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Old 20th October 2009, 01:46 PM
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Default The 10 Most Collectable Photography Books of All Time

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http://www.abebooks.co.uk/books/Rare...tography.shtml

So - do we all agree with these choices?

(BTW - if you have to look at the prices you probably can't afford them...)

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In quite a few cases these would definitely have to be book collectors' investment choices rather than photographers' choices, although there are obviously some that fall in both camps.

I'm glad to have the latest printing of 'The Americans' as the quality of the reproductions far exceeds the original. This is probably true in a lot of cases, unless they were printed in photogravure.
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I'll stick to acquiring what I can afford. I choose my books by my opinion of the photographer, which isn't always that of the art world. Which is why several copies of "Photograms of the Year" grace my shelves, along with several of Creative Monochromes monographs.
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The keyword is 'collectable'! All my books are for inspiration or technique/processes. My favourite is the Leica Handbook 1937.

I imagine the collectable books are alongside the glass cases that house unused cameras!
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For inspiration, I have recently acquired an inexpensive book of all the known Vermeer paintings to study his lighting and subject choices. I find it helpful and fun to look outside photography to see how artists in other mediums view and interpret things.

As for collectables, the list is certainly iconic. But I think we all have our favorites that we would add to our own list. Predictably, mine would include "Mountain Photography" by Brad Washburn. (See page 25 for handling of 8x10 aerial roll film!)
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Being a fan of Walker Evans I have a recent copy of "InPraise of Famous Men" - I ploughed through it, that's about the best I can say!!

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That's a pretty good summary, MPerson. My latest addition is "The Unseen Images", some of the work of Australian photographer David Moore.
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