Yesterday I wrote about my failed search for digital photography books at Borders but that wasn’t really the end of the story. As I corraled my kids to the checkout line to buy their new found literary treasures, we stopped as is our custom at the bargain books. It’s like candy at the grocery checkout. Book titles that didn’t sell for one reason or the other, all lined up for sale at rediculously low prices.
Searching the titles, it wasn’t hard to see why some of them didn’t quite make the cut. But there, among the big coffee table books, I found a little gem. It was a simple black book but its title just jumped out at me, American Photographs 1900/2000. I couldn’t help but pick it up and start flipping through the pages. What I found was a collection of some of the greatest photographs ever taken by some of the most iconic photographers of the 20th century. There are no descriptions or interpretations to spoil the impact of the images, just the photograph, the photographer’s name, the title of the image, and the date and print info (1945 Vintage Gelatin Silver Print, 10 x 8 inches). The photographers include the likes of Alfred Stieglitz, Man Ray, Aaron Siskind, Richard Avedon, Annie Leibovitz, and many, many more. There are over 200 photographs in all. So here is the best part. I got all of this photographic goodness for the low bargain basement price of $4.99. How great is that. I checked on Amazon and they are selling it for $19.99. I would have paid at least that much for this book, but hey, I’m not one to look a gift horse in the mouth.
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