Photography Books

Over the years, I have collected books filled with images that have moved me in a lasting way. I am sharing a partial list of them here, which I will update as warranted.


Peter Turnley, Parisians

When I arrived in Paris twenty-five years ago, at the age of nineteen, the city I encountered sang to my senses. My heart and mind were immediately stimulated by its light, vibrancy and texture. The French language entered my ears like music, and suddenly communication seemed not merely functional but a celebration of feelings. I quickly grasped that in order to understand Parisians I would have to speak French well; otherwise, I would never be able to get to know the beautiful, mysterious women I was seeing everywhere I looked.

Peter Turnley, An Affair of the Heart, (page 13) 2000

Turnley has now lived in Paris for 50 years, a city he continues to love.


James Nachtwey, Inferno – No book has moved me more.

I have been a witness, and these pictures are my testimony. The events I have recorded should not be forgotten and must not be repeated.

James Nachtwey

Leave a Comment