There are so many great books out about photography, and I love to read and collect books. If given the choice between new camera gear or new photography books, I always choose books. In this podcast, I have gone into the bookcase and pulled out some books that I think every photographer should own.
The books cover a wide range of styles, genera, and topics. Rather than focusing in on just one type of photography, I tried to pull from a variety of sources. Most of the books are a combination of text and photos with the writing being done by the photographer. There are also a few classic essays on photography that while more academic in their writing are worth reading if you are a student of photography.
With so many books to choose from, I broke this list into two shows. Part II of the work will be out next week.
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Here is a list of the books mentioned in the show this week, with links to purchase at Amazon (affiliate link). Of course, you can also get your local bookstore to order them for you as well.
Inner Game of Outdoor Photography by Galen Rowell
Gregory Heisler by 50 Portraits
The Mind’s Eye by Henri Cartier-Bresson
The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson
Ping Pong Conversations: Alec Soth with Francesco Zanot
Let Us Now Praise Famous Men by Walker Evans & James Agee
On Photography by Susan Sontag
Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography by Roland Barthes
Perception and Imaging: Photography–A Way of Seeing 3rd Edition by Richard D. Zakia