Some of the favorite books of photographs in my collection  (starting unabashedly with 2 I put together to accompany exhibits of my own work):

  • The Nature of Cities, Adam Isler, Lulu, 2009
  • Camera Obscura, Adam Isler, Blurb, 2010
  • Early Color, Saul Leiter, Steidl, 2006 – this is a book I repeatedly turn to for inspiration
  • The Last Resort, Martin Parr, Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2009
  • The Americans, Robert Frank, Steidl edition, 2008
  • Eye, Mind, Spirit: The Enduring Legacy of Minor White, Nathan Lyons, ed., Howard Greenberg Gallery, 2008
  • Helen Levitt, Helen Levitt, powerHouse Books, 2008
  • Friedlander, Peter Galassi, Museum of Modern Art, 2005
  • Women, Annie Liebovitz -photographs, Susan Sontag – essay, Random House, 1999
  • Sergio Larrain, Agnès Sire, Aperture, 2013
  • The Suffering of Light, Alex Webb, Aperture, 2011
  • Modern Color, Fred Herzog, Hatje Cantz, 2017
  • A Kind of Rapture, Robert Bergman, Pantheon, 1998
  • East 100th Street, Bruce Davidson, Harvard University Press, 1970
  • Shtetl in the Sun, Andy Sweet, Letter16 Press, 2018
  • Only Human, Judy Dater, Marymount Institute Press, 2017
  • Kitchen Table Series, Carrie Mae Weems, Damiani and Matsumoto Editions, 2016

Books of photography criticism:

  • Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images, 4th ed., Terry Barrett, McGraw Hill, 2006
  • The Mind’s Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Aperture, 1999
  • Why People Photograph, Robert Adams, Aperture, 1994
  • Inside the Photograph: Writings on Twentieth-Century Photography, Peter C. Bunnell, Aperture, 2009
  • The Nature of Photographs: A Primer, Stephen Shore, Phaidon, 2008
  • The Photographer’s Eye, John Szarkowski, Museum of Modern Art, 2007

 And some books on making pictures that I have found helpful:

  • The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great, Steve Simon, New Riders, 2012
  • Within the Frame: The Journey of Photographic Vision, David DuChemin, New Riders, 2009
  • The Practice of Contemplative Photography: Seeing the World with Fresh Eyes, Andy Karr and Michael Wood, Shambhala, 2011
  • The Photographer’s Eye: Composition and Design for Better Digital Photos, Michael Freeman, Focal Press, 2007
  • The Photographer’s Mind: Creative thinking for better digital photos, Michael Freeman, Focal Press, 2011
  • The Photographer’s Vision: Understanding and Appreciating Great Photography, Michael Freeman, Focal Press, 2011
  • The Art of Photography: An Approach to Personal Expression, Bruce Barnbaum, Rocky Nook, 2010
  • On Street Photography and the Poetic Image, Alex Webb and Rebecca Norris Webb, Aperture, 2014

Other Books

A new feature (starting July, 2020). Art Garfunkel-like, I’m recording all the books I read, including non-photography ones. I’ve looked back at my Nook, Kindle, Libby and actual book shelves to start with what I’ve read over the last year or two and I’m adding new books as I finish them. I exclude those I abandon without finishing.

October 2021

  • Death Benefits, Thomas Perry
  • Dead Irish, John Lescroart
  • The Stranger Diaries, Elly Griffiths

September 2021

  • Oranges and Lemons, Christopher Fowler
  • Daylight, David Baldacci
  • The Lost Shtetl, Max Gross
  • The Ice Swimmer, Kjell Ola Dahl
  • To Have or to Be?, Erich Fromm
  • How You Say It, Katherine D Kinzler
  • Black Buck, Mateo Askaripour

August 2021

  • Final Account, Peter Robinson
  • The Quick Red Fox, John D MacDonald
  • Teeth of the Dog, Jill Ciment
  • Deacon King Kong, James McBride
  • Stalking the Angel, Robert Crais
  • Hooked, Michael Moss
  • Bird in a Cage, Frédéric Dard
  • What’s Your Pronoun? Beyond He & She, Dennis Baron
  • The Monkey’s Raincoat, Robert Crais
  • The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman, Ernest J Gaines
  • A Shadow Intelligence, Oliver Harris

July, 2021

  • The President’s Dossier, James A. Scott
  • Electric Barracuda, Tim Dorsey
  • The Sum of Us, Heather McGhee
  • The Conjure-Man Dies, Rudolph Fisher
  • Even Dogs in the Wild, Ian Rankin
  • How to Live Safely In a Science Fictional Universe, Charles Yu
  • The Pardon, James Grippando
  • The Elegance of the Hedgehog, Muriel Barbery
  • Through a Glass, Darkly, Donna Leon
  • Night of Fire, Colin Thubron
  • Winterkill, Ragnar Jonasson
  • New England Bound, Wendy Warren

June, 2021

  • The Life of the Mind, Christine Smallwood
  • Speedboat, Renata Adler
  • The Wolf, Lorenzo Carcaterra
  • But What if We’re Wrong, Chuck Klosterman
  • Lost and Wanted, Nell Freudenberger
  • A Thousand Pardons, Jonathan Dee

May, 2021

  • Wherever You Go, Joan Leegant
  • Defining Moments in Black History: Reading Between the Lies, Dick Gregory
  • Moonflower Murders, Anthony Horowitz
  • Fatal Invention, Dorothy Roberts
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs, Anna Quindlen
  • Butcher’s Moon, Richard Stark
  • Ask the Parrot, Richard Stark
  • The Burglar in Short Order, Lawrence Block
  • Machines Like Me, Ian McEwan
  • The Remains of the Day, Kazuo Ishiguro
  • Number9Dream, David Mitchell

April, 2021

  • Near Enemy, Adam Sternbergh
  • Too Many Cooks, Rex Stout
  • D, Michael Faber
  • Parishioner, Walter Mosley
  • Begin Again, Eddie S Glaude Jr
  • The Tenth Commandment, Lawrence Sanders
  • Spheres of Justice: A Defense of Pluralism and Equality, Michael Walzer

March, 2021

  • Out of Sight, Elmore Leonard
  • My Brilliant Friend, Elena Ferrante
  • The Mother of All Questions, Rebecca Solnit
  • Crying Out Loud, Cath Staincliffe
  • Lake Success, Gary Shteyngart
  • House of Correction, Nicci French
  • Quichotte, Salman Rushdie

February, 2021

  • Shut Your Eyes Tight, John Verdon
  • Picnic Comma Lightning, Laurence Scott
  • Snow, John Banville
  • The Holdout, Graham Moore
  • The Battle for Human Nature, Barry Schwartz

January, 2021

  • Photo Work: Forty Photographers on Process and Practice, Sasha Wolf, editor
  • The Sympathizer, Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Nine Shiny Objects, Brian Castleberry
  • Little Gods, Meng Jin

December, 2020

  • Notes of a Native Son, James Baldwin
  • IQ, Joe Ide
  • Six Days of the Condor, James Grady
  • The Order, Daniel Silva
  • Age of Anger: A History of the Present, Pankaj Mishra
  • The Silver Swan, Elena Delbanco
  • Winners Take All: The Elite Charade of Changing the World, Anand Giridharadas
  • Serafim and Claire, Mark Lavorato
  • The Kill Artist, Daniel Silva
  • Improvement, Joan Silber
  • The Dakota Winters, Tom Barbash
  • The Memory Police, Yoko Ogawa
  • Naked Came the Florida Man, Tim Dorsey

November, 2020

  • The Destruction of Lower Manhattan, Danny Lyon
  • The Overstory, Richard Powers
  • November Road, Lou Berney
  • Galápagos, Kurt Vonnegut
  • Too Many Women, Rex Stout
  • American Spy, Lauren Wilkinson
  • Night Boat to Tangier, Kevin Barry
  • Day of the Dead, Nicci French
  • Everywhere You Don’t Belong, Gabriel Bump
  • Friday on My Mind, Nicci French
  • The Bookshop, Penelope Fitzgerald
  • Escape Clause, John Sandford
  • Holy Ghost, John Sandford

October, 2020

  • Burglars Can’t Be Choosers, Lawrence Block
  • The Burglar Who Liked to Quote Kipling, Lawrence Block
  • How Fascism Works, Jason Stanley
  • And Sometimes I Wonder About You, Walter Mosley
  • The Weight of Ink, Rachel Kadish
  • The Curse of Bigness: Antitrust in the New Gilded Age, Tim Wu
  • Mumbo Jumbo, Ishmael Reed
  • The Consciousness Instinct, Michael S. Gazzaniga

September, 2020

  • Forest Dark, Nicole Krauss
  • Nightmare in Pink, John D MacDonald
  • Dunbar, Edward St. Aubyn
  • Rose Gold, Walter Mosley
  • In Praise of Doubt: How to Have Convictions Without Becoming a Fanatic, Peter Berger & Anton Zijderveld
  • Let Me Be Frank With You, Richard Ford
  • The High Window, Raymond Chandler
  • Fearless Jones, Walter Mosley
  • Past Tense, Lee Child
  • The Antagonist, Lynn Coady
  • White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America, Nancy Isenberg 
  • Baroni, Alfred Harris
  • Asymmetry, Lisa Halliday
  • A Lesson Before Dying, Ernest J. Gaines
  • The Keeper of Lost Causes, Jussi Adler-Olsen

August, 2020

  • Gordon Parks: The Atmosphere of Crime, 1957, Sarah MeisterNicole FleetwoodBryan StevensonGordon Parks
  • Persons Unknown, Susie Steiner
  • Reader, Come Home, Maryanne Wolf
  • The Pale Criminal, Philip Kerr
  • A German Requiem, Philip Kerr
  • World Without Mind, Franklin Foer
  • Paradise, Toni Morrison
  • Jazz, Toni Morrison


non-FictionMysteriesOther Fiction
Everybody LiesJourney into FearMr. Vertigo
The Velvet Rope EconomyThe Light of DayThe Book of Evidence
Empire of ThingsA Coffin for DemetriosOpen City
The Origins of TotalitarianismThe Case of the 7 WhistlersVoltaire’s Calligrapher
Picture ThisMurder in the MaraisThe Names
Between the World and MeBurglars Can’t be ChoosersJeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
From Bacteria to Bach and BackThe Burglar in the LibraryJuneteenth
The Origins of Political OrderThe Burglar on the ProwlDinner at the Center of the Earth
SapiensThe White TrilogyFirst Person
Capital in the 21st CenturyRed HookThe Comedians
The Blank SlateThe Black EchoThe Ministry of Fear
Enlightenment NowTrunk MusicThe Quiet American
The Stuff of ThoughtThe Last Good KissA Horse Walks into a Bar
Food RulesShadows Still RemainThe Library at Mount Char
The Omnivore’s DilemmaBuried on Avenue BProdigal Spy
The Evolution of EverythingManhattan is my BeatOur Kind of Traitor
Prime Green: Remembering the 60sThe Remorseful DayCall for the Dead
A People’s History of the USBlood RainSmiley’s People
The Age of Surveillance CapitalismMurder in the Queens ArmesIs this Tomorrow
The CompanyThe Double GameMr Paradise
The Signal and the NoiseBroken HarborThe Photograph
The Black SwanPayment in BloodThe Hike
DataclysmFor the Sake of ElenaTough Guys Don’t Dance
Breaking the SpellCareless in RedTangerine
Thinking Fast and SlowThe Woman from PragueSo You don’t get Lost in the Neighborhood
LiberalismExit LinesWoman with a Blue Pencil
The Moral LandscapeMagpie MurdersAt Swim Two Birds
Consciousness ExplainedA Firing OffenseAppointment in Samarra
A Short History of Nearly EverythingA Mind to MurderThe Expats
The Language InstinctA Certain JusticeThe Tragedy of Arthur
The Red QueenSacred and ProfaneBleeding Edge
The End of FaithMoonlight MileThe Mathematician’s Shiva
Why We BuyBy its CoverThe Speed of Light
$uperHubsIn Big TroubleSuper Sad True Love Story
Inside the Dream PalaceInnocent BloodOn the Lisbon Disaster
 First Class Passengers on a Sinking Ship: Elite Politics and the Decline of Great PowersThe Last DetectiveJailbird
 The ChillThe Golem and the Jinni
 Accident on the A35The Imperfectionists
 The Marx SistersThe Rise and Fall of Great Powers
 Silver MeadowShylock is My Name
 Corpus ChristmasThe Boy Who Saw
 The RuinThe Searcher
 Little GreenThe Circle
 NemesisCall Me Zebra
 So Say the FallenTishomingo Blues
 Killing OrdersThe Blind Assassin
 Critical MassThe Robber Bride
 DisappearedRadio Free Vermont
 Déjà DeadSolar Bones
 From Doon with DeathInherent Vice
 Wolf to the SlaughterAbsurdistan
 The Best Man to DieThe Story of Lucy Gault
 An Unkindness of RavensA Gentleman in Moscow
 The Veiled OneThe Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir who got Trapped in an Ikea Wardrobe
 McNally’s Secret 
 Buried Prey 
 Stolen Prey 
 Extreme Prey 
 The Late Monsieur Gallet 
 Heat Lightning 
 Whose Body? 
 The Judge’s House 
 Last Seen Alive 
 The Locked Room 
 Not Quite Dead Enough 
 Murder by the Book 
 If Death Ever Slept 
 And Four to Go 
 Homicide Trinity 
 Outsider in Amsterdam 
 Think of a Number 
 Shut Your Eyes Tight 
 Wolf Lake 
 King Solomon’s Carpet 
 Finnegan’s Week 
 The Girl in the Plain Brown Wrapper 
 The Laughing Policeman 
 Calamity at Harwood 
 Pale Gray for Guilt 
 The Hot Rock 
 Please Pass the Guilt 
 The Long Lavender Look 
 Eight Perfect Murders 
 Gumshoe on the Loose 
 Fletch’s Moxie 
 Many Rivers to Cross 

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