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.

1. Steve McCurry: Portraits

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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    Tim Walker is one of the most visually exciting photographers of our time. This book showcases many of his most dazzling images his daydreams turned into photographs, dating from around the last seven years of his career. Some of the biggest names in fashion and contemporary culture are here: Alber Elbaz sporting a pair of rabbit ears; Agyness Deyn in the sand dunes of Namibia; Alexander McQueen and a memento mori of skull and cigarettes; Helena Bonham Carter poised with Ray-Bans and a Diet Coke; Stella Tennant in a pink cloud among the rhododendrons of an English country garden The singer and musician Kate Bush contributes a foreword and Walker himself an afterword, as well as illuminating his pictures throughout with personal observations. This exceptional and beautifully designed overview of a career caught in mid-flow reveals just how much one mans singular vision has influenced contemporary tastes in fashion, beauty, glamour and portraiture.
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    This lavish fourth volume in Abrams' Slim Aarons collection revels in his longtime love affair with Italy. From breathtaking aerials of the Venetian canals and Sicilian countryside to intimate portraits in the villas and estates of celebrities and the beautiful people, Slim's photography captures the essence of the good life of the rich and famous of Italy. Italy undeniably held a special place in Slim's heart. As a photographer for Yank magazine, he witnessed the Italian campaign during World War II and was present at the liberation of Rome. Later, after the war, he abandoned Hollywood to travel to Rome as a photographer for Life magazine. Even after he relocated to New York, he would return to Italy almost every year for the rest of his professional life. His extensive archive documents the aristocracy, high society, celebrity, cultural elite and international jet set that found sanctuary in Italy's most beautiful places. In addition to being his stock and trade, what he called "photographing attractive people who were doing attractive things in attractive places," these images paint the social and cultural geography of fifty year of Italy, from the Liberation of Rome to the 1990s. The introduction by Christopher Sweet will portray the close friendship between Slim Aarons and Robert Capa that began in Italy, as well as compelling evidence supporting the claim that Slim was the real life photographer on which Jimmy Stewart's character in Hitchock's Rear Window is based.
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    Whatever you want to photograph, discover how to get it right every time with the expert photographer and bestselling author Tom Ang. From still life to children's parties, make sure you're picture perfect with Tom Ang's guide to taking photographs, now in paperback. You can follow straightforward instructions to discover what equipment you'll need, the best approach for each subject and how to compose, light, frame and take great shots. The checklists give instant advice on getting results, while 'tricks of the trade' show you how to turn a good picture into a great one. Plus pick up valuable tips on everyday photography.
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    In 1985, Steve McCurry photographed an Afghan girl for the National Geographic. The intensity of the subject's eyes and her compelling gaze made this one of the most widely and consistently celebrated portraits in the history of contemporary photography. This image accompanies the other remarkable faces he has encountered whilst travelling throughout the world, collected together in an engaging and moving series of unique street portraits: unposed, unstylized images of people that reveal the true universality of the depths of human emotion. This fresh new edition, expanded to feature more photographs than before, including some never-before published, creates an up-to-date and unrivalled collection of McCurry's portraiture. Critically acclaimed and recognized internationally for his classic reportage, over the last thirty years he has worked on numerous assignments, travelling extensively throughout the Middle and Far East. A regular contributor to many international journals, McCurry is a member of Magnum Photos and a recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal and an unprecedented four World Press Photo first prizes in a single year; many of McCurry's images have since become modern icons. He is most famous for his evocative color photography, which has captured stories of human experience that, in the finest documentary tradition, transcend boundaries of language and culture.
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    Photographers played an important role in the documentation of apartheid as they stepped in to capture how the system penetrated even the most mundane aspects of life in South Africa, from housing, public amenities, and transportation to education, tourism, religion, and businesses. Included in this vivid and compelling volume are works by such photographers as Eli Weinberg, Alf Khumalo, David Goldblatt, Peter Magubane, Ian Berry, and many others. Organized chronologically, it interweaves images and thoughtful essays to explore vital issues, including the institutionalization of apartheid through the country's legal apparatus; the growing resistance in the 1950s; and the radicalization of the anti-apartheid movement within South Africa and, later, throughout the world. Finally, the book investigates the fall of apartheid, including Mandela's return from exile. Far-reaching and exhaustively researched, this important book features more than 60 years of powerful photographic material that forms part of the historical record of South Africa.
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    "Extraordinary Everyday Photography" will help you search beyond the surface to find the unexpected wherever you are. Authors Brenda Tharp and Jed Manwaring encourage amateur photographers to slow down, open their eyes, and respond to what they see to create compelling images that aren't overworked. Through accessible discussions and exercises, readers learn to use composition, available light, color, and point of view to create stunning photographs in any environment. Inspiring photo examples from the authors, taken with DSLRs, compact digital cameras, and even iPhones, show that it is the photographer's eye and creative vision - not the gear - that make a great image.
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    A landmark fashion photography monograph chronicling the most famous and sought-after brand in the world. Since the 1920s, the images of Louis Vuitton-both advertising and editorial-have drawn the world into its ethereal, luxurious identity and have changed the way we see fashion, travel, art, and culture. These captivating touchstones of fashion photography have served as a glamorous, romantic porthole to one of the world's most prestigious luxury brands. Louis Vuitton Fashion Photography is an unprecedented visual history of the company, seen through its presence in photographs. This exceptional album features over two hundred images by the most important modern and contemporary photographers, including David Bailey, Henry Clarke, Patrick Demarchelier, Karl Lagerfeld, Annie Leibovitz, Helmut Newton, David Sims, Bert Stern, Juergen Teller, Mario Testino, and Bruce Weber. This book features images from iconic Vuitton advertising campaigns from the '20s through to the present, with magazine editorials from publications including Vogue, L'Officiel, Numero, V, Harper's Bazaar, Interview, W, Egoiste, Love, and Pop. This elegantly designed mix creates a unique and exciting expression of the brand and its interpretation by top stylists and fashion editors. Chronicling the style, history, and exquisite fashion through lavish, evocative photography, this volume is an absolute essential for lovers of fashion, art, and photography.
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    For 50 years, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition has championed honest and ethical wildlife photography, while pushing the boundaries of artistic freedom, technical skill and narrative excellence. This powerful collection of pictures features all the winning photographs from the 2015 competition. The collections represents the work of many international photographers, both professionals and amateurs. The photographs are chosen by an international jury for their artistic merit and originality, from categories that together represent a diversity of natural subjects. The range of styles is also diverse, as is the genre of photography, whether action, macro, underwater, landscape or environmental reportage. Together this outstanding collection is a reminder of the splendour, drama and variety of life on Earth. Each stunning photograph is accompanied by an extended caption and there is an introduction by one of the world's most respected nature photographers.
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    From the creators of the hugely popular tumblr site, 'Cabin Porn', comes this collection of breath-taking photography of rural escapes and inspiring stories of people who've created their dream home. A simple shelter, somewhere peaceful, surrounded by nature...wherever you dream of having your quiet place, these rural escapes are for anyone yearning for a different kind of existence. Cabin Porn began as an online project created by a group of friends to inspire their own homebuilding. As they collected more photos, their site attracted thousands of submissions from other cabin builders and a passionate audience of more than ten million people. This book is an invitation to slow down, take a deep breath, and enjoy the beauty and serenity that happens when nature meets simple craft.
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    Reflection takes the reader on an amazing journey through the rich diversity of Africa's nature and wildlife, starting with cool grey monochrome images, moving through an increasingly warm spectrum of black and white and into the sepia tones that lead us to the vibrant colours of the second half of the book.