Diane Arbus by Diane Arbus
Diane Arbus
by Diane Arbus

The appeal of black and white photography in the visual arts is enduring. The term is rather misleading as the images are actually black, white and various shades of grey, but a powerful image without color can carry many messages.

Monochromatic photography can be haunting (Walker Evans’ Great Depression photos of impoverished farmers, awe-inspiring (Ansel Adams’ images of Yosemite) or intimate (Michael Montford’s Charles Bukowski pictures).

This selection of photo-books spans 80 years of photography. There are portraits, nudes, animals and landscapes, industrial scenery, fashion, celebrities and many ordinary people, but no-one is really ordinary when they are being photographed by artists like Lewis Hine and Edouard Boubat. Some of these books are pushing the boundaries of art, while others record the lives of the poor and the powerful.

Browse the work of David Bailey, Richard Avedon, Man Ray, Howard Bingham and many other legendary photographers.

 

50 Memorable Photo-books

Pauses by Edouard Boubat
Pauses
by Edouard Boubat
A Portrait of Maine by Berenice Abbott
A Portrait of Maine
by Berenice Abbott
Redneck Roundup by Hunter Barnes
Redneck Roundup
by Hunter Barnes
Goodbye Baby & Amen by David Bailey
Goodbye Baby & Amen
by David Bailey
Bravo Stravinsky by Arnold Newman
Bravo Stravinsky
by Arnold Newman
Five Beautiful Women by Victor Skrebneski
Five Beautiful Women
by Victor Skrebneski
Conceptual Forms by Hiroshi Sugimoto
Conceptual Forms
by Hiroshi Sugimoto
A Personal Selection by Brett Weston
A Personal Selection
by Brett Weston
Sam Shepard by Bruce Weber
Sam Shepard
by Bruce Weber
Death Valley by Ansel Adams
Death Valley
by Ansel Adams
Nothing Personal by Richard Avedon
Nothing Personal
by Richard Avedon
Préférées by Edouard Boubat
Préférées
by Edouard Boubat
Shooting the Russian War by Margaret Bourke-White
Shooting the Russian War
by Margaret Bourke-White
La Russie au Travail 265 Photographies by Weiskopf and Glaeser
La Russie au Travail 265 Photographies
by Weiskopf and Glaeser
Diary of Light: 1912-1985 by Andre Kertesz
Diary of Light: 1912-1985
by Andre Kertesz
Portugal by Neal Slavin
Portugal
by Neal Slavin
Sonne uber See und Strand by Dr. Paul Wolff
Sonne uber See und Strand
by Dr. Paul Wolff
Photographs 1947-1977 by Richard Avedon
Photographs 1947-1977
by Richard Avedon
Birds by Andre Kertesz
Birds
by Andre Kertesz
Facing Up by Arthur Tress
Facing Up
by Arthur Tress
Irving Penn by John Szarkowski
Irving Penn
by John Szarkowski
New American People by Enrico Natali
New American People
by Enrico Natali
Shadow Falls by Nick Brandt
Shadow Falls
by Nick Brandt
Black Panthers 1968 by Howard Bingham
Black Panthers 1968
by Howard Bingham
The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars by Maria Morris Hambourg & Christopher Phillips
The New Vision: Photography Between the World Wars
by Maria Morris Hambourg & Christopher Phillips
From Where I Stand by Mary McCartney
From Where I Stand
by Mary McCartney
Progreso by Charles Harbutt
Progreso
by Charles Harbutt
Portrait of Myself by Margaret Bourke-White
Portrait of Myself
by Margaret Bourke-White
Portraits by Inge Morath
Portraits
by Inge Morath
Bukowski: Photographs 1977-1987 by Michael Montford
Bukowski: Photographs 1977-1987
by Michael Montford
Portraits by John Hedgecoe
Portraits
by John Hedgecoe
First Son: Portraits by C.D. Hoy
First Son: Portraits
by C.D. Hoy
US Navy: Vietnam by Robert Moeser
US Navy: Vietnam
by Robert Moeser
Armor: In Praise of Women by Colin Osman
Armor: In Praise of Women
by Colin Osman
Children at the Barriada by J. Mayone Stycos
Children at the Barriada
by J. Mayone Stycos
Nudes by Munkacsi by Martin Munkacsi
Nudes by Munkacsi
by Martin Munkacsi

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