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Notable Books of Photography

Notable Books of Photography — EW looks at this season’s coffee table collections

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Notable Books of Photography

LIFE
Frans Lanting
Wildlife and nature photographer Lanting attempts a pictorial monograph on the continuing narrative of life on earth, from streaky-colored banded iron to fields of verdant horsetails to the googly-eyed, tree-dwelling tarsier of Borneo.

THE COMPLETE FLOWERS
Robert Mapplethorpe
It’s difficult to believe (and some still might not) that simple flower photographs can be as stunning — and as erotic — as the ones showcased in this collection of Mapplethorpe’s most beguiling work.

STOKED
Claudia Lebenthal and Daniel Stark
This intense history of action sports (including everything from ice climbing to white-water kayaking) features dizzying, full-spread photos as well as more inventive treats like a page of surfing trading cards.

A YEAR IN SPORTS
Neil Leifer
Acclaimed photog Leifer — who shot over 200 covers for SPORTS ILLUSTRATED and TIME — came out of semiretirement to troll the world in 2005 and revisit the sporting events where he captured his celebrated images.

PERSONAL BEST
Elliott Erwitt
In a photographic equivalent to the Hollywood maxim ”One for them, one for me,” this book includes Erwitt’s famous dog photos and unearths noirish shots that he took in the ’40s and ’50s between paid assignments.

GONZO
Hunter S. Thompson
There’s always been something visually compelling about Thompson as an icon. It could be the cigarette holders, but we think it was his shabby coolness — on display in this slipcased collection of pics from his archives.

IN VOGUE
Norberto Angeletti and Alberto Oliva
We had no idea that Vogue was more than 100 years old. She’s wearing her age well, though. Just look at this history of the venerable fashion mag, full of its unique, conceptual, and often steamy pics.

WORK
Ferdinand Protzman
No matter where you live, you are what you do. Protzman’s text sets off this vibrant collection showing people at work around the world, from carving boats in Turkey to slaughtering cows in Peru.