My photography education started in the quiet aisles of the local library. After I exhausted the photography catalog at one location, I went to another. Each book had something different to offer. When connected, these little pearls of wisdom eventually became a strand of knowledge. Here are some of the titles I found extremely helpful and inspiring. Today, you can find most of them online. Perhaps you will enjoy them as well.

This is a stunning collection of 153 color photographs, taken between 1952 and Haas's death in 1986. Haas was a pioneer and major figure in the field of color photography and one-time president of the famed photo group, Magnum. 

Renowned as America's pre-eminent black-and-white landscape photographer, Ansel Adams began to photograph in color soon after Kodachrome film was invented in the mid 1930s. He made nearly 3,500 color photographs. In this newly revised and expanded edition, 20 unpublished photographs have been added. New digital scanning and printing technologies allow a more faithful representation of Adams's color photography.

In this awe-inspiring volume, award-winning nature photographer Galen Rockwell takes us on an unforgettable photographic tour of North America, instilling in us a profound appreciation for our continent's enduring natural beauty. From California to Florida, from the Yukon Territory to the Mexican Mainland, and from Greenland to Hawaii and the Caribbean Islands, Rowell's photographs evoke the remarkable diversity of this continent's varied ecosystems.

An updated bestseller, this book of extraordinarily beautiful photographs of nature contains state-of-the-art instruction on how any photographer can aim for equally impressive results every time a camera is focused on the great outdoors. Even highly skilled photographers are often baffled by the problems facing them when they work outdoors. But with this exceptional field guide in hand, every beginner, serious amateur, semi-pro, and pro can conquer the problems encountered in the field. Using his own exceptional work as examples, the author discusses each type of nature subject and how to approach photographing it.

More than any other artist, Walker Evans invented the images of essential America that we have long since accepted as fact, and his work has influenced not only modern photography but also literature, film and visual arts in other mediums.

"In the Realm of Nature" offers a closer look at Eliot Porter's work.  Porter was a master of capturing the subtleties of nature in an exquisite way.  

Robert Frank's The Americans changed the course of twentieth-century photography. In 83 photographs, Frank looked beneath the surface of American life to reveal a people plagued by racism, ill-served by their politicians and rendered numb by a rapidly expanding culture of consumption. Yet he also found novel areas of beauty in simple, overlooked corners of American life. The book is as powerful and provocative today as it was 56 years ago.

In Photography Q&A, Zack Arias answers over 100 questions that range across all aspects of the photo industry: gear, marketing, street photography, vision, pricing, branding, light, models, work/life balance, technical advice, and much more.

Photographer Carli Davidson proves how eager and elated we are to see our pets in new ways. The result is a one-of-a-kind book: a colorful assemblage of photographs that are simultaneously startling and endearing, consistently hard to look away from.

Mark Hirsch decided to make a photo of That Tree every day for a year. Before sunrise, after sunset, anytime really, he was there waiting and watching, taking note of the simple beauty he had missed for so long. That Tree had spoken to Hirsch of patience and dedication. It gave him healing and inspiration and it taught him to slow down, take time to look around and appreciate the almost, but not quite, hidden beauty that abounds in our world. Sometimes even in your own backyard.

Erwitt's monochromatic tribute to the Big Apple captures the true diversity that makes this city great. The selection spans years across Erwitt's career, and includes many previously unseen works from the '50s and '60s. 

Landscape photography can be a solitary experience, but award-winning landscape photographer David Taylor believes creativity requires a certain amount of peaceful contemplation to flourish. What skills or requirements, therefore, does a successful landscape photographer need? An ability not to mind getting cold or wet is one that springs to immediately to mind, but a landscape photographer also has to understand how the weather and the seasons affect the landscape. 

Features Cartier-Bresson's famous text on "the decisive moment" as well as his observations on Moscow, Cuba, and China during turbulent times. These essays ring with the same immediacy and visual intensity that characterize his photography.

This spectacular book brings together the most beautiful, memorable and evocative pictures of Steve McCurry's extraordinary career. McCurry launched his career as a photojournalist when, disguised in native garb, he crossed the Pakistan border into Afghanistan thirty years ago. His remarkable coverage won him the Robert Capa Gold Medal, which is awarded to photographers who exhibit exceptional courage and enterprise. Famous also for his work in Southeast Asia, his photographs are beautiful, uplifting and affecting. 

Haight-Ashbury, London, New York--wherever a rock event was happening, Linda McCartney was there shooting, as this electrifying collection of never-before-published photographs testifies. Features more than 250 photographs, 32 in full color, of Jimi Hendrix, Mick Jagger, the Beatles, Steve Winwood, the Grateful Dead, and others. Introduction by Paul McCartney.

Robert Capa was primarily known for his black-and-white images. But after World War II he turned increasingly to color, fulfilling assignments for a variety of popular magazines such as Life and Holiday.

During the years 1941-1942, Ansel Adams was employed by the U.S. Department of the Interior to take a series of photographs in the Western national parks. These photographs were part of the Mural Project, a series of decorative murals created for the Department's new museum in Washington, D.C. at the request of Secretary of the Interior Harold Ickes.

Galen Rowell was the archetypal adventure photographer, his iconic images published in leading magazines and scores of books, exhibited in major galleries. This highly acclaimed volume includes more than 175 images representing all phases and dimensions of Rowell’s career.

One of the country's foremost nature photographers offers closeup techniques and covers exposure, equipment and composition along with special gear.

Originally intended as an examination of the rise and fall of the state hospital system, Abandoned America rapidly grew to encompass derelict factories and industrial sites, schools, churches, power plants, hospitals, prisons, military installations, hotels, resorts, homes, and more.

Eugene Atget roamed the streets with his bulky large format camera, systematically cataloguing turn-of-the-century Old Paris down to the very smallest details. 

Patterson sees the Earth in terms of shape, line and texture. His appreciation of natural landscapes translates instinctively into composition for striking photographs.

Tips on lenses, shutter speed, depth of field, and lighting are presented for professionals and experienced amateurs alike. This popular book has been revised and updated with a major revision to the films and filters material; films and filters mark the greatest advance in photography over the past few decades.

Everything you need for a better future and success has already been written. And guess what? All you have to do is go to the library.
— Henri Frederic Amiel