Setting goals and making lists is all the rage right now. Before I forget, here’s wishing all of you a very Happy New Year. 2015 can be big year for you. I know I have grand plans. So, let’s toast to both of our dreams, shall we?
One of the ways I dream (and I do day dream a lot) is via books. In fact, I am a lot more protective of my books than I am of my gear. I am kinda weird that way. Books, for me, are the ultimate escape and I am very protective of them. I am not much of a tv watcher (though that show House of Cards is something isn’t it?) and my bar-hopping days are behind me. So, I sit with my books and I am easily transported to a different life. It’s my exit into understanding the world around me.
In the last week or two, I have read books by Jon Acuff (“Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters” is awesome and I am waiting on his next one called “Do Over: Rescue Monday, Reinvent Your Work, and Never Get Stuck“) and Pico Iyer (“The Art of Stillness”).
I have a special place in my heart for photography books. Being a photographer, I know how difficult it can be to edit, design, produce and publish one. So, when a photographer launches a book, I am typically one of the first to sign up and buy it. But budget is a consideration and I have to be rather picky about which ones make it into my bookshelf.
I am heartened to know that so many photography books were published in 2014. It’s the end of the year and there have already been a bevy of photography websites linking to their favorite photography books of the year. Here is a sampling:
American Photography Magazine
Humble Arts Foundation
PDN Photo Annual
Photolia [A motherlode of links to other lists] Elizabeth Avedon
Mother Jones Magazine
Conscientious Photography Magazine
My favorite books – the ones I bought are as follows:
Dan Winters’Road To Seeing
Scott Strazzante’s Common Ground
Gregory Heisler’s 50 Portraits
Lena Hyde’s The Design Aglow Posing Guide For Family Portrait Photography
Ernesto Bazan’s Isla
Alex Webb’s The Suffering Of Light
Raghu Rai’s India: Reflections in Colour
Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb’s Street Photography and the Poetic Image: The Photography Workshop Series
Neil van Niekerk’s Lighting & Design for Portrait Photography: Direction & Quality of Light
Roberto Valenzuela’s Picture Perfect Posing: Practicing the Art of Posing for Photographers and Models
Then there are books that I will buy someday in the near future:
Martin Schoeller’s Portraits
National Geographic’s The Farmer In All Of Us
Paul Mobley’s American Farmer: The Heart of Our Country
Eugene Richard’s Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down
Zun Lee’s Father Figure
Marc Wilson’s The Last Stand: Northern Europe
Alain Lebloile‘s En attendant le facteur
Chirodeep Chaudhuri’s A Village In Bengal
William A. Ewing’s Masterclass: Arnold Newman
Magnum Contact Sheets
Larry Fink’s Composition and Improvisation: The Photography Workshop Series
Jason Fulford and Gregory Halpern’s The Photographer’s Playbook: 307 Assignments and Ideas
Erik Valind’s Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots
Art Wolfe’s Earth Is My Witness
I know some of these books were published before 2014, but I came to know about them only this year. So, at least in my mind, they still made my list.
Buy one or more of these books using the affiliate links above and you get to right them off as a business expense for 2014. But you do have only until December 31st (that’s tomorrow) to snag these books and get that tax break. Gee whiz, I might have just sold myself more books to buy before tomorrow!
Ok, your turn now. Which photography books did you buy? Which ones would you like to add to your library? Sound off below.