I want to create a sort of library about photography.
Which books do you think are the one that every photographer should have?
Do you want manuals/ how- to books, or images/ monographs?
My library must-haves include both: anything Tim Rudman wrote, Way Beyond Monochrone by Ralph Lambrect, Creative Black&White Photography by Les McLean, A World History ofPhotography by Rosenblum. Artists: Sally Mann, Keith Carter, Joyce Tennison, Michael Kenna, Annie Liebovitz, Henri Cartier Bresson, just to name a few
"So I am turning over a new leaf but the page is stuck". Diane Arbus
Very tough question. Here's something you might find interesting:
"There is a time and place for all things, the difficulty is to use them only in their proper time and places." -- Robert Henri
Yes, indeed. For photographers who develop and print black & white, Ralph Lambrecht and Chis Woodhouse's Way Beyond Monochrome might be the most useful and inspiring book. Any of the Ansel Adams technical books on photography are also good, and give insight into one master's work. With an interest in both photography and history, I frequently refer to A World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum. To appreciate both style and photographic quality of black & white portraiture, try fo find an original photogravure copy, not the later lithographed copies, of Portraits of Greatness by Yousuf Karsh. His biography and autobiography are interesting, too.
Originally Posted by Valerie
Ryan, let us know your main interests, and we can help you in detail.
36cm2, great link!
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Walker Evans : First and Last, Harper & Row
Edward Weston: Photographer, Aperture
Ernst Haas: In America, Viking
Photography In America: Greenwich House
W. Eugene Smith: Aperture
Ansel Adams: Yosemite, Time Life Books
Disfarmer: Addison House
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Andreas Feininger's Books
Darkroom Techniques (Volumes I & II)
The Complete Photographer
to name a few
The Ansel Adams Guide, Basic Techniques of Photography, Book 2.
This is too broad a subject. Art History, Photo History, contemporary images, equipment manuals, film processing and printing guides, alternative process guides and monographs?
I have about 10 lineal bookshelf feet of photo related books at the moment, as well as another 3' of a 1965 photgraphic encyclopedia set. I just feel I am scratching the surface with this many at times.
There is a guy in the Toronto are who buys up estates of jewellery, precious metals, militaria, and photo gear who then flips a lot to sell online.
oI saw an ad in the local Craigslist that he has a garage full of photo boks that he wants to shift for $500 obo. I am resisting it.
my real name, imagine that.
I have over two hundred books mainly of photographs as opposed to how to. I only collect books that I like rather than ones that are best sellers. There are websites that you can preview some of the books. I would start with the works of photographers you like to see unless it is technique or equipment that is of interest.