Holiday Gift Guide #4 – Photobooks

I hope you all had a relaxing holiday and got to spend time giving thanks.
And if you were clicking the keyboard or hitting the stores, we all know that Black Friday gives way to Cyber Monday!
To be honest, I always feel that it’s SSD/hard drives, and media cards that can be the best deals on these 2 days.
As we move into the cooler months, nothing beats sitting down and turning the pages of a great photo book.

Here are the photobook gift suggestions for this year:

Any book by Paul Nicklen!
Paul, and his partner Cristina Mittermeier make the most amazing and beautiful photographs of our natural world.


Paul is a SeaLegacy co-founder, National Geographic photographer, acclaimed ocean conservationist, and TED Talks favorite, Paul Nicklen traces his extraordinary love affair with the polar regions in his most recent book, Born to Ice. His powerful images of iconic arctic and Antarctic wildlife and scenery, coupled with his inspiring photographic storytelling, blends ethereal beauty of the icy landscape with a compelling call to action.
Yes, previous descriptor was the official word.

And from Cristina:

Just know that Paul and Cristina are not only incredible photographers, but they also have a very important mission in SeaLegacy.

We got the sad news that Larry Fink passed away a day ago, and now may be a good time to pick up one of his classic books, Social Graces.
Larry was one of the most respected documentary photographers, while also maintaining a career in assignment photography and teaching.
Pick this up before the prices continue to rise.


Coming and going is Jim Goldberg’s unique work of autobiography. Since 1999, Goldberg has been photographing his daily life and re-imagines and investigate these images through a practice of collage, annotation, montage, and reconstruction for which he has become renowned.
This book charts a course through the grief following the death of one’s parents, the life-altering birth of a child, the heartbreak of divorce, and the rediscovery of love.
Titled Coming and Going, a signed paperback, is available at Magnum.

Garry Winogrand, one of my personal favorite photographers is known primarily for his spontaneous and energetic street photography in black-and-white. What is lesser known is that Winogrand also shot more than 45,000 color slides between the early 1950s and late 1960s.

When he died, he left behind tons of unpublished work along with unprocessed rolls of film!

Winogrand Color is a pre-order shipping between Dec 6-20, so be advised. My order is in.

Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph: Fortieth-Anniversary EditionUniversally acknowledged as a photobook classic, Diane Arbus: An Aperture Monograph is a timeless masterpiece. Beautifully printed, the impact of these pictures will move you. Arbus’ photographs penetrate the psyche with all the force of a personal encounter and, in doing so, transform the way we see the world and the people in it.

And of course, every library should have this book . The Family Of Man.

A collection of photographs from over 25o global photographers, documenting the human experience from birth to death, exhibiting the commonality of cultures. To be honest, this book is my touchpoint and made me want to be a photographer as a kid. $24 on Amazon

Books that have been recco’d through the years still hold
Have a look!

I’ll admit it: I have a massive photo book collection, and it’s hard to not buy books. Living in NYC makes it tough with limited space, so every book recco’d has been curated and researched. There is pleasure in perusing these books, and I hope you, or your giftee feel the same.

Next gift guide coming up!

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