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Jul 09, 2017
Books I recommend

"They are taking pictures of taking pictures... What was the barn like before it was photographed? What did it look like, how was it different from other barns, how was it similar to other barns? We can't answer these questions because we've read the signs, seen the people snapping the pictures. We can't get outside the aura. We're part of the aura. We're here. We're now."      
              ~ Don DeLillo, White Noise

In no particular order, a few of the books I've found incredibly helpful in developing my artistic practice...

The War of ArtSteven Pressfield

The Creative Habit: Learn it and Use it for LifeTwyla Tharp

The Hero with a Thousand Faces, Joseph Campbell

West of Jesus: Surfing, Science, and the Origins of Belief, Steven Kotler

The Writer's Journey: Mythic Structure for Writers, Christopher Vogler

The Power of Myth, Joseph Campbell

The Storytelling Animal: How Stories Make Us Human, Jonathan Gottschall 

Ways of SeeingJohn Berger

Burton on Burton, Tim Burton, edited by Mark Salisbury, foreword by Johnny Depp

Maggie Taylor's Landscape of Dreams, Amy Standen

Vision and Art: The Biology of Seeing, Margaret S. Livingstone

Interaction of Color, Josef Albers

The Brilliant History of Color in Art, Victoria Finlay

Exploring Color Photography: From Film to Pixels, Robert Hirsch

As Eve Said to the Serpent: On Landscape, Gender, and Art,  Redecca Solnit

When I was a Photographer, Felix Nadar

On Being a Photographer: A Practical Guide, David Hurn and Bill Jay

The Education of a Photographer, Charles H. Traub, Steven Heller, Adam B. Bell

Blood and Champagne: The Life and Times of Robert Capa, Alex Kershaw

Referencing Art, Jerry Uelsmann

The Lure of the Local: Senses of Place in a Multicentered Society, Lucy R. Lippard

Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs, Sally Mann

Minor White: Manifestations of the Spirit, Paul Martineau

Criticizing Photographs: An Introduction to Understanding Images, Terry Barrett

Primer of Visual Literacy, Donis A Dondis

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, D. Bayles and T. Orland

The Digital Eye: Photographic Art in the Electronic Age, Sylvia Wolf

Photo: box, Roberto Koch

A World History of Photography, Naomi Rosenblum

The Photographer's Eye, Jon Szarkowski

Camera Lucida: Reflections on Photography, Roland Barthes

Why People Photography, Robert Adams

On Photography, Susan Sontag

Magritte, Suzi Gablik

Writing Down the Bones, Natalie Goldberg (I recommend the audio version read by Natalie)

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, Anne Lamott

One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez

The Ocean at the End of the Lane, Neil Gaiman

White Noise, Don DeLillo


And the Guggenheim has created a free archive of artist books, currently at 204 titles! All titles can be easily downloaded to your kindle or viewed online as an e-book.

I'm excited to check out: 

Surrealism, two private eyes : the Nesuhi Ertegun and Daniel Filipacchi Collections
by Weisberger, Edward; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum




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