Ever find yourself in a photographic rut, searching for a little inspiration? Try heading to your local bookstore and pick up a photo book. There are a ton of photo books out there covering everything from technique and gear to theory, but the books I love the most are the coffee table books that display other photographers’ work. Looking at others’ images is a great way to improve your own photography as well as get a little inspiration.
A book I find myself pulling off my bookshelf fairly often is Photowisdom: Master Photographers on Their Work by Lewis Blackwell. Photowisdom is a great collection of images from close to 50 renowned and award-winning photographers from around the world. The images are wide ranging and include portraits, landscapes, photojournalism, studio work, and more, and they’re all impressive. Additionally, each selection of images is accompanied by commentary from the photographers themselves about their photographic philosophy. Reading how the photographers approach their subjects is just as enjoyable as viewing the photographs.
It’s impossible to share all of my favorites, and it seems that my ‘favorites’ change each time I open the book, but below are a few images from the book from some of the photographers I’m drawn to time and again.