Photography books to decorate your coffee table
Browse, reflect or dive into the best photography books on the market, from our shelves to you
Photography is a portal, and photography books can offer a deeper look at subjects we often overlook – a lens on an invisible world, a tool for probing the truth of our time, or compelling visual fodder for our people. low table.
Whatever you’re looking for: a collector’s item, a gift or a joke, an education or a tome devoted to the leading voices of visual culture, we’ve got you covered, from cover to cover. .
These are the most intriguing, engaging, and unexpected photography books on the market – for every mood, occasion, or niche.
Title: Match point: Tennis with Martin Parr, by Martin Parr
Price: £ 39.95
Publication date: September 9, 2021
Match point: Tennis with Martin Parr, by Martin Parr is published by Phaidon on September 9, £ 39.95
This book is doomed to make a racket in the opinion court of photography. In Match Point: Tennis by Martin Parr, the British photographer demonstrates his mastery of social commentary. Parr was offered exclusive access to the most prestigious Grand Slam tennis tournaments, from the Australian and French Opens to Wimbledon and the US Open. There, he captured vivid – sometimes poignant, often hilarious – snapshots – and offered an alternate take on life on and off the pitch. Beyond the game, Parr serves up his best cultural clichés: witty taunts about consumerism, cultural identity, Britishness and its soggy irony and human competitiveness. Advantage Parr.
Title: Photo No-Nos: Meditations on what not to photograph, by Jason Fulford
Price: $ 24.95
Publication date: July 2021
Above: cover of Photo No-Nos: Meditations on what not to photograph, by Jason Fulford. Above: Duane Michals, A Gursky pickle is just a very large pickle, 2001; of Photo No-Nos: Meditations on what not to photograph (Aperture, 2021). © Duane Michals
There are unwritten rules in photography: avoid clichés, exploitation, derivative ideas and easy metaphors. But is it simple in practice, in a field as subjective as it is varied? With as much value in humor as education, Photo No-Nos: Meditations on what not to photograph by Jason Fulford cemented some of these “rules” on paper. This is not a strict guide, but a journey through the ideas, stories and anecdotes of many of the world’s most eminent photographers, as well as a list of over a thousand “taboo” subjects. From sunsets and roses to issues of colonialism and stereotypes, this is both a light look at what is considered a “bad image” and a serious examination of what can and cannot. be “banned” while corporations consider visual communication heavy social responsibilities.
Title: Photography – A feminist story, by Emma Lewis
Editor: Ilex Press
Price: £ 40
Publication date: October 7, 2021
Photography – A feminist story by Emma Lewis is published by Ilex Press on September 7, 2021, £ 40.00
The history of photography is short, as is the list of women photographers who have been duly recognized in her lifetime. Whether working in the studio or on the frontlines of war, women have contributed to all aspects of the evolution of photography. In this authoritative, comprehensive and international book, author Emma Lewis explores a photographic landscape of evolving rights and gender roles through the work of over 140 photographers, with ten thematic essays and detailed profiles of 75 key practitioners. For some, gender plays a central role; for others, it is incidental. All have been affected by the power structures seen through – and behind – their camera lenses.
Title: Face Time – A History of the Photographic Portrait, by Phillip Prodger
Editor: Thames and Hudson
Price: $ 45.00
Publication date: November 2021
The photographic portrait has always served different purposes: from practical identification to storytelling. In Face time, readers will be confronted with the history, cultural resonance and evolution of portrait photography. Exploring the many faces of portraiture – from fine art photography to film, current affairs photos to glossy fashion photography – curator and photography historian Phillip Prodger captures more than 150 years of the medium through some of the portraits the most recognizable ever made, and the ones that probably should be. Expect to see familiar faces such as Queen Elizabeth II, Barack Obama, Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn, and delve into the work of legendary photographers such as 19th century pioneer William Henry Fox Talbot, modernist icon Lee Miller and contemporary pioneer Zanele Muholi.
Title: For cats only, by Pascale Weber
Editor: Hatje Cantz
Price: € 18.00
Publication date: February 2021
that of Pascale Weber For cats only captures an endearing array of proud home felines at leisure. The Swiss photographer traveled through Switzerland armed with her portable studio to photograph cats in and on their kittens. Here, the cat tree sets the stage for an extraordinary domestic play, as each subject tries to keep their paws on their nine lives. On boldly colored backgrounds, inhabited structures and stretching posts become almost architectural, sophisticated and elegant. It’s a niche, sure, but Weber and his precise focus prove that even the most practical pet accessories can have aesthetic – and comedic – value. If you weren’t already a chat person, you will soon be.
Title: The British Isles, by Jamie Hawkesworth
Price: £ 50
Publication date: June 2021
British Isles recounts 13 years of varied life across the UK, at a time when the country’s identity is evolving and becoming more and more complex. Through a diverse sequence of portraits and landscapes, Jamie Hawkesworth traces the characters, moods and moments that make up the rich tapestry of his native country, from schoolchildren and traders, from markets to estates, from towns to construction sites. construction. There is something poignant in everyday life; there are unanswered questions. British Isles is a recording of this turbulent period in British history – a time interspersed with outstanding natural beauty, austerity, referendums, celebration and conflict. §