I picked a very personal and subjective topic for today. My top 3 favorite photo books (so far)! I am sure that these will not be loved by everyone the same, but I figured it might be quite interesting for you to get to know some new photo books, or maybe read about what someone else thinks of a favorite of yours. I started collecting and reading photo books about a year and a half ago, so it's self-explanatory that I don't know about all of the amazing books out there, but these 3 are the ones that really stood out to me the most, so far.
Stephen Shore: Uncommon Places
I first came across this, 208 page long and beautifully printed, book in a art museum in Munich, but hesitated and didn't buy it due to having to decide between it and another one of my favorites (last book in the post). I was luckily gifted this wonderful and colorful book for Christmas last year. From that moment on I couldn't resist having a quick look at it every once in a while and sometimes really sinking myself in the vast picture of America, Shore manages to illustrate in the book.
What is quite funny about me liking the book, is how much it differs from my preferred way of shooting. Hell, I have never even touched a 5x4 or even a 8x10 camera before! Nevertheless the depiction of "uncommon" places in this book is nothing short of incredible!
Thomas Hoepker: Wanderlust
He might be my all time favorite photographer and his book "Wanderlust" perfectly portrays his work as a photographer capturing a multitude of different events around the globe. Starting in 1954, with his first photographs on glass plates, through to 2013, the book truly gives the reader an insight into Hoepker's way of capturing important moments, not only for the subject, but also for the world. The 304 page long, often filled with beautifully printed 2 page spreads, book takes the reader along, on a ride through different eras of the second half of the 20th century and the beginning of the 21st. If you like documentary photography, you'll (probably) love this book.
Robert Frank: The Americans
I am pretty sure that I don't have to explain to much about this book. Following Henri Cartier Bresson's "The Decisive Moment", this is the documentary/street photographer's bible. Robert Frank portrayed the American culture perfectly with this masterpiece of a book. The contrasty black and white imagery, printed by the photo book gods over at Steidl, truly pulls you into 1950s America and it's divided, patriotic and self defining culture. I am pretty sure that this book has played the biggest role in shaping my style of photography so far. I adore Frank's work and his way of simplifying complex situations into amazingly composed, but still simple, photographs. If you can only get one photo book for the rest of the year, buy "The Americans" and you'll not regret it.
Thank you for reading my second blog post! Hopefully you did find something new and maybe check out some of my own photography while you are here.