My Bookshelf

One of the most important things I think any photographer can have is bookshelf of photography books. I use my bookshelf as both a reference library of how to information as well as a inspiration library to refresh or re-awaken my visual eye. For both uses repetition is the key, there is so much going on in our daily lives that referring back to the library can help us re-gain or focus or gain a new perspective.

Below is my photography bookshelf. Each of the books below are ones that I own a copy of and as I find new books that interest me I will add them to this list. I have provided these not as a list of suggested reads, rather as a list of what I have read. If one of these looks interesting to you, you can help support this website by purchasing your copy using the provided link to, one of my blog sponsors.

Photographic Inspiration

Ansel Adams at 100 / Ansel Adams & John Szarkowski
In 2002, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art was the start of the Centennial Exhibition of Ansel Adam’s work. This is the book of Adam’s work that was featured in the exhibition. Feature not only well know and lesser known photos of Adam’s, but also a history and life story written by John Szarkowski.
Photographe de Paris (Book on Books) / Eugene Atget
The Light Of Paris / Jean-Michel Berts
Point Reyes and the San Andreas Fault Zone / Frank Binney
Wisconsin Then and Now: The Wisconsin Sesquicentennial Rephotography Project / Nicolette Bromberg
Looking through any Now and Then type book from an area that you are familiar with reminds you to not only look for the artistic photograph of an area but also the visual record photograph. Many times the value of an image isn’t realized until years later when something from that image is no longer around or man has impact has been felt by an area. This particular book also reminds me of my home state.
Natural Affinities / Georgia O’Keeffe and Ansel Adams
The Nature of Photographs / Stephen Shore
The Moment of Seeing: Minor White at the California School of Fine Arts

Artistic Inspiration

The View From The Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World / Ted Orland

Instructional Inspiration

The Adobe Photoshop CS4 Book for Digital Photographers / Scott Kelby
The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes / Joe McNally

Photography Business Inspiration

Photographer’s Legal Guide / Carolyn E. Wright, Esq.

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