5 Gift Ideas for Budding Photographers

Still dreaming of the perfect Instagram feed? Learn with the masters and get your hands on as many photobooks as you can. Every photographer will agree on this: if you want to improve your photo skills, invest in photography books, not photography gear!

Staff picks are translated by Angelica So

Reading List

Photopoche series by collectif

The first collection entirely devoted to photography in paperback, Photopoche offers carefully printed publications in an easy and pleasing format, at a very affordable price (under $20). Its list covers all aspects of photography (historical and social) and offers an exceptionally rich and diverse iconography. In 144 pages and 62 images, Photopoche introduces you to the greatest artists, from Nadar to Sophie Calle, including Doisneau, Franck
Horvat, Gordon Parks, Seydou Keita, Henri Cartier Bresson, Sabine Weiss, Martine Franck, Harry Gruyaert, Bruno Barbey, Helen Levitt, and Roman Vishniac. Our advice: check out the copies we have on our shelves and order the ones we don’t!
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In 1968, a revolutionary wind shuffled over the planet, and it left a lasting mark within the
field of French photography with the creation of new photographers agency that will change
forever how we think about news and pretty much define what we call photography reportage
till today. 1989 marks the end of Berlin’s wall. In between these two major historical dates,
historian and photography expert Michel Poivert and Anna Grumbach look at the evolution
of photography in France and how these artists have confronted their practice to other arts
(philosophy, literature,…). A fascinating foray into two decades of creative artistry.

Métamorphose : la photographie en France, 1968-1989 by Michel Poivert, Anna Grumbach, Hazan
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The Unseen Saul Leiter by Margit Erb and Michael Parillo

A thrilling trove of newly discovered color works from a photographer celebrated for his pioneering painterly vision.

Now firmly established as one of the world’s greatest photographers, Saul Leiter (1923–2013) was relatively unknown until the 2006 publication of Saul Leiter: Early Color, when he was already in his eighties. Choosing to shoot in color when black and white was the norm, Leiter portrayed midcentury New York’s street life with a gorgeous painterliness that evoked the sensuality of his Abstract Expressionist contemporaries Rothko and Newman. His studio in the East Village, where he lived from 1952 until his death in 2013, is now the home of the Saul Leiter Foundation, which has amassed a full-scale survey of his more than 80,000 works.

This volume contains works discovered through this project―specifically, color photography from slides never before published or seen by the public. It is edited by Margit Erb and Michael Parillo of the Saul Leiter Foundation, and embellished with texts describing how Leiter assembled his slide archive and how it is being catalogued and restored.

The Unseen Saul Leiter by Margit Erb and Michael Parillo, textuel
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What does ‘Counterculture’ mean in the internet era? Over the last decade, photographers have embraced a counterintuitive approach to tech norms. They have come up with so many fascinating alternatives, that Michel Poivert was compelled to present them in a book, , depicting ethically and ecologically guided approaches to photographic creation in this recent age of total reinvention.

Contre-Culture dans la Photographie Contemporaine by Michel Poivert, textuel

This beautiful, hand-sewn booklet stands out as much by its format as by its subject matter. It brings together 48 untitled and undated photographs in sets of two, landscape format, and taken from all over the world over multiple years.
Two texts by Jakuta Alikavazovic open and close the book: the first one is told in French through a woman’s voice, while the latter is told in English from a man’s perspective. Read more.

Cette fin du monde nous aura quand même donne de beaux couchers de soleil by Julien Gester and Jakuta Alikavazovitch, Actes Sud
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