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The following is our choice of 25 important and collectible photography books that have been published over the years that we believe should be in one’s “bucket list” if they are beginning a collection or wish to add to same. Some may disagree with some of these choices, but will concur about the photographer. This list is not based upon the books rarity or present purchase price, but the photographer’s creativity, imagination, and beautiful images that make these volumes a pleasure to view often and proudly display in their bookcase.

We have omitted quite number of notable photographers such as Slim Aarons, Edward Steichen, Dorothea Lange, Margaret Bourke-White, Sam Haskins, Andre Kertesz, Helmut Newton, Josef Sudek, Robert Mapplethorpe, Henri Cartier-Bresson, etc., as there are so many that could have been on this list; therefore the following is only a suggestion of photographers and their works that should be considered. Many of these books have appreciated in value over time and extremely pricey, however, there are reprints and special anniversary issues that are very affordable and worthwhile obtaining

Abbott, Berenice – Changing New York, 1939
Adams, Ansel – Sierra Nevada, 1933
Avedon, Richard – Observations, 1959
Brassai, George – Paris de Nuit, 1933
Brandt, Bill – The English at Home, 1936
Bresson, Henri-Cartier - The Decisive Moment, 1952
Callahan, Harry – Photographs, 1964
Clark, Larry – Tulsa 1971
Davidson, Bruce – East 100th Street, 1970
Doisnau, Robert – L’enfant de Paris, 1951
Eggleston, William – William Eggleston’s Guide, 1976
Evans, Walker – American Photographs, 1933
Friedlander, Lee – Like a One-Eyed Cat, 1989
Frank, Robert – The Americans, 1959
Klein, William - Life is Good and Good for You in New York, 1956
Levitt, Helen – Crosstown, 2001
Man Ray – Alphabet for Adults, 1948
Nixon, Nicholas – The Brown Sisters, 1999
Penn, Irving - Moments Preserved, 1960
Porter, Elliot – The Place No One Knew, 1963
Ruscha, Ed – Twentysix Gasoline Stations, 1963
Shore, Stephen – Uncommon Places, 1982
Strand, Paul – 60 Years of Photographs
Weegee – Naked City, 1945
Winogrand, Gary – Women are Beautiful, 1975



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