7 special art books – EYEspired

Art book by Jimmy Nelson

I am always looking for books with special stories that excite me. And because I would like to share these books with you, I made this selection with 7 special art books! It is a varied, contemporary selection from art to photography and film! Are you curious if there is something for you? Then read on quickly!

Before They Pass Away – Jimmy Nelson
For 3 years photographer Jimmy Nelson traveled the world to the most remote places in search of pure beauty. From Papua New Guinea to Kazakhstan, from Ethiopia to Siberia. Inspired by photographer Edward S. Curtis who iconically captured the North American Indians more than a hundred years ago. Looking for tribes to photograph in their unique beauty and cultural appearance. With the aim of leaving a visual reference for future generations, because these cultures will eventually disappear due to the speed at which the world is changing.


George’s World
Since 2008, Joris Linssen has been portraying special Dutch people. A colorful parade of remarkable types passed by in Joris’ Showroom and its successor Joris’ Wereld. In this photo book, the people who are most memorable are portrayed in a characteristic way. In the short texts, these people are lovingly described by Joris Linssen: ‘I have learned so much from the wayward people I was allowed to meet; about freedom, stubbornness and perseverance.’


Vivian Maier: A Photographer Found
The definitive monograph of the American photographer Vivian Maier contains no fewer than 250 black-and-white images, color photographs, and other materials that have never been published before. The book explores the full work and mystery of her life, written and edited by renowned photography curator and writer Marvin Heiferman.

During her lifetime, the nanny-photographer shot more than 100,000 photos, which she kept hidden from the world. In 2007, two years before her death, her negatives were discovered at an auction.


Humans of New York
In 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton embarked on an ambitious project: to single-handedly create a photographic ‘census’ of New York City. This resulted in the popular blog Humans of New York, on which the book of the same name is based. The book is a collection of beautiful, deep, funny and inspiring photos and stories from the people of New York. With 400 photos, including exclusive portraits and all-new stories not featured on the blog, Humans of New York is a stunning collection of images that showcase New York’s diverse personalities. Humans of New York is a celebration of individuality and a tribute to one of the most famous cities in the world.


Liu Bolin
The book ‘Liu Bolin’ is the first complete monograph on ‘the chameleon artist’. In his series ‘Hiding in the City’, Liu Bolin follows a paradoxical strategy: he resists censorship by making himself invisible. Like a chameleon, he makes fun of the metropolitan aspects of our modern society. The places and settings in which he camouflages himself again and again become part of himself, an extension of his body. The photos of the making-of, which are also included in the book, give a nice picture of the meticulous work that precedes the final result.


The Wes Anderson Collection
The Wes Anderson Collection is the first in-depth overview of Anderson’s filmography. The book features previously unpublished photos and illustrations, complementing a book-length conversation between Anderson and award-winning critic Matt Zoller Seitz. In addition, the design of the book is also completely in Wes Anderson style: melancholic and playful, wise and childish and thoroughly original.


The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti
The first ‘modern’ murals appeared in South America in the early 1900s. This was followed in 1950 by aerosol graffiti associated with ‘Latino gangs’, most notably the “cholo” graffiti of Los Angeles. Today, street art can be found all over the world, developing into a very complex and graceful form of art. The World Atlas of Street Art and Graffiti is the definitive overview of international street art, with a focus on the most influential urban artists and works of art. A must-have for every admirer of street art!

And as a final tip: the book Street Art Today has just been released and contains the 50 most influential street artists of the moment.

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