Photography Books That Chronicle The Human Condition

Photography allows us to step into history, witness to every person, every thought, and every moment.

Photography has provided some of the most compelling snapshots of history throughout the years. As we look at these famous photo accounts, we step into that time and bear witness to every person, every thought, and every moment. They immortalize the visual idiosyncrasies for years to come, reminding us of the important moments that shape who we are. These books expertly capture what it meant to live life at a given time in history, compiling even the smallest of moments to create a visual time capsule. These books also make the perfect addition to your coffee table! Take a look!



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Annie Leibovitz has consistently photographed the world’s most prominent figures in her original, ornate style. She expertly captures the human condition with a unique sense of grandeur in this stunning book, displaying her portraits from 2005 to 2016.



Robert Frank, The Americans 


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On a road trip in the 1950s, Robert Frank aimed to capture the true America and what that meant across the United States.


Ken Regan, All access: the rock ‘n’ roll photography of ken regan 


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Ken Regan captures the energetic life of some of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s most famous names, including The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, and many more.


Henri Cartier-Bresson, the decisive moment 


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One of the most influential photobooks of all time, The Decisive Moment holds photos from Henri Cartier-Bresson’s early career. It emphasizes the harmony of all elements in the frame that come together to form his perfect, compelling images.



Ryan Mcginley, the kids were alright 


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Ryan McGinley documents his circle of friends in New York City throughout the years and creates a compelling account of his generation and their lifestyle. The combination of photographs and polaroids captures the intense moods and emotional depth of those living right along with him.




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In his career-launching book, Martin Parr captures the idiosyncrasies of the British seaside in the 1980s.


Brandon stanton, humans of new york


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As a “photographic census of New York City,” Stanton documents the thousands of unique individuals and stories that make the city one of the best in the world. This is a really compelling one!


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