Photography Book of the Year 2017

This was a great year for photography books. I purchased more photography books this year than any year since I started in photography. The quality of books from the smaller presses is unbelievable. These are my favorite books that have a bias toward street photography but some are not strictly street photography books. At the end is my book of the year. It is a reprint from the 1980's and just might be my favorite photography book of all time.

 Susan Bernstine Absence of Being

Susan Bernstine Absence of Being

Susan Bernstine

This book was published in 2016 but was not widely available until this year. Fantastic Art photography. She makes her own cameras. 

 Henri Cartier-Bresson Interviews

Henri Cartier-Bresson Interviews

Henri Cartier-Bresson

Thoughts on photography by the master of street photography.

 Teju Cole Blind Spot

Teju Cole Blind Spot

Teju Cole

Possibly the most popular writing about photography this year.

 Alec Soth Sleeping by the Mississippi

Alec Soth Sleeping by the Mississippi

Alec Soth

A reprint but one the best books of the last 20 years.

 Nancy Rexroth Iowa

Nancy Rexroth Iowa

Nancy Rexroth

Holga photos taken in Iowa and throughout the midwest. It's great that this work is back in print.

 Ernst Haas Color Correction

Ernst Haas Color Correction

Ernst Haas

Fantastic color work from the golden age of Leica photography.

 Provoke Between Performance and Photography

Provoke Between Performance and Photography

Provoke

Japanese street photography from the 1960's.

 Jack Spencer This Land

Jack Spencer This Land

Jack Spencer

Street and scenic views of America.

 FAN HO Hong Kong Yesterday

FAN HO Hong Kong Yesterday

Fan Ho

Incredible Photography. If you are a street photographer this is the kind of work to aspire to.

 Gene Smith's Sink

Gene Smith's Sink

Sam Stephenson

The story of a photographers photographer.

 Masahisa Fukase Ravens

Masahisa Fukase Ravens

Masahisa Fukase

This is my vote for the best photography book of 2017. First printed in the late 1980's it has been reprinted but always sells out quickly. Grab this while it is available. It is a book of mostly bird photos but that description is misleading. There is so much emotion in this book. Sadness, Solitude, Loneliness. Your images should strive to connect with the viewer, this book does it masterly. A classic collection of images, maybe the best of the last 50 years.