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Our 12 Favorite Photography Books of 2021

If you’ve ever wondered which artists inspire our WIRED photo department, wait no longer. We’ve asked our award-winning team of photo editors to compile a list of their favorite photography books from 2021. (Most were released in 2021; a few you can preorder for delivery in early 2022.)



The list covers everything from skateboard culture and horror-film inspired food to NASA’s awe-inspiring objects used for space exploration. We know photography books can be pricey, but they’re worth the investment. If you’re someone who can’t find the time to commit to a novel but still craves that sublime experience of being transported to Wyoming as a woman in the early 1900s or to a Black rodeo in modern-day California, then a book of gorgeous photos might be the perfect way to treat yourself.

Be sure to see our other buying guides for books, like our winter reading list , our gift guide for technology books , and our list of the best cookbooks of 2021 .

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