The 10 Best Photography Books | The independent


1. Street photography in London

£ 14.99, museumoflondonshop.co.uk

Documenting London’s multicultural diversity, this exhibition showcases the work of over 70 photographers and spans 150 years of city life.

2. Helmut Newton: A world without men

£ 34.99, taschen.com

Newton rose to fame while working for French Vogue in the 1970s. This selection of his fashion editorials from the 1960s and 1980s is accompanied by texts and anecdotes by Newton.

3. Frans Lanting: Okavango

£ 27.99, taschen.com

Photographs taken during a year in which Lanting traveled through Botswana. The skill and ability he demonstrates is matched only by the grandeur of his subject: the incredible wildlife of Africa.

4. Bruce Davidson: black and white

£ 220, steidlville.com

This is the definitive collection of Davidson’s work, which includes his coverage of the American civil rights movement and his study of life in Spanish Harlem.

5. Kodachrome

£ 25, mackbooks.co.uk

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri, Mack produced a second edition of the first book he self-published in 1978, with an essay by curator Francesco Zanot.

6. More than human

£ 32, waterstones.com

Award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent his life investigating our close connection to animals. This collection is full of striking and inspiring images.

7. Steve McCurry: iconic photographs

£ 250, phaidon.com

From the photographer behind the iconic image of the Afghan girl with green eyes, this collection demonstrates why McCurry is one of the most admired photojournalists.

8. Magnum Revolution: 65 years of struggle for freedom

£ 35, randomhouse.co.uk

With the Arab Spring always being a close memory, there has never been a more poignant moment to publish this collection of photographs retracing the impact of the revolution.

9. Uncle Charlie

£ 35, contrastobooks.com

A study of photographer Marc Asnin’s uncle and godfather, Charlie Henschke, taken over 30 years, showing Heschke’s relentless descent into poverty, but also Asnin’s adoration of his hero.

10. Famous: Life Through the Lens of the Paparazzi

£ 19.95, thamesandhudson.com

From Grace Kelly to Kate Moss, it’s a tribute to the cult of celebrity and its photographers, showing that even this controversial genre can become an art form.


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