OP's annual selection of books to inform and inspire every photographer
By Dikla Kadosh
General Interest Aegean Light: The Spirit of Olympia by Nick Melidonis (Fremantle Arts Centre Press, 2004; ISBN: 1-920731-09-1). The timeless beauty of the Greek islands is captured perfectly in these photographs of quaint villages, their inhabitants and the sweeping ocean vistas that surround them.
In Focus: National Geographic Greatest Portraits (National Geographic Society, 2004; ISBN: 0-7922-7363-X). Featuring more than 500 pages of the renowned magazine's most striking photographic portraits, this collection spans 100 years and explores every corner of the globe.
Monster of God: The Man-Eating Predator in the Jungles of History and the Mind by David Quammen (W.W. Norton & Company, 2003; ISBN: 0-393-32609-8). Blending scientific facts, adventure narrative, historical anecdotes and mythology, this nonfiction book explores the multifaceted relationship between humans and man-eating predators.
Passions and Patience: Fostering Earth's Future Through Unlikely Partnerships by Karen Roberts, photography by Tim Hauf (Gaia & friends, 2004; ISBN: 0-9746449-2-7). This book is a compilation of stories about the unlikely collaborations between traditionally opposing forces, such as oil companies and conservationists, which have resulted in great progress for the environment.
Walden: 150th Anniversary Illustrated Edition of the American Classic by Henry David Thoreau, photographs by Scot Miller (Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004; ISBN: 0-618-45717-8). Featuring spectacular photographs of Walden Pond and its surroundings, this new edition of Thoreau's masterpiece is being published in association with the Walden Woods Project, which is dedicated to preserving the land he wrote about.
Weather: A Visual Guide by Bruce Buckley, Edward J. Hopkins and Richard Whitaker (Firefly Books, 2004; ISBN: 1-55297-957-1). This richly illustrated reference book, complete with maps, diagrams and photographs, thoroughly examines all aspects of the weather, including the climate's effect on plants and animals. This guide is useful for nature photographers who spend a majority of their time outdoors.