My family finds it difficult to decide what to get me for Christmas. I like CDs; books; photography related items. In the past that have bought me CDs and books that I already have and photography related stuff that I didn’t really want. So now I make an wishlist every year. This too can have its problems. Some items have been on the list for years and nobody buys them. Another case in point: I’ve been reading a four book series on the Overland Campaign of the US Civil War. I’ve read the first volume and started the second one. I got the fourth one as a Christmas present, but I’m missing the third one. I guess I’ll have to buy it myself. Generally, however,this scheme works well.

This year I got four photography related books. In case you can’t read the titles they are:

The History of Photography: From 1839 to the Present. Beaumont Newhall.

The Democratic Forest. Selected Works. William Eggleston.

Early Black and White. Saul Leiter.

Beyond Beauty. Irving Penn.

More to follow when I’ve had a chance to spend more time with them.

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