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Top 10: Best photography books of 2014

Posted on October 01, 2014 - By Sandrine Hermand-Grisel
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Once again Christmas is just around the corner and you have no idea what to buy. Have you thought about photography books? The choice is so large!
To help you make up your mind we came up with a list of photo books that you will want to order for yourself or give to someone else. In any case you will make someone happy.
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Cynthia Young: Capa in Color
Cynthia Young: Capa in Color
Cynthia Young: Capa in Color
Cynthia Young: Capa in Color
Prestel, 208 pages
Famed photojournalist and founder of Magnum Photos, Robert Capa was primarily known for his black-and-white images. But after World War II he turned increasingly to colour, fulfilling assignments for a variety of popular magazines such as Life and Holiday. This volume reproduces Capa's colour images in a wide variety of forms including prints, magazine spreads, book jackets, and other ephemera, revealing the photographer at a point in his career when his role as director of Magnum required that he keep up with current technology - both as a business decision and a way of capturing new assignments. This book also features a contextualising essay by International Center of Photography curator Cynthia Young, travel writings by Capa and assignment collaborators John Steinbeck and Irwin Shaw, and brief essays providing background on various pieces of reportage.
Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral
Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral
Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral
Alexander Gronsky: Pastoral
Contrasto, 112 pages
In this photographic account, Alexander Gronsky portrays the outskirts of Moscow: the places where humanity takes refuge to find solace far from the cities, colliding with urban expansion and frailty of nature.
Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down
Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down
Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down
Eugene Richards: Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down
Many Voices Press, 112 pages
The Arkansas Delta has been called at different times the soul of the South, the land of opportunity, a place ruled by race, a forgotten place. Eugene Richards (born 1944) first went to the delta as a VISTA volunteer in 1969. It was less than a year after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., a time when cotton, religion, prejudice and poverty were what characterized most peoples' lives. Increasingly drawn to this both sorrowful and beautiful place, Richards would stay for more than four years, working as a social worker and reporter until the community service organization and newspaper he helped found were forced to close their doors. But over the years he would keep returning. Red Ball of a Sun Slipping Down is a book that speaks of remembrance and change, of struggle and privation, of loving and loss, of then and now.
Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor
Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor
Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor
Jim Goldberg: Rich and Poor
Steidl, 222 pages
From 1977 to 1985, Jim Goldberg photographed the wealthy and destitute of San Francisco, creating a visual document that has since become a landmark work. Through the combination of text and photographs, Rich and Poor's mass appeal was instantly recognizable. In 1984 the series was exhibited alongside Robert Adams and Joel Sternfeld in the Three Americansexhibition at The Museum of Modern Art in New York, and was published the following year by Random House. Out of print since 1985, Rich and Poor has been completely redesigned and expanded by the artist for this Steidl edition. Available for the first time in hardcover, Rich and Poor builds upon the classic combination of photographs and handwriting and adds a surplus of vintage material and contemporary photographs that have never been published or exhibited. The photographs in Rich and Poor constitute a shocking and gripping portrait of America during the 1970s and 80s that remains just as relevant today.
Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
Dan Winters: Road to Seeing
New Riders. 606 pages
In Road to Seeing, Dan shares his journey to becoming a photographer, as well as key moments in his career that have influenced and informed the decisions he has made and the path he has taken. Though this book appeals to the broader photography audience, it speaks primarily to the student of photography-whether enrolled in school or not-and addresses such topics as creating a visual language; the history of photography; the portfolio; street photography; personal projects; his portraiture work; and the need for key characteristics such as perseverance, awareness, curiosity, and reverence.
Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women II
Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women II
Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women II
Peter Lindbergh: Images of Women II
Schirmer/Mosel, 300 pages
Internationally-revered German fashion photographer Peter Lindbergh revolutionized his metier with iconic images of the 1980s supermodels. From his beginnings, he has sought to capture the personality, character, and identity of fashion models, not just the glitter and glamour. In 1997 he presented his seminal book Images of Women comprising his work of the 1980s and 1990s. As a sequel, Lindbergh now presents Images of Women II featuring the highlights of his work created between 2005 and 2014: fashion photographs, nudes, and portraits of today's actresses and models such as Milla Jovovich, Isabella Rossellini, Monica Bellucci, Jamie King, Emmanuelle Seigner, Tilda Swinton, Kate Moss, Elisa Sednaoui, Jessica Chastain, Hye Jung Lee--and the occasional man, such as Hollywood grand seigneur Kirk Douglas.
Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Steidl, 388 pages
The distinctive iconography of Saul Leiter's early black and white photographs stems from his profound response to the dynamic street life of New York City in the late 1940s and 50s. While this technique borrowed aspects of the photodocumentary, Leiter's imagery was more shaped by his highly individual reactions to the people and places he encountered. Like a Magic Realist with a camera, Leiter absorbed the mystery of the city and poignant human experiences. Together with Early Color, also published by Steidl, Early Black and White shows the impressive range of Leiter's early photography.
Antoine D'Agata: Antibodies
Antoine D
Antoine D
Antoine D
Prestel, 560 pages
This monumental collection of d'Agata's controversial work is a cult classic and companion to one of the most talked-about photography exhibitions of the past decade, available now for the first time in English. Containing striking images of people living on the fringes of society, Antibodies is a challenging and captivating collection from one of the most renowned photographers working today. Antoine d'Agata has traveled the world's darkest corners collecting images of prostitutes, addicts, war-torn communities, and the homeless. A nomad himself, d'Agata tackles subjects often left untouched, unnoticed, or ignored. Frequently compared to his mentors Nan Goldin and Larry Clark, d'Agata's work, for all its grim and occasionally terrifying realism, bears the hallmarks of timeless photographs. This volume features images from a number of d'Agata's series, interspersed with short texts as well as essays and commentary. Antibodies was awarded the 2013 Arles Book Prize, and is certain to become one of the most sought-after photography books of the year.
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
Harper Design, 214 pages
The definitive monograph of American photographer Vivian Maier, exploring the full range and brilliance of her work and the mystery of her life, written and edited by noted photography curator and writer Marvin Heiferman and featuring 250 black-and-white images, color work, and other materials never seen before.
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
Henri Cartier-Bresson: The Decisive Moment
Steidl, 160 pages
Within the canon of European photography books it would be difficult to find one more famous, revered and influential as Henri Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment, wrote Jeffrey Ladd in Time LightBox, in a feature on Steidl's new edition of this ultimate photobook classic. Originally published in 1952, this collection of Cartier-Bresson's best work from his early years was embellished with a collage cover by Henri Matisse. The book has since influenced generations of photographers, while its English title defined the notion of the famous peak in which all elements in the photographic frame accumulate to form the perfect image-not the moment of the height of the action, necessarily, but the formal, visual peak. This new publication-the first and only reprint since the original 1952 edition-is a meticulous facsimile of the original book that launched the artist to international fame, with an additional booklet on the history of The Decisive Moment by Centre Pompidou curator Clément Chéroux.
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