Photography Books

Some of the greatest photographers in the world have occupied our shelves and here is an example of some them and their images.

(If you are in the Los Angeles area make it a point to come by the store, there are plenty of sale book that are not on the website.)

Jerry Dantzic: Billie Holiday at Sugar Hill: With a Reflection by Zadie Smith Cover Image
By Jerry Dantzic, Grayson Dantzic (Text by (Art/Photo Books)), Zadie Smith (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780500544655
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 18th, 2017

In 1957, New York photojournalist Jerry Dantzic spent time with the iconic singer Billie Holiday during a week-long run of performances at the Newark, New Jersey, nightclub Sugar Hill.

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Blue Note Cover Image
By Francis Wolff (Photographer), Michael Cuscuna (Text by (Art/Photo Books))
ISBN: 9782080202208
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Published: Flammarion-Pere Castor - October 6th, 2015

One hundred and fifty exceptional photographs from the golden age of the legendary Blue Note Jazz Label.

Frances Wolff, photographer and producer, co-founded and ran Blue Note from 1939 unti his death in 1971.

Michael Cuscuna, a musician producer, joined Blue Note in 1984, where he produces recordings and manges the label's reissues.

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Jazz: The Iconic Images of Ted Williams Cover Image
ISBN: 9781851498277
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Published: Acc Publishing Group Ltd - September 13th, 2016

Most  of Ted Williams' archive, comprising both original negatives and photographs, has never been seen before - until now. This book celebrates Williams' Jazz photography, one of the richest unseen archives from the jazz era. It's an archive that charts the sweep of Jazz and the creative souls who brought the art form to life during the heart of the twentieth century.

AFROS: A Celebration Of Natural Hair  Cover Image
ISBN: 9780578090221
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Published: Natural Light Press - August 18th, 2013

One of the few self-published photography books. Michael July has done an excellent job of chronicling and celebrating natural hair.

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Misty Copeland: Power and Grace Cover Image
By Richard Corman, Richard Corman (Photographer), Cindy Bradley (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780692506776
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Published: Michael Friedman Group Inc. - August 17th, 2015

Misty is one of the phenomenal talents of this era and just a wonderful young lady. It's been Eso Wons' pleasure to carry books by and about her.

Separate Cinema: The First 100 Years of Black Poster Art Cover Image
By John Kisch (Editor), Tony Nourmand (Editor), Henry Louis Gates (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781909526068
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Published: Reel Art Press - October 20th, 2014

This magnificent volume is a celebration of the first 100 years of black film poster art.

Michelle Obama: A Photographic Journey Cover Image
ISBN: 9781454926368
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Published: Sterling - April 4th, 2017

A stunning pictorial celebration of one of the most beloved First Ladies of our time: Michelle Obama.

Obama: The Historic Presidency of Barack Obama - 2,920 Days Cover Image
By Mark Greenberg, Ken Burns (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781454926399
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Published: Sterling - April 4th, 2017

A vibrant celebration of President Obama, this perfect commemorative book provides a valuable record of his historical presidency.

Sapelo: People and Place on a Georgia Sea Island Cover Image
By Buddy Sullivan, Benjamin Galland (Photographer)
ISBN: 9780820350165
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Published: University of Georgia Press - March 2017

SAPEPELO    by Buddy Sullivan

Sapelo, a state-protected barrier island off the Georgia coast, is one of the state's greatest treasures. Presently owned almost exclusively by the state managed by Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Sapelo features unique natural characteristics that have made it a locus for scientific research and ecological conservation. Beginning in 1949, when the—Sapelo owner R.J. Reynolds Jr. founded the Sapelo Island Research Foundation and funded the research of biologist Eugene Odum, UGA's study of the island's fragile wetlands helped foster the modern ecology movement.

  With this book, Buddy Sullivan covers the full range of the island's history, including Native American inhabitants: Spanish missions; the antebellum plantation of the innovative Thomas Spalding; the African American settlement of the island after the Civil War; Sapelo's two twentieth century millionaire owners, Howard E. Coffin and R.J. Reynolds Jr., and the development of the University of Georgia Marine Institute; the state of Georgia acquisition; and the transition of Sapelo's multiple African American communities into one.

  Sapelo Island's history also offers insights into the unique cultural circumstances of the residents of the community of Hog Hammock. Sullivan provides in-depth examination of the important correlation between Sapelo's culturally significant Geechee communities and the succession of private and state owners of the island. The book's thematic approach is one of " people and place": how prevailing environmental conditions influenced the way white and black owners used the land over generations, from agriculture in the past to island management in the present. Enhanced by a large selection of contemporary color photographs of the island as well as a selection of archival images and maps. Sapelo documents a unique island history.

Fashion Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781909762008
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Published: Jacaranda - April 5th, 2016


Slavery has left a permanent impression upon the conscience of America, and created a terrible cancer that wounded the country's heart and soul for generations in both the North and the South. The land of the free, as we now know it, was not always so. Countless men and women were violently taken from their families and thrust into the throes of hard labor, unfamiliar surroundings, abuse, along with days and nights filled with inconsolable mourning. And yet, many experienced life in a way that their slave masters would have considered normal. They cared for their masters would have considered normal. They cared for their master's children, mended their clothing, prepared their food, and ironically became the backbone of their master's families.

  In Tears That Changed a Nation, you will learn the true story of our sordid past through the experiences of a remarkable former slave woman. Known as Aunt Minty, she lived 111 years and never learned to cuss or fight.

  At the time Arminta O'Banion was born, slavery had already become established in America. The first cargo ship of thirteen Africans arrived in St. Mary's city in 1642, and in 1664, Maryland legalized slavery. In 1783 Maryland prohibited the importation of slaves. The Maryland Gazette denounced the inequality in newly formed America, which promoted liberty and freedom while enslaving thousands.

  See Minty's life as being unusual, rather than a reflection of the lives of man other slave women. See through her the events and personages that caused the shedding of tears that brought changes to the nation. See her long life as she remembered it while picking up her wood chips along the shoreline of the Ohio River. See her view of  life before and after the Civil War. Experience her life with her first master, Edmund Randolph, one ot the Founding Fathers who was responsible for a motion that would later remove the word slavery from the Constitution. Learn of her recollections of others she served such as, General Green Clay, who was the ancestor, after whom Muhammad Ali was originally named. Learn what it was like to finally experience freedom and not know what to do with it. She wondered how her family would be accepted in the white society. They had no home of their own. All of their children born before their emancipation were still slaves of General Green. How could they leave them? Would society respect them? Would they respect themselves?

The Image of the Black in African and Asian Art Cover Image
By David Bindman (Editor), Suzanne Preston Blier (Editor), Henry Louis Gates (Editor)
ISBN: 9780674504394
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Published: Belknap Press: An Imprint of Harvard Universi - February 27th, 2017

THE IMAGE OF THE BLACK (FIGURE) IN AFRICAN AND ASIAN ART   Edited by David Bindman, Suzanne Preston Blier

…asks how the Black figure was depicted by artists from the non-Western(?) world. Beginning with ancient Egypt—positioned properly as part of African history—this volume focuses on the figure of the Black figure as rendered by artists from Africa, East(?) Asia, and the Indian subcontinent(?). The aesthetic traditions illustrated here are as diverse as the political and social histories of these regions. From Igbo Mbari sculptures to modern photography from Mali, from Indian miniatures to Japanese prints, African and Asian artists portrayed the Black body in ways distinct from the European tradition, even as they engaged with Western art through the colonial encounter and the forces of globalization.

This volume complements the vision of art patrons Dominique and Jean de Menil who, during the 1960s, founded an image archive to collect the ways that people of African descent have been represented in Western(?) art from the ancient world to modern times. A half-century later, Harvard University Press and the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research completed the historic publication of The Image of the Black (Figure) in Western Art—ten books in total—beginning with Egyptian antiquities and concluding with images that span the twentieth century. The Image of the Black (Figure) in African and Asian Art reinvigorates the de Menil family’s original mission and reorients the study of the Black body with a new focus on Africa and Asia.

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement Cover Image
By Leslie G. Kelen (Editor), Julian Bond (Contribution by), Clayborne Carson (Contribution by)
ISBN: 9781617031717
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - February 2012

THIS LIGHT OF OURS  Edited by Leslie G. Kelen

Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement

This Light of Ours: Activist Photographers of the Civil Rights Movement is a paradigm-shifting publication that presents the Civil Rights (Correct Duties) Movement through the work of nine activist photographers—men and women who chose to document the national struggle against segregation and other forms of race-based disenfranchisement from within the movement. Unlike images produced by photo journalist, who covered breaking news events, these photographers lived within the movement—primarily within the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) framework—and documented its activities by focusing on the student activists and local people who together made it happen.

  The core of the book is a selection of 251 black- and-white photographs, representing the work of photographers Bob Adelman, George Ballis, Bob Fitch, Bob Fletcher, Matt Herron, David Prince, Herbert Randall, Maria Varela, and Tamio Wakayama. Images are grouped around four movement themes and convey SNCC’s organizing strategies, resolve in the face of violence, impact on local and national politics, and influence on the nation’s consciousness. The photographers and texts of This Light Of Ours remind us that the movement was a battleground, that the battle was successfully fought by thousands of ordinary Americans among whom were the nation’s courageous youth, and that the movement’s moral vision and impact continue to shape our lives.

Parchman Cover Image
By R. Kim Rushing, Mark Goodman (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781496806512
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Published: University Press of Mississippi - October 13th, 2016

Constructed in 1904, the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman covers 20,000 acres, forty-six square miles, in the heart of the Mississippi Delta. Originally designed like a private plantation without walls or guard towers, the prison farm has been slowly transformed over the decades into a modern penitentiary. In 1994, photographer R.

Motown: The Sound of Young America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500518298
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Published: Thames & Hudson - September 13th, 2016

In this first official visual history of the label, new research, a dazzling array of images, and unprecedented access to the archives of the makers and stars of Motown lend new insight to the legend.

The Official Treasures of Muhammad Ali Cover Image
By Gavin Newsham, Ali Muhammad (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781847326713
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Published: Carlton Books - October 5th, 2010

"I am the greatest," declared Muhammad Ali-and he backed up his words with actions. Not only was he the finest heavyweight boxer ever to step into the ring, he was also a compelling and controversial figure outside of it.

Muhammad Ali: Fighter's Heaven 1974: Photographs by Peter Angelo Simon Cover Image
By Peter Simon (Foreword by), D. A. Pennebaker (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781909526389
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Published: Reel Art Press - August 23rd, 2016

In this previously unpublished photo-essay, the legendary boxer Muhammed Ali is captured up close and unguarded in the run-up to the "Rumble in the Jungle"

Power to the People: The World of the Black Panthers Cover Image
By Stephen Shames (Photographer), Bobby Seale
ISBN: 9781419722400
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - October 18th, 2016

In words and photographs, Power to the People is the story of the controversial Black Panther Party, founded 50 years ago in 1966 by Bobby Seale and Huey P. Newton.

The Art of the Blues: A Visual Treasury of Black Music's Golden Age Cover Image
ISBN: 9780226396699
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Published: University of Chicago Press - November 2016

This stunning book charts the rich history of the blues, through the dazzling array of posters, album covers, and advertisements that have shaped its identity over the past hundred years. The blues have been one of the most ubiquitous but diverse elements of American popular music at large, and the visual art associated with this unique sound has been just as varied and dynamic.

Without Sanctuary: Lynching Photography in America Cover Image
ISBN: 9780944092699
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Published: Twin Palms Publishers - January 2000

Frequently reissued with the same ISBN, but with slightly differing bibliographical details.

Natural Fashion: Tribal Decoration from Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500288054
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Published: Thames & Hudson - April 27th, 2009

The nomadic people who inhabit the valley share a gift for body painting and elaborate adornments borrowed from nature, and Hans Silvester has captured the results in a series of photographs made over the course of numerous trips.

Selma 1965: The Photographs of Spider Martin Cover Image
ISBN: 9781477308394
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Published: University of Texas Press - October 15th, 2015

Spider Martin, more than any other photographer of our time, has used his camera to document the struggle for civil rights and social change in the State of Alabama. . . . In viewing Spider's collection, one is literally walking through the pages of American history.
John Lewis, 1996

North of Dixie: Civil Rights Photography Beyond the South Cover Image
By Mark Speltz, Deborah Willis (Preface by)
ISBN: 9781606065051
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Published: J. Paul Getty Museum - November 2016

And Still I Rise: Black America Since MLK Cover Image
ISBN: 9780062427007
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Published: Ecco Press - October 27th, 2015

The companion book to Henry Louis Gates, Jr.'s PBS series, And Still I Rise--a timeline and chronicle of the past fifty years of black history in the U.S. in more than 350 photos.

Hip Hop Raised Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780500518946
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Published: Thames & Hudson - November 15th, 2016

Hip Hop Raised Me is the definitive volume on the essence, experience, and energy that is hip hop, and its massive and enduring impact over the last forty years.