For photographers, people, nature and everyday life are often the sources of inspiration but sometimes we find ourselves stuck in a rut – why are we doing this in the first place? In a world where the average person consumes hundreds of images a day it can feel hard to keep your niche and special creative quality at your talented core. This list of inspiring photography books may help reignite your fire. 

annie leibovitz at work
Annie Leibovitz At Work

Annie Leibovitz at Work

Simple yet iconic, the most celebrated photographer of our time unpacks the process behind her pictures from Richard Nixon’s resignation, a story she covered with Hunter S. Thompson, to Barack Obama’s campaign. Other features include a Rolling Stones Tour, John Lennon and Yoko Ono, Demi Moore, Whoopi Goldberg, The Blues Brothers, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Keith Haring, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Patti Smith, George W. Bush, William S. Burroughs, Kate Moss and Queen Elizabeth.

Ways of Seeing by John Berger

A must read not only for photographs but for any consumer and creator of the visual image (i.e everybody in modern society) this 1970s read was ahead of its time by lightyears. Berger will almost certainly change the way you look at pictures.

Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs

In a world where every culture is becoming more and more accessible and communities become more multicultural, McCurry’s work has never felt more relevant. This monograph brings together the most memorable and beautiful of his images, taken around the world over the last 30 years. McCurry’s ability to cross boundaries of language and culture to capture fleeting moments of human experience is unique. With his discerning eye for form and colour, shape and symmetry, he offers us windows into other worlds.

Inspiring Professionals by Lee Filters

For landscape photography fans. Lee Filters partners up with eight landscape photographers to bring us this delightful collection. The 132 page hardback book is full of stunning images taken from around the world that will both inform and inspire you. Filters are an indispensable part of any landscape photographers kit, read how famous Photographers such as Joe Cornish, Charlie Waite and David Noton use filters in their images and why they play such a vital role in their photography.

Read This if You Want to Take Great Photographs of Places

An indispensable guide that provides its reader with all the essential techniques and demystifies the work of acclaimed photographers. Packed with practical tips and iconic images, this accessible book will arm you with the know-how you need to take meaningful pictures of the places that matter to you most. Featuring 50 master photographers, including Alec Soth, Martin Parr, Robert Adams, Todd Hido, Rut Blees Luxemburg, Julius Shulman, Rinko Kawauchi, Thomas Ruff, Tim Hetherington and Joel Sternfeld.

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