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The 10 Best photography books

Wildlife, nightlife, city life and the high life are all documented in these volumes of top-flight photos...

Will Coldwell
Wednesday 16 January 2013 21:00
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1. London Street Photography

£14.99, museumoflondonshop.co.uk

Documenting the diversity of multicultural London, this show cases the work of more than 70 photographers and spans 150 years of city life.

2. Helmut Newton: World Without Men

£34.99, taschen.com

Newton rose to fame working for French Vogue in the 1970s. This selection of his fashion editorials from 1960-80 is accompanied with text and anecdotes from Newton.

3. Frans Lanting: Okavango

£27.99, taschen.com

Photographs taken over one year in which Lanting roamed Botswana. The skill and ability he demonstrates is matched only by the awesomeness of his subject: the incredible wildlife of Africa.

4. Bruce Davidson: Black and White

£220, steidlville.com

This is the definitive collection of Davidson's work, which includes his coverage of the American civil-rights movement and his study of life in Spanish Harlem.

5. Kodachrome

£25, mackbooks.co.uk

To mark the 20th anniversary of the death of Italian photographer Luigi Ghirri, Mack has produced a second edition of the first book he self-published in 1978, with an essay by curator Francesco Zanot.

6. More Than Human

£32, waterstones.com

The award-winning photographer Tim Flach has spent a lifetime investigating the close bond we have with animals. This collection is bursting with striking and inspirational images.

7. Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs

£250, phaidon.com

From the photographer behind the iconic image of the green-eyed Afghan girl, this collection demonstrates why McCurry is one of the most admired photojournalists.

8. Magnum Revolution: 65 Years of Fighting for Freedom

£35, randomhouse.co.uk

With the Arab Spring still a close memory, there has never been a more poignant time to release this collection of photographs charting the impact of revolution.

9. Uncle Charlie

£35, contrastobooks.com

A study of photographer Marc Asnin's uncle and godfather, Charlie Henschke, taken over 30 years, showing Heschke's unrelenting descent into poverty, but also Asnin's hero-worship of him.

10. Famous: Life Through the Lens of the Paparazzi

£19.95, thamesandhudson.com

From Grace Kelly to Kate Moss, this is a homage to the cult of celebrity, and its photographers, showing that even this controversial genre can become an art form.

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