A photo book is the most revolutionary birthday gift we can give today. A written and printed work consisting of pages glued or sewn together and bound in covers is the best cure against the fleeting, ephemeral, frugal, web fruition we're used to experiencing today.
Books are something magic, they can change perspectives, they permit you to absorb and develop views.
In my experience, I can clearly say that if you buy a book, your aesthetic will change thanks to it. Since I bought Minutes to midnight (Trent Parke) my photographs have become more rough and raw, thanks to Erwitt I started implementing some ironic and sarcastic elements in my pics, with A City of a Hundred Names (Alex Webb) I decided to move to Istanbul, ad so I've done.
Since my birthday will be soon (October 31st - yes, I was born on Halloween), I decided to create a wishlist on Amazon with these twelve books. If you want to contribute to my work and see how it will change thanks to a new book it's your time: click on this link, choose a book, purchase it and I'll receive it in no time :) If you want to make a gift to a photographer buy one of these books and you don't make mistakes.
William Eggleston's Guide
William Eggleston, John Szarkowski
A collection of forty-eight photographs taken between 1969 and 1971 depicting people and places around the photographer's hometown of Memphis. Everybody should study more Eggleston, his uses of colours and composition are fundamental for a good photographer.
Robert Frank, Jack Kerouac
Armed with a camera and a fresh cache of film and bankrolled by a Guggenheim Foundation grant, Robert Frank crisscrossed the United States during 1955 and 1956. The photographs he brought back form a portrait of the country at the time and hint at its future. He saw the hope of the future in the faces of a couple at city hall in Reno, Nevada, and the despair of the present in a grimy roofscape. He saw the roiling racial tension, glamour, and beauty, and, perhaps because Frank himself was on the road, he was particularly attuned to Americans' love for cars. Funeral-goers lean against a shiny sedan, lovers kiss on a beach blanket in front of their parked car, young boys perch in the back seat at a drive-in movie. A sports car under a drop cloth is framed by two California palm trees; on the next page, a blanket is draped over a car accident victim's body in Arizona. (I've linked the Italian version because it's cheaper than the English one)
Colin Westerbeck, Joel Meyerowitz
In this book, the authors explore and discuss the development of one of the most interesting and dynamic of photographic genres. Hailed as a landmark work when it was first published in 1994, Bystander is widely regarded by street photographers as the "bible" of street photography. It covers an incredible array of talent, from the unknowns of the late 19th century to the acknowledged masters of the 20th, such as Atget, Stieglitz, Strand, Cartier-Bresson, Brassai, Kertesz, Frank, Arbus, Winogrand, and Levitt to name just a few. In this new and fully revised edition, the story of street photography is brought up to date with a re-evaluation of some historical material, the inclusion of more contemporary photographers, and a discussion of the ongoing rise of digital photography.
Garry Winogrand (14 January 1928 – 19 March 1984) was an American street photographer from the Bronx, New York, known for his portrayal of U.S. life and its social issues, in the mid-20th century. Though he photographed in California, Texas and elsewhere, Winogrand was essentially a New York photographer. I love him, especially for compositions. (I've linked the Spanish version because it's cheaper than the English one)