Friday Reads: Photography

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With the 21st century’s advent of smart phone cameras and social media sharing, we have certainly become tourists in our own lives like never before… snapping and posting photos whenever inspiration strikes. Thusly, vicarious travel is at an all-time high in the summer. Depending on the trips of your circle of “friends”, you may visit Japan, Giverny, Maine, Greenland, etcetera through their photos. In that vein, we’ve turned our lens to some of the best photography books for the summer – from instruction to stunning works of art to pictorial travelogues:


The Beginner's Photography GuideTHE BEGINNER’S PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE, 2ND EDITION by Chris Gatcum

Fully updated to reflect all the latest developments in technology and creative trends in digital image-making, The Beginner’s Photography Guide, 2nd Edition is DK’s bestselling manual for any novice photographer who wants to unlock the potential of their new digital camera.


Coastal CaliforniaCOASTAL CALIFORNIA: THE PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY AND BEYOND by Jake Rajs; Foreword by Governor Edmund G. Brown, Jr.

An unprecedented book showcasing the California coast via the Pacific Coast Highway and beyond. As America stands to the rest of the world, so stands California to America—a shining promise of endless possibility. California is both dream and reality. Coastal California is for anyone who has felt the lure of a Pacific sunset. From the physical beauty of Monterey to the grandeur of Southern California, photographer Jake Rajs displays his skillful command of capturing the coastline and Pacific Ocean in every season and the land that is affected by it.



A beautifully illustrated guide to developing a daily photography practice that draws on mindfulness and Zen Buddhism, featuring accessible lessons on the mechanics of photography, in order to tap into one’s unique, innate creativity.


New York City on InstagramNEW YORK CITY ON INSTAGRAM by Dan Kurtzman

From gorgeous skylines and jaw-dropping aerials to hidden treasures, this timely collection showcases 300 striking images of NYC by more than 40 acclaimed Instagram photographers. New York City has become the most photographed city in the world on Instagram, and at no time has its humming energy been more passionately and extensively captured than right now. This first-of-its-kind book brings the Instagram experience into a beautifully curated collection that reveals New York City in a vivid, new light.


The Atlas of Beauty by Mihaela NorocTHE ATLAS OF BEAUTY: WOMEN OF THE WORLD IN 500 PORTRAITS by Mihaela Noroc

Based on the hugely popular website, and finally brought together in book format, this collection features 350 photographs of women from more than 50 countries, with captions that reveal each woman’s unique story and environment. The book features new and unpublished photographs, as well as favorites from the site, many with commentary from the author about her travels and stories about the amazing women she has encountered.


National Geographic Visual Atlas of the World, 2nd Edition by National GeographicNATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC VISUAL ATLAS OF THE WORLD, 2ND EDITION

Featuring more than 200 fascinating maps, 350 new photos, and state-of-the-art cartography and satellite imagery, this is an essential reference for families, travelers, students, librarians, and scholars. Each page, created in collaboration with the world’s premier scientists, geographers, and cartographers, is packed with up-to-the-minute information, making this book the most beautiful and authoritative visual atlas available today.


100 Great Street Photographs by David Gibson100 GREAT STREET PHOTOGRAPHS by David Gibson

This celebration of contemporary street photography—in all its edgy, strange, beautiful, haunting, colorful, and humorous glory—brings together the work of a new generation of talented artists. The Curated by David Gibson, a street photographer and expert in the genre, this stunning book offers a truly global collection of images. Gibson’s insightful introduction gives an insider’s overview of street photography, illuminating its historic importance and its renaissance in the digital age.



Written by world-renowned photographer, writer, and broadcaster Tom Ang, Photography lavishly celebrates the most iconic photographs and photographers of the past 200 years.

Dissecting classics such as Daguerre’s Boulevard de Temple, Stieglitz’s The Steerage, Rosenthal’s Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima, and McCurry’s Afghan Girl, this amazing reference not only showcases incredible photographs, but tells their stories, in-depth, and is a must-have for anyone who appreciates the beauty of photography.


The Best Loved Villages of FranceTHE BEST LOVED VILLAGES OF FRANCE by Stephane Bern

An insider’s tour of France’s most beloved and beautiful villages uncovers the country’s hidden treasures. The Best Loved Villages of France brings the reader on a tour of forty-four of the country’s most treasured destinations. This book offers an illustrated tour around all twenty-two regions of France, from Provence and the Alps, to Normandy and the Loire. Aerial and intimate photographs invite the reader to explore these splendid locales, while the descriptions, anecdotes, and interviews with local village-dwellers plunge you into the individual history and character of France’s diverse regions. The villages featured in the book were selected in a popular vote by the French public and they represent an authentic journey into the heart of France.


The Coast of MaineTHE COAST OF MAINE by Carl Heilman II

With a coastline that rivals California’s, Maine attracts millions of visitors each year who come to swim, fish, hike, or just enjoy the views. Many of the images present a near panoramic scope, placing the viewer in the middle of a wilderness splendor. The photographs capture the region’s famous sandy beaches, tree-covered mountains, tidepools brimming with life, and secluded harbors, as well as quaint villages, historic lighthouses, cranberry bogs, and lobster boats. The book also celebrates offshore Maine, with images of whales, puffins, and other elusive sea creatures. The Coast of Maine makes an affordable and charming gift for anyone planning, or dreaming of, a visit to this glorious region.


The Advanced Photography Guide by DKTHE ADVANCED PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE (DK)

Packed with practical advice, handy equipment and settings checklists, and hundreds of inspirational and instructive images, The Advanced Photography Guide gives you the know-how and confidence to produce truly stunning images and develop your own style.


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Posted: August 10, 2018