What’s the latest photobook you bought? And why did you buy it?

Updated on August 24, 2017 in Photography
45 on June 12, 2017

What’s up guys! 

What is the latest photobook you bought and why did you buy it? 

The last book I bought: Bruce Gilden – Moscow Terminus. 

It is actually an unpublished project (1000 copies) by him where he documented life on Komsomolskaya Square in Moscow. 
I bought the book because first of all I am very intrigued by the country of Russia. And when I found out he did a project over there I knew I had to buy the book. 
I also like the way Bruce Gilden always finds these interesting characters and composes them in such a way he makes them more interesting! 

Looking forward to your latest purchases and the stories why you bought them! 

 
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1 on June 13, 2017

Loose Associations Vol 3, Issue 1 

The Photographers’ Gallery publishes this small magazine and this one featured the work of Roger Mayne, a British photographer. I’m trying to get more European photographers in my diet. 

t.p.g. had an exhibit of his when I was in London. I’ve always liked his work and with Brexit and the election it was interesting to see “Little Britain” as captured by Mayne and how it still resonates with a portion of British society.

I always try to buy a catalog as it supports the gallery. 

on June 14, 2017

Thanks for your story!! 
If your looking for more european photographers.
I don’t know if you know about Harry Gruyaert or Carl de Keyzer?
If not, it’s worth to look them up! 

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1 on June 13, 2017

Cape Light by Joel Meyerowitz.

A bloody masterpiece for anyone, it teaches you how to slow down and concentrate on light.

on June 14, 2017

Is this the book where he uses the large format camera and photographs these serene scenes?

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1 on June 14, 2017

I have long stopped brainfuck myself with photo books! I’m going out and shooting instead of !!

on June 14, 2017

Fair enough! But spending time with a good book can teach you a lot on shooting on the streets! Or maybe even change you perspective on shooting! 

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1 on June 14, 2017

I think it’s called “In color, now and never again (?)” with pictures from Daido Moriyama.  I bought it because it’s big and chaotic and represents a style I can relate to. 

on June 14, 2017

Daido Moriyama’s pictures are so awesome! So raw and chaotic for sure! Very inspiring stuff!

 

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2 on June 15, 2017

My latest book is also by Joel Meyerowitz. Its “Retrospective”. It was a huge wish for Christmas last year, but I didnt got it. When I had the money to buy it myself it was out of stock. So waited several months before it was in stock again. I just really admire Joel for his ambiguity in some of his photos and for the way he sees things around him. I always get really inspired when I hear him talk about life and photography. Its so profound, I think. To me this book is a “must have”

on June 15, 2017

Yes, Joel Meyerowitz is a great an inspiring photographer! 
On youtube, you can find a couple of interviews with him. There is one interview/documentary from when he was young, where they interview him on the street while he is shooting! It is a great inside on how his mind works while shooting! He has great stories and nice philosophies on how to shoot. 
Thanks for the story! 

on June 15, 2017

Yep, I’ve seen all the youtube videos with him 🙂

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0 on June 23, 2017

Greg Girard, “Under Vancouver” because I saw his exhibition and loved how he captured my city.

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1 on June 24, 2017

William Eggleston, Portraits

Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize 2014 & 2015 editions

Looking for inspiration so went for a couple of well knows, old and recent.

on June 28, 2017

Buying books for inspiration always is a goof thing! 
Never heard or seen these names before so I will check them out!! 

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2 on June 28, 2017

bought a book on patterns. It was $3, figured the paper cost more lol… Turned out to be a decent book.

on June 28, 2017

That’s awesome! Was it new $3?
I found the book: Dario Mitidieri – Children of Bombay at a thrift store for 1 euro ( 1 dollar) in very good condition. 
To this day it is still one of my favorites. In my opinion, it is a very underestimated book! So much beautiful photo’s very strong ones and great compositions. 

on August 10, 2017

yes it was. from the discount section of the store. $3.5

sometimes you find gold in those ections.

 

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1 on June 29, 2017

Magnum: contact sheets.

Enough said, I think.

Now I would like to have some book from Moriyama, but it’s hard to find one at good price 🙂

on June 29, 2017

Magnum contact sheets is good study material! 
Moriyama books are expensive for sure! Also looking for a book of him. 

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1 on June 29, 2017

Vivian Maier, Street Photographer.

I love the US in the 50’s and 60’s images along with her eye for subject and composition. A real sense of people and place. 

on June 29, 2017

Such a great book! 

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0 on June 30, 2017

Allen Ginsberg’s photographs. Because he was my teacher and friend Ana I hadn’t seen the book since the 90s.

Allen wasn’t particularly a “good” photographer in the sense that he wasn’t really focused on photography as his primary vocation, he was a poet that used his Leica as a tool for note taking and said it sort of replaced his notebooks or journals at the end of his life.

He mostly took keen portraits of his notable friends and lovers. In fact, if you know anything about the Bears you will see many of them in his pages.

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0 on July 5, 2017

I just bought ‘The Suffering of Light’ by Alex Webb.  I love his work and the book is very well done.  I’ve also ordered a couple of books covering Saul Leiter’s work – ‘Early Black and White’ and ‘Early Color’, although the latter is temporarily out of stock at Amazon.  Anyone know where I can get a new copy for less than an arm and two legs?

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1 on July 6, 2017

I bought the book because I sometimes need to look at printed photographs and not just by the television or computer screen as well.

Contact with ‘paper’ is also a photographic study that cannot be forgotten! (IMHO)

And this book is very good!

Greetings from Brazil (rubemrocha.com)

on July 28, 2017

I agree with you! Looking at pictures on paper is so much better than on a screen. 
Especially with a cup of coffee 🙂 
Contact sheets s good study material!! 🙂 

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0 on July 30, 2017

Robert Capa, The Definitive Collection

Such a body of work for a tragically short life. I came across his work when looking for images of East London (where I’m from) during WW2 and of D-Day for my grandfather, a Normandy veteran. I has little idea of the range and expanse shot by Capa, and available in this huge wonderful tome of a book. 

 

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3 on July 30, 2017

The Suffering of Light by ALEX WEBB

very good book!!

on July 30, 2017

Fantastic book and one of my favorites to date!!

 

on July 31, 2017

I know it never gets old and it gives you motivation to go out and shoot in the streets. For me his photos are very technical in a way yet it still give you story one frame at a time.

on August 8, 2017

Alex Webb is such a great photographer! 
I love how he finds these crazy scenes where you have a lot of layers and everything just works together. He truly is a Master Photographer.
 

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2 on July 30, 2017

Recently I bought three books. “The street photographer’s manual” by David Gibson, “Photography in 100 words” by David Clark and “Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb on Street Photography and the Poetic Image”. These are my very first photobooks. The first book was a personal recommendation from street photographer. I just asked him via instagram for advice for a beginner. The second one I saw in instagram in video, and it was also recommended (by another street photographer). And the third one I bought following my intuition. The first one is great and useful. The second one is good too.

But the third one is an exceptional and amazing book to me. I like books in general and I like to read. And this book impressed me. Take a look on these very first words from the introduction written by Teju Cole:

“There is a poem by the twelfth-century Telugu poet Nanne Choda that I often think about:” An arrow shot by an archer / or a poem made by a poet / should cut through your heart, / jolting the head.”

And these words cut through my heart.

This book not only on Poetic Image, but this book is quite poetic to me. There is no too much text, but every text is concise and powerful.

I like to think, and I like that that book makes me thinking, that photography is a poetry. However it is hard to me to think about poetic image more specificly, i.e. this is abstract thing to me (and this brings even more issues for implementation). But I like it. I like that this book gives a lot of questions rather than answers. It makes me thinking.

Also, it is interesting to compare the mentioned Manual and this book. While I was reading the first one, I got certain ideas and thoughts on street photography. But this book (I mean AW&RNW) just makes me (my mind) speechless. It just jolted my head.

I will highly appreciate if you recommend similar book, which talks about photography like about poetry, or, well, just brings some high-level ideas which urge thinking and deepening in photography.

Thank you in advance!

on August 8, 2017

I would recommend you to read Henri Cartier Bresson’s The Decisive moment. 
Probably this is what you looking for. 
Here is a link to someone reviewing the book.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNKV0TQULMY

on August 8, 2017

I would recommend you to read Henri Cartier Bresson’s The Decisive moment. 
Probably this is what you looking for. 
Here is a link to someone reviewing the book.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNKV0TQULMY

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Thank you very much!

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0 on July 31, 2017

+1 for Magnum Contact Sheets. I’m doing a little challenge of buying at least one photo book a month for a year (it’s been more than one most months!). Also felt like ive lost my way photographically over the last few months so hoping this will inspire/invigorate 👍🏻

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1 on August 9, 2017

Well, my latest photobook that I bought are quite a few…that’s because last May-June I had a great opportunity travelling to NYC and could NOT miss the chance in buying this quite a few that I said…they are more than a dozen for sure…I am from Brasil and here chances to find photobooks are small compared to the USA.

But the very latest I bought which I highly recommend you to buy it is called “VALPARAISO” by a great Chilean photographer mamed Sergio Larrain (1931-2012) whom I did not know until I came across with very positive comments on the photographer and this book in another great book that I also recommend which is “The documentary impulse” by the famous USA photographer Stuart Franklyn whom I am sure you know…Ironically, Larrain’s book I found in the Amazon.com.br, that is to say, here in Brasil….

Larrain was a close friend to Henry Cartier-Bresson whom recommended him to enter Magnum where he stayed for a short period only…This marvellous book features a text written for Larrain by the nobel laureate Pablo Neruda,

on August 23, 2017

I never heard of the photographers you mentioned here. I will check them out! Thank you for your story! greats stuff 🙂 

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1 on August 9, 2017

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