Perceptive Photographer #32: Books every photographer should own part 1

Hosted by Daniel j Gregory

October 19, 2015

Episode Number:



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.

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

 Magnum Contact Sheets

The Americans The Americans by Robert Frank

 Road to Seeing by Dan Winters

 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 Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography by Roland Barthes

Perception and Imaging: Photography–A Way of Seeing 3rd Edition by Richard D. Zakia

Affiliate Links

This website may use affiliate links. This means when you purchase something through links marked as affiliate links (usually noted by a *), I may receive a small commission at no extra cost to you. I only recommend products and services that I personally use or have tested.

Revealing Your Photography Personality through F-Stops

A tale of distractions

In episode 481 of the Perceptive Photographer, we dig into the different sides of distractions and how they can be both a benefit sometimes and a negative other times.