Choose Your Books

Discussion in 'Leica and Rangefinders' started by robert_vanlane, Jul 1, 2003.

  1. Putting together a shopping list.
    Out of these books choose 10.
    My wife said that this year I have to tell her exactly what I want
    for my birthday and Xmas.

    Thanks

    Robert VanLane


    Leica M Photography by Brian Bower
    Leica M6-Ttl by Richard Hunecke
    Leica M6 to M1: Rangefinder Practice by Andrew Matheson, Dennis Laney
    Leica Camera Repair Handbook: Repairing & Restoring Collectible Leica
    Cameras, Lenses & Accessories by Thomas Tomosy
    The Leica Manual by Willard Detering Morgan
    Leica M6 Ttl Handbook by Jonathan Eastland
    The Leica Rangefinder Way by Andrew Matheson
    Leica m the Advanced School of Photography by Gunter Osterloh,
    Ghunter Osterloh
    Leica M6-M1 - Rangefinder by Andrew Matheson
    Non-Leitz Leica Thread-mount Lenses by Marc James Small
    Leica Copies by HPR
    Leica Manual 15ED by Douglas O Morgan
    Leica - an Illustrated History: Cameras by Jim Lager
    Leica Illustrated Guide by James L. Lager
    Leica Illustrated Guide II: Lenses, Accessories and Special Models by
    James L. Lager
    Leica Illustrated Guide III: M and Leicaflex Lenses, Special Models
    and Accessories by James L. Lager
    Leica Lens Practice: Choosing and Using Leica Lenses by Dennis Laney
    The Leica: A History Illustrating Every Model and Accessory by Paul-
    Henry Van Hasbroeck
     
  2. Wouldn't you rather get Elliot Erwitt's Snapshots? Winogrand's 1964? Koudelka's Chaos? Davidson's East 100th Street? Evans Unclassified? Welty's Photographs? Frank's Hold Still, Keep Going? Eggleston's Guide? Sudek's Monograph? Smith's Dream Street?

    Oh wait, that's my list.

    The Lager books are good "camera porn" as my wife likes to say.
     
  3. Jorn, I much prefer YOUR list! And I love your wife's term "camera porn."
     
  4. Robert,

    I have to also say please get some picture books instead. They are a great visual learning tool.
     
  5. And in the photo book category, let's not forget Sam Abell's "Stay This Moment" and the more recent "Photographic Life."
     
  6. pcg

    pcg

    I hate to admit it, but I own most of these books (if not all). But out of them, I'd
    recommend:

    Leica M Photography by Bower

    The Osterloh book (difficult to find, & the pages are almost always falling out)

    The Van Hasbroeck coffee table special.

    These are the ones I keep coming back to. The Lager books are fine if you're a
    collector, & then an invaluable reference. Otherwise...
     
  7. BTW, with the purchase of my M6 (and an assortment of CV lenses) I figure I've used up all my Xmas's and birthdays (and Father's Days and Groundhog Days) for about a decade!

    Now it's time to go take pictures.
     
  8. Leica M Photography by Brian Bower, The Leica Lens Book by Brian Bower, Lens, Light & Landscape by Brian Bower and The Creation by Ernst Haas. Brian Bower's books have excellent photos and a good deal of technical information while The Creation is a visual treat.

    You must realize that you have asked a very subjective question. Happy Birthday and Merry Christmas.
     
  9. I would get more photo books, less gear books. Start with any of Jorns above, and maybe add, Westons Last years in point lobos, Ansel Adams Yosemite and the Range of light, Elliot Erwitts to the beach, The red couch, by william moon, Eugene Smith Pittsburg project, Edward Westons Daybooks, Sebastaio Salgado Migrations or Workers, Paul Caponigro: Masterworks from Forty Years. Granted this is the leica forum but hey, you started this.....:) mike
     
  10. A few from my collection:<p>

    Danny Lyon - Pictures from the New World<br>
    Garry Winogrand - Figments from the Real World / 1964<br>
    Henri Cartier-Bresson - Photographer<br>
    Eugene Richards - Dorchester Days / Below the Line / Americans We<br>
    Robert Franks - The Americans<br>
    Elliot Erwitt - Personal Exposures / Snaps<br>
    Sylvia Plachy's Unguided Tour<br>
    Gilles Peress - Telex Iran / Farewell to Bosnia<br>
    Josef Koudelka - Exiles / Gypsies<br>
    Alex Webb - Hot Light Half made Worlds / Under a Grudging Sun<br>
    Larry Clark - Tulsa / Teenage Lust<br>
    Marc Riboud - Photographs at Home and Abroad<br>
    Sebastio Salgoado - Workers / An Uncertain Grave / Other Americas<br>
    William Albert Allard - The Photographic Essay<br>
    Sam Abell - Stay This Moment<br>
    In our time: The world as seen by Magnum photographers<br>

    Bystander: A history of street photography<P>

    This list is pretty heavy with Leica users.
     
  11. Yeah, I agree with less on the camera equipment and more on the photos.

    Does anyone besides me remember when Modern Photography and Popular Photography and all the other photo magazines used to print photography annuals each year? They were filled with portfolios and interviews with and articles about the photographers and their photographs. Now everything is gear-related, just like the monthly magazines.
     
  12. I have recently received Sebastiao Salgado's "Migration", recommended in this
    forum about 2 weeks ago (regret to say that I forgot who recommended it!). It's truely
    amazing. This really is an example of someone who devotes his life, if not to
    photography, then to tell the stories of those he photographed.
     
  13. I have a soft spot for any of the old Morgan and Lester / Morgan and Morgan Leica Manuals; but they are only of use if you have suitably antiquated equipment. If you want priceless Leicamania, look for '50's translations from German Leica books, am I thinking Kisselbach? maybe not. Who did the one about the little 'negro' child in Harlem recognising a Leica and saying, with admiration, 'Leica' to the author??
     
  14. Leica M Photography by Brian Bower

    Leica M6-Ttl by Richard Hunecke

    The Leica Manual by Morgan

    The Leica Rangefinder Way by Andrew Matheson

    Leica m the Advanced School of Photography by Gunter Osterloh,

    I know you said 10 but that last one costs as much as six...or more if you count the cost of having it re-bound. The pages fall out.
     
  15. The Van Hasbroeck is a rip-off: terrible editing, misplaced captions, bad info. It's a sham -- and I paid app. $100 for it.

    The Lager "Guides" -- not the expensive "Histories" -- are the best values in my opinion.

    Paul Neuthaler, 7/02/03
     
  16. In addition to some excellent suggestions made above, I'll add Frank's Black, White, and Things (if you can find it); Gueorgui Pinkhassov's Sightwalk; Magnum Degrees; and Deus Ex Machina, by Ralph Gibson. And the new Cartier-Bresson tome is fabulous - makes his work look fresh again. But maybe it's presumptuous to be making these sorts of suggestions as you may already know them, and you did after all ask about Leica books specifically.
    I'm familiar with only some of the Leica books you list. But I've seen enough of them to know that their caliber is all over the scale. I've really enjoyed and get a great deal from the Bower books, as well as the book by Osterloh.
     
  17. Lee Shively: "Does anyone besides me remember when Modern Photography and Popular Photography and all the other photo magazines used to print photography annuals each year? They were filled with portfolios and interviews with and articles about the photographers and their photographs. Now everything is gear-related, just like the monthly magazines."

    I know what you mean. I have a couple of those annuals, one late '50s, one mid '60s. One has a big section on Gene Smith's Pittsburgh essay. I found these at op-shops, Salvation Army stores and what not. I wish I could find more of them.

    I guess people love showing off their equipment - it's easier than having to make good pictures.
     
  18. I just found this thread while looking up a particular photographer's work. You know, I had to
    go look, but after some 33 years making images, I find I don't own a single gear related
    book.

    So here it is nearly 5 years since the OP made this thread and the world is even more digital,
    far more faked out in photoshop and even more gear related. Fortunately there are still great
    photographers around.
     

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