Tonight I’m looking through one of Uta Barth’s photo books.
I only know of Barth because she was one of the 2012 recipients of Macarthur Genius Grants, at which point I picked up this book and immediately fell in love with her work. Unique & simple & strangely powerful in unexpected ways. Just great stuff.
Tonight I’ve been looking through two photo books — Henri Cartier-Bresson: Photographer and A Visual Inventory by John Pawson. Very, very different photographers, and very different books, but both brilliant.
There is so much to be learned by looking carefully at other photographers’ work and thinking about what they’ve done and why and how.
This is actually the second time I’ve been through these books, and I’m fairly certain I’ll go through them both again many, many times — each time coming away with something new, learning something new, with something new impacting how I see the world and how I make photographs.
I’m slowly amassing a bit of a collection of photo books, and always have more that I want to get. Real books, too — with good photo books it’s absolutely worth having the real thing. I have a wishlist of some I’ll eventually get. It’s over here.
In no particular order…
* Wool (Hugh Howey)
* An Everlasting Meal (Tamer Adler)
* Life of Pi (Yann Martel)
* People of the Book (Geraldine Brooks)
* The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression (Bruce Barnbaum)
* Dissolution (C.J. Sansom)
* The Sisters Brothers (Patrick deWitt)
* Demolition Angel (Robert Crais)
* When the Women Come Out to Dance (Elmore Leonard)
* Pronto (Elmore Leonard)
* Riding the Rap (Elmore Leonard)
* Serena (Ron Rash)
* Surely You’re Joking, Mr. Feynman (Richard Feynman)
* Relic (Douglas Preston & Lincoln Child)*
* Speaking from Among the Bones (Alan Bradley)
* Pictorial Composition: An Introduction (Henry Rankin Poore)
* The Photographers Vision (Michael Freeman)
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