52 books · 10 voters · list created May 31st, 2014 by Mandy (votes) .
Black and White Photography: A Basic Manual Third Revised Edition
7 Cathedral: The Story of Its Construction by 4.26 avg rating — 1,605 ratings
Jacob Aue Sobol’s iconic book Sabine, his documentary of his relationship with his Inuit girlfriend, is one of my favourite photo books of the past 10 years. In this new book the great Swedish photographer Petersen joins his protégé Sobol to produce a raw, gritty visual journey. Veins is split into two halves that share a grainy, stark, black and white, often grim reality. Both photographers share themes of nudity, animals, stark grimy interiors and the inhabitants from society’s fringe. This is a treat for lovers of a harsh aesthetic. Hats off to Dewi Lewis for publishing a genuinely important little book.
Photo Design: Picture Composition for Black and White Photography
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Digital Masters: B&W Printing: Creating the Digital Master Print (A Lark Photography Book)
Images of Plademunt’s red blood cells follow portraits and landscapes. A giant snake’s head is followed by a car park filled with empty containers. An enormous dead fly sits opposite a slightly open door. The book has a sinister feel at times, the sequence of images often uncomfortable. It’s a book that pushes the boundaries of photographic tradition and practices, which kept me fascinated with each page I turned.
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I had often wondered why Alec Soth named his publishing house Little Brown Mushroom. John Cage, the composer, who died in 1992, was a keen mycologist and I learnt that Cage spent as much time identifying mushrooms as he did composing. This beautiful little book housed in a slipcase and sensitively edited by Soth combines 44 photos by William Gedney (1832-1989) and 22 of John Cage’s stories. Gedney’s archival images are intricately placed within the book with folds and layers indicative of the complexities of Cage’s music. Beautifully and thoughtfully designed, this book is an absolute delight. Since writing this Iris Garden has sold out, but find it if you can as it is a treat.
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The Photographer’s Black and White Handbook: Making and Processing Stunning Digital Black and White Photos
Relationship Portraits: Capture Emotion in Black & White Photography
33 Ten Birds Meet a Monster by 3.68 avg rating — 102 ratings
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Flowers Grayscale Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book with 50 Beautiful Photos of Flowers for Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Colorists
I had to include this groovy stylish book by the unknown photographer Billy Monk. Monk’s rich and varied career included safecracker, smuggler and Woolworths model, and he also had a spell in prison. Monk was a bouncer at the notorious Catacombs nightclub in the rough dock area of Cape Town in the 1960s when he came up with a scam to photograph the eclectic mix of customers and sell them the images. What Monk produced is one of the finest and most honest documents of the nightclub scene. A table filled with half-full bottles of Coca-Cola, identically dressed bouffant-haired twins and a kissing couple sitting in the detritus of this grimy club interior are remarkably seductive. The images are cool, intimate and honest and have a raw beauty. Monk’s images were discovered years later but tragically Monk would never see his work exhibited. In 1982 he was fatally shot in the chest on the way to the gallery.
Iris Garden by John Cage and William Gedney, edited by Alec Soth ( Little Brown Mushroom)
From Oz to Kansas: Almost Every Black and White Conversion Technique Known to Man (Voices That Matter)
The Absense of Myth by Tereza Zelenkova (self-published, £20)
I love the fact that not only is Sevincli’s book Good Dog made as a tribute to the legendary Daido Moryama’s 1971 image Stray Dog but it is also the locals’ nickname for the neighbourhood in Istanbul in which Sevincli lives. I love the scratched-up blown-out surface, the nearly dead cockroach, a punk’s shredded tights and a fly on a super-grainy window. It has stark, raw images with an aesthetic shared by Anders Peterson. The book is darkly seductive – even the paper surface is sexy to the touch – and has a dark narrative, which really drew me into its spell. The images are disquieting and I share Sevincli’s fears and questions of the environment he is photographing.
I am completely blown away by this atlas of the surface of Mars. Who isn’t in awe of the universe? I still remember camping out the night of the first moonwalk. Xavier Barral has trawled through tens of thousands of images taken by the MRO probe Hirise camera that was launched into orbit by Nasa in 2005 to document the surface of this magical planet. Stunning, curious and abstract images of the planet’s surface reveal its three-billion-year history. Extraordinary images of the dunes of Noachis Terra and Velles Marineris canyons are breathtaking. This book is a perfect marriage of science and art. This is an extraordinary book, and takes photographs of the earth from above to a new level. This is a giant leap for a photo book and makes you wonder if perhaps there is someone out there photographing us.
Mastering Digital Black and White: A Photographer’s Guide to High Quality Black-and-White Imaging and Printing (Digital Process and Print)
Creative Black and White: Digital Photography Tips and Techniques
Beautiful Creatures: A Grayscale Adult Coloring Book of Animals
I was having a coffee with the photo aficionado Sean O’Hagan and he suggested I rush to my computer and buy a copy of The Absence of Myth, a dinky self-published book by Tereza Zelenkova. Its arrival was a delight. This young photographer (an ex-MA student at the Royal College of Art) beautifully combines texts and pictures. Inspired in part by Georges Bataille’s writings on surrealism, The Absence of Myth, published in 1945, Zelenkova’s dark visual references, such as Sigmund Freud’s chair, are confusing and complex but also a pleasure to consume. I will take the next few months fathoming it out.
2 Make Way for Ducklings by 4.22 avg rating — 74,260 ratings
This is Mars – Photographs by NADA/MRO, edited by Xavier Barral (Aperture, £50)
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The Blue and Gray in Black and White: A History of Civil War Photography
Monochromatic HDR Photography: Shooting and Processing Black & White High Dynamic Range Photos
18 I Saw a Peacock with a Fiery Tail by 4.26 avg rating — 238 ratings
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30-minute Coloring Pages for Adults: Simple Quick & Easy Coloring Patterns that You Can Finish in Only 30 Minutes or Less (Mini Coloring Book for Grownups) (Volume 1)
27 Witches, Goblins and the Other World by it was amazing 5.00 avg rating — 3 ratings
9 Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats by 4.09 avg rating — 19,059 ratings
Sergio Larrain – Vagabond Photographer (Thames & Hudson, £65)
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Defrosting of the crests of Inca Cit y © NASA/JPL/The University of Arizona/Éditions Xavier Barral
Clare Strand is an artist who often works with everyday objects to produce complex conceptual imagery. Her latest book of table skirts works for me as I find in the evocative portraits both the sad and the comical. The staged images bring to mind a coffin, a table setting for the Last Supper or a magician’s table. I wonder what’s hidden beneath the skirts. The table skirts are shot from the same position, lit as icons. I can’t pretend to understand the complexity of the works but there is a dark resonance to the series that I find compelling.
Vampires: A Grayscale Coloring Book with Sexy Vampire Women, Dark Fantasy Romance, and Haunting Gothic Scenes for Relaxation
Advanced Black-and-White Photography (Kodak Workshop Series)
6 The Story of Ferdinand by 4.36 avg rating — 78,669 ratings
Black Marble Dot Journal A5: Dot Grid Notebook A5, 140 Dotted Pages, Marble Design, Softcover (Marble Dotted Notebook) (Volume 1)
Lovely Cats – A Grayscale Coloring Book that Opens the Door for Creative Expression (The Lovely Series) (Volume 2)
The Complete Guide to Black & White Digital Photography (A Lark Photography Book)
26 Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More to Life by 4.20 avg rating — 1,440 ratings
Animals Grayscale Coloring Book: An Adult Coloring Book with 50 Beautiful Photos of Animals for Beginner, Intermediate, and Expert Colorists
Black and White Photography books of the year Cheryl Newman chooses her favourite black and white photography books
The Big Grayscale Colouring Book: Mallorca: Colouring book for adults featuring greyscale photos.
18 Who Wants a Cheap Rhinoceros? by 3.96 avg rating — 1,987 ratings
10 The Garden of Abdul Gasazi by 4.04 avg rating — 3,322 ratings
The pages of Spasibo, which means ‘thank you’ in Russian, is for me filled with ghosts. Davide Monteleone has travelled widely though the Caucasus since 2001 and clearly has a real understanding and connection to the region. This monograph examines the history of violence between Chechen separatists and Moscow and the impact it’s had on the structure of Chechnya both physically and emotionally. But the gloomy post conflict images are mixed with more upbeat moments of a new Chechnya, family parties, smart cars and portraits of beautiful young women on their wedding day. It’s a perfectly produced book filled with haunting, bleak images of darkness but it also shows the strength and endurance of these remarkable people.
Veins by Anders Petersen and Jacob Aue Sobol (Dewi Lewis, £28)
Black & White Artistry: The Creative Photographer’s Guide to Interpreting Places and Spaces
15 Kitten’s First Full Moon by 4.08 avg rating — 19,962 ratings
This is every photography lover’s book of the year. It’s a masterpiece. I can say no more.