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    I've been asked before about my collection of photography books. Here is a comprehensive but incomplete inventory of the photographic monographs/anthologies/exhibition catalogs in my collection. These are only the books that center around photographs, not having anything to do with philosophy of photography or the mechanics of taking and producing photographs (that's an entirely separate catalog, which I'll compile at a later date). Also not included are periodicals, which run into the hundreds. I'll mention a few periodical titles that I've collected, but not detail the volumes - Black-and-White, (Not Only) Blue, Not Only Black+White, Provocateur and Photographers International. As far as I know, all but Black-and-White are no longer published.






















































































































































































































































































































































































    Title Artist/Author Publisher Publication Date Notes
    4 A M Adu Formosa Books 2000
    Olympic Portraits Annie Liebowitz Bullfinch 1996
    (Don't) Call Me Shirley Brett M. Cochrane Knopf Australia 1995
    Burma: Something Went Wrong Chan Chao Nazareli Press 2000
    The Great Wall of China Chen Changfen Yale University Press 2007
    Beauty of Darkness Connie Imboden Custom & Limited Editions 1999 1st Edition
    The Raw Seduction of Flesh Connie Imboden Silver Arts 1999 softcover, Signed
    Piercing Illusions Connie Imboden Foto Book Press 2001 softcover, Signed
    Beijing Spring David and Peter Turnley Stewart, Tabori and Chang 1989
    All My Lies Are True David Carol Kabloona Press 2009 Signed, personalized to me
    Edward Curtis – The Master Prints Edward Curtis Arena Editions 2001 Hardcover
    Edward Steichen – The Early Years Edward Steichen Princeton University Press 1999
    Edward Weston: The Form of the Nude Edward Weston Phaidon Press 2005
    Margarethe Mather and Edward Weston: A Passionate Collaboration Edward Weston, Margarethe Mather W.W. Norton 2001
    Suffering The Ideal F. Holland Day Twin Palms 1995 Hardcover, 1st Edition, Limited Edition
    F. Holland Day F. Holland Day Van Gogh Museum 2001 Exhibition Catalog
    Faces of the Eastern Shore Frank Van Riper Qesada House 1992 Softcover, signed, personalized to me
    The Photographs of Frederick H. Evans Frederick Evans Getty 2010 Exhibition Catalog
    Foro Italico George Mott Powerhouse Books 2003 1st Edition, slipcovered
    Inside Life Greg Gorman Rizzoli 1997 1st Edition, Signed, Slipcovered with signed print
    As I See It Greg Gorman Powerhouse Books 2000 1st Edition, signed
    Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa Hans Silvester Thames & Hudson 2008
    Kazu Herb Ritts Parco 1995 1st Edition
    Daguerreotypes Jerry Spagnoli Steidl 2006 First Edition, Softcover
    Tuscany: Inside the Light Joel Meyerowitz Main Street 2003
    The Mural Project: Photography by Ansel Adams John Armor, Peter Wright Reverie Press 1989 Hardcover, Signed, personalized - “To John – thanks for your help”
    Manzanar: Photographs by Ansel Adams John Armor, Peter Wright Times Books 1988
    Lengthening Shadows Before Nightfall John Dugdale Twin Palms 1995 Signed, personalized to me, dated 2006
    Life's Evening Hour John Dugdale August Press 2000 Hardcover, Limited Edition
    Picturing Men – A Century of Male Relationships in Everyday American Photography John Ibson Smithsonian 2002
    The Luminous Years Karl Bissinger Abrams 2003
    Passage to Angkor Kenro Izu Friends Without Borders 2005 1st Edition, signed
    Homo Sum Konrad Helbig 6x6.com 2010 Not dated – guessing at publication date
    Skin Laurent Elie Badessi Edition Stemmle 2000
    Red Color News Soldier Li Zhensheng Phaidon Press 2003
    Panoramas of the Far East Lois Conner Smithsonian 1993
    Photography's Antiquarian Avant-Garde: The New Wave in Old Processes Lyle Rexer Abrams 2002
    American Photographs: The First Century Merry A. Foresta Smithsonian 1996
    At First Sight: Photography and the Smithsonian Merry A. Foresta, Jenna K. Foley Smithsonian 2003
    The Pre-Raphaelite Camera Michael Bartram Little, Brown & Company 1985
    Eye Mind Spirit – the Enduring Legacy of Minor White Minor White Howard Greenberg Gallery 2008
    Face to Face: The Art of Portrait Photography Paul Ardenne Flammarion 2004
    Collaboration: The Photographs of Paul Cadmus Paul Cadmus Twelvetrees Press 1992 1st Edition, Limited Edition
    Physique: Classic Photographs of Naked Athletes Peter Kuhnst Thames & Hudson 2004
    Man to Man: A History of Gay Photography Pierre Borhan Vendome Press 2007
    The Hyena & Other Men Pieter Hugo Prestel 2007
    Shooting Soldiers – Civil War Medical Photographs by R.B. Bontecou R.B. Bontecou Burns Archive Press 2011
    Torero Reuven Afanador Edition Stemmle 2001 1st Edition
    Sombra Reuven Afanador Merrell 2004 1st Edition
    Mil Besos Reuven Afanador Rizzoli 2009 1st Edition
    Cuba in the 1850s Through the Lens of Charles DeForest Fredricks Robert M. Levine University of South Florida Press 1990
    Robert Mapplethorpe and the Classical Tradition Robert Mapplethorpe Guggenheim Museum 2004 Exhibition Catalog
    Hymn to the Earth Ron Rosenstock Silver Strand Press 2003 Signed, Numbered Edition # 597
    Maryland's Civil War Photographs: The Sesquicentennial Collection Ross Kelbaugh Maryland Historical Society 2012 Signed, Numbered Edition # 130, personalized to me
    America and the Tintype Steven Kasher ICP/Steidl 2008
    Spirit Capture: Photographs from the National Museum of The American Indian Tim Johnson Smithsonian 1998
    In Defense of Beauty Tom Bianchi Crown Publishers 1995
    Tseng Kwong-Chi Tseng Kwong-Chi Paul Kasmin Gallery 2008
    Taormina Wilhelm Von Gloeden Twelvetrees Press 1986
    Specimens and Marvels: William Henry Fox Talbot and the Invention of Photography William Henry Fox Talbot Aperture 2000
    William Henry Fox Talbot William Henry Fox Talbot Phaidon 2008
    This is not intended as just an ego-stroking exercise but to encourage conversation about photography books, book collecting, and sharing work that inspires us. Please post your own lists and/or comment upon/critique mine.
     
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    I sometimes wonder why I collect books. The Internet provides enough info on most subjects I'm casually interested in; but books still provide the satiation of my deeper curiosities. For example, I recently began photographing the carpenter Gothic churches built in late 19th century here in Florida. That interest led me to books on Gothic Revival, then back to the Gothic beginnings in France. The result is about 10 books just on history of Gothic churches.
    For photography, however, I seem to buy only 1-2 monographs for each photographer I'm interested in. That still has led to over 300 monographs some of which are on your list above. I could of course just peruse the Internet for those photographers, but physically holding a collection of their prints is almost as satisfying as a gallery exhibit. Many predict the demise of paper prints and books, but digital display does not do justice to a real print (or well-printed facsimile as in books).
     
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    Yes, there absolutely is something unquantifiable about holding a book in your hands and turning the pages. It's a completely different interface with the content. It makes it easy to compare back and forth at random between two different pages. It has weight. It has texture. It has a smell - a newly printed book smells one way, an old book a different way. None of those apply to e-books. For that reason, especially when talking about photography books, the death of the printed book is greatly exaggerated.
     
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    ho scott

    i have a ton of photography books but they arent catalogued.
    some include
    the complete works of atget, and nadar,
    monogrqphs of karsh ( portraits of greatness and the one with sofia loren?on the cover )
    the collected portraits from the national portrait gallery in london,
    david lynch's book
    beaumont newhall's hostory,
    emil schildt+linda mcartney+sam portera+clay harmon
    scrapbooks photoalbums bought at 2ns hand stores
    chicago skyscrapers,
    books on armenian architecture in eastern anatolia+preaent day armenia
    and a few hand stitched ones made by me ..
    a bunch technical stuff too
    photo lab indexes, air corps manuals
    complete course books from the
    institute of photography in nyc
    martin reed's silver gelatin
    american west,
    food books/ european landscapes
    pro- series from amphoto
    irving penn .. small room
    kertsez .. early work

    wish i could name them all for you but they are
    not all together ..
    i agree there is something special about books
     
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    Scott, I'm coming to your house!


    Apologies, what a threat to make so early in the New Year!
    I am embarrassed to admit that I have absolutely NO books about photographers or of their prints at all. I am awaiting my first ever book of prints from Mr. Bill Schwab. I do have a few thousand books, however. I more or less skipped the whole "picture books" growing up, so learning a visual language is still rather new to me. I'll keep an eye on this particular thread and see which books show up in the most peoples' libraries and take that as a recommended reading list.
     
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    A partial list (I stopped the inventory at the B's):
    Richard Avedon - Woman in the Mirror
    Ansel Adams - Sierra Nevada: the John Muir Trail
    Eugene Atget - Atget (ed. John Szarkowski)
    Steve Anchell - Nudes at Bif Sur
    Dick Arentz - British Isles
    Robert Adams - West from the Columbia
    Eve Arnold - All About Eve
    Howard Bond - White Motif
    Linda Butler - Inner Light
    Morley Baer - the Wilder Shore
    David Bailey - Birth of the Cool
    Ed Burtynski - Manufactured Landscapes
    Ruth Bernhard - the Eternal Body
    Laura Brown - Recent Terrains
    Tim Barnwell - Hands in Harmony
    Bruce Barnbaum - Tome Poems
    Wynn Bullock - Enchanted Landscape
    Clyde Butcher - Living Waters
    Nick Brandt - Across This Ravaged Land
     
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    For the purpose of this list I left out all the technical/how-to/mechanics of photography books. That's probably a longer list than this, and certainly more diverse (everything from The Zone VI Workshop to Primitive Photography to Digital Negatives for Palladium and Other Processes). I love both kinds of books - they provide different kinds of inspiration.
     
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    I can't believe I skipped Ruth Bernhard! I have the same one, and she's one of my favorite photographers.
     
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    My collection is now over two hundred books not including technical nor periodicals. As has been mentioned there is nothing like turning the pages and lingering on a favorite image in a well printed book. I could never afford a collection of prints that encompasses a similar selection nor do I have enough wall space. The majority of the books are first editions and many are signed. Some have appreciated quite a bit from the original purchase price although that is not my motive for buying.

    http://www.jeffreyglasser.com/
     
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    I have about 1,100 photographic books on my shelves, but can't be bothered to catalogue them, they just accumulate.
     
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    Some more monographs in my collection:
    Paul Caponigro - New England Days
    Tillman Crane - Olden Stones
    Patrick Cariou - Yerasta
    Paula Chamlee - High Plains Farm
    Henri Cartier-Bresson - The Modern Century
    Linda Connor - Odyssey
    Martin Chambi - Photographs
    Steve Crouch - Fog & Sun/Sea & Stone
    Edward Curtis - Portraits
    Roy de Carva - the Sound I Hear
    Alfred Eisenstaedt - Remembrances
    Walker Evans - American Photgraphs
    Jose Miguel Ferreira - the Port Wine Route
    Robert Frank - the Americans
    Frank Gohlke - Mount St Helens
    Ralph Gibson - Infanta
    Lois Greenfield - Airborn
    Laura Gilpin - the Enduring Navaho
    George Hurrell - the Hurrell Style
    Fay Godwin - Land
    Richard Garrod - Visual Prayers
    Kenro Izu - Passages to Angkor
    Yashuhiro Ishimoto - Hana
    Don Kirby - Wheat Country
    Michael Kenna - In Japan
    Andre Kertezs - A Lifetime of Perception
    Josef Koudelka - Gypsies
    Yousuf Karsh - a Fifty-Year Retrospective
    Robb Kendrich - Still
    Peter Lindberg - Ten Women
    Clarence John Laughlin - Ghosts along the Mississippi
    Roman Loranc - Two-hearted Oak
    Jack Leigh - the Land I'm Bound To
    O Winston Link - Life Along the Line
    Elaine Ling - Mongolia
    Abelardo Morell - Camera Obscura
    Sally Mann - Deep South

    As I look over my collection, I realize its all over the place (just as with my photography;-(
     
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    Whick photographers would you all recommend for B/W photo books?
     
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    I'm looking for ones that reflect the full range and tones.
     
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    I don't know that you can recommend photo books based on the photographer... So much depends on the printer/publisher and the budget the photographer has at the time of publication. Ansel Adams is a prime example- I have a little volume of his illustrating Yosemite for the Sierra Club- it may as well be black-and-white copies of Roy Lichtenstein paintings. Then there are coffee-table editions that if cut apart and framed would be hard to distinguish from his actual prints.
     
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    Interesting how different we all are. I have lots of books. Don't have any of the ones listed so far.
     
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    i don't have them catalogued,
    those were just off the of my head ..
    too many to list, it was just to give an idea ..
     
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    OK;here is the listing from my library:
    :munch:
     

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    Adams claimed that the best reproductions were true to the intent of the photographer. The Ansel Adams books published by the New York Graphic Society imprint of Little, Brown and company, have consistently maintained high quality. While at a recent exhibit of AA images, many from the holdings of his family, I compared those prints with 27 of the images in Ansel Adams: Classic Images. The book captured almost all of the tonality of the originals. A few of the exhibition prints were quite large, and invited excessive scrutiny. In these instances, the book images were certainly as satisfactory. Many other books published posthumously have been of images in the public domain and reproduced from government sources. They are more valuable for textual information than for image quality.
     
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    nice list ralph !
    im glad i recognize some of those from my shelves too :smile:
     
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    Then we agree. I picked AA as an example because he is more widely reproduced than most folks, in a wider range of qualities than many.
     
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    Hey, this list doesn't have "Way Beyond Monochrome"!!!:whistling:
     
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    a few I'm partial to:

    Michael Ruetz Scottish Symphony
    Eye on Australia

    Barbara Bosworth (Sp?) Champion Trees

    William Eggleston
    Democratic Forest,
    Chromes

    Jan Staller Frontier New York

    Christopher Burkett
    Intimations of Paradise

    David Plowden Floor of the Sky

    Terry Evans Prairie:Earth and Sky

    Gary Irving Places of Grace

    Dick Arentz British Isles

    Joel Meyerowitz The Arch

    Michael Kenna Japan

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    :wink:
    and none of them "count" because they are technical manuals &c .. :munch:
     
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    One of my favorite "books" is 15 years of Swiss Camera magazine. Such variety.
     
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    sorry.I forgot to return them.