Not exactly sure what inspired the theme of this post – it just seems like I keep seeing great photography books and websites.
Photography is still a young art form, in spite of being almost 200 years old, and I think it’s great that it’s becoming easier for us all to be artists in our own ways. But there is definitely something to be said for the work of “masters” who often inspire and educate us with their works.
Annie Leibovitz at Work edited by Sharon DeLano
Ansel Adams at 100 by John Szarkowski
The Collection of Alfred Stieglitz: Fifty Pioneers of Modern Photography by Weston J. Naef
Daring to Look: Dorothea Lange’s Photographs and Reports from the Field by Anne Whitson Spirn
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits
Mathew Brady’s Illustrated History of the Civil War, 1861-1865 by Benson J. Lossing
Planet Earth: As You’ve Never Seen It Before by Alistair Fothergill
Picturing the Century: One Hundred Years of Photography from the National Archives by Bruce I. Bustard
Steichen’s Legacy: Photographs, 1895-1973 edited by Joanna Steichen
Vanity Fair’s Hollywood
The Bigger Picture – A great photography blog from the Smithsonian
Library of Congress – The LOC’s online catalog of prints and photographs
Life.com – Access to some of Life magazine’s greatest images
National Geographic – Get some unique wallpaper or browse the magazine’s collection of photos of over 100 years of publication.
Shorpy – A fun, often enlightening photography blog featuring photos prior to the 1950s from all sorts of government and personal collections.
TFPL also has a fascinating archive of photos from the beginnings of the Magic Valley. Come in and check out our database!