The Best 40 Photography Books of 2012

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Numerous Pictures, Various Photographers, and some great books. Here we have sorted out a valuable list of 40 fantastic Photography books of this year 2012. I Personally believe it is a wonderful feeling to hold a fine art print of the photograph which you always admire, then think about the photograph, travel with the eyes of the photographer and even more. These 40 Books should provide some exotic food to the everlasting passion of photography within anybody.

Go ahead and order your favorite Book in this list. This list is inspired from Art Support in Amazon. As always, if we’ve missed something you think should have been included, please let us know in the comments.

Lee Friedlander: Mannequin

Lee Friedlander is one of the few artists in any medium to have sustained a body of influential work over five decades. To make the photographs in Mannequin, he returned to the hand-held, 35-mm camera that he used in the earliest decades of his career.

Lee Friedlander: Mannequin

 

Cindy Sherman

Published to accompany the first major survey of Cindy Sherman’s work in the United States in nearly 15 years, this publication presents a stunning range of work from the groundbreaking artist’s 35-year career.

Cindy Sherman

 

Masterclass: Arnold Newman

Arnold Newman (1918–2006) was one of the most productive, creative, and successful portrait photographers of the twentieth century. For nearly seventy years, he applied himself to his craft, and he was rewarded by the regular publication of his work in the most influential magazines of the day.

Masterclass: Arnold Newman

 

Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects

First published in 1987, Joel Sternfeld’s American Prospects is the classic photo record of 1980s America. This definitive edition, made with new plates and including one additional photograph, offers a spectacular, funny, sad and soberly riveting portrait of America’s diverse possibilities and prospects in the Reagan era.

Joel Sternfeld: American Prospects

 

Saul Leiter

Saul Leiter (b. 1923 in Pittsburgh) has only in recent years received his due as one of the great pioneers of color photography. This can perhaps be attributed to the fact that Leiter saw himself for a long time mainly as a painter.

Saul Leiter

 

Robert Doisneau: Paris Les Halles Market

Doisneau’s photographs evoke nostalgia for the days when the now vanished Les Halles market, “the belly of Paris,” sprawled across the center of the city. From fur-clad socialites to burly market porters, Doisneau captured the essence of every brand of Parisian character and the poetry in ordinary scenes.

Robert Doisneau: Paris Les Halles Market

 

Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature

Known for his exquisite images of birds and landscape, Eliot Porter (American, 1901–1990) was a pioneer in the use of color photography. His work also became a powerful visual argument for environmental conservation.

Eliot Porter: In the Realm of Nature

 

The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History

In this riveting chronicle, which accompanies a documentary to be broadcast on PBS in the fall, Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns capture the profound drama of the American Dust Bowl of the 1930s.

The Dust Bowl: An Illustrated History

 

Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

Using landscape photography to reflect on broader notions of culture, the passage of time, and the construction of perception, photographers Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe spent five years exploring the Grand Canyon for their most recent project, Reconstructing the View.

Reconstructing the View: The Grand Canyon Photographs of Mark Klett and Byron Wolfe

 

Richard Misrach & Kate Orff: Petrochemical America

Petrochemical America offers an in-depth analysis of the causes of sustained environmental abuse along the largest river system in North America. It combines Richard Misrach’s haunting photographs of Louisiana’s “Chemical Corridor” with landscape architect Kate Orff’s “Ecological Atlas”–a series of speculative drawings developed through intensive research and mapping of data from the region.

Richard Misrach & Kate Orff: Petrochemical America

 

Up and Down Peachtree: Photos of Atlanta by Martin Parr

In this volume, which accompanies a massive exhibition scheduled for July 2012 at the High Museum of Art of Atlanta, Martin Parr explores his fascination with concepts such as leisure, consumption, communication, and how these themes play out in America.

Up and Down Peachtree: Photos of Atlanta by Martin Parr

 

American Power

In American Power, Mitch Epstein investigates notions of power, both electrical and political. His focus is on energy – how it gets made, how it gets used, and the ramifications of both. From 2003 to 2008, he photographed at and around sites where fossil fuel, nuclear, hydroelectric, wind, and solar power are produced in the United States.

American Power

 

Sieff Fashion

This wide-ranging collection of his work captures some of Jeanloup Sieff’s most famous photographs spanning a career of nearly 40 years. These nudes and fashion shots portray more than beautiful bodies draped, or not, with beautiful clothes; Sieff’s personal interest in whatever lay before his camera, and his continually evolving style, render these photographs pieces of art.

Sieff Fashion

 

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

Presenting her breathtaking photographs alongside interviews with those who knew her best, this volume is the first attempt to put Vivian Maier’s work in context and create a moving portrait of her as an artist.

Vivian Maier: Out of the Shadows

 

Aperture Magazine Anthology: The Minor White Years, 1952-1976

Published on the occasion of its sixtieth anniversary, this is the first ever anthology of Aperture magazine. This long-awaited overview provides a selection of the best critical writing from the first 25 years of the magazine–the period spanning the tenure of cofounder and editor Minor White.

Aperture Magazine Anthology: The Minor White Years, 1952-1976

 

Tattoos, Hornets & Fire: The Millennium Sweden Photographs

TATTOOS HORNETS FIRE for the first time presents a pictorial dimension to the Sweden that has been introduced to so many readers of Stieg Larsson’s luminous novels, and one that they have longed to know better.

Tattoos, Hornets & Fire: The Millennium Sweden Photographs

 

Don McCullin: The Impossible Peace

An exhibition catalog that features an impressive retrospective, covering the last fifty years in chronological order. Don McCullin (born 1935, London) is one of the most important photographers of our time.

Don McCullin: The Impossible Peace

 

Skogen (Yale Art Gallery)

Skogen is the Swedish word for forest, and while the dense woods featured in Robert Adams’s most recent series of photographs grow near his home in Oregon, the pictures evoke a wild utopia, and convey a hushed, primeval awe.

Skogen (Yale Art Gallery)

 

Doug Rickard: A New American Picture

Doug Rickard’s A New American Picture offers a startling and fresh perspective on American street photography. While at first glance the work looks reassuringly familiar and well within the traditional bounds of the genre, Rickard’s methodology is anything but conventional.

Doug Rickard: A New American Picture

 

O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line: A Photographic Portrait of America’s Last Great Steam Railroad

O. Winston Link photographed the Norfolk and Western, the last major steam railroad in the United States, when it was converting its operations from steam to diesel in the 1950s.

O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line: A Photographic Portrait of America's Last Great Steam Railroad

 

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style traces the life and career of the iconic photographer through a compelling selection of renowned, as well as previously unpublished, photographs and two insightful essays.

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style

 

Vogue: The Editor’s Eye

Vogue: The Editor’s Eye celebrates the pivotal role the fashion editor has played in shaping America’s sense of style since the magazine’s launch 120 years ago.

Vogue: The Editor's Eye

 

Pieter Hugo: This Must Be the Place

Filled with startling portraits of Africa’s raw and tragic beauty, this first retrospective of Pieter Hugo’s award-winning work collects the most important images from the photographer’s career to date. Pieter Hugo has been documenting his native continent of Africa since his late teens.

Pieter Hugo: This Must Be the Place

 

Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen

Lee Alexander McQueen (1969–2010), whose design combined visionary aesthetics, emotional power, and extraordinary craft, was known for staging provocative shows that were as much performances as venues to display his couture creations.

Love Looks Not with the Eyes: Thirteen Years with Lee Alexander McQueen

 

Walker Evans: American Photographs: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition

More than any other artist, Walker Evans invented the images of essential America that we have long since accepted as fact, and his work has influenced not only modern photography but also literature, film and visual arts in other mediums.

Walker Evans: American Photographs: Seventy-Fifth Anniversary Edition

 

Paul Strand: The Garden at Orgeval

After nearly a lifetime of traveling and photographing in far-flung places such as Mexico, Ghana, Italy, Scotland and his adoptive country, France, Paul Strand began to concentrate on the stony beauty of his own garden at Orgeval.

Paul Strand: The Garden at Orgeval

 

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective

This volume is the first comprehensive monograph on Rineke Dijkstra to be published in the United States. The catalogue accompanies the first U.S. mid-career survey of this important Dutch artist’s work in photography and video.

Rineke Dijkstra: A Retrospective

 

Guy Tillim: Selected Works

In this book the acclaimed photographer of the series Avenue Patrice Lumumba travels to a Pacific paradise and South America to see beyond the standard postcard images.

Guy Tillim: Selected Works

 

Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man

LOOKING AT ANSEL ADAMS is a personal and penetrating study that explores Ansel’s life as an artist by looking closely at the stories behind 20 of his most significant images.

Looking at Ansel Adams: The Photographs and the Man

 

Avedon: Murals and Portraits

No photographer had a more serious and deeply felt response to the political and cultural impact of the 1960s and early 1970s than Richard Avedon, whose iconic portraits of key figures of the era influenced the course of photography in the decades that followed.

Avedon: Murals and Portraits

 

Andrew Moore: Cuba

American photographer Andrew Moore began photographing in Cuba in 1998, and over the next fourteen years he made ten further visits, working to reveal the many facets of the island’s unique character and life.

Andrew Moore: Cuba

 

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album – Vintage Prints From the Sixties

Lying hidden away in Dennis Hopper’s home until their discovery months after the artist’s death in 2010, this collection of spectacular photographs, exhibited only once in 1969-70 at the Fort Worth Art Center Museum, is a testament to Hopper’s prolific and enormous talent behind the camera.

Dennis Hopper: The Lost Album - Vintage Prints From the Sixties

 

The Bitter Years: Edward Steichen and the Farm Security Administration Photographs

The Bitter Years was the title of a seminal exhibition held in 1962 at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, curated by Edward Steichen, and 2012 marks its fiftieth anniversary.

The Bitter Years: Edward Steichen and the Farm Security Administration Photographs

 

Walker Evans: Decade by Decade

Walker Evans (1903-1975) is, without doubt, one of the most influential American photographers ever, and many of his images have become fixed in the collective memory.

Walker Evans: Decade by Decade

 

New York at Night: Photography After Dark

Joseph Byron and James Van Der Zee to Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus, Elliott Erwitt, Larry Fink, Nan Goldin, Stanley Kubrick, Ryan McGinley, Bruce Davidson and many more of the best photographers to ever capture New York City when the sun goes down and the bright lights come on are collected here!

New York at Night: Photography After Dark

 

Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph: Fortieth-Anniversary Edition

When Diane Arbus died in 1971 at the age of 48, she was already a significant influence–even something of a legend–for serious photographers, although only a relatively small number of her most important pictures were widely known at the time.

Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph: Fortieth-Anniversary Edition

 

Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop

Photographic manipulation is a familiar phenomenon in the digital era. What will come as a revelation to readers of this captivating, wide-ranging book is that nearly every type of manipulation.

Faking It: Manipulated Photography before Photoshop

 

Josef Sudek: The Legacy of a Deeper Vision

During a legendary career that spanned almost six decades, Czech photographer Josef Sudek, the “poet of Prague,” developed a craftsmanship and technical virtuosity that was unparalleled among his contemporaries.

Josef Sudek: The Legacy of a Deeper Vision

 

Marilyn by Magnum

On the 50th anniversary of Marilyn’s death, this beautiful book is an elegant pictorial celebration of the beloved star by the Magnum photographers who immortalized her. It’s been half a century since we lost Marilyn Monroe, but her presence in popular culture has never faded-due in part to the incredible abundance of photographs that were taken of her.

Marilyn by Magnum

 

Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom

The history of revolution is as old as humanity; yet it is only since the invention of photography that we have been able to discern the realities of these conflicts from the distance of time.

Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom

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