Hello everyone! This is my first post for 2017 and I wanted to share some of my favorite photography books. These are the books I reach for most when in need of inspiration or a rest from social media.
Uta Barth – The Long Now
This book is an overview of Uta Barth’s work, from her early prints to her current ones. She is a master of blur and light. For 10 years, she photographed/worked in her home, where light and indistinguishable moments were her subjects. She called it “looking”. Her series of diptychs and triptychs are exquisite, especially the 2011 series “…and to draw a bright white line with light”.
His keen eye and early use of color film is the ultimate inspiration. Saul didn’t get the attention he deserved until much later in life. I highly recommend his documentary, In No Great Hurry. He seemed like such a sweet soul without ego. He was also a prolific painter.
I’m sure almost everyone knows of Avedon’s work. His large format portraits taken against a white backdrop make it look simple, but he excelled at connecting with his subjects and it shows in his images. I remember attending his exhibit In The American West and having my mind blown and that’s when I knew I would forever love photography.
I discovered Veronique Vial when I happened upon her book, Women Before 10am. Prior to that book, she had published Men Before 10am. The concept for both books was to visit celebrities at their homes, as early as she was allowed, and capture them as they were just waking up. She depicts them in bed, awake, getting ready for the day, eating breakfast, showering, and always on B&W film. It’s very close and intimate. She is still working in photography and I highly recommend you look her up and view her portrait work.
Jacques Henri Lartigue
I only recently, a year or two ago, discovered the work of Lartigue. He is another photographer/painter and painting was his forte. He came from a well to do French family, and at 7 years old, he was already photographing family, friends and locals at leisure and play, often in idyllic, pastoral settings. Amazingly, his photography wasn’t discovered until he was in his 60’s. He was way ahead of time with his compositional style. His work still feels fresh & modern, and I can even imagine him posting delightedly to Instagram.