OP's annual selection of books to inform and inspire every photographer
By Dikla Kadosh
Nature/Landscape The Elements: Earth, Air, Fire, Water by Art Wolfe, text by Craig Childs (Sasquatch Books, 2004; ISBN: 1-57061-405-9). This collection is filled with powerful photographs interpreting the classical four elements of nature, ranging from the ice sculptures of Iceland to the sands of the Death Valley.
Fall, photography by Christopher Griffith, verse by Walt Whitman, text by Dr. Philip A. Rea (powerHouse Books, 2004; ISBN: 1-57687-226-2). Presenting a study of the majestic color transformations of leaves in autumn, this book features brilliant images of richly colored leaves, as well as a scientific essay discussing the yearly phenomenon.
Great Sand Dunes National Park: Between Light and Shadow by John B. Weller (Westcliffe Publishers, 2004; ISBN: 1-56579-514-8). Gorgeous photographs and insightful essays derived from more than 40 backpacking expeditions reveal the story of Colorado's Great Sand Dunes, America's newest national park.
In My Mind's Eye: Seeing in Black and White by Charlie Waite (Guild of Master Craftsman Publications, 2002; ISBN: 1-86108-282-7). This beautiful collection is dedicated entirely to Waite's black-and-white photography of landscapes and travel subjects.
Land and Light in the American West, photographs by John Ward (Trinity University Press, 2004; ISBN: 1-595340-04-1). In this portfolio, elegant black-and-white photography portrays the pristine landscapes and decaying ruins of the West.
Music for the Eyes, photographs by Robert S. Harris, poems by KC Francis (Harris Photoguides, 2004; ISBN: 0-9721344-0-9). The individual creative efforts of a photographer and a poet have been blended into one unique fine-art book.
Unexpected Indiana: A Portfolio of Natural Landscapes by Ron Leonetti and Christopher Jordan (Quarry Books, 2004; ISBN: 0-253-34485-9). The forests, rivers, dunes and swamps of Indiana are full of remarkable beauty, and these two photographers travel across the entire state to capture that hidden natural world.
Yosemite & the Eastern Sierra, photographs by Gary Crabbe (Welcome Books, 2004; ISBN: 1-932183-24-8). This miniature photo book is filled with more than 100 stunning images, accompanied by quotes from famed nature enthusiasts such as Ansel Adams, John Muir and Mary Austen.