One day we might end the tradition of the December books session but not if they are all like this one. The idea is simple: bring a book or two, which have impressed you, informed you, influenced you in your photography. No need to keep to books directly about photography – someone mentioned Zola’s The Ladies’ Paradise.
Anyway, here is the list:
Karel Plicka: Vltava (1965 – a study of the Czech river, its landscape and cities.)
David Granick: The East End in Colour 1960-1980 (2018 – for the archive and gentle colour)
Michael Collins: Pictures from the Hoo Peninsula (2015)
Home (2018 – a Fuji / Magnum project)
Roman Vishniak (2018 – accompanies current exhibition at Photographers Gallery)
Andre Kertesz (Getty 1994 – an introduction to his work)
Howard Hodgkin: Absent Friends (2017 – for the vividness of the painter’s colour)
Eve Arnold (1996 – Barbican exhibition leaflet)
Lee Miller (2007 – V&A exhibition leaflet)
Martin Parr (2004 – major retrospective)
Ernst Haas: Colour Correction (2016 – also for vividness of colour and composition)
Frida Kahlo / Tina Modotti (1982 Whitechapel exhibition catalogue)
Harry Gruyaert (2015 – again for vivid colour)
Out of Focus Photography (2012 – Saatchi catalogue of mainly experimental work)
And that was not all; one of us brought no books but two photos of his great-grandfather, one a modern print from an 1856 glass negative, the other a 1909 Autochrome.
Peter Luck