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    First of all, I second the nomination of Jim Hughes' book about W. Eugene Smith.

    Second, I'd like to nominate Russell Miller's book about the Magnum Photo Agency.

    Third, I'd also like to nominate "Photographic Memories" by Jack Delano, one of the WPA photographers.
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    Sorry, I meant FSA (Farm Security Administration) and not WPA (works progress administratio). Time to brush up on those New Deal acronyms...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy
    Through Another Lens(Weston):Charis Wilson
    I second this one. A very interesting insight into Edward Weston and that whole art community in California.

    Cheers y'all.

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    Another nice read is Robert Capa "Slightly Out of Focus" ...and I will add the Smith book to my wish list as well.
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    Biographies are a great way to learn about the history of the medium. i would suggest "Walker Evans" by James R. Mellow, and any biography of Alfred Stieglitz. There are also a pair of Weston books edited by Nancy Newhall, "On Photogrpahy" by Edward Weston. It contains letters and essays written by Weston and is a great companion to the Daybooks. the other is "Edward Weston Omnibus", a compilation of articles, and essays about Weston and his work. It contains probably the finest essay about Weston and his work written by Ansel Adams a few years after Weston's death.
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    went to the library (La Biblioteca for you spanglish folks) and picked up vol. I of the Weston Day books and also Edward Weston: The last years in Carmel by Travis.

    both look interesting and after finishing the Vol 1 of the Daybooks Ill likely get the Vol 2.

    Thanks for all the suggestions all... Ive made a little running list to widdle away at.

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    I'd also like to recommend "From Adams To Stieglitz" by Nancy Newhall.
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    I'd recommend the journals of Eugene Delacroix, Paul Strand's essay in the last issue of "Camera Work," Garry Winogrand and Ted Papageorge's essays (and Strand again) in the 1974 "Snapshot" issue of APERTURE, Joshua Reynold's "Discourses" etc and Ruskin's "Masters of Fesole" book -- all are artists writing about process from the inside.

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    More on W. Eugene Smith

    With the various references to W. Eugene Smith, I thought I would post
    a URL with the last interview with him. Many people have called him the "Van Gogh of photography"....but you probably shouldn't read this interview until you're familiar with "The Country Doctor" or Minimata or the Pittsburgh essay:

    http://www.focalpress.com/companions...qa/smithqa.htm
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