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The Best Coffee Table Books for Photographers  

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List Rules Vote up the coffee table books every photographer or photography lover should own.

Whether you're a photographer yourself or are just looking to liven up your coffee table, you've come to the right place! Here, you can check out some of the best photography coffee table books on the market. These stunning books are packed full of gorgeous pictures that make it abundantly clear how some of the most famous photographers of the past few decades became household names. 

From history of photography books to compilations of famous magazine photography, there's something for everyone here. These books can be excellent inspiration to develop your own skills behind the camera, as they go into the deeper details of photography as an art form.  Fear not if you don't fancy yourself the next Annie Leibovitz, however, for you'll also find books about lighter topics like dogsbeaches, and nature.

Be sure to cast a vote for your favorites as you feast your eyes on  these gorgeous books! 

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Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 200... is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Coffee Table Books for Photographers
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Explore a collection of artistic portraits by of one of our era's most renowned photographers with Annie Leibovitz: Portraits 2005-2016.

Author: Annie Leibovitz, ‎ Alexandra Fuller

First Published: October 25, 2017

The National Parks: America... is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Coffee Table Books for Photographers
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The National Parks: America's Best Idea explores both the beauty and history of some of the most beautiful national parks in the United States.

Author: Dayton Duncan, Ken Burns

First Published: September 8, 2009

Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Coffee Table Books for Photographers
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Ansel Adams: 400 Photographs features a collection highlight pieces from each era of the photographer's career, ranging from 1916 through the 1960s. 

Author: Ansel Adams and Andrea G. Stillman

First Published: October 29, 2007

Humans of New York is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Coffee Table Books for Photographers
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Based on the popular blog by photographer Brandon Stanton, Humans of New York captures the spirit of New York City via the images and stories of its citizens. 

Author: Brandon Stanton

First Published: October 15, 2013