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The Best of the Year in Arts & Photography

What to do with Arts & Photography?

In previous years, we Amazon editors crafted a single, 10-book list, cramming in everything that fits our liberal definition of "Arts & Photography": Art, Photography, Fashion, and Architecture. Of course, that was insufficient, ridiculous. In 2013 I've gone rogue, breaking every rule by breaking everything out into its own list (and in the case of Photography, three lists, because I like Photography books the most). Still, narrowing each category to 10 books remains an impossible task--these lists are skewed to my tastes while deserving books are necessarily omitted. But so it goes, and here they are. Our Best Books of the Year in:

 Here's a closer look at three of our selections. See all of them here.

Humans of New York Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton

Stanton's thousands of not-quite-candid street portraits of New Yorkers (and accompanying captions, usually from the subjects themselves) have made his Humans of New York blog both poignant and extremely popular. And now, his book of the same title collects 400 of his best portraits, telling small stories that are outsized in their humor, candor, and humanity. Learn More
Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe Super Graphic: A Visual Guide to the Comic Book Universe by Tim Leong

I'm not a comic book guy, and it's not even close. However, what Leong (a Wired art director) has done here transcends that universe by superhuman leaps and bounds. It's a high-flying exercise in graphic communication, a sort of Visual Display of Quantitative Information for the capes-and-SPANX demographic. Learn More
The Digital Print: Preparing Images in Lightroom and Photoshop for Printing The Digital Print: Preparing Images in Lightroom and Photoshop for Printing by Jeff Schewe

Looking at pictures on your computer is all well and good, but sometimes your pictures are so nice that you want to put them on a wall. But looks can deceive, and the path from monitor to matte is fraught with often unexpected, disappointing results. Although it's Adobe software-specific, Schewe's follow-up to The Digital Negative (also excellent) is enlightening, engaging reading for the discerning photog, hobbyist or otherwise.  Learn More
See all of our picks for best of the year in Arts & Photography.


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This BOOK is a GIFT for ALL!! Book worms! It will hold your interest.

This Book awakened my Book reading desire, Best one in Years !!

The Book "You don`t know Me" author-Susan Lee
This is AWSOME! I could not put it down, I read it in 2 full days!!. I am going back and read it again. This held my interest from Sentence 1 to the end of the Book!!

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