If you are in the least bit interested in the history of photography, you should check out the books Brooks Johnson, curator of photography at Chrysler Museum of Art has published over the years.
Photography Speaks I & II contain biographical information and an original statement from each photographer, accompanied by an example of their work. Photography Speaks I and II were enthralling. Now comes III.
If I were to find some fault in this series, it is that the photographers are largely from the West. But that, I admit, can be seen as petty given that photography is an invention of and from the West. Thoughts?