I get most of my books at Half Price Books, it's shocking how many good deals I can find there. Two weeks ago I picked up Sally Mann's Deep South for $8, the only defect is a Christmas-present inscription in the front and last year I got four Robert Frank monographs for $8-10 apiece on remainder. I probably wouldn't have bought any of them at retail.
The rest of mine I get at wholesale thanks to my brother's employer.
Eugene Richards, The Fat Baby and Americans We
the huge Diane Arbus retrospective
Magnum Stories (this one, The Fat Baby and Arbus all suffer from being huge and ungodly expensive. Not the kind of thing to carry around for reading.)
I recently bought 'Listen to the Trees' by John Sexton. A book with some really great photography and well worth the $125 price tag.
Paul Taylor made a set of photogravures of 8 of these prints which are absolutely beautiful. Much better than Izu's platinum prints. If you ever get a chance to see these, take it. BTW, Izu shoots a 14 x 20. That's a much more pleasing aspect ratio to me than 12 x 20.
Originally Posted by TheFlyingCamera
Originally Posted by c6h6o3
Much better than Izu's prints! Having seen his platinum prints in the flesh without glass in front of them I must say his prints are magical and the most incredible prints i have ever seen in my life, took my breath away. Am not disputing that Paul Taylor's photogravures at Renaissance Press are good if not excellent, but saying they are 'much better' than Izu's prints is a bit strong and rather sweeping as I consider Izu's prints to be up there with the very best prints in the world.
obviously I have to mention my book "involuntary sculptures" of which I have several copies, tee hee
Steiglitz book on his wife Georgia O'Keefe, printed by the Stinehour press, oh to have been able to afford them to do my book, a thing of rare beauty
Japan by Kenna, just for the sheer beauty of it's production, the images don't need any praise from me, they speak volumes by them selves
Inscapes and the Stilled Gaze by John Blakemore, talk about opening my eyes to what a B&W print could be, wonderful man, amazing work
most of Penns books, it's a shame we have to wait till he dies to get a glimpse of his technical side re his platinum prints
Weston Life Work, printed by Salto, how beautiful, not sure about the claim they are as good as the originals, but truly beautiful none the less. Thank you Lodima.
Avedons "in the american west" and the really BIG coffee table book, which I managed to get signed when he did his lecture in London, also just for the interesting background the book about the taking of the images in "in the american west"
most of my books are currently in storage as we've just moved so that's enough for now
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Forgot to mention books to recommend in my last post!
Recently acquired. Edward Weston Legacy
Alfred Stiglitz photographs and writings
Both are excellent books with superb reproductions
All time favourites
Kenro Izu Still life, Kenro Izu Sacred Places (Beautiful Platinum prints)
Irving Penn Platinum prints, & Irvin Penn Still life
Robert ParkeHarrison The Architects Brother
Journal of Contemporary photography Volume 1 & 2 (Volume 3 still alludes me…grr..sold out completely!)
Revealing Character Robb Kendrick ( Stunning Tin Types)
Ansel Adams at 100
Many more, cant think at the mo.
Stinehour printed mine... a spectacular job IMHO.
Originally Posted by SeamusARyan
Originally Posted by billschwab
Have you seen Stiglitz's photographs and writings book, it is stunning and worth a purchase, the reproductions are some of the best i have seen. On par with 'Portrait of Georgia O'Keefe'.
Oh yes Dave. Very beautiful. They've done a lot of gorgeous books. I was surprised looking through their library just how many they have done. I highly recommend them. Worth every penny. You can get a little cheaper in China and Italy, but IMO it feels better supporting a printer here at home.
Originally Posted by Davec101
Edward Weston's Daybooks, it's been mentioned, but worth another vote.
Adams Basic Photo series.
Susan Sontag, On Photography