In the age of staying at home, books can be a source of comfort, entertainment and learning. They can present us with new perspectives and inspire us to appreciate people and places. But with so many books on the shelves (and new launches all the time), where do you start? We’re here to help you with our pick of titles that will feed your creative soul this month.
The pandemic has made it difficult to connect with people in person. However, that doesn’t mean we can’t identify with them through their stories. Popular Brandon Stanton The humans of New York recently published his book titled Humans, and it features stories from people around the world. Dive into this post and appreciate someone else’s life and perspective.
If taking a walk is the only way out of your home right now, get the insightful book titled The city 99% invisible by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt. They’ve created a field guide to the hidden design that makes our cities work. You will be surprised at what you discover on your next walk.
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Humans by Brandon Stanton
You may be familiar with Brandon Stanton’s work from his fascinating and hugely popular ongoing series Humans of New York. His latest book, aptly titled Humans, takes his iconic storytelling and photography around the world. Stanton has traveled over 40 countries and the book is a “definitive catalog of those journeys”.
America the Beautiful: A History in Photographs by National Geographic
Inspired by the song “America the Beautiful,” this National Geographic book showcases the breathtaking beauty of the country, region by region. All 50 states and six territories are represented by stunning photographs and words from activists, historians, conservationists and more.
The 99% Invisible City: A Field Guide to the Hidden World of Everyday Design by Roman Mars and Kurt Kohlstedt
There is a lot about the places we live that we don’t notice; crucial design elements lurk in plain sight. But these features, such as those weird sidewalk markings, help make cities work. The city 99% invisible take a close look at parts of the built landscape that often go unnoticed.
Botanical Art Techniques: A Complete Guide to Watercolor, Graphite, Colored Pencil, Vellum, Pen and Ink, Egg Tempera, Oils, Etching, and More by The American Society of Botanical Artists, Carol Woodin and Robin A. Jess
Whether you are a watercolor artist, an avid draftsman, or just love pen and ink, the book Botanical art techniques will show you how to create botanical art through over 900 photographs and examples of finished art.
How to photograph food: compose, film and edit mouth-watering images by Beata Lubas
Did you learn to cook during the pandemic? Learn how to photograph your meals so that they see as tasty as they are with the help of the book by Beata Lubas. It’s aimed at amateur photographers as well as social media and will tell you what gear you need, how to get the right lighting, style food, and edit like a pro.
Nonetheless, she wore it: 50 Iconic Fashion Moments by Ann Shen
Illustrator and author Ann Shen showcases some of history’s most iconic styles and the women who changed the world with them. Some fashions include bikini, “presidential pantsuit” and lipstick.
Art Hiding in New York: An Illustrated Guide to the City’s Secret Masterpieces by Lori Zimmer and illustrated by Maria Krasinski
New York City is full of amazing works of art and you don’t have to go to a museum to find them. Hide art in New York shares treasures that can be found in office building lobbies and around street corners, including location information so you can see the rooms in person.
Zaha Hadid: Complete Works 1979 – Today (2020 edition) by Philip Jodidio
Revolutionary architect Zaha Hadid is known for her incredible contemporary architecture. Her unique vision made her legendary, and she remains so even after her untimely death in 2016. This book covers her complete works, including ongoing projects through photographs, sketches and her own drawings.
Young, talented and black: a new generation of artists: the contemporary art collection of the Lumpkin-Boccuzzi family. Edited by Antwaun Sargent.
Young, talented and black is an investigation of a new generation of black artists that features collectors Bernard I. Lumpkin and Carmine D. Boccuzzi. Edited by writer Antwaun Sargent, the book examines this collection to draw attention to these emerging contemporary artists of African descent.
365 days of art in nature: find inspiration every day in the natural world by Lorna Scobie
Get out there and enjoy it with the help of Lorna Scobie’s book 365 days of art in nature. It offers activities that challenge you to “observe the slow and constant rhythm of nature” and how that can inspire your creativity.
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