Our three favourite Taschen books dedicated to the timeless brilliance of photography

When discovering awesome resources for creatives to invest in we regular look towards printed literature as a way of removing ourselves from the digital world we live in. Magazines and books give us the opportunity to tangibly connect with subjects that online platforms can’t replicate so for this article we’ve picked out three favourite publications that use the timeless brilliance of photography to document history, music and crime. Enjoy.

American Odyssey by Taschen

American Odyssey by Taschen

American Odyssey

Produced by the Detroit Photographic Company between 1888 and 1924, these rediscovered Photochrom and Photostint postcard images are the very first color pictures of North America. Covering people, places and legendary locales, they provide a beautiful panorama of the New World of our past. At £135, this book is a huge investment but the quality of images and their historic meaning is one you will treasure for years and years. Get your copy here.

Soul Funk by Taschen

Soul Funk by Taschen

Bruce W. Talamon. Soul. R&B. Funk

Get down with such legends as Marvin Gaye, Earth, Wind & Fire, Stevie Wonder, Donna Summer, the Jackson Five, Diana Ross, James Brown, and Chaka Khan in this collection of largely unseen images from the golden age of soul, R&B, and funk. Sourced from Taschen’s superfly Art Edition, this XL volume gathers all of the glamour and groove captured by photographer Bruce W. Talamon. Consisting of 376 pages, this book needs to sit on your coffee table and act as a piece of furniture that illustrates your love of music and photographic culture your mates will be super jealous of.

Dark City by Taschen

Dark City by Taschen

Dark City. The Real Los Angeles Noir

Explore the darker reality of the City of Angels in this omnibus of photographs revealing the underbelly of Los Angeles from the 1920s through the 1950s. From the headline crime of the Black Dahlia to the petty corruption of mayors and cops, discover the flip side of the Southland that inspired the movies and novels which came to be known as “Noir” in this edition, complete with bound-in facsimile magazine clippings. Built on a whopping 480 pages, this bible to LA is a stunning piece of publishing and photography and perfect for anyone who is interested in creativity, crime and the USA.

Images courtesy of Taschen.

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