I took my remaining birthday money to the bookstore and, with the help of a wonderful Barnes and Noble clerk, got a great deal on a great book.
Photography is the Thing I Do. My job revolves around photography and the latest gear, and I’m constantly photographing things outside of work, too, to the point where my friends and family don’t even react when I pull a camera out. It’s part of who I am. So in addition to learning about the cameras and lenses that are part of my job, I like to look into the history of photography and the various photographers who have made their mark on the art and science of it.
When I saw this book on the shelf, I pulled it out, opened to a random page, and immediately knew I had to have it. It, of course, documents the history of photography, as well as having short biographies of photographers like Eugene Atget and Ansel Adams, sections about photographic genres, and pages devoted to landmark camera bodies and lenses.
Most people would probably consider this to be a nice coffee table book to flip through now and then, but it might become an indispensable reference guide for me. I’m looking forward to delving into it.