Photography History, Aesthetics and Critical Theory
"There are no rules,
and that's what makes art better than baseball."
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
The Photographer's Eye by John Szarkowski
Perception and Imaging, Third Edition: Photography--A Way of Seeing
The Mind's Eye: Writings on Photography and Photographers
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
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
Teaching Photography: Tools for the Imaging Educator
"Exploration and risk go hand in hand." Byron Rogers
About the above list
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.