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    B&W nature/landscape photography books

    What are your top five favorite books of black and white nature landscape photography? If this is too narrow, you can also include books that are mostly, but not exclusively black and white nature landscape photography.

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    1. Landscapes 1975-1979 by Michael Smith
    2. The Last Years in Carmel by Edward Weston
    3. Bullock by Wynn Bullock
    4. Unknown Tuscany by Patrick Alt
    5. Quiet Light by John Sexton

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    Quote Originally Posted by Michael Wellman View Post
    5. Quiet Light by John Sexton
    +1. Superb.

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    40 examples by ansel adams

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    The B&W landscape book for me is Adams' Yosemite and the Range of Light. It's the book that got me into this LF mess in the first place. Second place for me is probably Sexton's Quiet Light.

    Most of my other landscape books are heavy on color. Eliot Porter in particular -- not because of the color (although that didn't hurt) but because his landscape subject matter was similar to mine (both of us are on the "other" coast in the US). Porter was a greater influence on me because he made photographs of those "middle distance" landscapes that are more prevalent here. Even if he didn't work much in B&W.

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    I view AAs instruction books as wonderful b/w landscape books The Camera, The Negative, The Print.

    Many of these images, of course, appear in his other books of landscapes, such as those mentioned above.

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    Oh yeah, one of AAs oft-forgotten instruction books that also works is Polaroid Land Photography.

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    I'm inclined to see Ed Burtynsky as a nature landscape photographer in an age of industrialisation and climate change. He doesn't idealise. Most of his work is in colour, but he has shot some black and white, most recently in his book Chai. Chai is a Hebrew word and symbol for life.

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    So hard to pick just 5, but if I was pressed I'd go with these:

    1. Quiet Light, John Sexton
    2. A Personal Selection, Brett Weston
    3. Light Years, The Photographs of Morley Baer
    4. Natural Connections, Paula Chamlee
    5. Coastal Romance, Andreas Weidner

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    A bit of an elaboration on my comment in post #7 about Ed Burtynsky and the idealisation of nature. Burtynsky had made one of the photographs at his show Manufactured Landscapes years before. It was an accomplished landscape photograph, in the traditional vein, of Canada's Rocky Mountains, and included the country's iconic transcontinental passenger train. As was, of course, his point, the photograph was in stark contrast to the photographs that made up Manufactured Landscapes.

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    Re: B&W nature/landscape photography books

    The part that is two narrow is the FIVE! I'll throw out five that are in my top ten, and that many may not be familiar with. In no particular order of preference:

    1. Open Country, by Jay Dusard
    2. The Canadian Rockies, by Craig Richards
    3. Land, by Fay Godwin
    4. Orchestrating Icons, by Huntington Witherill
    5. Aerial Photographs, by WIlliam Garnett

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