Always extremely popular are the many Best Photography Book lists. It assures me books are still alive and well. Of course my list is just a small portion of the excellent photography books that were published in 2014, so check out some of the other 2014 Best Photo Book Lists I've posted links to.

“Photography has never been as fashionable as now. In fact Photography IS the communication now.” – Jean-Jacques Naudet

Jean-Jacques Naudet has championed the careers of countless photographers throughout decades, first as Editor-in-Chief of French PHOTO Magazine during it’s heyday in the 1970′s and ’80′s and later as editor at large for American PHOTO, working for Hachette Filipacchi Media for forty years. A prominent figure in the overall History of Photography, Naudet moved on to found his own publications, starting with the former “Le Journal de la Photographie," and currently with the new L’Oeil de laPhotographie / The Eye of Photography, promoting legendary icons of the past along side a generation of emerging photographers. I have been fortunate to be guided by Naudet over the years. The Interview

 Each year, the New York Photo Festival presents PhotoWorld, a wide-ranging juried exhibition selecting the best new documentary, fine art, and motion and drone photography being produced today, determined by top photo and image professionals. Finalists chosen exhibit their work in an installation at POWERHOUSE Arena during the DUMBO Arts Festival. PhotoWorld s an unparalleled opportunity to jump start your career in Photography.

 Photograph © Stephen Mallon

Stephen Mallon first caught my undivided attention and gained enormous acclaim for his series, Brace for Impact: The Salvage of Flight 1549. His large-scale photographs documenting the salvage of Flight 1549, the plane piloted by Sully Sullenberger III who successfully emergency-landed in the Hudson River in January 15, 2009 saving all 155 people aboard. http://www.stephenmallon.com

“In “Crusade For Your Art: Best Practices For Fine Art Photographers," Jennifer Schwartz has written one of the most comprehensive guides to date for both the professional and emerging fine art photographer to navigate the current world of Photography. With contributions from leading photography museum, gallery and photo directors, the expert advice given is instrumental in creating what every photographer needs to know to navigate the current art market. I absolutely love this guide. It covers all bases! I whole-heartedly recommend this masterful guide to the photographic community.” – Elizabeth Avedon. The Book
Photograph © Ruddy Roye Instagram.com/ruddyroye

Relatives of both Shantel Davis and Kimani Grey burst in tears obviously overwhelmed by the moment. Protestors marched around the Barclay Center plaza chanting "I can't breathe," while encouraging Barclay fans to support their cause. Shantel Davis was killed on June 14, 2012 while Kimani Grey was killed March 9, 2013. "It hurts so much, when will the pain stop..."

Ruddy Roye is keeping us real. An "Instagram Humanist/Activist" with over 107,000 followers, Roye describes himself as a "Brooklyn photographer peeling the cornea off his eye ball to share on Instagram." Follow him here: http://instagram.com/ruddyroye. And check out @everydaypolaroid and @everydayblackamerica for more images http://www.ruddyroye.com

Photograph © Jennifer McClure

"Laws of Silence" is about Jennifer McClure's personal mythology and fear of letting go of the life she was programmed to live. Her family life was difficult and displaced, not something she wished to replicate, and left her distrustful of both people in general and the whole idea of the American Dream. "The water is an important part of this series because I had a bad experience in the water as a child; I love the water but I'm also afraid of it. I often feel the same way about people...." http://www.jennifermcclure.com/

The Clash Photograph © Amy Arbus

Over the course of ten years Amy Arbus made thousands of photographs for the Village Voice and roughly 500 were published. She describes her "On the Street" series as very raw and rough edged, but deceptively organized. Included among the luminaries are Keith Haring, Sonic Youth, Madonna, The Clash, Phoebe Legere, Susanne Bartsch, The Rosenberg Twins, Messrs. McDermott + McGough and Grace Jones. Read more: An Interview with Amy Arbus. http://www.amyarbus.com

"In FINDING VIVIAN MAIER, the film unfolds like a detective story, Director's John Maloof and Charlie Siskel reveal Maier’s mysterious life as a nanny and a loner through the recollections of her various employers and their children, and as other details of her past come to light. Through the reconstruction of a large portion of Maier’s collection of over 100,000 photographs and interviews with other well-known American street photographers and collectors, the film challenges our notions of the artist and the creative act, and how art is made and marketed. This is Maloof's and Siskel's remarkable directorial debut. Watch the Film Trailor here.

I received a beautiful book by photographer Hiroshi Watanabe.  I was very moved by both the images and the text in "The Day The Dam Collapses" and wrote an open letter to him. http://www.hiroshiwatanabe.com/

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Out of the over one hundred or so posts in 2014, those most viewed are listed above.  And as of today, the last day of 2014, there have been 1,167,699 views in the last year and a half I've been counting. Not many compared to some, but so many more than I anticipated when starting this Photo Journal for my own interest. Thank you to all who have visited and to those who continue to visit. 

Today is the last day I can say I was one of TIME Magazine's Top 140 Best Twitter Feeds of 2014! So I'm soaking it in all day. Thanks so much to Editor Mia Tramz for choosing my twitter-feed. Follow Tramz and her colleagues on TIME Lightbox to keep you informed. 

Elizabeth Avedon: Art and Photography



BEST PHOTOGRAPHY BOOKS of 2014....and Some Honorable Mentions

Leon Levinstein
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

 Saul Leiter: Early Black and White
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

 James Karales
Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library

Howard Greenberg and his gallery teamed with Gerhard Steidl, the preeminent German art and photography book publisher, to launch their new imprint “Steidl / Howard Greenberg Library,” with the release of three monographs – Saul Leiter: Early Black and White, James Karales, and Leon Levinstein. Read more here

 Paul Strand: Master of Modern Photography
Edited by Peter Barberie with Amanda N. Bock
Yale University Press (372 pages!)

Through his variety of innovative images, photographer Paul Strand (1890–1976) played a crucial role in establishing the medium's significance as a modern art form. Celebrating the Philadelphia Museum of Art's recent acquisition of the core collection of Strand's prints from the Paul Strand Archive, this stunning book comprehensively reassesses the artist's career in light of current scholarship and critical debates about his work. Featuring more than 250 plates, the catalogue includes many of Strand's iconic early photos such as Wall Street and Blind Woman alongside lesser-known master prints from all phases of his career. Read more here

 Private. Photographs by Mona Kuhn

Private. Grand Falls, 2012
 Photograph © Mona Kuhn

For her fifth book with Steidl, Mona Kuhn has entered the heart of the American desert and returned with a sequence of pictures that is seductive, enigmatic and a little unsettling. "Private" proposes a world in which concrete reality and the imaginary are one. Plants and animals on the edge of survival, sun-drenched landscapes and wind-sculpted earth are intercut with a series of nudes that push Kuhn’s renowned sensitivity to human form into unexpected directions.  

Tones of Dirt and Bone
Photographs by Mike Brodie, Twin Palms Publishers

"Tower Brodie climbed next to the railroad tracks near Jack Woody's house in New Orleans." Twin Palms Publishers, 2014. Photograph © Mike Brodie

 Mike Brodie spent years crisscrossing the U.S. amassing a collection, now appreciated as one of the most impressive archives of American travel photography. The pictures in this book are taken on the road; they precede the work in his first book, A Period of Juvenile Prosperity, subjects from New York City to San Francisco. Read more here

 Gomorrah Girl by Valerio Spada
 Twin Palms Publishers

Valerio Spada tells the story of the murder of Annalisa Durante, a young woman caught in the crossfire of a Mafia shootout, and the problems of growing up in a crime-ridden area. Bound together through an innovative, book-within-a-book design, are Spada’s photographs documenting adolescence in the land of Camorrah (the name for the Mafia in Naples) and pages detail the police investigation.  Read more here

 36 Blue Sky Books

Blue Sky Gallery in Portland, OR, now in its fortieth year of exhibiting great photography, published 36 monographs this year by 36 previously unpublished photographers they've shown in their gallery. Read more here

The Day the Dam Collapses
Photographs by Hiroshi Watanabe
Daylight Books / Tosei-sha Publishing, Japan

The Day the Dam Collapses
 Photograph © Hiroshi Watanabe

"....images somewhere between the real world and images pulled to form a single kigo-beyond Zen" read more here

Studio 54 
Photographs by Tod Papageorge
Stanley/Barker Editions

“Papageorge always had his camera at hand and between 1978 and 1980 he celebrated with the rich and beautiful, the artists and starlets; even today viewers can witness the eccentric and hedonistic party nights in his photographs. They revive the feeling of the disco era and express a profoundly urban spirit of directness, which condensed in New York at that time.” Read more here

Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
By John Maloof 
Text: Marvin Heiferman  Foreword: Laura Lippman
Harper Design

The definitive monograph of American photographer Vivian Maier, exploring the full range and brilliance of her work and the mystery of her life. The selection of the photographer’s work—created during the 1950s through the 1970s in New York, Chicago, and on her travels around the country—is almost exclusively unpublished, including her previously unknown color work. It features images of and excerpts from Maier’s personal artifacts, memorabilia, and audiotapes, made available for the first time. This remarkable volume draws upon recently conducted interviews with people who knew Maier, which shed new light on Maier’s photographic skill and her life.

 You and I
Photographs by Ryan McGinley
Twin Palms Publishers, Second edition

Twin Palms publisher, Jack Woody, worked on this compilation for over seven years. He told me (while suppressing a laugh), "Some books just take longer than others." After viewing the sequencing of the book many times – it was well worth the wait. The images are skillfully edited and presented in a beautifully printed, clothbound, large format volume with essays by Vince Aletti and Sylvia Wolf, both in English and French. Read more here


Photograph © Paul McDonough
Photograph © Paul McDonough

Sight Seeing
Photographs by Paul McDonough
Hard Cover, 48 pages
Published by Sasha Wolf Gallery

"McDonough has often said that the intimacy he could feel, if only for a second, in the moments when he snapped his pictures was extremely seductive to him..." read more here

Seas Without A Shore
Photographs by  Chris Anthony

The scenarios document a species as seen everyday through the eyes of the artist, with the writings of Edgar Allan Poe serving as a beacon of light and a source of inspiration. Mask-making, sculpture, and costume design is an important part of the process, defining the unique and demented little world Anthony lives and shoots in. The mysteries of the sea figure greatly in these pictures with a crescendo of color images depicting survivors braving waves and currents, perhaps the result of a future world where ocean tides will wash away the planet’s coastlines.

A Field Guide to Snow and Ice
Photographs by Paula McCartney
Silas Finch
Includes 48 black and white and full color plates printed with UV inks on uncoated paper. Leporello binding with multiple panel widths and stiff front and back covers. With the spine detached from the front cover, the book becomes an installation piece approximately 34' long.

 Grays the Mountain Sends
Photographs by Bryan Schutmaat
Second Edition / Silas Finch 

 L.A., 1971
Photographs by Anthony Hernandez
Silas Finch

This sequence of 12 images – all taken in Los Angeles, California on the same day in 1971 – represents some of the earliest black and white work by Anthony Hernandez. Aluminum front and back covers.

Islands of the Blest
Edited by Bryan Schutmaat + Ashlyn Davis
Silas Finch

These photographs depict various places in the American West, and were taken over a one hundred-year period, from the 1870s through the 1970s. The photographers represented range from the completely unknown to some of America’s most distinguished practitioners of the medium. All of the images were sourced from digital public archives.


Photographs by Martin Schoeller

Whether portraits of political leaders, Hollywood stars, business entrepreneurs, or contemporary music royalty, these images are as daring as they are exacting, playful and precise. Regardless of the subject and setting, Schoeller's photographs seemingly come to life.

Hasted Kraeutler

Mont St. Michel and Shiprock
Photographs by William Clift
Pearmain Press

 Photograph  Lesly Deschler Canossi

Domestic Negotiations 
Photographs by Lesly Deschler Canossi

Domestic Negotiations conveys the emotional and intimate tenderness of family while revealing the raw and delicate nature of the relationships we try so desperately to preserve.

The Home Stage
 Photographs by Jessica Todd Harper
Text: Alison Nordström + Alain de Boton

Harper's naturalistic images pause or recreate real life for the camera; the play between the often-formal environment and her subjects--intimately portrayed family members--creates images that seem at once intimate and artificial. Her latest collection is thus aptly called The Home Stage, a double entendre that references the home-bound lifestyle of families with small children as well as the idea that home is the stage on which children first learn to live....read more on Amazon

Damiani Books 
Jessica Todd Harper 

Escape Artist
 The Art of Fran Forman
Schiffer Publishing, Ltd

In this rich and dream-like collection of photo-paintings, artist and fabulist Fran Forman offers characters, scenes and visual narratives that lure the imagination.The exquisite poems and story by writer Michelle Blake act as a guidebook to these vast imaginary worlds, suggesting voices for some of the characters and destinations for some of the journeys. 

Photograph (c) John F. Martin /All Rights Reserved

  In Character: Opera Portraiture
Foreword: Amy Tan  Preface: David Gockley

In Character: Opera Portraiture showcases the work of John F. Martin, who for years set up a portable studio in the basement of the San Francisco Opera and photographed the players in costume and full makeup right before or after they took the stage. The subjects include operas greatest stars, such as Anna Netrebko, Natalie Dessay, Deborah Voigt, Juan Diego Flórez, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky. Their roles run the gamut of opera personalities: heroes and heroines, villains and outcasts, royalty and common folk, Biblical figures and creatures of myth. Includes an interview with world-renowned soprano Danielle de Niese.
Crusade For Art
Jennifer Schwartz
Crusade Press

“In Crusade For Your Art, Jennifer Schwartz has written one of the most comprehensive guides to date for both the professional and emerging fine art photographer to navigate the current world of Photography. With contributions from leading photography museum, gallery and photo directors, the expert advice given is instrumental in creating what every photographer needs to know to navigate the current art market. I absolutely love this guide. It covers all bases!  I whole-heartedly recommend this masterful guide to the photographic community.”–Elizabeth Avedon

Pine Lake by Douglas Stockdale
Pine Lake by Douglas Stockdale
"A semi-fictional narrative about a multi-generational summer rite"

The Memory of Stone
Photographs by Erv Schroeder
Univ. of New Mexico Press

Erv Schroeder’s portrait of the Colorado Plateau bears witness to the primordial forces of the earth—the raw power that moved and shifted huge hunks of rock to form natural stone sculptures. Read more here

East or West:
A Walking Journey Along Shikoku's 88 Temple Pilgrimage
Photographs by Alexandra Huddleston

In September 2010, the photographer Alexandra Huddleston set out on an 800-mile walk around the island of Shikoku, Japan. To complete the Shikoku Ohenro trail pilgrims worship at 88 temples on the island, following a route that loosely traces the life and legends of the Buddhist saint Kōbō Daishi.  Read more here

Edited by John Maloof
Essay by Elizabeth Avedon
Published by PowerHouse Books 2013

 Photography books are alive and well at The Strand Bookstore. Open since 1927, The Strand carries new, used, rare and collectable photography books http://www.strandbooks.com

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The above list is just a small portion of the excellent photography books from 2014. Check out some of the other 2014 Best Photo Book Lists for many more!

TIME Best Photobooks List