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33 Great Photography Books - 2021 updated
Like cameras, books are beautiful objects and they have a good image - they’re modest and they’re rich. -Donovan Wylie
If you plan to read some photo books, I can recommend some great books. These are different types of photo books – some are full of images, others full of text. I collect photography books, and the 33 books listed here are just a small part of my whole collection.
Here is my list of must-read photography books:
General Photography Books
Understanding Exposure: How to Shoot Great Photographs with a Film or Digital Camera
by Bryan Peterson
Short book description:
Exposure can be complex, but in this book, the relationship between aperture and shutter speed is explained in detail and in an easy-to-understand manner.
The Best of Popular Photography (Hardcover) - Over 40 years of major events, ideas, techniques and achievements of renowned photographers - from the pages of the world‘s foremost photographic magazine
by Harvey V. Fondiller
The best articles from this great magazine, all in one book.
Pinhole Photography, Fourth Edition: From Historic Technique to Digital Application
by Eric Renner (Author)
Have you seen an ordinary room converted into a camera? To better understand how a camera works and how you can use almost any box as a camera, you should check out this book.
by Susan Sontag
"A brilliant analysis of the profound changes photographic images have made in our way of looking at the world and at ourselves over the last 140 years." (Washington Post Book World Review)
If you have a serious interest in photography, this book is a must-buy.
The Tao of Photography: Seeing Beyond Seeing
by Philippe L. Gross (Author), S.I. Shapiro (Author)
A book full of insightful wisdom on the art of photography.
Books with Interviews with Photographers
by Chris Boot (Author)
"Imagine having 61 widely published photographers from around the world candidly discuss their careers and beliefs while showing you key images from their portfolios. That is the engaging concept of Magnum Stories..." - (Amazon.com review)
Who Shot That!
by Peter Adams
A few of the world‘s legendary photographers interviewed and photographed by Peter Adams.
Photography Speaks II: 76 Photographers on Their Art
by Brooks Johnson (Editor), Chrysler Museum (Corporate Author)
Collection of pictures, interviews, letters and obscure publications, which spans 150 years and ranges from daguerreotypes to digital images.
Image Makers, Image Takers
by Anne-Celine Jaeger (Author)
Interviews with many of the top photographers alive today, such as David LaChapelle, Mary Ellen Mark, William Eggleston, Gerhard Steidl, and more.
Life Photographers: What They Saw
by John Loengard (Author)
This book shares a behind-the-scenes perspective on the great photographers of Life Magazine.
Interviews with Alfred Eisenstaedt, Yale Joel, Grey Villet, Gordon Parks, and more than 40 other great photographers.
by Robert Frank (Photographer), Jack Kerouac (Introduction)
"Robert Frank’s The Americans was a highly influential book in post-war American photography. The photographs were notable for their distanced view of both the high and low strata of American society." (Source Wikipedia)
Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer
by Henri Cartier-Bresson (Author), Yves Bonnefoy (Contributor)
Henri Cartier-Bresson was a French photographer considered to be the father of modern photojournalism and the master of candid photography. In this beautiful book, you will see 155 of his most famous photographs.
Annie Leibovitz at Work
by Annie Leibovitz (Author)
Annie Leibovitz is a well-known American portrait photographer.
"At Work" provides a wonderful overview of Annie Leibovitz's career.
Photography Elliot Erwitt - Personal Exposures
by Elliot Erwitt (Author)
Elliott Erwitt is an advertising and journalistic photographer known for his black-and-white candid shots of ironic and absurd situations within everyday settings -- the master of the "indecisive moment".
This book is a great overview of his best work.
Evidence 1944-1994 Photography
by Richard Avedon (Photographer), Jane Livingston (Author), David A. Ross (Author)
The best of Richard Avedon's photography with a good deal of text about his life and work.
Lennart Nilsson: Images of His Life
by Jacob Forsell (Editor)
Lennart Nilsson is famous for his photographs of in-vivo human embryos and other extreme macro photography.
Stopping Time: The Photographs of Harold Edgerton
by Gus Kayafas (Author), Estelle Jussim (Author)
Edgerton was the first to take high-speed color photographs and was a pioneer of multiflash and microsecond imagery.
This book is full of strange and unusual photographs.
W Eugene Smith Walk In Paradise Garden Photography
Let Truth Be the Prejudice: W. Eugene Smith, His Life and Photographs
by Ben Maddow (Author), John G. Morris (Afterword), W. Eugene Smith (Photographer)
W. Eugene Smith was an American photojournalist known for his refusal to compromise professional standards.
This is a good book about his life and photography.
Robert Capa: The Definitive Collection
by Richard Whelan (Author)
The story of the greatest war photographer, it includes all of Capa‘s most famous photos.
Famous Photographs Books
The Best of Life Photography
by David E. Scherman (Editor)
A great selection of the photographs from LIFE. This book is from 1973 but the great photographs are never too old.
The Great LIFE Photographers
by The Editors of LIFE (Author), John Loengard (Contributor), Gordon Parks (Contributor)
The best of work of every LIFE magazine staff photographer - more than 100 great photographers.
LIFE Classic Photographs: A Personal Interpretation
by John Loengard
Masterwork of many LIFE‘s greatest photographers. Very interesting to read the story behind each picture.
Practical Photography Books
On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide
by David Hurn (Author), Bill Jay (Author)
The book explains what it means to be a photographer. Very helpful and easy to read.
National Geographic Photography Field Guide: Secrets to Making Great Pictures
by Peter Burian (Author), Bob Caputo (Author)
My goal is to get my pictures published in National Geographic. Therefore the inside tips from these great writers/photographers are invaluable.
The Joy of Photographing People
by Eastman Kodak Company (Author)
This book was written before the digital camera was born. It is full of photo tips and good advice.
Stock Photography Books
by Roger Antrobus (Author)
Lee Frost describes what makes the most commercially successful pictures – he explains what to aim for and how to get the most commercially viable photos.
Photos That Sell: The Art of Successful Freelance Photography
by Lee Frost (Author)
This is the bible for freelance photography.
Good Photojournalism Books
Pictures on a Page: Photo-Journalism, Graphics and Picture Editing
by Harold Evans (Author)
This is my favorite photography book. This is the book I have learned most from.
It is about news photography but has information that is valuable for all types of photographers.
Associated Press Guide to Photojournalism (Associated Press Handbooks)
by Brian Horton (Author)
This book gives a great inside look at photojournalism. It is an easy read and full of information and useful tips.
Photojournalism, Sixth Edition: The Professionals' Approach
by Kenneth Kobre (Author)
If you are studying photojournalism, you must read this book.
Be Creative - Best Creative Photography Books
The Creative Photographer: A Complete Guide to Photography by John Ingledew (Author)
This book is designed to meet the needs of photography, art, and design students as well as beginners. It approaches photography in a bit different and more creative way.
Learning to See Creatively: Design, Color & Composition in Photography
by Bryan Peterson (Author)
This book will help photographers to see things from a new angle and avoid the visual bad habits that lead to dull, uninventive images.
What photography books do you recommend?
THE PASSING OF THE REVISIONS TO THE COPYRIGHT ACT IN THE USA, HAD DISASTROUS CONSEQUENCES FOR BILL STETTNER AND HIS CO-CAMPAIGNERS.
His collection of portraits ‘Who Shot That?’ is now comprised of 500 interviews and portraits with the world’s master photographers.