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Photography History, Aesthetics and Critical Theory

"There are no rules, and that's what makes art better than baseball."
Harry Callahan (1912-1999)


History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present by Beaumont Newhall


A World History of Photography by Naomi Rosenblum


Seizing the Light: A History of Photography by Robert Hirsch


Focal Encyclopedia of Photography, Fourth Edition: Digital Imaging, Theory and Applications, History, and Science by Michael Peres


The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski


Looking at Photographs: 100 Pictures from the Collection of The Museum of Modern Art by John Szarkowski


Perception and Imaging, Third Edition: Photography--A Way of Seeing
by Richard D. Zakia


The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers
by Henri Cartier-Bresson


On Photography by Susan Sontag


Ways of Seeing: Based on the BBC Television Series by John Berger


About Looking by John Berger


Why People Photograph by Robert Adams


Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values by Robert Adams


Art & Fear: Observations On the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking
by David Bayles and Ted Orland


The View From The Studio Door: How Artists Find Their Way In An Uncertain World by Ted Orland


The Nature of Photographs by Stephen Shore


The Education of a Photographer by Charles H. Traub


Basic Critical Theory for Photographers by Ashley la Grange


Diana and Nikon: Essays on Photography by Janet Malcolm


Landscape as Photograph by Estelle Jussim and Elizabeth Lindquist-Cock


Dialogue with Photography: Interviews by Paul Hill and Thomas Cooper


Camera Work: A Pictorial Guide by Alfred Stieglitz


Camera work: A critical anthology by Jonathan Green


Stieglitz: Camera Work by Julia Krumhauer


Light Readings: A Photography Critic's Writings, 1968-1978 by A.D. Coleman


Mirrors and Windows: American Photography since 1960 by John Szarkowski


Perceptual Quotes for Photographers by Richard D. Zakia


Photographers on Photography by Nathan Lyons


Photography: Essays & Images by Beaumont Newhall


Visual concepts for photographers by Leslie Stroebel


After Photography by Fred Ritchin


Visual Thinking by Rudolf Arnheim


Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye by Rudolf Arnheim


Man and His Symbols by Carl Gustav Jung


Photograph Collector's Guide by Lee D. Witkin and Barbara London


The History of Japanese Photography by Anne Tucker


Why Photography Matters as Art as Never Before by Michael Fried


The Power of Myth by Joseph Campbell and Bill Moyers


The Artist's Way: A Spiritual Path to Higher Creativity [10th Anniversary Edition]by Julia Cameron


Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator
By Glenn Rand and Richard D Zakia

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About the above list
Byron Rogers has personally read or at the minimum evaluated each of the books or magazines that make it on the list. What this means is he has actually held the book in his hands and spent time looking it over or reading it. I have a thing for books and have a personal library that I have been adding to since 1971. Not an all-encompassing list but a very good starting point in expanding your knowledge.

The Recommended Reading On Photography list got its start back in the early days of teaching photography. I knew how helpful a good book could be in navigating the ins and outs of photo technique and the study of the principles of art. Because each course had a time limit the students could not learn all there was to learn about the topic we where covering in the class and the idea of a list or bibliography was very helpful. A list becomes a reference to come back to and continue growing your interest in the wonderful world of photography.

The Recommended Reading On Photography that I gave to my students was of course directed to the topic or subject we covered in the class or workshop they where in. This list which is part of the PWG has grown to cover all areas of photography and will remain in flux as it grows, adjusting to new technology and hopefully continue getting better and better. Of course books, magazines and videos go out of print over time therefore you may not be able to find all the items on the list.

I am open to suggestions for adding to the list but I will always need to look over the book or item before it goes on the Recommended Reading On Photography list.

Byron Rogers said "Examine from a contemporary viewpoint the works of past masters of photography. You will find it is a rush and worth your time!"

We will continue adding to the reading list, be sure to check back.

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