Share your favorite photo books below!
new favorite, Sunlanders by Sean Lotman
In terms of general photography books I absolutely love “Looking at Photographs” By John Szarkowski, it’s a great book for someone just getting into photography because it goes through most of the history of photography with tons of great essays.
In terms of a book simply containing photos I may have to go with Fan Ho’s “The Living Theatre” there are so many amazing images in that book, if you read the list of plates you’ll realize that it’s a compilation of a decade’s work.
Although I can’t talk about favorite photo books without mentioning “Henri Cartier Bresson: The Modern Century” I honestly enjoy this book more than the decisive moment, although the photos are smaller I actually enjoy the smallness of the images more than the larger ones in the decisive moment, they feel more intimate. I don’t believe there are any two page spreads which I’m rarely a fan of. I love this book because it’s a retrospective on his entire career, the decisive moment leaves out a large chunk of the great work that he did after that book was published, and the amount of information regarding Cartier Bresson in the modern century is to the best of my knowledge, the most in depth biography of him.
One of my favourites is Kunstkamera (“Кунсткамера” in Russian) by Alexander Petrosyan – it gives a great view on people living in Sankt Peresburg and fantastic study of street photography in general.
Another one is “Magnum Contact Sheets” where you can take a sneak peak on how people like Bresson and other famous Magnum photographers took their shots and worked the scene.