popular music scene, photographing a wide range of art­ists from Johnny Cash and Tupac Shakur to Björk and Dave Matthews. His photos have appeared on hundreds of album covers, as well as in publications such as Vanity Fair, Spin, Rolling Stone, and the New Yorker, and his ad campaigns for John Varvatos have adorned city streets and billboards.

    This lavish monograph chronicles Danny Clinch’s illustrious career with more than 200 photographs of the most important musicians of all time, along with his personal anecdotes and a written contribution by Bruce Springsteen. With images ranging from backstage shots at the Grammys to intimate candids, Still Moving is the ultimate gift for music lovers.

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  2. Cover of the book “Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam”, by Mike McCready.

    Of Potato Heads and Polaroids: My Life Inside and Out of Pearl Jam

    Pearl Jam. Not many bands have achieved a status needing no adjective or description. Pearl Jam has. And fewer still have had an insider, much less a member, obsessively capture onstage and offhand pics of the experience-the friends, family, and fans...and one very famous plastic toy. Luckily for uslead guitaristMike McCreadydid-trusty Polaroid camera in hand.

    Documenting years of touring and travels, McCready snaps meetings with heroes and inspirations from all walks of life; time spent with crazy friends and family; and momentsfeaturing wildly artistic takes on art, nature, and architecture. Also: he once rocked a fab grey shift. And true to form for one not taking things too seriously, Mike sometimes had his pal, Mr. Potato Head, pop in and share in the fun.

    As wonderfully intimate as group "selfies" with the likes of Neil Young, Questlove, Jimmy Page, Ann and Nancy Wilson, Joey Ramone, Johnny Ramone, The Edge, Ben Harper, Peter Buck, Paul McCartney, Mike Mills, Sting, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, Carrie Brownstein, Robert Plant, Peter Frampton, Dave Grohl, Gene Simmons, Bono, Jack White, Danny Clinch, Lady Gaga, Laura Dern, Dustin Hoffman, Judd Apatow, Will Ferrell, Leslie Mann, Jimmy Fallon, Mira Sorvino, Tim Robbins, Hugh Jackman, Venus Williams, and Kate Hudson are, it's the massive homage to the band's fans taken from stage view, in places from the Pacific Northwest to Peru, from Brussels to Bolivia, that brings McCready's manic intimacy come roaring to life.

    Of Potato Heads and Polaroidsis the scrapbook for our rockstar world-friends, family, and fans. With some wattage. And a great deal of fun and good times.

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  3. Cover of the book “Grunge”, by Thurston Moore, Michael Lavine.

    Grunge

    More than a decade after his death, alienated, awkward, heavily eye-lined Kurt Cobain continues to sit front and center in the arena of popular culture, as the subject of books, music, fashion, gossip, and inspiration for major motion pictures and documentaries. Together with flannelsporting, music-obsessed communities emerging (in the late 1980s and early 1990s) from the chilly Pacific Northwest, Nirvana, Sound Garden, and Pearl Jam changed the scene with wild aggressive sounds and truly alternative records.

    Author Thurston Moore (of Sonic Youth)—who introduced Kurt Cobain t David Geffen (Geffen Records), a meeting that resulted in Nirvana’s first major debut, Nevermind, in September 1991, which by December was selling 400,000 copies a week—writes about the discovery of Seattle punk youth, the seminal bands that defined the movement, the exploitation of the subculture, and the backlash of grunge, as well as the death of his longtime collaborator and intimate Cobain.

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For someone looking to grow their skills

  1. Cover of the book “The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes”, by Andy Karr, Michael Wood.

    The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes

    This book teaches us how to fully connect with the visual richness of our ordinary, daily experience. Photography is not just a mechanical process; it requires learning how to see. As you develop your ability to look and see, you will open, more and more, to the natural inspiration of your surroundings.

    Filled with practical exercises, photographic assignments, and techniques for working with texture, light, and color, this book offers a system of training that draws on both Buddhist mindfulness practice and the insights of master photographers such as Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Weston, and Henri Cartier-Bresson.

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  2. Cover of the book “The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography, #1)”, by Ansel Adams, Robert Hardy Baker.

    The Camera (Ansel Adams Photography, #1)

    This is an attractively priced photography classic made accessible to a wider, new audience. It covers everything from "seeing" the finished photo in advance, to lens choices. It is illustrated with many of Ansel Adams most famous images.

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  3. Cover of the book “The Print (Ansel Adams Photography, #3)”, by Ansel Adams, Robert Hardy Baker.

    The Print (Ansel Adams Photography, #3)

    Ansel Adams (1902-1984) produced some of the 20th century's most iconic photographic images and helped nurture the art of photography through his creative innovations and peerless technical mastery.

    The Print--the third volume in Adams' celebrated series of books on photographic techniques--has taught generations of photographers how to explore the artistic possibilities of printmaking. Examples of Adams' own work clarify the principles discussed. This classic handbook distills the knowledge gained through a lifetime in photography and remains as vital today as when it was first published.

    The Print takes you step-by-step--from designing and furnishing a darkroom to mounting and displaying your photographs, from making your first print to mastering advanced techniques, such as developer modifications, toning and bleaching, and burning and dodging. Filled with indispensable darkroom techniques and tips, this amply illustrated guide shows how printmaking--the culmination of photography's creative process--can be used expressively to enhance an image.

    "Adams is a clear-thinking writer whose concepts cannot but help the serious photographer." - New York Times

    "A master-class kind of guide from an undisputed master." - Publishers Weekly

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  4. Cover of the book “The Negative (Ansel Adams Photography, #2)”, by Ansel Adams, Robert Hardy Baker.

    The Negative (Ansel Adams Photography, #2)

    Ansel Adams (1902-1984) produced some of this century's truly memorable photographic images and helped nurture the art of photgraphy through his creative innovations and peerless technical mastery. This handbook - the second volume in Adams' celebrated series of books on photographic techniques - has taught a generation of photographers how to use film and the film development process creatively. Now available for the first time in paperback, it remains as vital today as when it was first published.

    Anchored by a detailed discussion of Adams' Zone System and his seminal concept of visualization, The Negative covers artificial and natural light, film and exposure, and darkoom equipment and techniques. Numerous examples of Adams' work clarify the principles discussed. Beautifully illustrated with photographs by Adams as well as instructive line drawings, this classic manual can dramatically improve your photography.

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  5. Cover of the book “Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are”, by Brenda Tharp, Jed Manwaring.

    Extraordinary Everyday Photography: Awaken Your Vision to Create Stunning Images Wherever You Are

    Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. 

    Photographers are born travelers. They’ll go any distance to capture the right light, beautiful landscapes, wildlife, and people. But exotic locales aren’t necessary for interesting photographs. Wonderful images are hiding almost everywhere; you just need to know how to find them.

    Extraordinary Everyday Photography will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are, be it a downtown street, a local park, or your own front lawn. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren’t overworked. Inspiring photo examples from the authors, taken with DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and even iPhones, show that it is the photographer's eye and creative vision--not the gear--that make a great image.

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  6. Cover of the book “Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography”, by Bryan Peterson.

    Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography

    Almost everyone can "see" in the conventional sense, but developing photographic vision takes practice. Learning to See Creatively helps photographers visualize their work, and the world, in a whole new light.

    Now totally rewritten, revised, and expanded, this best-selling guide takes a radical approach to creativity. It explains how it is not some gift only for the "chosen few" but actually a skill that can be learned and applied. Using inventive photos from his own stunning portfolio, author and veteran photographer Bryan Peterson deconstructs creativity for photographers. He details the basic techniques that went into not only taking a particular photo, but also provides insights on how to improve upon it--helping readers avoid the visual pitfalls and technical dead ends that can lead to dull, uninventive photographs.

    This revised edition features the latest information on digital photography and digital imaging software, as well as an all-new section on color as a design element. Learning to See Creatively is the definitive reference for any photographers looking for a fresh perspective on their work.

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  7. Cover of the book “Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera”, by Bryan Peterson.

    Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with Any Camera

    With more than 350,000 copies sold, Understanding Exposure has demystified the complex concepts of exposure for countless photographers. Now updated with current technologies, more than one hundred new images, and an all-new chapter, this new edition will inspire you more than ever to free yourself from “auto” and create the pictures you truly want.

    In his trademark easy-to-understand style, author Bryan Peterson explains the relationship between aperture and shutter speed, including how to achieve successful exposures in seemingly difficult situations. You’ll learn:

    • Which aperture gives you the greatest contrast and sharpness, and when to use it 

    • Which apertures guarantee the background remains an out-of-focus tone 

    • Which one aperture—when combined with the right lens—creates an area of sharpness from three feet to infinity 

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  8. Cover of the book “Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography”, by Bryan Peterson.

    Beyond Portraiture: Creative People Photography

    Great portraits go beyond a mere record of a face. They reveal one of the millions of intimate human moments that make up a life. In Beyond Portraiture, renowned photographer Bryan Peterson shows how to spot those “ah-ha!” moments and capture them forever. A teary child...old people laughing together...a smiling girl with big, big hair. Everyone remember pictures like these, usually taken by a mother, a father, a friend holding a camera, forever preserving small yet revealing vignettes of our personal histories. But we always relied on pure luck and chance to catch those moments. Peterson’s approach explains what makes a photo memorable, how to spot the universal themes that everyone can identify with, and how to use lighting, setting, and exposure to reveal the wonder and the joy of everyday moments. Beyond Portraiture makes it easy to create indelible memories with light and shadow.

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  9. Cover of the book “Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact”, by Bryan Peterson.

    Bryan Peterson's Understanding Composition Field Guide: How to See and Photograph Images with Impact

    Learn to “see” more compelling images with this on-the-go field guide from Bryan Peterson! 

    What makes an image amazing? Believe it or not, it is not about the content. What makes a photo compelling is the arrangement of that content—in other words, its composition. The right composition gives your images impact and emotion; the wrong one leaves them flat. In this handy, take-anywhere guide, renowned photographer, instructor, and bestselling author Bryan Peterson frees amateur photographers from the prejudices of what is “beautiful” or “ugly” so that they can instead focus on color, line, light, and pattern. Get the tools you need to show your distinct voice and point of view in every image you shoot. With this guide in your camera bag, you’ll be equipped not only to “see” beautiful images but to successfully shoot them each and every time. 

    Also available as an ebook

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  10. Cover of the book “The Street Photographer's Manual”, by David Gibson.

    The Street Photographer's Manual

    Street photography has been around since the very first cameras were invented, producing some of the most poignant images of our time. Today, a wave of new technology has given this photographic genre a new lease of life, from phone cameras to specialist lenses to digital zooms. The Street Photography Manual leads the reader through a series of fully illustrated tutorials, including how to shoot a face in a crowd and how to train your eye to observe and capture the unexpected. Readers will be inspired by some of the best street photographers in the world, and then go forth and create their own memorable images.

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  11. Cover of the book “Park Ranger's Guide to Nature & Wildlife Photography”, by Douglass Owen.

    Park Ranger's Guide to Nature & Wildlife Photography

    Douglass Owen shares his expertise as a nature photographer, teacher, and ranger for the National Park Service. In his nearly twenty years as a park ranger Craters of the Moon National Monument and Preserve in Idaho, Doug taught countless park visitors how boosting their skills as naturalists could improve their results as photographers. In this guide, readers everywhere can take advantage of the same training and master the field craft that enables top photographers to great wildlife shots—even with modest gear. In fact, Doug’s approach actually favors those with simple equipment that frees them to concentrate on the subject and environment rather than fiddling with complex camera settings! Whether you are an accomplished image-maker or taking your first nature shots, the practical advice and techniques in this no-nonsense book will increase your odds of finding great subjects, prepare you to document them beautifully, and enhance your overall experience while working in the field.

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  12. Cover of the book “Street Photography: 50 Ways to Capture Better Shots of Ordinary Life”, by Eric Kim, Johan Steensland.

    Street Photography: 50 Ways to Capture Better Shots of Ordinary Life

    Eric Kim is a street photographer whose blog and sold-out workshops have become today's most popular resources for aspiring "streettogs." Learn street photography from a master educator!

    Street photography is fun, rewarding, and inexpensive. There is no need for the latest gadgets or trips to "exotic" places. Amazing images can be captured everywhere, all the time, and with the simplest equipment. All you need is a camera, an interest in ordinary people doing everyday things, and--of course--this book.

    In Street Photography, acclaimed photographer Eric Kim shares everything you need to develop your own street photography skills: how to conquer your fear of shooting in public, tips on choosing your gear, and inspiring techniques to discover the beauty in the mundane. You'll learn how to chase the all-important "decisive moment," and even how to find your own style. As a bonus, you'll get insights from renowned street photographers Ludmilla Morais, Blake Andrews, Thomas Leuthard, and Kramer O'Neill.

    Street photography is all about discovering the wonderful things most of us are too busy to notice. Let this book inspire you to hit the streets--and turn everyday moments into extraordinary photos!

    About the author

    Eric Kim is a street photographer whose blog and sold-out workshops have become today's most popular resources for aspiring "streettogs." Eric has exhibited at Gulf Photo Plus, the ThinkTank Gallery in Los Angeles, and Leica stores internationally, and has been featured in Popular Photographer, Black+White, VICE, pixelperfect.com, Salon.com, and on the BBC. He can be found at erickimphotography.com, as well as on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Eric lives in Berkeley, CA.

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  13. Cover of the book “The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography”, by Glenn Randall.

    The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography

    "The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography" teaches photographers how to convert their visual peak experiences-moments of extraordinary natural beauty that evoke a sense of wonder and awe-into stunning images that elicit the same awestruck emotion in their viewers. Randall is an experienced wilderness photographer, and whether you want to venture into the mountains for once-in-a-lifetime shots of raw nature, or simply hone your landscape photography skills from the safety of your back deck, Randall explains the art, science and craft of creating astounding images.Randall begins by focusing on the art of landscape photography. He describes his three-step process for composing a photograph and shows how good composition is an organic process that begins with rules but ultimately transcends them. Randall then explores the science behind successful landscape photographs, which requires understanding key concepts from geography, optics, vision, and psychology. These concepts include: Understanding how the position of the sun at sunrise and sunset varies throughout the year, which will help you plan when and where to shoot.Understanding optics to predict where rainbows will appear, how polarizers will interact with reflections, and where to find spectacular light.Understanding how to use topographic maps and computerized mapping tools to help you find the most promising shooting locations in the wilderness. Understanding how our visual system analyzes images and the psychology of how we view art. These insights will help you produce successful photographs. Exposure is a central aspect of the craft of landscape photography, and Randall tackles the challenges of this topic from every angle-from tips on calculating exposures in the field, to achieving correct exposure in high-contrast lighting situations, to the best digital darkroom techniques.Great landscape photography can be mastered with practice and by applying the techniques taught in this book. "The Art, Science, and Craft of Great Landscape Photography" is intended for those who already understand the basics of photography and who are ready to master the finer nuances of creating magnificent landscape photographs.Foreword by Reid CallananDirector, Santa Fe Photographic Workshops

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  14. Cover of the book “Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual”, by Henry Horenstein.

    Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual

    BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY is a comprehensive instructional book that covers every element of photography. Henry Horenstein's books have been widely used at leading universities, including Parsons School of Design, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, and MIT as well as in continuing education programs. Horenstein is a professor at the Rhode Island School of Design. BLACK & WHITE PHOTOGRAPHY is a real bargain among photographic how-to books.

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  15. Cover of the book “Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition”, by Jack Dykinga.

    Capture the Magic: Train Your Eye, Improve Your Photographic Composition

    This book uses a structured approach to teach the art of creating interesting, well-composed images. It provides solutions to problems that often get in the way of producing great photographs and emphasizes the importance of training the eye to exclude the extraneous. Examples of strong images are juxtaposed against flawed images, illustrating how to create a successful composition. Topics covered include light and shadow, lens choice, framing, negative space, and many more.

    In this book, author Jack Dykinga encourages us to look at photography as a way to communicate. Dykinga says, "Photography is a marvelous language that crosses linguistic borders as a universal, powerful, and direct communication. As photographers, we see something we find interesting and simply want to share it." Readers will learn new ways to create interesting and powerful compositions that communicate their intended messages.

    Filled with beautiful color images throughout, the book is sure to inspire, teach, and motivate photographers of all levels.

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  16. Cover of the book “Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots”, by John Batdorff.

    Black and White: From Snapshots to Great Shots

    Now that you've bought that amazing new DSLR, you need a book that goes beyond the camera manual to capture stunning images. For digital photographers interested in black and white, this guide will help beginning- and intermediate-level shooters conquer the fundamentals and take amazing shots.

    Pro photographer John Batdorff starts with the basics, including composition, light, contrast, exposure, and when to choose black and white. He covers all the key camera features (regardless of what type of DSLR you have) that affect your image, including the shutter speed's ability to freeze and convey motion, and the aperture's direct correlation with depth of field.

    Once you've captured those great shots, John takes you step by step through the color conversion process to black and white in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom using simple presets. He also covers the enhancements and features that can be added using Nik Silver Efex Pro software-from presets to control points using U-Point Technology.

    Follow along with your friendly and knowledgeable guide and you will:

    Learn to see in black and white by understanding contrast, texture, and lighting Understand all the best tricks and techniques for getting great black and white action shots, landscapes, and portraits Create your own digital workflow by understanding the basics of post processing in Lightroom, then go beyond the basics with Nik Silver Efex Pro Share your images and learn tips on printing and presenting your work online And once you've got the shot, show it off! Join the book's Flickr group, share your photos, and discuss how you use your camera to get great black and white shots at flickr.com/groups/blackandwhite fromsnapshotstogreatshots.

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  17. Cover of the book “50 Photo Projects: Ideas to Kick-Start Your Photography”, by Lee Frost.

    50 Photo Projects: Ideas to Kick-Start Your Photography

    Whether you want to get more from your DSLR or are simply looking for new creative avenues to explore, "50 Photo Projects" shows you how to break out of your comfort zone and try something new.

    Packed with invaluable tips on how to create stunning photographs, Lee Frost provides the bright ideas that will reinvigorate your photography, from inspiration on what to photograph, to inventive projects with vintage, pinhole and toy cameras.

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  18. Cover of the book “The A-Z of Creative Photography”, by Lee Frost, Bryan Peterson.

    The A-Z of Creative Photography

    For serious amateur photographers who alraedy shoot perfectly focused, accurately exposed images but want to be more creative with a camera, here's the book to consult.

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  19. Cover of the book “The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos”, by Michael Freeman.

    The Photographer's Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos

    Design is the single most important factor in creating a successful photograph. The ability to see the potential for a strong picture and then organize the graphic elements into an effective, compelling composition has always been one of the key skills in making photographs.

    Digital photography has brought a new, exciting aspect to design - first because the instant feedback from a digital camera allows immediate appraisal and improvement; and second because image-editing tools make it possible to alter and enhance the design after the shutter has been pressed. This has had a profound effect on the way digital photographers take pictures.

    Now published in sixteen languages, The Photographer's Eye continues to speak to photographers everywhere. Reaching 100,000 copies in print in the US alone, and 300,000+ worldwide, it shows how anyone can develop the ability to see and shoot great digital photographs. The book explores all the traditional approaches to composition and design, but crucially, it also addresses the new digital technique of shooting in the knowledge that a picture will later be edited, manipulated, or montaged to result in a final image that may be very different from the one seen in the viewfinder.

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  20. Cover of the book “Chemical Pictures The Wet Plate Collodion Book: Making Ambrotypes, Tintypes & Alumitypes”, by Quinn B. Jacobson.

    Chemical Pictures The Wet Plate Collodion Book: Making Ambrotypes, Tintypes & Alumitypes

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  21. Cover of the book “Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens”, by Valérie Jardin.

    Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens

    With both training and preparation, a street photographer needs to make rapid decisions; there may only be a fraction of a second to immortalize a moment in time that has never happened before and will never happen again. This is where Street Photography: Creative Vision Behind the Lens comes in.

    Follow Valérie Jardin on an inspiring photo walk around the world. After an overview of the practical and technical aspects of street photography, Valérie takes you along on a personal photographic journey as she hits the streets of her favorite urban haunts. She shows you the art of storytelling through her photographs, from envisioning the image to actually capturing it in the camera. Learn about the technical and compositional choices she makes and the thought process that spurred the click of the shutter. 

    Perfect for both the new photographer excited to capture the world around them and for the experienced street photographer wishing to improve their techniques and images, Street Photography requires no special equipment, just a passion for seeing and capturing the extraordinary in the ordinary.

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Other

  1. Cover of the book “Women Photographers: From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman”, by Boris Friedewald.

    Women Photographers: From Julia Margaret Cameron to Cindy Sherman

    This thorough and accessible introduction to the greatest women photographers from the 19th century to today features the most important works of 55 artists, along with in-depth biographical and critical assessments. Since the inception of photography as an art form nearly 200 years ago, women have played an important role in the development of the genre, often pushing boundaries and defying social convention. This comprehensive volume features 55 of the most important women photographers. Each artist is profiled in spreads featuring splendid reproductions of key works and an in-depth overview of her career and contributions to the art of photography. Biographical information and a contextual essay focusing on the impact of women in the history of the medium makes this an excellent illustrated reference.

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  2. Cover of the book “Humans of New York”, by Brandon Stanton.

    Humans of New York

    A beautiful, heartfelt, funny and inspiring collection of photographs capturing the spirit of a city

    In the summer of 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton set out on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic census of New York City.  Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories.  The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called "Humans of New York," in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes. 

    Humans of New York is the book inspired by the Internet sensation. With four hundred color photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcases the outsized personalities of New York.

    Surprising and moving, Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to the spirit of the city.

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  3. Cover of the book “Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs”, by Pete Souza, Barack Obama.

    Obama: An Intimate Portrait: The Historic Presidency in Photographs

    This is the definitive visual biography of Barack Obama's presidency, captured in intimate, unprecedented detail by his official White House photographer.

    Pete Souza began photographing President Obama on his first day as a U.S. senator, in January 2005, and served as the chief official White House photographer for the President's full two terms. Souza was with President Obama more often, and at more crucial moments, than any friend or staff member, or even the First Lady--and he photographed it all. Souza captured nearly 2 million photographs of Obama, in moments ranging from classified to disarmingly candid.

    This large-format (12"x10"), exquisitely produced book presents more than 300 of Souza's favorite and most iconic images from these historic years; many have never been seen before. This seminal work on the Obama presidency documents moments of national importance--including the historic image of the President and his advisors watching tensely in the Situation Room as the Bin Laden mission unfolded--alongside unguarded moments with the President's family, his many encounters with children, and his time spent interacting with world leaders, members of Congress, White House staff, artists, musicians and more.

    The photographs are paired with captions and stories providing behind-the-scenes context for each, and offer insight into the special relationship Souza and the President forged during their time together. The result is a stunning record of a landmark era in American history.

    Souza's work enabled us to feel that we knew the President. This book puts us in the White House with him.

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  4. Cover of the book “Apollo: VII - XVII”, by Simon Phillipson, Joel Meter, Floris Heyne, Delano Steenmeijer, Walter Cunningham.

    Apollo: VII - XVII

    Photography has become a crucial technique for documenting the history of mankind. The early exploration of space is one such historical event, unrivalled among humanity’s achievements. Fortunately, the skill and daring of a very particular group of ‘photographers’, the Apollo astronauts, were able to bring back beautiful, moving and instantly recognizable images. It is these images that created a new understanding to what it means to be human, living on this planet and its relation to the sun and the stars.

    This book presents 225 of these photographs in large print format. Restoring imagery from the original scans of 70mm film rolls the astronauts shot during the program. The book contains a variety of images, ranging from shots taken through the windows of the Command Module of the specular views found on the Earth’s surface, surreal and abstract black and white photography of the lunar surface, to photographs of each of the 12 men in their space suits walking on the surface of the moon.

    The book also has a unique and exclusive short essay written by Apollo 7 astronaut, Walt Cunningham, who flew on the very first manned Apollo mission. The essay focuses on his pioneering experimentation and testing of the Hasselblad camera that flew with him on board. It was his endeavours that created the foundations for his fellow Apollo astronauts.

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  5. Cover of the book “A History of Photography - From 1839 to the present”, by William S. Johnson, Mark Rice, Carla Williams, Therese Mulligan, David Wooters.

    A History of Photography - From 1839 to the present

    From a delivery boy to one of the most important industrialists in American history, George Eastman's career developed in a particularly American way. The founder of Kodak died in 1932, and left his house to the University of Rochester. Since 1949 the site has operated as an international museum of photography and film, and today holds the largest collection of its kind in the world. The continually expanding photography collection contains over 400,000 images and negatives - among them the work of Alfred Stieglitz, Edward Steichen, Ansel Adams and others - as well as 23,000 cinema films, five million film stills, one of the most important silent film collections, technical equipment and a library with 40,000 books on photography and film. The George Eastman House is a pilgrimage site and a place of worship for researchers, photographers and collectors from all over the world.

    This volume shows in chronological order the most impressive images and the most important developments in the art of light that is photography. It provides in its huge collection and themes a unique survey of the medium from its origins until now.

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