Top 10 Best Photography Books

Photography books can entertain, enchant, amuse and inspire, with photographs that are beautiful, bold, brilliant... or baffling! Below are some of our favourite photo books, from captivating portrayals of the African plains, to some of the most dreamlike homes on Earth, and much more.

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1. Steve McCurry: Portraits

  • £13.69

Steve McCurry

In 1985, Steve McCurry took an extraordinary photo of an Afghan girl whose intense blue eyes and compelling gaze made the image one of the most famous portraits in contemporary photography. Discover more of McCurry's remarkable portraits, taken on his travels around the world, revealing the real lives of people everywhere, raw and authentic.





2. Reflection

  • £43.29

Heinrich van den Berg

Travel through the rich diversity of Africa's nature and wildlife with cool grey monochrome images, moving through an ever warmer spectrum of black and white into sepia tones, and finally into the vibrant colours of the second half of the book. An exploration of landscapes, colours and creatures, you won't be able to put this engrossing book down.


3. Tim Walker: Story Teller

  • £49.95

Robin Muir

One of the most exciting photographers of all time showcases many of his spellbinding daydreams through striking photographs. Many big names in fashion and culture are featured, including Alber Elbaz sporting a pair of rabbit ears, Agyness Deyn in the sand dunes of Namibia, and Helena Bonham Carter posing with Ray-Bans and a Diet Coke! These weird and wonderful images will captivate viewers.



4. How to Photograph Absolutely Everything

  • £18.89

Tom Ang

If you're looking to get into photography yourself, this comprehensive guide will show you how to take wonderful photographs every time, with expert advice from photographer and bestselling author, Tom Ang. Whether it's children's parties or still life you want to capture, discover the equipment you need, the best approach for each subject, and how to compose, light, frame and shoot stunning pictures.


5. Slim Aarons: La Dolce Vita

  • £48.00

Slim Aarons

Discover the beauty of vivacious Italy in this breath-taking book, featuring photos of Venetian canals, Sicilian countryside, intimate portraits in the villas and estates of celebrities, the beautiful Italian people, and more.





6. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography

  • £39.89

Charlotte Cotton

The otherworldly, luxurious identity of Louis Vuitton is clearly conveyed in this series of photographs, chronicling the most famous and fashionable brand in the world. Admire over 200 glamorous images by brilliant contemporary photographers including David Bailey, Annie Leibowitz and Mario Testino.


7. Rise and Fall of Apartheid

  • £38.29

Okwui Enwezor

Even the most mundane aspects of life in South Africa during apartheid were captured by the photographers of the time. These photographs reveal everything from the state of housing, public amenities and transportation to education, tourism, religion and businesses. Laid out chronologically, this book charts the rise and fall of apartheid through powerful images interwoven with thoughtful essays.



8. Wildlife Photographer of the Year

  • £19.39

Rosamund Kidman Cox

This gorgeous collection features all of the winning photographs from the 2015 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. It showcases the images of many international photographers, both professionals and amateurs, selected by an international jury for artistic merit and originality. A striking reminder of the beauty, diversity and richness of life on Earth.


9. Extraordinary Everyday Photography

  • £20.09

Brenda Tharp & Jed Manwaring

This insightful book shows amateur photographers how to open their eyes and respond to their surroundings to create stunning images in any environment, using composition, light, colour and point of view. Featuring the authors' own wonderful photos taken with different cameras, from iPhones to DSLRs, they show that it is the photographer's eye and vision that make a great image, not the gear.


10. Cabin Porn

  • £19.99

Zach Klein

The creators of the hugely popular Tumblr site, Cabin Porn, now bring their collection of breath-taking images to a stunning book. Marvel at the tranquil dream homes that people have constructed in magical locations, using a blend of nature and craft, and be moved by their inspiring stories.

If you still haven't found the book for you, take a look through our full range of photography books.