How many photographic books do you own?

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How many photographic books do you own?

  1. <10

    20 vote(s)
    11.8%
  2. <25

    32 vote(s)
    18.8%
  3. <50

    38 vote(s)
    22.4%
  4. <100

    41 vote(s)
    24.1%
  5. <250

    23 vote(s)
    13.5%
  6. more

    16 vote(s)
    9.4%
  1. RalphLambrecht

    RalphLambrecht Member

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    I just counted my photographic library and was interested to know how it compared to other photographer's. So, I was wondering, how many books to do own? Not counting brochures or camera instruction manuals, but books about photographic techniques, exposure, darkroom, the Zone System or picture books featuring the work of other photographers.
     
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    About 250 featuring the works of other photographers. Most are first editions and many are signed. I try to collect a few /year but only ones that I enjoy reading or of works that I appreciate.
    Jeff
     
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    Less than 10. Still waiting for their contents to kick-in. :wink:
     
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    Surprisingly not too many, I have about 15 photographic books among the hundreds of books I own.
     
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    I have been collecting photography books for a very long time. I also inherited a small collection from previous generations of my family of photographers
     
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    15 is <25 but that's OK. Thanks for participating!
     
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    I'd guess I have fewer than 100, but it could be borderline. I clicked the "<100" option, but if I actually checked them, could find that there are more than 100. How many do you have, Ralph?
     
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    206 and counting!
     
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    About thirty. Since photographic magazines stopped being about photography and became more like computer magazines, I have started to spend the money on photographic books from charity shops instead.


    Steve.
     
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    I thought I had about 25 or so in total, with about 15 serious technical type books in there.

    Well I found around 150, something I don't think I'll be advertising to the other significant house member!

    That doesn't include 25 years of Darkroom and Creative Technique monthly magazines (stopped that a couple of years ago when they went to mainly electronic photography)

    Mick.
     
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    Very good point!!!
     
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    From memory close to 100 I think. First bought a lot of technical guides which collect dust now, meanwhile prefer to buy books of photographers. Have Max Pam and Robert Frank on my wish list. I am often annoyed that picture books become out-of-print rather early.
     
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    Was surprised to to count 62 (I thought I had much less). Roughly half on photographers and the other half technical books - some of which are close to 80 years old!
     
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    83 books, from technical to specific photographer monographs or portfolios.
    I´m also running out of space for more.:smile:
     
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    Did you count your own? :smile:

    A quick review indicates 28, but that includes a couple of duplicate Darkroom Dataguides.

    There may very well be a few more, in slightly less accessible locations.

    Matt
     
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    I don't know. Quite a few, I think, but they've all been stored away in boxes since I got married in 1985. Making a long story short here...
     
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    when i lived near a "seconds / used " bookstore it was easier for me to afford ...
    the collected works of nadar and atget are my favorites :smile:
     
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    I had never counted and I'm shocked. I stopped counting at 100, but it's less than 250. :surprised:
     
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    I voted <25, though I did not actually count.

    Do you want to know which ones, or just numbers?
     
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    Not enough I guess....I want to get some more on Darkroom work.
     
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    212 as a fast count of what is actually on the shelf. I can't remember what is by the bed at the moment :cool: That does not include Lenswork, Zoom, Creative Camera, and other periodicals with a heavy photographic content. I added five books this month, come to think about it.

    Less than 1 in 10 are technical books.
     
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    At a rough estimate at least 400, four bookshelves of art photography, three bookshelves and some large boxes of technical books.

    Amongst those are multiple editions if The (Ilford) Manual of Photography, dating back to 1890, and many copies of the British Journal Photographic Almanac (and later BJP Anual) going back over a Century.

    Many of the books come from second-hand shops, particularly from visits to Hay-On-Wye (UK) which is a book buyers Mecca, and being copied in other countries :D

    Ian
     
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    For now, only numbers. The poll software is not very flexible. I thought the ratio of technical/art would also be interesting.
     
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    More than 300, my wife and I love books, our house is full of them.
     
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    I have less than 100, but I am waiting to get the second edition book Way Beyond Monochrome....