I went to a bookstore last saturday and I headed to the photography section. I always do the same. I always visit bookstores because I love to be there, surrounded by books. Just stay there. I don’t even have to buy anything to be happy and I wasn’t planning on buying a thing the other day.
But then, then I saw this small but thick book called The Great Life Photographers (Life Los Grandes Fotógrafos, in Spanish) and I grabbed it. It wasn’t really expensive, 25 euros. Photography books tend to be a bit expensive, you know it. So it took me about 3 second to decide whether I was buying the book or not.
To tell you the truth, I still don’t know whether the book is good or a piece of crap. I’m sure it’s awesome, but I will not know until I unwrap it. Sounds crazy, I know, but I never unwrap a new book until I’m 100% sure that I will have enough time to read it or watch carefully. The thing is that I enjoy watching and reading photography books very much and I never unwrap a book just to take a look and leave it on the shelf for weeks or months until I pick it up again.
That translates into having lots of unwrapped photography books on the shelf but also lots of brand new great books like William Klein’s Retrospective, a couple of Robert Capa’s books, War is Personal by Eugene Richards and The Americans by Robert Frank, among many others. I’m sure I will soon find the right time to read all these wonderful books.
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