This and That by Steve Shor - Some Photographic Reading

The winter is always a good time to read a few books about photography. This can be quite inspirational and gets you all psyched up to go out and try your own hand with some renewed energy and anticipation.

Typically at this time of year several of the major photographic magazines publish their lists of photo books they would recommend.

I am citing some of the ones I thought sounded most interesting. A few of my personal favorite photographers are Art Wolfe and David Stocklein, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition from England.

Hopefully some of these books can be previewed online so that you can get a flavor for the content.

Happy exploring.

Shutterbug Magazine, Dec 2009

  • Animals Up Close: Zoom In on the World’s Most Incredible Creatures; by Igor Siwanowicz; DK Publishing, Inc.; $16.99; (ISBN: 978-0-7566-4513-7)
  • Elephant Reflections; photography by Karl Ammann, text by Dale Peterson; University of California Press; $39.95; (ISBN: 978-0-520-25377-3)
  • Fritz Henle: In Search of Beauty; by Roy Flukinger; University of Texas Press; $55; (ISBN: 978-0-292-71972-9)
  • New York Skyscrapers; by Dirk Stichew, photography by Jorg Machirus and Scott Murphy; Prestel; $39.95; (ISBN: 978-3-7913-4054-8)
  • The Cat’s Pajamas: 101 of the World’s Cutest Cats; by Rachael Hale; Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC; $24.99; (ISBN: 978-0-7407-7964-0)
  • Why Dogs Are Better Tan Cats; by Bradley Trevor Grieve with photographs by Rachael Hale; Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC; $19.99; (ISBN: 978-0-7407-8513-9)
  • Reflections at Sandhill Creek; Meditations on the Wild West Coast; by Adrian Dorst; Harbour Publishing; $28.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-55017-474-8)
  • Over the Coasts: An Aerial View of Geology; by Michael Collier; Mikaya Press; $34.95; (ISBN: 978-193141-442-5)
  • Travels to the Edge: A Photo Odyssey; by Art Wolfe; Mountaineers Books; $24.95; (ISBN: 978-1-59485-277-0)
  • First Light: Five Photographers Explore Yosemite’s Wilderness; by Charles Cramer, Karl Kroeber, Scot Miller, Mike Osborne, and Kieth S. Walklet, introductions by Bob Hansen; Heyday Books; $27.95; (ISBN: 978-1-59714-102-4)
  • Connections: A Visual Journal; by Ford Robbins; Red Mountain Press; $44.95; (ISBN: 978-0-9799865-3-6)
  • Predators of North America; by Dave Taylor; Boston Mills Press; $29.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-55046-520-4)
  • Botanica Magnifica: Portraits of the World’s Most Extraordinary Flowers and Plants; photographs by Jonathan Singer, text by W. John Kress and Marc Hacadourian; Abbeville Press; $185; (ISBN: 978-0-7892-1033-3)
  • India Exposed: The Subcontinent A-Z; by Clive Limpkin; Abbeville Press; $29.95; (ISBN: 978-0-7892-0994-8)
  • China; editied by Guang Guo, principal photography by Ming Tan; Abbeville Press; $235; (ISBN: 978-0-7892-1017-3)
  • Adirondack Moments; by James Kraus; Firefly Books; $29.95; (ISBN-13: 978-1-55407-466-2)
  • Hearst’s San Simeon; The Gardens and the Land; by Victoria Kastner, photography by Victoria Garagliano; Abrams; $50; (ISBN: 978-0-8109-7290-2)
  • Galapagos: Preserving Darwin’s Legacy; by Tui de Roy, foreward by Sarah Darwin; Firefly Books; $49.95; (ISBN: 978-1-55407-484-6)
  • Slow: Life in a Tuscan Town; photographs and text by Douglas Gayeton, introduction by Alice Waters; Welcome Books; $50; (ISBN: 978-1-59962-072-5)

Outdoor Photographer; December 2009

  • A Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt (Abrams, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-8109-5415-1). 58 tritone panoramic images of east Africa.
  • The Abundance of Summer; The Season of Yellowstone by Tom Murphy (Crystal Creek Press, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-966-86198-3)
  • Along the Water’s Edge by Timothy Wolcott ( QuinnEssentials Books and Printing, Inc., 2009; ISBN: 978-0-9823590-0-6)
  • Animals on the Edge: Reporting from the Frontline of Extinction by Chris Weston and Art Wolfe (Thames & Hudson, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-500-54382-5)
  • Bear Portraits by Jill Greenberg (Little, Brown and Company, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-316-03188-2)
  • Extraordinary Leaves by Stephen Green-Armytage and Dennis Schrader (Firefly Books, Ltd., 2008; ISBN: 978-1-55407-387-0)
  • Glimpses of Madagascar; Lemurs and Landscapes, People and Places by Ronald A. Lake (The Other Lake Company, Inc.; 2008; ISBN: 978-0-625-21246-3)
  • One Hundred Butterflys by Harold Feinstein (Little, Brown and Company, 2009; ISBN: 978-0-316-03363-3)
  • Photographing The West by David R. Stocklein (Stocklein Publishing, 2009; ISBN: 978-1-933192-64-2)
  • Wildlife Photographer of the Year; Portfolio 18 by Rosamund Kidman Cox (BBC Books, 2008; ISBN: 978-1-84607-581-0)

- Steve

EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the fourth of four articles which unfortunately went unpublished last year. Please note– the articles may refer to previous topics and contain out-dated links. However, the articles still contain valuable information worth reading. New articles are on their way soon… Enjoy!

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