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P1040593 P1040594P1040595Gerry Badger needs no further introduction to anyone who collects photo books. He single-handedly raised the bar in discussing photo books and photography.

The Genius of Photography by Gerry Badger is a 256 numbered page book, and has gone through 4 printings in 2007/8. The cover is a photograph by the Italian photographer Massimo Vitali.

One of Badger’s newer books is discussed on the Aperture site.

Another book of a different nature, I feel a very worthwhile resource is Photographers A-Z  edited by Hans-Michael Koetzle, and re-published by Taschen in their Bibliotheca Universalis series in 2015 in an affordable edition.

P1040672This book is really a 637 page encyclopedia of photographers. Two pages devoted to each photographer, and includes some illustrations of one or more of their books, as well as, a bibliography makes this type of book a must for the collector of photo books. Some examples of the pages are shown below.

P1040673It is rather nice to see one of the books in our own collection featured in this book. In a previous post, I wrote about Hockney and this book can be seen here.

P1040674P1040675 P1040676This very important book on the Electronic Poem (shown above) covering the building design by Le Corbusier with superb photographs by Lucien Hervé was featured in one of our older posts here.