Photography As Activism: Images for Social Change by Michelle Bogre (Focal Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-240-81275-5). Photography has played a critical role in bringing about social change. Bogre looks at the long history of activist photography, from its very beginnings to today. She offers advice on how to work with NGOs and nonprofits, how to work safely in conflict zones and how to distribute work on websites, blogs, etc.
The Elements of Photography: Understanding And Creating Sophisticated Images by Angela Faris Belt (Focal Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-240-81515-2). Improve your skills, learn new techniques and expand your creative boundaries using this practical guide. More than 300 images, plus portfolios from more than 40 acclaimed artists, provide visual inspiration for taking your photography to the next level.
TIME Great Places of History: Civilization's 100 Most Important Sites: An Illustrated Journey edited by Kelly Knauer (TIME, 2011; ISBN: 978-1-60320-196-4). Take a tour of more than 100 places where history was made, from influential battles and artistic renaissances to important discoveries and religious events. Hundreds of photos fill the book's pages, with places such as the Kremlin, the Forbidden City and the Acropolis.
Light: Science & Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver and Paul Fuqua (Focal Press, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-240-81225-0). This book covers a range of topics, including the theory and physics of light, and how to light difficult subjects such as surfaces, metal and glass, with a new chapter on equipment.
Tibet: Culture On The Edge by Phil Borges (Rizzoli, 2011; ISBN: 978-0-8478-3691-8). Combining stunning photography with firsthand accounts, the book explores the indigenous lifestyles of the Tibetan people, as well as their natural surroundings. Threatened by industrial development, climate change and political struggles, Tibet remains one of the most intriguing places in the world.