If the prices of lenses and other photography equipment are currently giving you ulcers, why not buy your favorite shutterbug books full of inspiration?

Jay Reilly, a commercial/ editorial photographer with a client list that includes the likes of Nike, Sony, Hyatt, and Conde Nast, rounded up some of his favorite coffeetable/photo books over on his blog.

  


  

Making his list are The Photo Book by Phaidon, The Polaroid Book by Taschen, Metro by Larry Yust, and No Particular Order which features Gilles Bensimon’s Photography.

He touts The Photo Book by Phaidon as:

…a fantastic collection of any and all photographers that have made serious contributions to the art and evolution of photography.

All in alphabetical order, not one more important than the other, but very insightful, inspiring and collective.

These are photographs that matter.

Anything from art, journalism, fashion, portrait… images that stop you in your tracks and you want to know more.

The nice thing is there is some layman insight to the images included that does give you just enough to move on to the next one.

But in many cases leaves you wanting to know more about the image and the photographer….Jay Reilly.

For more inspiring book ideas, check out Matador contributor and photographer Ryan Libre’s roundup of 10 Photography Books You’ll Never Get Tired Of.

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