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.

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