What are the best photography coffee table books for inspiration? Not a question people often ask, however they should.

I have a really nice collection of photography books. I keep some on my coffee table, when people come over they pick them up immediately and next thing you know, we strike up a conversation about photography and inspiration.

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Looking at a photo on a screen is one thing, but looking at a photograph on paper is an entirely different story. It draws you into the story, making it a much more personal experience.

I often sit in my office and go through this books, especially when I need a creative boost. I find that it is so easy to sit in front of a computer and scroll through photos, but that gets me a bit frustrated. To sit in a quiet place and opens up a book to check out some amazing photos is an entirely different experience. It gets my creative juices flowing and that makes all the difference.elliott erwitt

By the time I get done going through images in a book, I can Harley wait to get my hands on my camera, hit the streets and start taking some photos. It works every time. These three should get you started with a very nice collection of some incredible photography books. Soon after you look through these, you are going to want to publish your own.  Do you have a photo book collection? What is your favorite photography book to look through?


Vivian Maier