Ten Great Photo Books For Last-Minute Gifts (And Then Some)
by Claire O'Neill
10 From 2010: Books For The Photophile
The shopping clock is ticking. So here are a few suggestions to help you on your last-minute run to Barnes & Noble ... or for your overnight-shipping splurge on Amazon. The Picture Show presents just a few books that have been featured on the blog in the past year -- books that would make great gifts for your photography-loving loved ones -- and then some.
1. For The Serious Photo-Lover: Rodney Smith's 'The End'
Although not the easiest book to read casually, Rodney Smith's The End is just about as impressive as coffee table books get. In fact, it might completely dwarf your coffee table. At about $800 a pop, this book is for the serious photo-lover.
hide captionRoadside America by John Margolies (Taschen, 2010)
Roadside America by John Margolies (Taschen, 2010)
Roadside America by photographer John Margolies explores the changing face of America's roadsides. It's a survey of oddities -- jumbo bananas, wacky billboard language, neon lights -- that he has been documenting for the past 30 years, over the course of 100,000 miles on the road.
hide captionNoma: Time And Place In Nordic Cuisine by Chef Rene Redzepi
Phaidon Press, 2010
World famous chef Rene Redzepi released a cookbook this year, whose value, above all, is visual. Although the recipes are nearly impossible to re-create, the imagery alone will transport you to the salty shores of Scandinavia. "Use it as an inspiration," Redzepi told NPR's Melissa Block in an interview earlier this year. "Look at the beautiful pictures; see how food comes together."
5. For The Politico-Historian: Presidential Photographers
hide captionThe President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, National Geographic Books, November 2010
A new National Geographic book, The President's Photographer: Fifty Years Inside the Oval Office, anthologizes some of the presidency's most iconic and intimate moments. Lyndon B. Johnson takes the oath of office on Air Force One after Kennedy's assassination. Betty Ford dances on the Cabinet Room table on one of her last nights in the White House. President Obama lets a young boy feel his hair.
For members of the Society for Creative Anachronism, re-enactment is serious business. And for E.F. Kitchen, so is photography. She uses a large-format camera to photograph the Middle Ages and the Renaissance re-staged. Part of the charm of this book is its layout, design and text.
9. For The Child (Or The Child At Heart): Playing With Food, And The Moon
hide captionBroccoli Forest from Food Landscapes, Abrams, 2010
Photographer Carl Warner loves to play with his food. His universe consists of broccoli head trees, cauliflower clouds and coconut haystacks. His new book, Food Landscapes, is a wonderful food fantasy.
The renowned, recently deceased photographer Herman Leonard left behind a new book, simply called Jazz, which showcases his sharply focused, high-contrast black-and-white pictures -- many never-before published.