Best Photography Books / by Kaitlyn Luckow

I am an avid reader and when two of my favorite things are combined: photography and literature, I am all over it. Here is a list of some of my favorite photography books that inspire me and further support my belief that photography is one of the most important modes of storytelling. 

Atlas of Beauty: Mihaela Noroc

Noroc has spent the last five years traveling the world and taking portraits of women in all cultures and countries. She has compiled all of these stunning portraits in this book. This book truly shows that beauty is everywhere no matter how different our lives may be from one another. This collection shows the empathy and understanding that can be created through photography. 

Humans of New York-Stories: Brandon Stanton

I followed Humans of New York since it was on Tumblr (I was totally a Tumblr person) and fell in love with it immediately. It was one of those moments where I asked myself, "why didn't I think about doing this?" 

Brandon Stanton's work of photographing every day people and telling their stories truly represents everything I hope to do in life: create connections through storytelling. Stanton has a few different collections out now, but my personal favorite of his is the story collection. Not only do you get stunning portraits, but also in-depth interviews and stories. 

It's What I Do: Lynsey Addario

After I read this book, Addario became my new idol. This memoir follows Addario through her experiences as a war photojournalist throughout the world. Her bravery and compassion is inspiring and she is a powerful voice in advocating for more female photographers and for equal pay. Throughout the book, she also shares some of her most powerful images that truly show how incredibly important her work is. 

Steal Like An Artist: Austin Kleon

This adorable little pocket book is full of illustrations and realistic practices to implement into your own creative endeavors. It's inspiring, but at its core, it's a refreshing new look at what art is. What I loved about this book was its discussion on how artists steal from one another. Especially in the world of Instagram, it is imperative that people understand the difference of stealing from other artists and from being inspired by other artists. This book explains how you can be inspired by others, while still creating your own unique stories. 

In The Company of Women: Grace Bonney

This gorgeous book is a collection of authentic portraits that capture the spirits of female entrepreneurs around the world. Along with portraits of these inspiring women in their workspaces, the book is also rich with interviews that show their journeys and give advice to other women starting their own business. 

Along with being super inspirational, this also makes the best coffee table book. 

Art Objects: Jeanette Winterson

This was a book I read and immediately highlighted about 50% of it. This book explores art in a new way and makes us question the seriousness of art. Not only does this book focus on the people that create art, but also the people that view that art. Full of philisophy and stories, I adored this book.