I love photography books and have been building a little library for the past couple of years. Family and friends have been gifting me some books for some time now and I have purchased a few as well. The end result is a nice bookshelf full of wonderful works of art.
I have to give credit to Ted Forbes (The Art of Photography) for introducing me to photography books. On his YouTube videos he showed what wonderful works of art they can be. I believe that many photographers shoot images in a series which is best showed in a book.
I have recently stumbled on a wonderful series of books from Thames & Hudson Publishers. They are publishing small books of various photographers at a very attractive price point. These are going for 8-10 GBP and are small enough to fit in a large pocket. The print quality is very good and renders color and B&W very nicely. These are not works of art but rather an accessible way to be introduced to the work of masters.
The books all have a short forward and then just pictures with the title and the date taken. Simple, easy and wonderful to enjoy. If you want to take a look I highly recommend these books. So far I have bought five of them and am enjoying them greatly.
I find them perfect to take to bed for a quick look or to look through on the train. Normal photography books are typically large and heavy designed to be read at a desk. While I love setting time aside to be able to do this sometimes it just is not possible. These small books are easy to carry with me and read wherever I happen to be. The price point allows me to take it without worrying about damage.
The picture below are the books I have bought so far. I have put a pencil at the bottom to help give you an idea of scale. These things are fantastic and do not break the bank!