My favorite medium for the consumption of photographs is the photographer-authored photobook. At their best, these photobooks provide photographers the best means to communicate a single vision or idea about a specific topic. It should be noted that (i) many important photographers like Diane Arbus, Dorothea Lange, and W. Eugene Smith did not create their own photobooks so aren't on this list, and (ii) my taste in photobooks is highly influenced by what I was exposed to and learned from Chirs Killip. One of my goals for the new year is to explore photobooks from a more diverse set of photographers.
*The Decisive Moment by Henri Cartier-Bresson (1952)
*The Americans by Robert Frank (1958)
*Brooklyn Gang by Bruce Davidson (1959)
*Die Deutschen by Rene Burri (1962)
*Vietnam Inc. (1971), Agent Orange (2004), Vietnam at Peace (2005) by Philip Jones Griffiths
*Gypsies by Josef Koudelka (1975)
*In Boksburg by David Goldblatt (1982)
*In Flagrante by Chris Killip (1988)
*Other Americas by Sebastiao Salgado (1985)
Mark F. Erickson aka Đỗ Văn Hùng is the author of the photobook Other Streets: Scenes from a Life in Vietnam not Lived.