Best Books on Photographers

1. Annie Leibovitz at Work

by Annie Leibovitz

Book Description âÄúThe first thing I did with my very first camera was climb Mt. Fuji. Climbing Mt. Fuji is a lesson in determination and moderation. It would be fair to ask if I took the moderation part to heart. But it certainly was a lesson in respecting your camera. If I was going to live with this thing, I was going to have to think about what that meant. There were not going to be any pictures without it." âÄîAnnie Leibovitz Annie Leibovitz describes…»

2. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs

by Ansel Adams

ANSEL ADAMS: 400 PHOTOGRAPHS presents the full spectrum Adams' greatest work in a single volume for the first time, offering an entirely new perspective on his monumental career.. The photographs are arranged chronologically into five major periods in order to convey Adams' development as an artist-from his first photographs made in Yosemite and the High Sierra in 1916 to his work in the National Parks in the 1940s up to his last important photographs from…»

3. The Photographer's Eye

by John Szarkowski

The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski is a twentieth-century classic--an indispensable introduction to the visual language of photography. Based on a landmark exhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in 1964, and originally published in 1966, the book has long been out of print. It is now available again to a new generation of photographers and lovers of photography in this duotone printing that closely follows the original. Szarkowski's compact text…»

4. A Photographer's Life: 1990-2005

by Annie Leibovitz

âÄúI donâÄôt have two lives,âÄù Annie Leibovitz writes in the Introduction to this collection of her work from 1990 to 2005. âÄúThis is one life, and the personal pictures and the assignment work are all part of it.âÄù Portraits of well-known figuresâÄìJohnny Cash, Nicole Kidman, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Keith Richards, Michael Jordan, Joan Didion, R2-D2, Patti Smith, Nelson Mandela, Jack Nicholson, and William BurroughsâÄìappear alongside pictures of LeibovitzâÄôs family and…»

5. The Life of a Photograph

by Sam Abell

Drawing on 40 years of fieldwork, The Life of a Photograph takes readers on assignment and inside the heart of a master photographer to witness the process of making a truly great picture. This exquisite book is organized by the known and unexpected themes of AbellâÄôs work, ranging from his sensitive Portraits, beautiful Land, Sea, Sky and thought-provoking Wild Life to the surprising Just Looking (quirky scenes encountered on assignment),On the Road (…»

6. Image Makers, Image Takers

by Anne-Celine Jaeger

Aimed at professionals and beginners alike: the first systematic attempt to find out how photographers of world stature approach their work, and what it is that makes them succeed.This essential new guide to photography draws upon in-depth interviews with established photographers from the fields of fashion, art, portraiture, documentary photography, and advertising as well as comments from picture editors, curators, agency directors, and publishers who…»

7. 50 Photographers You Should Know

by Peter Stepan

This dynamic introduction to the world s greatestphotographers from the inception of photography to todaybears proof of the magic of the camera. From FÃÉ©lix Nadar toNan Goldin, each of the photographers featured hererepresents an important aspect of photography s evolution.The artists are presented in double-page spreads thatinclude reproductions of their most important works,concise biographies, informative sidebars, and a timelinethat extends throughout…»

8. The Photography Book

by Editors of Phaidon Press

Since it was first developed by Daguerre in the 1840s, photography has followed an interesting and varied course in its progress from a practical means of documentation to an art form with its own icons, heroes, galleries and collectors. This eye-catching and engrossing book contains every sort of photography, all of it arranged in an easily accessible and fun format. Pictures of famous events such as the Royal Wedding and the first landing on the moon are…»

9. Photowisdom: Master Photographers on Their Art

by Lewis Blackwell

Through the extraordinary images and insights of the world's master photographers, Photowisdom explores the richness of contemporary photographic practice. Photowisdom features commentaries from original interviews with world-leading photographers alongside exquisite reproductions of key images chosen by the artists themselves.The result is an unprecedented collection of 200 images showcasing each master photographer's work and their unique voice.…»

10. Photo Icons II

by Hans-Michael Koetzle

Volume 2 explores works such as Dorothea Lange's Migrant Mother (1936) and Robert Doisneau's Kiss in front of City hall (1950), up through Martin parr's 'new European photography'»

11. Ansel Adams: An Autobiography

by Ansel Adams, Mary Street Alinder

This popularly priced edition of Adams' acclaimed 1985 autobiography preserves all the text but reproduces fewer photographs than the original. With characteristic warmth, vigor, and wit, America's most beloved photographer-environmentalist recalls his extraordinary six-decade career. "A warm, discursive, and salty document."--The New Yorker. of photos.»

12. Photo Icons I

by Hans-Michael Koetzle

Volume 1 begins with the very first permanent images (Nicephore Niepce's 1827 8-hour exposure reeftop picture and Louis Daguerre's famous 1839 street scene) and takes the reader up through the avant-garde photography of the 1920s»

13. Photos of the 20th Century

by Maria Mitoglou

This work provides a fascinating insight into Germany's L. Fritz Gruber photography collection; from conceptual art to abstraction, all the major movements and genres are represented via a vast selection of the century's most remarkable photographs.»

14. Photography Speaks

by Brooks Johnson

From Matthew Brady to Cindy Sherman, 150 artists are represented in this new, combined volume of Photography Speaks, spanning the entire history of the medium. This compendium contains biographical information and an original statement from each artist, accompanied by an example of their work. A favorite with photographers and requisite course material for many students, the discourse on art and artistry contained in this volume is of unprecedented scale-…»

15. Icons Of Photography: The 20th Century

by Peter Stepan

Ninety seminal images by the worldâÄôs greatest photographers provide a stunning tour of the twentieth-centuryâÄôs greatest camera work. From the first image, Heinrich ZilleâÄôs Nine Boys Practicing Handstands, to the final, Nan GoldinâÄôs backstage portrait of transvestite performers, this generously illustrated volume explores photographyâÄôs impact on the way we experience the world. Every major photographer is represented in double-page spreads, which feature…»

16. Conversations with Photographers 2009


Published annually since 2006, in collaboration with Fundacion Telefonica, La Fabrica's Conversations with Photographers series pairs up leading lights in contemporary photography and the visual arts with international curators and fellow artists. Each interview is printed as an individual pocket-size book, with illustrations and notes, and is housed in a slipcase. For this third volume in the series, Californian photoconceptualist John Baldessari speaks…»

17. Dialogue with Photography: Interviews by Paul Hill and Thomas Cooper

by Paul Hill, Thomas Cooper

These are the classic interviews with the men and women who shaped so much of twentieth century photography. Ansel Adams, Man Ray, Cecil Beaton, Brassai, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Andrés Kertész, Jacques-Henri Lartigue, George Rodger, Robert Doisneau, Helmut Gernsheim, Brett Weston, Manuel Alvarez Bravo, Eliot Porter, W.Eugene Smith, Imogen Cunningham, Wynn Bullock, Minor White, Beaumont Newhall-recall their frustrations and successes and the effects of world…»