Great Photography

Construction of first Twin Falls/Jerome Bridge, 1927Not 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 – 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!

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