Recommended Books on Photography


June 20, 2023

770. Books on photography

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The Abungus Lamu: Kenya’s Enchanted Island, 2009.

Designated as a UNESCO world heritage site, Lamu, an island off the northern coast of Kenya, is featured in this book of 300 specially commissioned photographs. The collection provides glimpses into the island’s architecture, interiors, crafts, traditions, and people, one of the world’s most unique and beautiful places.

Vicki Goldberg The Power of Photography: How Photographs Changed Our Lives, 1993.

Vicki Goldberg analyzes historical photographs for the impacts each had on society. Her research and interpretations make the book valuable for anyone interested in communication.

Susan Sontag On Photography, 1973.

In six essays, novelist and human rights activist Susan Sontag explores photography’s effects on our experiences and interpretations of reality.

Edward Steichen Steichen: A Life in Photography, 1963.

Fashion and society photography pioneer Edward Steichen tells of his involvement with Camera Work and other magazines from 1903-1917. He later worked for Vogue and Vanity Fair. From 1923-1938, he was the best-known and highest-paid photographer in the world. In this autobiography, he documents how he went on to film a World War II documentary, The Fighting Lady, and later served as director of the Museum of Modern Art (the MoMA).

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1 Comment

  1. Jeff

    I read Sontag’s book years ago (early 80s, I think). I liked it and, from what I remember, I don’t think there was a single photo in it and just an old B&W glass print on the front.


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