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RE: favorite photography books

Best Photography Book Ever:  Josef Sudek (the one by Anna Farova - AND...
it's alt)

-----Original Message-----
From: Christina Z. Anderson [mailto:zphoto@montana.net]
Sent: Thursday, May 03, 2007 7:47 AM
To: Alt, List
Subject: favorite photography books

Dear all,
 I have a book I have been working through called Building a Photographic
Library, which has in it 138 photographers (etc.) responding with their
favorite 6 books.  It is really an instructive book, ending with 500 books
in all mentioned, and the top 11 books mentioned the most (surprising to me)

Szarkowski's Looking at Photographs, and Atget
Weston's Daybooks
Frank's The Americans
Barthes Camera Lucida
Cartier-Bresson's The Decisive Moment
Adams The Negative
Aperture's Diane Arbus
Evans American Photographs
Koudelka's Exiles: Photographs
Kenna's 20 Year Retrospective

This book was done in 2001.

What I am working on is this:  I got our librarian to put all of our TR
section books into an excel spreadsheet (we have about 3000 books at MSU so
I can do this; at the U of Minn and other places, this would be
astronomical.....) and I am weeding the list down to a sort of top 100 (or
top 500!--I only have it down to 2000 right now!) photography books.  It's
easy to do this with alt because the number of alt books is not quite high
in general (I think I own most of them--Post Factory, Barnier, James,
Farber, Scopick, Arentz, Arnow, Blacklow, Sward, Van Keuren, Crawford,
Nadeau, Reed, Busselle, Frederick, Lewis, Laughter, Livick, blah blah blah),
so that is why I am asking if anyone has any photographic absolute
FAVORITE....let's say, 6, that they'd want to share?  Especially any from
2000-2007? OR photographers if you don't know titles?

I think it would provide lively instruction to have this conversation on
this list, even though not pertaining strictly to alt, because we ARE
photographers.  It also may encourage those who never post on alt to post on
something that I would think ALL of us have opinions on. Once done I could
make it available on my website for downloading because I know I can't send
attachments through the list and it might be too lengthy to cut and paste
into an email.