Wednesday, November 21, 2012
Well, it's here. Thanksgiving is tomorrow, which means Friday marks the beginning of the official holiday shopping season. And that means I'm getting my wish list in order. It's usually well populated by photo books, which I usually share on this blog. I'm going to kick off that tradition again this year with the book at the top of my list: Dan Winters' Last Launch. Mr. Winters is one of my favorite photographers, and he's actually got two new books this year. Dan Winters's America is a retrospective of the photographer's entire career. He made a name for himself primarily through tremendous editorial portraiture—of which he's an absolute master—but he shoots everything from architectural to still life and documentary. That's what you'll find in his other book, Last Launch. It showcases photographs from Mr. Winters' project documenting the final missions of NASA's space shuttle program. It's a fascinating story of a personal passion that prompted an assignment, which lead to these absolutely gorgeous photographs, which ultimately led to another new book—one that should be on any photographer's (or space buff's) wish list. Happy Thanksgiving!