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25 Great Books That Examine Life Through Photography

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The list author says: "Title of list pretty much says it all. These books either examine a life or life itself through the art of photography."
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life (text only)
25 Lessons I've Learned about Photography...Life (text only)
"25 Lessons is the story of NYC street photographer, Lorenzo, who examines his life through the art of photography and is reminded of many valuable lessons along the way. "It's more like a roadmap for using your heart, soul and senses to capture images through the lens of a camera." 25 Lessons is the #1 bestselling photo essay on amazon in 2010 and 2011."
Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs
Linda McCartney: Life in Photographs
"Linda McCartney (née Eastman) was born in New York in 1941. She took a photo course with Hazel Archer and studied art history at the University of Arizona before settling in New York City, where she began her photo career shooting rock portraits."
Nan Goldin (55s)
Nan Goldin (55s)
"Goldin has consistently created images that are intimate and compelling; they tell personal stories of relationships, friendships and identity, but simultaneously chronicle different eras and the passage of time."
The Family of Man: The Greatest Photographic Exhibition of All Time- 503 Pictures from 68 Countries
The Family of Man: The Greatest Photographic Exhibition of All Time- 503 Pictures from 68 Countries
"Hailed as the most successful exhibition of photography ever assembled, The Family of Man opened at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in January 1955. This book, the permanent embodiment of Edward Steichen's monumental exhibition, reproduces all of the 503 images that Steichen described as "a mirror of the essential oneness of mankind throughout the world."
The Americans
The Americans
"Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim grant, Frank crisscrossed the US in 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future."
You and I
You and I
"McGinley makes large-scale color photographs of his friends, a group that forms part of NY's Lower East Side youth culture. He uses photography to break down barriers between public and private spheres of activity. His subjects are willing collaborators, they perform for the camera and expose themselves with a frank self-awareness that is distinctly contemporary."
Hard Ground
Hard Ground
"Other collections of lost souls are different. . . . We meet O'Brien's people one on one. Their 'otherness' is removed. The photographs engender compassion and empathy. If that sounds simple, it is because it is simple. And, as you know, being simple is very, very difficult."
In The American West
In The American West
"Richard Avedon's In the American West is widely regarded as a landmark project in photographic history and a definitive expression of the power of photographic art."
Michael Jackson: A Visual Documentary The Official Tribute Edition
Michael Jackson: A Visual Documentary The Official Tribute Edition
"This is the most comprehensive book ever published on the world's greatest pop superstar. Authorized by Michael during his lifetime, this brand new edition includes events surrounding his sad death in 2009."
LIFE Remembering Marilyn (Life (Life Books))
LIFE Remembering Marilyn (Life (Life Books))
"The life story of Norma Jeane Baker, the girl who would become Marilyn Monroe, is as thrilling, glamorous and dramatic as anything seen on the big screen, and the camera was there to capture every chapter."
The Smile at the Heart of Things: Essays and Life Stories
The Smile at the Heart of Things: Essays and Life Stories
"For those of us who strive to juggle career and family, our 9-to-5 job and our true passion, The Smile at the Heart of Things offers insight into the ways working people balance their world and reveals how religion, family, loss, love, and even personal struggles inform our lives and make them richer."
Driven from Within
Driven from Within
"In Driven from Within, Michael makes it clear that the basis for his phenomenal success came from the inside out, thanks in part to those who guided him along the way. His skill, work ethic, philosophy, personal style, competitiveness and presence have flowed from the basketball court into every facet of his life."
Witness: One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story (Schocken paperbacks on Judaica)
Witness: One of the Great Correspondents of the Twentieth Century Tells Her Story (Schocken paperbacks on Judaica)
"Through words and photographs, Gruber chronicles an 80-year career as a photojournalist and correspondent. She was a foreign correspondent for the New York Herald Tribune from 1935 until 1967."
Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Amaru Shakur in Pictures and Words
Thru My Eyes: Thoughts on Tupac Amaru Shakur in Pictures and Words
"The Life of Tupac Shakur in photos."
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
Witness in Our Time: Working Lives of Documentary Photographers
"Witness in Our Time traces the recent history of social documentary photography in the words of twenty-nine of the genre's best photographers, editors, and curators, showing how the profession remains vital, innovative, and committed to social change. This provides an insider's view of a profession that continues to confront questions of art and truth while extending the definitions of both."
Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa
Blood And Champagne: The Life And Times Of Robert Capa
"Packed with good stories, and snappily written, Blood and Champagne is as full of life as the man it celebrates.' An evocative biography of the incomparable Robert Capa, the most famous photojournalist of the twentieth century."
Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)
Captured: Lessons from Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer (Voices That Matter)
"Captured: Behind the Lens of a Legendary Wildlife Photographer is more than just a photography book—it's a chronicle of more than 30 years' worth of unbelievable moments that only nature can reveal."
Life: Remembering Audrey (Life (Life Books))
Life: Remembering Audrey (Life (Life Books))
"A stunning collection of more than one hundred images by celebrated photographer Bob Willoughby captures Audrey Hepburn`s legendary film career, personal life, and tireless activism in support of children and animals around the globe, accompanied by the photographer`s personal reminiscences of the much-loved star."
LIFE Remembering Jackie (Life (Life Books))
LIFE Remembering Jackie (Life (Life Books))
"LIFE long enjoyed a special relationship with Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis--she first appeared on the magazine's cover in 1953 as the fiancee of a charismatic young senator from Massachesetts, beginning a streak that would stretch to 18 covers in all--and this book is filled with warm, intimate images from our archives."
Life: Remembering Grace
Life: Remembering Grace
"Howell Conant (1917-1999) first met Grace Kelly on a 1955 modelling assignment, and the two found an instant easy rapport. From then until Grace's untimely death in September, 1982, Conant was always present in Grace's life - in New York City, in Jamaica, in Hollywood, in Monaco - to make the most intimate pictures of this astonishingly lovely person."
Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11
Faces of Hope: Babies Born on 9/11
"In this uplifting, yet poignant book Naman has gathered together striking black-and-white photos of her child and forty-nine other babies – from each state in the union – who share the same birthday. Gathered from each of the fifty states in the union, these shining faces give hope to our nation as its citizens reflect on the anniversary of September 11."
The Kennedy Family Album: Personal Photos of America's First Family First Family
The Kennedy Family Album: Personal Photos of America's First Family First Family
"Up until his death in 2004, Bob Davidoff had been the photographer in residence at the Kennedy’s “Winter White House”—better known as their Palm Beach home. For almost fifty years, Davidoff chronicled the extended Kennedy clan on holiday, capturing the youthful JFK and his beautiful family during their moments of fun and relaxation."
The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family
The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family
"During his lifetime, Richard Avedon donated more than two hundred images to the Smithsonian Institution, including all of the photographs of the Kennedy family sitting for Harper's Bazaar. Smithsonian curator Shannon Thomas Perich has culled more than seventy-five images from that donation for The Kennedys: Portrait of a Family."
Match Prints
Match Prints
"Match Prints is a visual and editorial dialogue between two important photographers and longtime friends. Over the course of their twenty-year friendship, Jim Marshall and Timothy White discovered that their work often shared striking similarities despite time differences of as much as three decades."
Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs
Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs
"Through 150 striking color photographs, Obama: The Historic Campaign in Photographs charts the road to Barack Obama's nomination as the first African American to lead the presidential ticket of a major party."