I have to admit something…I love coffee table books. What is about these huge tomes that draw me in? I just love seeing beautiful pictures of faraway places (Steve McCurry) or how a photographer conjures up a dream-like scene (Annie Leibovitz and Tim Walker). I’ve been collecting coffee table books for the past seven years, I started this hobby while I was Editor-in-Chief of My Modern Met. Below are a list of books I actually have (see photo above), as well as ones I’m longing to collect.
Pictures by Tim Walker: Tim Walker creates dreamlike scenes that will make you want to live in his world.
Murakami: Takashi Murakami is one of contemporary art’s most innovative figures. Here you’ll find a great collection of his work including his original paintings and sculptures.
Lonely Plant’s Beautiful World: Through 300 photos, get ready to experience some of the most breathtaking places in the world. Warning: Will make you want to travel.
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton: Based on the Facebook page which has over 16 million fans, is a heartfelt book of inspiring photographs and stories.
Steve McCurry: The Iconic Photographs: Follow Steve McCurry’s extraordinary career in this beautiful and memorable book.
The Life and Love of Dogs by Lewis Blackwell: Any dog lover will want to collect this book, which is filled with hundreds of incredible images of our furry friends.
JR: Can Art Change the World? by JR: Street artist JR gives his first major and in-depth retrospective of his work. Inside you’ll find his own collection projects as well as collaborations he’s done with other artists or institutions, like the New York Ballet.
Portraits by Martin Schoeller: In this 260 page hardcover book, you’ll find 150 color and black and white photos of political leaders, Hollywood stars, business entrepreneurs, and contemporary music royalty.
Elliott Erwitt XXL Special Edition: Elliott Erwitt is a master at capturing the moment. In this collector’s edition, you’ll find everything from an iconic Marilyn Monroe photo to portraits of silly dogs.
SUMO by Annie Leibovitz: This book traces Annie Leibovitz’s 40 year career. Included is everything from John Lennon and Yoko Ono entwined in a last embrace to Richard Nixon’s helicopter lifting off from the White House lawn after he resigned as president in 1974.
What are some of your favorite coffee table books?