New feature (July 2020) – I’m going to start listing, Art Garfunkel-like, the books I’ve been reading that are not on photography as recorded in various e-book apps I’ve been using for the last couple of years. Scroll way down to see about photography books

non-Fiction Mysteries Other Fiction
Everybody Lies Journey into Fear Mr. Vertigo
The Velvet Rope Economy The Light of Day The Book of Evidence
Empire of Things A Coffin for Demetrios Open City
The Origins of Totalitarianism The Case of the 7 Whistlers Voltaire’s Calligrapher
Picture This Murder in the Marais The Names
Between the World and Me Burglars Can’t be Choosers Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
From Bacteria to Bach and Back The Burglar in the Library Juneteenth
The Origins of Political Order The Burglar on the Prowl Dinner at the Center of the Earth
Sapiens The White Trilogy First Person
Capital in the 21st Century Red Hook The Comedians
The Blank Slate The Black Echo The Ministry of Fear
Enlightenment Now Trunk Music The Quiet American
The Stuff of Thought The Last Good Kiss A Horse Walks into a Bar
Food Rules Shadows Still Remain The Library at Mount Char
The Omnivore’s Dilemma Buried on Avenue B Prodigal Spy
The Evolution of Everything Manhattan is my Beat Our Kind of Traitor
Prime Green: Remembering the 60s The Remorseful Day Call for the Dead
A People’s History of the US Blood Rain Smiley’s People
The Age of Surveillance Capitalism Murder in the Queens Armes Is this Tomorrow
The Company The Double Game Mr Paradise
The Signal and the Noise Broken Harbor The Photograph
The Black Swan Payment in Blood The Hike
Dataclysm For the Sake of Elena Tough Guys Don’t Dance
Breaking the Spell Careless in Red Tangerine
Thinking Fast and Slow The Woman from Prague So You don’t get Lost in the Neighborhood
Liberalism Exit Lines Woman with a Blue Pencil
The Moral Landscape Magpie Murders At Swim Two Birds
Consciousness Explained A Firing Offense Appointment in Samarra
A Short History of Nearly Everything A Mind to Murder The Expats
The Language Instinct A Certain Justice The Tragedy of Arthur
The Red Queen Sacred and Profane Bleeding Edge
The End of Faith Moonlight Mile The Mathematician’s Shiva
Why We Buy By its Cover The Speed of Light
$uperHubs In Big Trouble Super Sad True Love Story
Inside the Dream Palace Innocent Blood On the Lisbon Disaster
  The Last Detective Jailbird
  The Chill The Golem and the Jinni
  Accident on the A35 The Imperfectionists
  The Marx Sisters The Rise and Fall of Great Powers
  Silver Meadow Shylock is My Name
  Corpus Christmas The Boy Who Saw
  The Ruin The Searcher
  Little Green The Circle
  Nemesis Call Me Zebra
  So Say the Fallen Tishomingo Blues
  Killing Orders The Blind Assassin
  Critical Mass The Robber Bride
  Disappeared Radio Free Vermont
  Déjà Dead Solar Bones
  From Doon with Death Inherent Vice
  Wolf to the Slaughter Absurdistan
  The Best Man to Die The Story of Lucy Gault
  An Unkindness of Ravens A Gentleman in Moscow
  The Veiled One The 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  

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

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