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Best Photography Books to Read in 2020

Posted on August 20, 2019 - By Angela Baker
Best Photography Books to Read in 2020
Best Photography Books to Read in 2020
With the ending of the year fast approaching, photography experts and enthusiasts have had an entire year to publish their best work and share it with the world. There are so many great photography books published both in this past year and even in the past, and they can all be great reads for those looking to purchase them in 2020.

Whether you are looking for a Christmas present or simply are an amateur photographer yourself, there are plenty of great photography books to choose from, which will help you see the world from the perspective of another creator. Here are some of the best ones to choose from.

1. Complete Digital Photography: 9th Edition by Ben Long

This updated edition of the original Complete Digital Photography collection is a book that every professional photographer should own or read. The popular photographer, writer, and teacher have created the perfect guide for anyone wishing to expand their knowledge on the field of digital photography.

2. American photographs by Walker Evans

This incredible collection of black-and-white photographs is a great way to see one of the famous collections of the Museum of Modern Art from the comfort of your own house. Walker Evans managed to create a collection of pictures that define the basis of American photography and have influenced many photographers after his own time.

3. Women: The National Geographic Image Collection by National Geographic

This powerful collection of photographs reveals the everyday lives of women from all over the world as well as interviews of famous and empowering women who have helped pave the road to success for many young women in our day and time.

4. Chanel: Collections and Creations

This photography book is essential for any fashion photographer, designer, or lover of fashion. This collection of photographs of Chanel creations through the years can be a great read as it encloses a variety of unique and original designs created by Coco Chanel from the 1920s and onwards.

5. The Landscape Photography Workshop by Ross Hoddinott and Mark Bauer

If you wish to find a complete guide that will help you master landscape photography, this boos will be the perfect choice for you. Created by two professionals in the field, the book covers anything from the basics of equipment needed all the way to practical exercises and printing techniques for achieving the perfect landscape photographs every time.

6. The Photobook: A History Volumes I and II by Martin Parr and Gerry Badger

If you are interested in getting to know the history of photography through a series of books, this is the best purchase you can make. This publication will help you get a better understanding of how the work of one photographer can influence the work of another and how photography has developed, through a series of photographs and detailed captions.

7. The Photographer's Survival Guide: How to Build and Grow a Successful Business by Suzanne Sease and Amanda Sosa Stone

For the professionals who want to open their own business in the not-so-distant future, this book can be a true helper in this process. By offering useful and easy-to-implement advice, this book can offer all levels of photographers a variety of tools and guidance in order to follow the rights steps towards opening their very own business.

8. The Photo Ark: One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals by National Geographic

This book will be a true gem for nature and animal lovers who wish to learn more about the animal kingdom. This lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore has created a collection of incredible portraits of the world's animals, and especially of those which are endangered,

9. Portraits by Gunner Stahl

Despite the young of his age, the photographer has managed to create an amazing collection of intimate pictures of some of the most prominent artists in rap music. The undeniable raw energy presented through these photographs as well as the written contributions he has included in the book, you will be able to view a completely new side of these artists.

10. The Book of Alternative Photographic Processes by Christopher James

Written by this internationally known artist and photographer, this guide to alternative photographic processes is compact with every bit of detail necessary to educate any reader on the topic. While it is packed with so much useful information, it is easy to keep up with and comprehend and includes a good mix of theory, history as well as practical advice for the reader to implement.

11. Bystander: A History of Street Photography by Colin Westerbeck and Joel Meyerowitz

Considered the bible of street photography by many, the Bystander is a collection of photographs that will help you see a much more detailed picture of the origins and development of street photography.

12. Reflections in Black by Deborah Willis

The very first collection of a comprehensive history of black photographers to be created can be one amazing read for those who wish to see some of the biggest events in black history presented through photographs.

Finding the right book for your interests

Whether you are a professional photographer or not, appreciating and admiring the art of photography can offer you a great opportunity to learn more about history, other cultures and various other topics you wouldn't have access to otherwise.

The photography books presented in this article cover a variety of different topics and you are bound to find ones which you will consider interesting and important to read and have in your collection.

All about Angela Baker:

Angela Baker is a self-driven specialist who is currently working as a freelance writer and editor for PickTheWriter and SupremeDissertations. She is always seeking to discover new ways for personal and professional growth and is convinced that it's always important to broaden one's horizons. That's exactly why Angela develops and improves her skills through writing and helping to inspire other people. She also writes for LiveInspiredMagazine, rounding out her professional writing career.
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