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    If Only Four Books....

    The thread on inspiration got me thinking....always dangerous.

    I have a huge collection of photography books, but I always return to just a few. If your house was on fire and you could grab only four LF books to save, what would you choose? Mine I think would be:

    "Examples: The Making of 40 Photographs" by Ansel Adams,

    "Time in New England" by Paul Strand and Nancy Newhall,

    "Edward Weston" by Ben Maddow,

    and last but certainly not least

    "From the Missouri West" by Robert Adams (but I would have a real hard time giving up "Beauty in Photography").
    Thanks,
    Kirk

    at age 68
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    And miles to go before I sleep,
    And miles to go before I sleep"

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    If Only Four Books....

    I have two Aperture editions; Minor White and Wynn Bullock that would be the first ones on the stack. They would be followed by Manzanar by A.A. and IT! by Stephen King.

    Oh, you said photography books? Then it would be Wright Morris, Photographs and Words.
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    If Only Four Books....

    "A Personal Selection" Brett Weston.

    "The Place No One Knew - Glen Canyon" Eliot Porter

    "Slickrock - Endangered Canyons of the Southwest" Philip Hyde

    "Stone Canyons of the Colorado Plateau" Jack Dykinga

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    If Only Four Books....

    Beauty in Photography, The Daybooks (is that one or two?), My Camera on Point Lobos and Hill & Adamson Photographs.
    “You can’t have everything. Where would you put it?”

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    If Only Four Books....

    I actually only have four LF books that I can think of but even if I had more I'd certainly grab Scotland's Coast and First Light by Joe Cornish.

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    If Only Four Books....

    I probably wouldn't be grabbing my photography books because they're all replaceable. But I do have one autographed copy of John Sexton's Places of Power that I might grab. I think I'd concentrate on my "mostly" irreplaceable Conley field cameras.
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    If Only Four Books....

    robert frank, the americans (taught me how to think about editing and sequencing and crafting a body of work ... still teaching me. and it helps me to be a good patriot)

    paul strand, national gallery of art retrospective, edited by sarah greenough and printed by richard benson (humbling. and taught me how to print)

    stephen shore, uncommon places (kicked my ass when i discovered it a couple of years ago ... decades after it was first printed. got me thinking about color in new ways. and got me thinking about what i'd been doing in new ways).

    john szarkowski, looking at photographs (still amazes me ... so many different kinds of work, so many different visions, so many different ways of looking at everything, always with the goal of seeing more, and seeing more clearly)

    ask me in a year and the answers might be different ...

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    If Only Four Books....

    For inspiration:
    Summit (Vittorio Sella)
    On High (Bradfors Washburn)
    A Life in Pictures (Fr. Browne)
    A really good issue of View Camera.

    For Reference and technique, I"d have different lists with different books, so I'd better keep an empty asbestos cardboard box handy in case the library burns down!

    Cheers!
    I steal time at 1/125th of a second, so I don't consider my photography to be Fine Art as much as it is petty larceny.
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    If Only Four Books....

    Paul Caponigro, Masterworks from Forty Years

    Richard Misrach, Chronologies.

    Kenro Izu, Passage to Angkor

    Michael Kenna, Twenty Year Retrospective Second Edition.

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    If Only Four Books....

    my very short list:

    Alfred Stieglitz's Camera Notes (Christian A. Peterson)
    Sacred Legacy (Edward S. Curtis)
    Certain Places (William Clift)
    Botanical Dances (Huntington Witherill)
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