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Best Photobooks

Looking for good photo books? Below you’ll find a curated list of the best photo books that will inspire you to become a better photographer. Enjoy!

The 10 Best Photobooks

1. The Americans by Robert Frank


Synopsis: Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future.

2. William Eggleston’s Guide by William Eggleston


Synopsis: William Eggleston’s Guide was the first one-man show of color photographs ever presented at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, and the Museum’s first publication of color photography.

3. Uncommon Places: The Complete Works by Stephen Shore


Synopsis: Stephen Shore took colour photography beyond the domain of advertising and fashion, and his large-format American landscapes have become a vital photographic tradition over the past three decades. This book contains previously unpublished work that has never been exhibited.

4. American Prospects by Joel Sternfeld 


Synopsis: In American Prospects, a fireman shops for a pumpkin while a house burns in the background; a group of motorcyclists stop at the side of the road to take in a stunning, placid view of Bear Lake, Utah; the high-tech world headquarters of the Manville Corporation sits in picturesque Colorado, obscured by a defiant boulder; a lone basketball net stands in the desert near Lake Powell in Arizona; and a cookie-cutter suburban housing settlement rests squarely amongst rolling hills in Pendleton, Oregon.

5. American Surfaces by Stephen Shore


Synopsis: A photo diary of the American photographer’s road trip across America in the early 1970’s. It features unpublished photographs from Shore’s influential work that has been widely exhibited in the US but never captured in a book for the general public.

6. The Polaroid Book: Selections from the Polaroid Collections of Photography by Steve Crist


Synopsis: This survey features more than 400 works from the Polaroid Collection along with essays by Hitchcock, who illuminates the beginnings and history of the Polaroid Corporation.

7. Magnum Contact Sheets by Kristen Lubben


Synopsis: Here, for the first time, are the best contact sheets created by Magnum photographers. They reveal the creative methods, strategies, and editing processes used by some of the acknowledged greats of photography, from legends such as Henri Cartier-Bresson and Elliott Erwitt to Magnum’s latest generation, including Jonas Bendiksen, Trent Parke, and Alec Soth.

8. Minutes to Midnight by Trent Parke


Synopsis: Minutes to Midnight is the ambitious photographic record of that adventure, in which Parke presents a proud but uneasy nation struggling to craft its identity from different cultures and traditions.

9. Nan Goldin: The Ballad of Sexual Dependency by Nan Goldin


Synopsis: A photobook classic, and perhaps the work for which New York photographer Nan Goldin remains best known, “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” is a visual diary chronicling the struggle for intimacy and understanding between friends and lovers collectively described by Goldin as her “tribe.”

10. The Photo Book by Phaidon Press


Synopsis: The Photography Book brings together 500 inspiring, moving and beautiful images of famous events and people, sensational landscapes, historic moments, ground-breaking photojournalism, insightful portraits, sport, wildlife, fashion and the everyday.

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