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Who are your 5 favorite photography books? I mean monographs.

Top five books about photography :: 

VisionMongers by David duChemin :: This is one of the best photography books about the thought process of photography I’ve ever read. It is a MUST read by any photographer. 

The Moment It Clicks by Joe McNally :: I cried when I first read this book. It’s filled with a lot of great nuggets of information from one of the greatest photographers around.

The Passionate Photographer by Steve Simon :: Great great great book of ten steps and things you can do to grow as a photographer.

LIDLIPS (Lessons I didn’t learn in photo school) by Syl Arena :: Perfect bathroom reader. Oh c’mon. We all need one. :)

Best Business Practices for Photographers by John Harrington :: If I’m perfectly honest with you… I’d rather smash my face through a brick wall then cuddle up in bed with this book but damn it… it’s a great book on the business of photography. John knows this industry inside and out and his book is the bible of photography business.

Top five books of photographer’s work ::

Physiognomy by Mark Seliger :: This is my most worn out and tattered photo book I own. I’m in this game partially due to the work of Mark Seliger. He was my first photo hero.

Ashes and Snow by Gregory Colbert :: OMG. OMG. OMG. A fellow photographer gave this book to me and it is my favorite photo book. It’s gorgeous.

Avedon: Murals and Portraits by Richard Avedon :: Just get any Avedon book. Get all of them. I still need to get all of them. Can’t ever get enough of Avedon. Woman in the Mirror is also great.

Herb Ritts: L.A. Style by Herb Ritts :: Droooooool.

W. Eugene Smith. An Aperture Monograph by Eugene Smith :: I’m going back to Smith a lot these days and studying his work again. What an amazing photographer he was.

Those should all be on your Christmas list to Santa.

Cheers,
Zack 

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