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    What is your favorite photography book?

    I find that there are certain books that I keep coming back to because they either inspire me or stimulate my creative juices. At the moment the books I go back to most are: "Large Format Nature Photography" by Jack Dykinga and "Light and the Art of Landscape Photography" by Joe Cornish (sold under a different name in the UK I think). I take these two books wherever I travel.

    I would be interested in knowing what your favorites are and why.

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    I will never be without Les Mclean's "Creative Black & White Photography" (a shameless plug for our fellow APUG member - but it truly is a wonderful book).

    And I find myself returning again and again to "Galen Rowell's Inner Game of Outdoor Photography." It makes me want to load the camera with some Velvia and hike/climb into some faraway places. Then again, I'm waiting for a pizza to be delivered.

    I also enjoy "Avedon At Work in the American West" by Laura Wilson - it's like getting a chance to peek over his shoulder while he creates some of his famous portraits.

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    One of my favorite books is a collection of Pierre Fatumbi Verger's work. I bought this book after seeing a show of over 800 of his photos (yeah, 800... it was more than I could bear). The guy's sense of geometry (in the 6x6 format) is truly amazing.

    Another favorite is a collection of Eugene Smith's work.

    I have a small book of André Kertez that I also really like....

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    Oh yeah, and then there's André Cypriano's O Caldeirão do Diabo or "The Devil's Caldron", which is a great work in documentary photography, shot in a maximum security prision in Brazil before it was shut down. Very strong work.

    I think I have a thing for photographer's with the same name as myself... how shameless!

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    I second the vote on Les McLean's Creative Black and White Photography.
    I have a second one in mind as well, but I cannot as readily recall the photographer. I return to these two books again and again.
    Rusty Tripod

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    Jeanloup Sieff and Cyclpops By Albert Watson. Both very different shooters with different approaches with great results. And 100% comfortable in they're own skin.

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    Ah yes Sieff!

    For me at the moment - Salgado's Migrations.

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    For technical and aesthetic info, I keep returning to "Creative Elements" by Eddie Ephraums. For inspiration and a humbling reminder of what black-and-white printing can look like, Brett Weston's "A Personal Selection" is a favorite.
    I recently purchased "Japan" by Michael Kenna. The photographs are very nice, but it's the elegant design of the book (enclosed in a silk-covered slip-case) that adds to the experience of looking at the photographs.
    --Mark

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    I just picked up "Still Life and Special Effects Photography" by Roger Hicks and Frances Schultz. It's a collection of studio photos from over 40 artists and how they set them up.
    Personal favourites? Which ever book I have in my hand at the time, I don't own very many...

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    Lee Miller: Portraits From A Life, is my latest aquisition. Just love Man Ray stuff too. And Thomas S how long 'til the book?
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