Photography books


Photography books

Over the years we have collected many books of photographers who inspired us. We will update this post on a regular basis with books that we think will be of interest to readers of our blog. Information about photographers you will find in the separate post  “about photographers

Morocco – Harry Gruyaert

This is the third book by Gruyaert focusing on Morocco. The idea for it emerged while digging through his archives for a series of photomontages called A Sense of Place. The images featured in this latest volume, Morocco (2024), are different from those included in the two previous books from 1990 and 2013. He maintains that the photos included in the 2024 book say more about him than they do about the country itself, writing: “Perhaps influenced by the more cinematic approach of photomontage, this book is made up of a series of sequences or short trips, which serve as variations on the same theme: the fascination that this country has exerted on me for more than 50 years.” More about the book you will find here: magnum photos.

We received the book today and it is just a great book. I believe Harry Gruyaert is a master with regard to colour photography.

ISBN: 978-0-500-02795-0

Publisher: Thames and Hudson 

Europeans – Henri Cartier Bresson

In 1955, Henri Cartier-Bresson published The Europeans, a collection of photographs taken over a period of five years. His portrait of the continent documented a landscape shadowed by war, where people lived among ruins and still bore the mark of hunger.

For this book, first published forty-five years later, the celebrated photographer brought together a far broader range of images, spanning the years from the late 1920s to the early 1990s. Cartier-Bresson travelled across Europe, from the Scandinavian shield to the Balkan karst, from the Breton granites to the Irish bogs, in order to capture what it means to be European. Beyond nationalism and the particular characteristics of each culture and nation, he found evidence of a greater identity, a family likeness shared by the people and the landscape.


Publisher: Thames and Hudson

Orientalist Photographs – Éric Milet

Through more than 100n autochrome, sepia, and black-and-white photographs, from the advent of photography to the 1950’s, this book captures delicate, lost details from the Maghreb: the dusty, labyrinthine walls of the casbah; dappled sunlight on the market stall of a souk; the intricate metal work of traditional jewelry.

This collection of haunting images and incisive text vividly renders all the mystery, the beauty, and the naivité of the West’s encounter with a culture it found so radically different from its own.

ISBN: 978-2-0803-0089-8

Publisher: Flammarion

Voula  Papaïoannou – I Fotographos

Papaïoannou was born in Lamia, Greece, but grew up in Athens. She studied at the Polytechnic University of Athens and developed an interest in photography. With the outbreak of World War II, she took up documentary photography and began to photograph and document social subjects during the duration of the German and Italian occupation of Greece. She turned her camera to troops departing for the front line, and to the casualties of war, raising awareness of the various humanitarian issues such as the Great Famine which arose out of the occupation.[1] As Athens suffered a starvation crisis, Papaïoannou photographed emaciated children, providing an account of the horrors of war on the civilian population.

After the liberation, Papaïoannou became a member of the photographic unit of the UNRRA (United Nations Relief and Rehabilitation Administration), touring the Greek countryside recording the hard conditions of rural life. Papaïoannou’s attention toward the hardships of the Greek population was honestly portrayed as proud and independent, optimistic for the future despite poverty.

ISBN: 978-960-8347-43-4

Published by : Benaki Museum

Edouard Boubat – Monograph

In a career that spanned more than fifty years, photographer Edouard Boubat (1923-1999) captured the magic of fleeting moments with tenderness and warmth. One of the most influential French photographers of the twentieth century, Boubat made elegant, poetic images – beginning with intimate views of everyday life in his native city of Paris and moving on to striking pictures taken during his travels in Africa, India, Spain, Portugal, Mexico, and Japan, when he was working as a staff photojournalist for the well-known French magazine Realites.

This luxurious volume presents the entire range of Boubat’s work in more than three hundred tritone photographs. All his most famous images are here – including those of his muse, Lella – along with texts by writers Marguerite Duras, Michel Tournier, and Jacques Prevert, as well as Boubat’s own writings and notebook excerpts. Developed in close collaboration with Boubat’s son, Bernard, and photographer/filmmaker Genevieve Anhoury, this authoritative volume is the only existing monograph on the enduringly popular photographer.

Published by Thames & Hudson

The Roma Journey – Joakim Eskildsen & Cia Rinne

[Le romané phirimàta] Between 2000 and 2006 Cia Rinne and Joakim Eskildsen undertook travels in seven different countries with a view to gaining an insight into the life of the Roma and the conditions they face. They tried to spend a considerable length of time among the people whom they wanted to learn about and , if possible, to live with them for a wile.

For us it is a special book , since when we lived and travelled in Greece we came across Roma people very often and we were always in a positive way intrigued how the Roma lived and survived.

A great book, with unique photo’s. 

ISBN: 978-3-86521-371-6

Printed by Steidl, Göttingen

En Route ( Onderweg) – Ad van Denderen 

In 2023, I visited the impressive retrospective exhibition of Ad van Denderen: En Route ( Onderweg) at the Rotterdam Museum of Photography.  En Route shows the development of documentary photographer Ad van Denderen.  In the period 1965-2019, he addressed topics such as apartheid, migration and the geopolitical conflict between Israel and Palestine. Topics that are regretfully still relevant today. This major retrospective exhibition showcased the highlights of his career, which spans almost six decades.

The Nederlands Fotomuseum’s publication of the same name was published in the publication series of the Nederlands Fotomuseum, with the photographs from the exhibition and various essays.

ISBN: 978946226497

Link to the publisher: Lecturis (please click)

Magnum contact sheets – Kristen Lubben

Presenting a remarkable selection of contact sheets and related material by 67 Magnum photographers, Magnum Contact Sheets lays bare the creative methods, strategies and editing processes behind some of the world’s most iconic images — was the final image a set-up, or a serendipitous encounter; did the photographer work to extract the potential from a situation, or was it the fabled ‘decisive moment’?

A co-production of: Magnum Photos, Forte di Bard and Thames & Hudson

We bought the Dutch version, published by THOTH.

ISBN: 978-90-6868-654-8
Greenland into White – Paolo Solari Bozzi

Foreword by Ragnar Axelsson

An original point of view on the Greenland landscapes, not only reproducing the beauty of nature but with a personal interpretation through black and white photography. This book will appeal to all nature lovers.

This beautiful volume collects ninety black and white images taken during a four month journey through the villages of the east coast of Greenland. It documents the culture of people living in this wild territory, characterized by extreme nature and climate conditions

ISBN: 978-88-918123-8-4
Unha mirada de antanho – Ruth Matilda Anderson

In 1924, Ruth Matilda Anderson, a 29-year-old American photographer who was accompanied by her father, Alfred Theodore Anderson, and a complete photographic team that caused the astonishment of all customs officers.

Father and daughter began an expedition of approximately one year to document the essence of Galicia in Spain initiated by Archer Milton Huntington, reflecting ethnographic fieldwork and academics, so that a vision of the study of Hispanic culture in all its facets was photographed. For this purpose, Huntington turned to the Clarence H. White School of photography in search of professionals who would portray Spain in the 1920s, with two conditions in mind. First, they would have to be women, and the second of Christian religion.

Thus, in 1921 Ruth Matilda Anderson was hired as a research photographer at the Hispanic Society and in 1924 left for Spain on Huntington’s first commission.

Accompanied by her father, she toured Galicia, learned the languages, Spanish and Galician, and the local customs. She went to the villages and spoke to the people. Her care and empathy for women and men, favoured that her photographs reflected the Galician reality of the twenties.

Martin Chambi – 1920 – 1950

Many years ago I visited an exhibition in the Museum voor Volkenkunde (ethnology museum) in Rotterdam. More than 60 photos of Martin Chambi were shown. Martin Chambi was known as the Photographer  of the Andes. He was born in Coaza in Peru and lived from 1891 – 1973. At the age of 14 he left Coaza and went to Arequipa. He started as an apprentice in the photo studio of T.Vargas. In 1917 het started his own photo studio in Sicuani, close to Cuzco the capital of the former Inca realm. His income came from portrait photography, but he is also known for his photos portraying the life of the native Indian people. The photos in the book are made about 90 years ago and it is amazing how good these photos are, with regard to composition, sharpness, lightning. Also the people that Martin Chambi photographed are unique. An historic document. If you are able to get hold of this book, just buy it.

Martin Chambi
Life – Raffaele Montepaone

Faces and hands wrinkled by time and hard work, old inhabitants of abandoned villages, that seem immersed in an immemorial past. The faces and hands are from hundred year old women of Calabria. Some of the photos I saw a few years ago in an article in the Black & White Photography magazine and I was impressed by these centennials that are so well captured by the photographer. I was happy this book came out and of course I bought it. Last week the book arrived and this is indeed a great book. It is must have for photographers. The book and photographer are introduced by Ferdinando Scianna, one of the best Italian photographers.

ISBN: 0-393-04683-4. Archivio Fotografico Italiana.

Raffaelle Montepaone
A Greek Portfolio – Constantine Manos

A collection of photographs made in isolated areas of rural Greece in the early 1960’s. Constantine Manos , a member of Magnum, traveled the countryside in search of images that capture the character and beauty of a way of life that had been virtually unchanged for centuries but has since been overtaken by the modern world. A vanishing Greece. The book represents for us Greece how we would like to remember it.

ISBN: 0-393-04683-4. Published by W.W. Norton & Company, New York, London

Constantine Manos
Tibet – minéral animal  –  Vincent Munier , Sylvain Tesson

Vincent’s Munier’s best pictures of wild Tibet, with texts by Sylvain Tesson. Finding a snow leopard is the holy Graal for naturalists,, travellers and photographers. His Nikon Special Project drew him to some of the most remote and untouched areas of Tibet. Vincent was able to photograph this notoriously shy and recessive animal. The result can be found in this fantastic book. I also recommend to read the book of Sylvain Tesson in which he describes this unique experience and adventure. 

Please visit the site of Kobelann to order this book or other books of Vincent Munier: Kobelann

Dark Heavens – Hamid Sardar

Shamans and hunters of Mongolia. Across the vast windswept plains of Mongolia, nomadic tribes freely roam, only guided by the rhythmic changes of the seasons. All well captured by Hamid Sardar with a breathtaking mix of color and black-and-white images.As mentioned in the book: This is a must-have for everyone interested in ethnology, photography and adventure. ISBN: 978-3-8327-3408-4. 

Published by teNeues. Website:

Hamid Sardar
Present – Stephan Vanfleteren

Life is all memory, except for the one present moment that goes by you so quickly you hardly catch it going” – Tennessee Williams. This book is a comprehensive retrospective of the work of one of the best photographers of the Benelux. The book is almost 500 pages thick with Stephan’s best black and white photos and stories.

ISBN: 978 94 6388 714 4. Published by Uitgeverij Hannibal:

Stephan Vanfleteren
Workers -Sebastiāo Salgado

Sebastiāo Salgado is my favourit photographer. This book ia a tribute to working men and women, with images of striking beauty and integrity. This book is the photography of humanity Gabriel García Márquez wrote  And Nadine Gordimer wrote: This camera doesn’t just record, it’s part of the spirit of its subjects. An iconic work. An archaeology of the industrial age.

ISBN: 0-89381-525-x. Published by Aperture.

Sweet Nothings – Venessa Winship

The small schoolgirls of the borderlands in Eastern Anatolia. Venessa Winship wrote in her book: I was touched by the gravity in their demeanour at the moment in front of the camera, their fragility, their simplicity, their grace, their closeness to one another, but most of all I was struck by their complete lack of posturing. This book touches me every time I open it. A small photographic treasure.

ISBN: 978-2-8499-5129-3 Published by Images En Manœvres Éditions.

Venessa Winship
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