We all have it, not necessarily written, but in our mind. A wishlist. One of my mental wishlists is that of photobooks. I just love going through them, looking at the amazing images other people made and getting inspired. So let’s have a look at these five books I would love to have!
Genesis by Sebastião Salgado
I went to his exhibition in Rotterdam during my trip to Rotterdam earlier this year. I found the book later in Frankfurt in the Leica Gallery. I didn’t buy it because they only had a German version. I did buy the book Heartland by Hoepker, which is a signed copy. So I didn’t completely feel sad.
Personal Exposures by Elliott Erwitt
I’m really bad at street photography. I just don’t have the guts I think. I’d rather climb a mountain (even though I have vertigo) than ask a person if I can take their picture. That’s why I appreciate Elliot Erwitt’s work so much. He made such good street photography photos. I already have his books about NYC and Dogs, but this one is still missing from my collection.
Afghanistan by Steve McCurry
We all know one of his photos: Afghan Girl. In July I went to his exhibition in Brussels and learned so much more about all of his work. From the disaster of 9/11 to the warzones in Afghanistan. He takes his time with the locals to get to know them. It’s not just a quick portrait and done. This makes his work look so much better and have so much more meaning.
Arctica by Sebastian Copeland
I don’t know if I have to put this in the category of landscapes or abstract art. Or is it a photo-report? I don’t know. I just know it’s amazing to look at. The book is about the icebergs, sheets and the weird landscapes they generate. It’s maybe a bit less educative and more esthetical than the rest of the books in this list, but that does not make it less of a thing for me to want.
Ice is Black by Laurent Baheux
A book about the look for oil beneath the ice sheets… but you will never see a person or barrel of oil. It’s about the animals living in those regions, almost as a last resort to document these joyful animals. But it’s a call for help. Let Laurent amaze you with the landscape, I bet you’ll get convinced to stop using oil.
Do you have a photography book wishlist? Let me know what books you like to add to your collection!