Top Ten List of the Most Inspirational Photography Books

By Le Niners, minutes before sunrise in Normandy, France

It takes a special talent, and sometimes a little luck, to get stunning results with photography. Creating images through technique and just the right setting is something many of us would love to achieve, and sometimes we get lucky, producing a photograph that we know is special. Amazing photography can be found in some wonderful compilations, from film photography to digital, black and white to color. Photography that depicts historical events, explores the far reaches of the world, cultures, and the natural beauty of landscapes and animals can make an impact that words alone cannot. Here is a top ten list of books where pictures are more than pictures, they are inspiration.

  1. Gettysburg: A Journey in Time – Compiled by author William A. Frassanito, 1996. An amazing book featuring actual photographs from the Battle of Gettysburg in a unique progression as though it were following the action frame for frame from beginning to end.
  2. Life: A Journey Through Time – Photographer Frans Lanting, 2006. A fantastic collection of photographs by Frans Lanting comprised of images from the most remote regions of the world to show the world as it once was and the chaotic beauty of nature from microscopic life to the human embryo.
  3. Angkor: Cambodia’s Wondrous Khmer Temples, 5th Edition – Author Dawn Rooney. Photographers Magnus Bartlett and Peter Danford, 2005. This book chronicles through pictures the temples of Angkor which date back to the ninth century. It includes the history, legends, and religious beliefs depicted on the monuments.
  4. Black Beauty, White Heat: A Pictorial History of Classic Jazz, 1920-1950 – Compiled by authors Frank Driggs and Harris Lewine, 1982. A stunning achievement of bringing together some of the most memorable pictures of the jazz era and its beginnings.
  5. Karl Blossfeldt: The Complete Published Work (Taschen 25th Anniversary) – Author Hans-Christian Adam. Photographer Karl Blossfeldt, 2008. A phenomenal collection of the German photographer Karl Blossfeldt (1865-1932), showcasing his work of still-life images.
  6. A Shadow Falls – Authors Nick Brandt, Peter Singer, and Vicki Goldberg. Photographer Nick Brandt, 2009. See wildlife as never seen before through these haunting images of animals and the landscape of Eastern Africa.
  7. Old Dogs: Are the Best Dogs – Author Gene Weingarten. Photographer Michael S. Williamson, 2008. A tribute to the lives of dogs in the late stages of their lives. For anyone who has loved a dog who has grown old, this book will certainly touch the heart.
  8. The Best Dog in the World: Vintage Portraits of Children and Their Dogs – Compiled by author Donna Long, 2007. A collection of both antique and vintage photographs of children and their dogs through the period of 1875-1925 in beautiful sepia tone.
  9. Animals in Motion – Compiled by author Eadweard Muybridge, 1957. A collection of nearly 4,000 photographs of animals and birds in motion.
  10. New York in the 70s – Author/Photographer Allan Tannenbaum, 2003. An amazing collection of photographs of a turbulent era in New York.

{Ed. note: This is a guest post on The Memoirs by Christine Howell is a writer who regularly writes about Online Photograpny Degrees and college related topics for Online College Guru, an online college directory and comparison website.}

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I'm mathematician/IT strategist/blogger from Canada living in Taipei.

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