Suggested Reading List

This anthology contains two types of literary works: 1) biographies of photographers and 2) writings on photography. I first posted this list in 2013, but below is an updated version. These are not picture books, but historical records of a photographer’s life that also fuss over the meaning of a photograph.

There are diamonds for living here, but each book should be approached with skepticism. For example, you may ask:

Do we really need another Diane Arbus book?
I haven’t read Lubow’s new work yet. This is a good place to note that I try to avoid biographical multiplication based on my own taste. I partially read “An Emergency in Slow Motion,” another book on Arbus written by a psychologist, but omitted it from this list. That being said, seek out and judge other works for yourself.

Should I read their memoir or a biography?
Both. Read Robert Capa’s memoir and then Kershaw’s bio of the photographer, they’re wildly different.

Anyone local and still working?
Yes, I just found D.C.-based and European Pressphoto Agency (EPA) photographer Jim Lo Scalzo’s memoir on Amazon.

If you really want to understand photography, you have to understand the photographer. How they lived. How they worked.

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Mom Trip

Photos from the week of Nov. 14, 2016 with my mom, including around the house, the Detroit Institute of Arts and most importantly, the People Mover. Detroit’s elevated train costs 75-cents, goes clockwise one-way for three miles in a squiggly circle, and takes about 20 minutes to ride in entirety. It’s the best thing to do when you visit Detroit for the first time. Don’t believe me? Read the reviews on TripAdvisor.

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Election Day

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Prayer box in Amissville, Va. and Alex, a college student outside the White House on Nov. 8, 2016.

Funeral of Army Col. Ezra Cummings Jr.

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Photos from the funeral of Ezra Cummings Jr., Army colonel, Vietnam veteran and Bronze Star recipient, at Arlington National Cemetery and Fort Myer Old Post Chapel in Arlington, Va. on Oct. 12, 2016. In some of the photos you may recognize his son, D.C.-based photographer Steven M. Cummings.
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Marcus, Trump Supporter

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Marcus, a supporter of Republican presidential candidate Donald J. Trump, outside an event featuring Governor Mike Pence at Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Va. on Aug. 27, 2016.

Rolling Thunder + Trump + Lobster

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Photos from this year’s Rolling Thunder motorcycle rally and various Donald Trump supporters before his speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. on May 29, 2016. U.S. Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter was also present along with Artie Muller, who organizes Rolling Thunder each year.

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