With the holidays coming up, I was thinking it would be fun to start a series of posts on gifts – and today I’m going to share some of my favorite photo books with you. As someone who loves both books and photography, I am always so inspired by opening a book or magazine filled with beautiful images. I start thinking more creatively and get all sorts of ideas for photos, travel, creative projects, and everyday life. With that in mind, I did some research and selected eight of my favorite photo books, any of which would make the perfect gift for a creative friend or family member.
Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman, creators of the mega-popular DIY style blog A Beautiful Mess, are in love with photographing everyday life. Here, they share that love with 95 all-new tips and photo challenges that will inspire you to style and snap better photos and then transform them into simple yet stunning projects and gifts.
Yes, we’ll always have Paris and who better to capture all its moods than the inimitable Elliott Erwitt? With a keen eye for the real city, Erwitt sees beyond the tourist cliches. Whether the mightiest of monuments or the charm of la vie quotidienne this master photographer chronicles it all.
A Year of Mornings is the book inspired by the blog 3191 – a collaboration between two women who met via Flickr and discovered that their images bore a striking resemblance to one another. From their homes 3191 miles apart in Portland, Maine, and Portland, Oregon, the women agreed to document their mornings by posting one photo to a shared blog every weekday for a year. While the women have continued with their blog collaboration and numerous projects, this book is now the only place you can view the original mornings diptychs.
Technically not a book – Click is my favorite magazine, so I have to include it in this list. Click is filled with inspiring images, features of creative people, and so much more. Designed by photographers for photographers, Click is the perfect gift for the creative woman who enjoys beautiful photography and design. And how cute is this cover image by Kristin Dokoza?!
From the first known photograph taken in Los Angeles to its most recent sweeping vistas, this photographic tribute to the iconic City of Angels provides a fascinating journey through the city’s cultural, political, industrial, and sociological history. Over 500 images depict LA in all its glory and grit – from events that made world news, to its many notable residents, pop cultural movements, music, surfing, health food fads, gangs, and hot rods are all included!
This set from Clickin Moms includes Inspire and Laughter. The editors scoured thousands of images submitted by female photographers to come up with this collection of fun, funny, heart-warming and inspiring images. Originally priced at $58, this set is currently a steal at just $10.99.
Now a #1 New York Times bestseller, Humans of New York began in the summer of 2010, when photographer Brandon Stanton set out to create a photographic census of New York City. Armed with his camera, he began crisscrossing the city, covering thousands of miles on foot, all in an attempt to capture New Yorkers and their stories. The result of these efforts was a vibrant blog he called “Humans of New York,” in which his photos were featured alongside quotes and anecdotes. Humans of New York is the book inspired by the blog.
I love the photographic work of Ansel Adams, and have been so inspired by his Zone System as a photographer. Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs presents the full spectrum of Adams’ work in a single volume for the first time, offering the largest available compilation from his legendary photographic career. ‘Nuff said.
Thanks for reading, and happy gift-giving. Until next week – when I’ll be back to share my favorite gift ideas for the guy on your list!