Best Conversation starter books made by Book list – BookShulf
Who does not like to have a juicy conversation and interesting dialogues while waiting for the doctor at the dentist, or maybe on a long ride. And sometimes you need to base these conversations on a book you both had a chance to read or have a few minute to go through. Which is why some of the books in here are photography books. The chosen 8 books we think would be a very good conversation starters are listed below.
Coming in at number 8 is In the Spirit of Harlem by Naomi Fertitta, published in 2014.
Welcome to Harlem, a place so exciting and exhilarating that it challenged and changed America and the world’s culture forever. With its incredible history, cultural richness, musical heritage, and renowned cuisine, Harlem is undoubtedly one of the most intoxicating New York City communities, having served as a backdrop for writers Zora Neale Hurston and Langston Hughes, jazz greats Duke Ellington and Billie Holiday, as well as modern-day legends in the hip-hop world. In this beautifully illustrated volume, author Naomi Fertitta takes readers on both a written and visual journey to pious churches, landmark architecture, sparkling clubs, vibrant theaters, and bustling restaurants. For native New Yorkers and visitors alike, In the Spirit of Harlem paints a colorful picture of one of America’s most fascinating neighborhoods.
Coming in at number 7 is China: Portrait of a People by Tom Carter, published in 2010.
China counts 56 ethnic groups within its borders. The descendants of Manchu soldiers, Silk Road traders and Lao hill tribes have their own cuisines, languages, and customs. American photographer Tom Carter spent two years on the road in China. Traveling by the cheapest transport and sleeping in two-dollar guesthouses, he lived side by side with the ordinary but incredibly diverse people of the PRC.
Coming in at number 6 is Anatomy in black by Emily Evans, published 2015.
This makes this book a perfect companion for those interested in anatomy, regardless of their previous knowledge of the subject matter.
This deluxe slipcase edition of Anatomy in Black is the ultimate sophisticated coffee table book for anatomy lovers. The beauty of human anatomy is reflected in a contemporary hardback book, created entirely in black and gold. Traditional anatomical imagery is given a new lease of life through modern interpretation in this stylish publication. The book comprehensively leads the reader through the human body in seven chapters dedicated to each area of the human body. It covers the same level of detail and content with each illustration as a standard academic anatomy book. A thorough evaluation of each anatomical part is conveyed in double page spreads with summary text to put the area in context and explain some of the more complicated anatomical terminology and function for those encountering anatomy for the first time. This makes this book a perfect companion for those interested in anatomy, regardless of their previous knowledge of the subject matter.
Coming in at number 5 is Vanity Fair: The Portraits by David Friend and Graydon Carter, published in 2008.
Vanity Fair: The Portraits brings together 300 iconic portraits from Vanity Fair’s 95-year history in a remarkable book that captures the image of modern fame — the magical thing that happens when individual talent and beauty (and sometimes genius) is caught in the spotlight of popular curiosity and passion. The photographers — from Edward Steichen and Cecil Beaton to Annie Leibovitz and Mario Testino — are a glittering and celebrated group themselves. Their portraits have become the iconic likenesses of the best-known figures from the worlds of art, film, music, sports, business, and politics.
Coming in at number 4 is On This Earth by Nick Brandt, originally published in 2005.
Nick Brandt depicts the animals of East Africa with an intimacy and artistry unmatched by other photographers who choose wildlife as their subject. He creates these majestic sepia and blue-tone photoscontrasting moments of quintessential stillness with bursts of dramatic actionby engaging with these creatures on an exceptionally intimate level, without the customary use of a telephoto lens. Evocative of classical art, from dignified portraits to sweeping natural tableaux, Brandt’s images artfully and simply capture animals in their natural states of being. With a foreword by Alice Sebold and an introduction by Jane Goodall, On This Earth is a gorgeous portfolio of some of the last wild animalsand a heartfelt elegy to a vanishing world.
Coming in at number 3 is Destinations of a Lifetime: 225 of the World’s Most Amazing Place by National Geographic Society, published in 2015.
NatGeo takes you on a photographic tour of the world’s most spectacular destinations, inspiring tangible ideas for your next trip. Travel to hundreds of the most breathtaking locales–both natural and man-made–illustrated with vivid images taken by the organization’s world-class photographers. These images, coupled with evocative text, feature a plethora of visual wonders: ancient monoliths, scenic islands, stunning artwork, electric cityscapes, white-sand seashores, rain forests, ancient cobbled streets, and both classic and innovative architecture. Loaded with hard service information for each location, Destinations of a Lifetime has it all: when to go, where to eat, where to stay, and what to do to ensure the most enriching and authentic experience.
Coming in at number 2 is A Photographer’s Life, 1990-2005 by Annie Leibovitz, published in 2006.
One of the most celebrated photographers of our time presents a selection of her work of the last fifteen years. The material documents the arc of Leibovitz s relationship with her companion, Susan Sontag, who died in 2004; the birth of her three daughters; and many events involving her large and robust family, including the death of her father. The book is permeated with strong emotions. Leibovitz s passion for her family and friends is part of a larger passion that extends to the subjects of her professional work, and the two worlds meet thematically. Portraits of public figures include the pregnant Demi Moore, Nelson Mandela in Soweto, Jack Nicholson on Mulholland Drive, Bill Clinton in the Oval Office, William Burroughs in Kansas, and Agnes Martin in Taos. Over 300 photographs are accompanied by an essay by Leibovitz that discusses the circumstances under which the work was made, both technically and logistically, and her relationships with and thoughts about many of the subjects.
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Coming 1st is Los Angeles: Portrait of a City, by TASCHEN Books. Published in 2009.
Explore the City of Angels from beaches to barrios, from tiny frontier town to glittering urban metropolis and entertainment capital of the world. This suitably sun-drenched tribute to Los Angeles packs page after page with stunning photographs to capture the life and reinventions of L.A. from the 1880s to the present day.