7 monographs EVERY photographer MUST own


okay so over the last bunch of videos
that I’ve done you guys have seen me wearing this jacket that Brian Abrams
over at Amabilis is making they’ve got a Kickstarter going right now also has
this awesome hoodie use the Force Luke well here’s the deal this is the last
week of the Kickstarter campaign so if you want one of these you want it to say
deeper pixels or whatever it is you’re into now’s the time to do it and they
even have kind of an end of the campaign sale going on so I will put a link in
the show description go check it out so Happy New Year it is awesome see you
guys back and I’ve got a couple things that I want to cover today so let’s get
started I’ve got a few really cool photography books that I want to share
with you guys today and so basically what happened was last year at the end
of the year I did a video and it was my top ten book recommendations this was
the end of 2016 and I just because I’d done a lot of book reviews in videos
over the year I decided to kind of summarize them and kind of get my top
picks and most of you guys know I have a lot of books I buy a lot of books I love
photography I love printed material and it’s just something that’s very
inspiring to me and so this year rolled around and people started asking me on
social if I was gonna do another end of the year book roundup again and I didn’t
realize it was a thing but I’m happy to do it I did by not as many books this
year as I did last you because I’m rapidly running out of space and because
the mail you guys send me I really am tight on space and so just
depends on what comes out and how interested I am in it but I did buy a
few that I want to share with you we’re gonna go through these in just a second
but one thing I want to mention before we get started here is something that to
me is kind of exciting news I started The Art of Photography in 2008 that was
when I made the first video this year is 2018 I have now been making this show
for 10 years which is unbelievable I started out on iTunes I guess about 2010 or so I
put everything on YouTube and I started producing on both platforms and now I
have a Facebook Watch channel it’s been an amazing experience and I try to
communicate this to you guys pretty frequently but this show has changed my
life in a very profound way it’s an unusual thing to do for a living I love it I love opportunities where I get to meet you
guys I love the community that we’ve kind of built around this thing and I’ve
had some opportunities to do some amazing things that I didn’t ever think
that I would be able to do things like the Artist Series even like just last
month were kind of at the last minute I ended up just saying I’m going to
Arizona I’m gonna do this video that I’ve been wanting to do for over a year
now and I ended up doing like three videos out of that and there was a Grand
Canyon video and then I did some stuff in New York and there’s some footage
that I haven’t shown you guys yet from the New York trip and so there’s a lot
of opportunity to do some interesting stuff with the show and because it’s the
tenth year I want it to be as epic as I possibly can make it and I just don’t
want it to be another year I want it to be something that’s really cool and so
that’s kind of where I am with this and I don’t have anything to announce just
yet although I am working on some stuff that will announce it when the time is
right but this does impact the show in the following way because I will have to
move a few things around to make some other things possible and the big one
that gets affected is going to be photo assignments now we have been doing photo
assignments on kind of this weird schedule where every Monday we’re gonna
do something with photo assignments so I’ll either give you an assignment or
I’m… two weeks or so or a week I’d have a turnaround time and then I share the
work that was submitted with you guys and the biggest complaint that I get by
far from people is its just too short and it’s too fast to turn around and
it’s also I think been confusing a little bit in terms of what is the
current photo assignment when is the next one coming out and so I want to
make a big change there and I think it’s gonna be a change for the better
I’m gonna slow this down we’re gonna do one a month I think that’s a much better
way of doing it I think rather than having a whole bunch
of photo assignments at the end of the year I would rather focus on the quality
more than the quantity of it so what I’m gonna do is just do it once a month that
way it’s easy to remember what’s the photo assignment for February what’s the
photo assignment for January and it’s just by the month you know when it’s
gonna be due it’s gonna be due at the end of the month I’ll need a day or two
to put the video together but you know when that’s coming up you can share your
work on social and I’ll see it there so that’s the big change that I’m gonna
make I just think it’s gonna work a lot better I would like to get your opinion
so please leave me a comment on this two things one does the schedule work for
you guys do you think this is a fair compromise with all this is just going
to be a little less frequent work for me to do like
the giving the assignment is not hard but putting together those videos where I’ve got to put everybody’s names in it and I’ve made a couple errors in the past it’s it’s a
lot of work and I think this will just open it up and it allows us all to focus
on the quantity and not the quality plus it’ll give me during the month some
other chances to merge other content in with that too depending on what the
subject is so I want to know what you think of that idea and 2) do you want a
photo assignment for January I can do one but we’re already a couple days in
it’s up to you guys so would you rather wait and we’ll kick it off in February
and we’ll just do something totally cool so anyway I would like to hear from you
guys on that so let’s look at a few book recommendations I will put a list of
everything in the show notes below so if you’re interested in getting one of
these they’re all in a list together and you can find them on Amazon but anyway
what I’m gonna do here is I’m gonna start with the color stuff and color
photography is a little bit of a stretch for me because historically my interests
and my tastes have always been with black-and-white photographers but more
recently I think this probably started with a Saul Leiter to a large extent
Ernst Hass who is an incredible photographer had a collection that…
actually there were two books that were released this year
this one’s called color correction and the other book is okay it’s more of his
set photography that he did for movie studios but color correction is insanely good
highly recommended and there’s another color photographer that I start checking
out more in-depth as well and I’ve been aware of Luigi Ghirri for a long time but
Luigi Ghirri a well-known Italian photographer has a book called
Kodachrome this is not a new book this is an older book I don’t know that it’s
in print and so you could have some trouble tracking this down but it’s
worth being patient to check out this book I actually bought several years ago
and I’ve talked about it a zillion times on this show but this little trilogy I
want to make complete with Sail Leiter’s early color it’s still in print if you
don’t have it it’s well worth it and what’s interesting to me and the reason
I’m including him in this conversation is that all three of these photographers
they all shot on Kodachrome and this was pre digital and so there really wasn’t a
lot of post-processing that was involved and the interesting thing to me is all
three of these people have radically different styles Ernst Haas’ work has
this lush feel to it – these deep rich colors then kind of the opposite would
be Luigi Ghirri who works in kind of these pastels with very minimal compositions
and their work looks completely different even though they were using
the same film and then Saul Leiter who also
Kodachrome comes into the picture and he’s got a very different approach to
what he does in a very stylized look and I think there’s an important reminder
here that we get really involved in the camera side of things and then also in
the post-production side of things particularly when working with color and
I think it’s a really wonderful reminder all three of these photographers to me
that there’s so much that you can do they all look different because of their
approaches are different the subject matter is very different the lighting
conditions are different and they’re kind of tailored to each individual
photographer and that’s where your talent and your sense of style are gonna
end up coming from not so much on the post into things so that’s why I wanted
to include these three in the color trilogy here next up is this very thick
and very awesome book from probably my favorite photographer in the history of
photography and this is Irving Penn I have covered Irving Penn a lot on the
show before and there was a book that came out a
couple years ago and the exhibition that I was covering I think was called Beyond
Beauty this is even better this is very much more complete in terms of what was
included here this was I don’t know that this was done around a specific show the
Met was involved with this but they are very involved with the Penn Foundation
highly recommended is the Irving Penn Centennial this book was actually sent
to me as a gift from Gabriel Wertman and Gabriel lives in Mexico City I met him
when I was down there last year and he sent this to me I it was actually in the
last video I did an unboxing this is Flor Garduño and she is a wonderful
photographer very much in the vein of Graciela Iturbide her work has a
mystical quality with a lot of symbolism included in it and I had to include this
as one of my favorites of this year it’s not one that was on my list to buy it
was given to me as a gift and I have absolutely fallen in love with it there
is some amazing work here so once again Gabriel thank you for sharing this the
last two books that I want to share with you guys these are not yet big-name
photographers I think they’re extremely talented they’re not done by big
publishing houses but you guys send me a lot of work during the year I’ve done a
lot of mail time shows this year and I want to recognize two people both these
books are available and I will link them up in the show description but I wanted
to give them a shout out because I think this work to me is extra-special and
I’ve really enjoyed it a lot and the first one up is Shetland OO which is
done by Tom Barr and some of you guys might remember Tom or recognize him he
goes by the name Ootlier in the comments section he’s a hell of a guy and
credible photographer this is not exclusively a photography book Kate
Davies wrote the text in here and is a documentary book on the shetland island
wool industry and I think the photography in here is absolutely
outstanding and what I like about this book is that it is not photography for
the sake of showing off photography he is telling a story he is documenting in
here but it is extremely good and Tom shoots at such a high level and I am
really glad that we become friends since he sent this to me and so Tom I didn’t
tell you guys that I was gonna be doing this so special shout out to Tom you
guys need to check out Shetland Oo it is fantastic the second book that I want to
recognize was sent to me by Bastiaan Woudt this is called In Marokko Bastiaan has
a very ethereal quality to the work that he does and this is my other favorite
book that was sent in this year I really enjoyed this as a very dreamlike quality
to it a lot of interesting things are done with focus points and where your
eye is supposed to go in the composition and the work is just beautiful and
absolutely outstanding so I want to give a shout out to Bastian once again too
and again both these books are available I will link them up in the show
description I hope this has provided some
inspiration for you guys and this was kind of my picks for I guess 2017 but
we’re in to 2018 now that’s over with although I have cool books to draw
inspiration from now anyway a lot of cool stuff coming up this week including
this disaster you don’t want to miss my review on the light l16 I will have that
out this week I’ve got a bunch of other stuff coming up as well love to hear
from you please leave a comment and until the next video
Happy New Year and I will see you guys next time later

100 Replies to “7 monographs EVERY photographer MUST own”

  1. The monthly photo assignments seem like a perfect interval. YES to a January assignment – I'm extremely busy April thru November, so there are only a few months I could do each year ….. I'd hate to lose one of those months.

  2. Hey Ted, I live in Fort Worth as well and I think it’d be pretty cool if sometime this year you could organize a photo meet/ photo walk around Fort Worth. Downtown, The Modern, stockyards, or anywhere else 😎

  3. Love the channel. One a month is absolutely perfect! It gives us and you more time! January works for a start month fo’sho!

  4. AOP episodes that cover an artist via a book have been amongst my favourites on your show.
    I've learned from experience that when you do an end of year top books show it's best to be quick to secure copies of the books covered.

  5. Photo assignments on monthly basis will be good but it will be HARD for YOU to sort out pictures….If that is not the case then I will prefer photo assignments on monthly basis.

  6. Somewhat new viewer…monthly sounds great! I have limited time to shoot assignments, so the new schedule sounds awesome! I love what you do, keep up the awesome content. Unlike most YouTube photography channels, you actually challenge me.

  7. Yes, monthly is awesome. Love your show. Recommend your show. Although I'm sad to say that youtube unfortunately, due to their algorithms, pays less for such a schedule. They need to fix this as lower production rate results in higher quality for most videographers.

  8. Great idea about making photoassignments monthly! I fell out of them because of the pace.

    Also I'd consider changing the format of how our work is shown / featured. It's super nice and personal that you put our pictures in your videos! But there's a lot of them, they're shown for just a second and it's not the best way to enjoy photography 🙂 With  monthly assignments the number of sumissions will only increase.

    Perhaps there's a tool that could create a gallery by pulling the pics based on hashtags from various sources and you could just share the link and in the video only focus on a few photos? Just my 3 cents 🙂 As always, thank you for doing this!

  9. Yes, a longer assignment time would be great. Feel free to vary the time too. (e.g. more complex assignments can take longer)

  10. Once a month seems OK to me (as far as I remember it was 12 assingments last year) as I understand and appreciate the effort it takes to look through all our photos and produce the result videos. However, you should consider that the more time you give us to produce the more content you get ;-).

    An assignment for January would be most welcome.

    Keep up the great work!

  11. Once a month sounds like a good idea. Plus it'll be harder to run out of ideas. One moment, though. Make it a rule that you will make a video every 1st/3rd/5th of some month, and exactly at that moment it will be available. (For example, we can share photos up to second/third day of month to last and you will make a video until new month. Just sayin', shouldn't be like that 100%, it's still up to you.)

  12. I had to stop in the middle of this video episode to thank you for this content you have been so faithfully presenting us. I have gone from an occasional viewer to a “hooked” viewer in a short amount of time. I love the look and discussion of gear but what this show has that no other show brings us ( along with a knowledgeable and genuine person as a host!) is this discussion of “the art of photography “, thank you so much for being an oasis in the world of photography techland.

  13. Lovely episode Ted. I love photo assignments so having only one a month is a bummer but it does make more sense that way. It will also probably improve the work you get sent in as well. More time to think and review ideas.

  14. Congratulation Ted! Do you have any plans resurrecting "the photography show" podcast? Just caught myself re-listening to it 🙂 Very refreshing and still relevant!

  15. Monthly lots better here, through the winter I barely see daylight, also better for film people. Happy Anniversary !! Another 10 years please pretty please 🙂

  16. Hello Ted. I'm a new subscriber. I've been doing photography for a little longer than you've been doing youtube videos, but have only just started tapping into youtube for inspiration which makes me quite late to this particular party but it seems to still be in full swing. I'd like to join in with the assignments and monthly sounds like a nice schedule as I'm currently studying for a Masters but within each month I should be able to find enough time. I love that you still do letters so I will try and send you one this week and introduce myself if nothing else. Congratulations on the big milestone, I look forward to this next year, your eleventh.

  17. Happy New Year Ted and many, many thanks for featuring the Shetland Oo project as one of your picks of the year. It was a complete surprise, but a very pleasant one! I'm glad you like the "story" element… More big projects in the pipeline this year!

  18. 1. I think the one assignment per month is a great idea!
    2. Would love one for January too (AND the totally cool one for February)!

  19. Monthly assignments would be awesome! I've been meaning to jump in since getting back into photography six months ago, but juggling work and the shorter window proved impossible. I'd love to kick off this new schedule in January, so please fire one out to us as soon as you can!

  20. Happy 10 year anniversary! Thank you for all the effort you put into the show, my partner and I love it. I vote yes to monthly photo assignments and to starting in January. I think it would be cool to have an image per month to celebrate 2018 and the anniversary of your show.

  21. Hi, I was wondering if you would let be do an interview with you. I am doing photography in a class and wanted to ask you questions…

  22. Going to have to say I would like to see a January photo assignment. I've actually been working on trying to take at least one shot a day during the new year. Some are junk, others have been pretty neat.

  23. Thank you for doing photo assignments.  I have a pretty busy work schedule so I don't always get to play along, so the idea of making it monthly works much bettr for me and it sounds like for you too.   I'd be up for a Jan assignment  Thanks again.

  24. Congratulations for the milestone, Ted!
    Monthly challenges and January included, as well. Not sure about others, but in monthly challenges, I let my ideas marinate and try to produce something towards the end of the month.

  25. Month to Month sounds good.. I've been wanting to take a shot at this in hopes to be featured. I'm down for a January assignment. How about an #EverybodyStreet concept for this month or have i missed that already?

  26. Unforunately, the Saul Leiter Books are very expensive in Germany. His "Easy Color" cost about 120 €, it's about 150$. And all the others are not that expensive, but you always have to pay a minimum of 35 Euros/40 Dollars.

  27. One of the main reasons I've never attempted the photo assignments was the waaaaaaay-too-fast schedule. Once a month would be much more preferable. Happy Anniversary, here's to the next ten!

  28. Great video. I'm liking the photo assignments move and would love to see an assignment for January. Keep up the good work.

  29. I'm a member of a forum (FADU) that has a picture exchange. It is run once a month most of the year except Christmas and summer holiday time. When it is extended to two months this allows members to take part , giving them time to do all the other stuff as well. I will add that all the exchange prints have to be produced in the darkroom. So your idea of monthly for your assignment is inspired.

  30. I've never done a photo challenge but I've always wanted to so I think that once a month would be a lot more doable! Congrats to 10 years!

  31. TED thank you for the ten years of hard work. Your videos are great and useful to wwatch. I learn something new every time. Cheers friend.

  32. I missed you. I wasn't getting your videos in YouTube so I searched for Art of Photography. I like this idea about uploading photos from a photo assignment you offer, how does that work again? One of my favorite color photographers was Pete Turner. I like a lot of saturation in color he seemed to express that. He might be too commercial for you though. I also like working with primary colors against a neutral background. I think simple primary colors shout out color. (i.e. primary colors as in pigments: Red, Blue, & Yellow)

  33. Congrats on 10 years! Wow. Also, you’re only 10 away from 400k! So cool. Yes to monthly photo assignments with a video from you halfway through the month with direction tips, examples etc… let’s start in January

  34. In our world where we perceived real as surreal, and vice versa. Ted thanks for all your videos, hope we can meet and have coffee someday.🙂
    Keep going dude…

  35. Happy new year and congrats on the anniversary!

    I often see your assignments and want to get involved, but get pulled away by something, so monthly would make it easier for me to participate.

    Also, I often can think of a shot I already have that would fit a category. I know you want to make it about getting out and shooting, but I wonder if it might be worthwhile allowing older shots to be included somehow. Perhaps a separate category?

  36. Monthly photo assignment? Great! As a father, its always hard (but manageable) to find some ten minutes to think about the assignment and do some photos… Having the opportunity to do it maybe 3-4x for 10 minutes will improve quality for sure!

  37. Can yourself or anyone help me out here. I was given a night vision quartz IR series super wide macro lens. There is no bayonet fixings on it so i assume it must fit on the end of another lens🤔. Also it was made in japan. Does anyone know anything about it??

  38. Huge happy new year and congratulations on meeting this milestone… Absolutely love your channel. Sorry did I miss the assignment for January? I'm not sure there was one set but would be eager to know!! Many thanks.

  39. I definitely vote for monthly assignments, announce the assignment, maybe give three weeks to submit, then the last week to check the work and assemble the video.

  40. YES, monthly is a better time frame. I am just getting back into photography after taking a many year hiatus. Just starting to get out of auto and learning as I go. The Photo Assignments is just what I needed to get out and shoot with a purpose, instead of just 'taking snapshots'.

  41. I saw your video on Irving Penn and when I heard that there was an exhibition in Paris about him, I was very curious to see the prints. So I travel to Paris quite especially for this expo and I absolutely loved it, very inspiring! And that's because of your channel!

    Thank you so much for your show and the quality of the content!

  42. Saul Leiter, wonderful. Love the look of that Shetland book by Tom Barr, so thanks for the heads up on that one. Congratulations on 10 years of AoP, seems I've got quite some catching up to do…
    And is this channel now your full time job? Interesting how YouTube can do this for people, democratising/monetising broadcasting.

  43. I like the monthly schedule. If there was one for January, I didn't know about i t because I didn't get notified about this video until today – 2/1.

  44. You don't have too many books until you meet a few criteria. 1) They're stacked up at least three feet tall on every available horizontal surface that you need to walk, sleep or sit on. 2) Your house foundation starts settling weird. 3) You call in an art research library to come cart off a significant donation so you have more room for more books. (I used to work for an art research library at an art museum. I've actually seen all three of these.)

  45. I’ve always wanted to join the photo assignment but I always miss out! So I think this type of schedule will allow me to join!

  46. The Artist Series is my favourite section in your channel , could you make a program about contemporary photographers? Thank you

  47. Erns Haas i possibly my favorite photographers of all time. It's modern but yet vintage, nuanced, with subtle abstraction in some of his work and in other it goes deeper into abstraction, colors are just amazing. His work reminds me of some of the Syd Mead paintings. Really amazing range of different looks.

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