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Fifteen indispensable books (plus 1)
Customers often ask us: which books shall I not miss in my collection?
How many beautiful photography books are there? Hundreds, thousands, each one with its own history, a distinctive character, each one suited to the personality of the reader. Just like beautiful songs, good novels, good movies, good wines.
A note to scoffers and pessimists: there are countless beautiful books.
Indispensable, however, are books that possess extraordinary qualities, works that have affected – or will affect – the following productions. Years later these books do not cease to be important; on the contrary, they reveal their qualities in an even more evident way.
A restricted list of these volumes is always a questionable task, as it is difficult to exhaustive, but it remains a good way to approach the world of photobooks, today richer than ever.
What follows is a cliffs notes of “fundamental” titles for various reasons and at different times, so important to be considered classics, almost all reprinted and available today, even when the first edition dates back to many years ago.
To complete this sparse but dense list we report a work that is not properly a photobook but a book that shows the most significant titles published since the photographic medium exists. Inside you will discover fundamental, beautiful, curious and often (sadly) economically demanding volumes.
Enjoy the ride.
note for browsing: click on titles (or names) to see available editions
(here, the 2018 edition by Steidl)
(here the 2010 edition by Dewi Lewis)
(here the 2000 edition by Walther König)
(here the 2004 edition by Schirmer Mosel)
(here the 2015 edition by Thames and Hudson)
(here the 2012 Aperture edition)