These were the most popular titles that TOP readers ordered through our Amazon links (see "Amazon Portal" at right) in Q1 2009. Note that this isn't an opinion or a qualitative judgment in any way (although naturally the list reflects books we featured): I just toted up the numbers and ranked them according to how many copies you purchased.
1. Eye Mind Spirit: The Enduring Legacy of Minor White by Peter Bunnell (Howard Greenberg Gallery). Far and away our #1 bestseller in Q1, which surprised me (although good on y'all for choosing a monograph and not a technical book for the #1 spot). Readers bought almost twice as many copies of this book as the #2 titles! (U.K. link.)
2. (tie) Light: Science and Magic: An Introduction to Photographic Lighting by Fil Hunter, Steven Biver, and Paul Fuqua (Focal Press). Geoff recommended this as the best introductory text to the theory of lighting. (U.K. link.)
4. Larry Burrows: Vietnam introduction by David Halberstam (Knopf). (U.K. link.) If you liked this, you'll want to know about the new and long-awaited Eddie Adams: Vietnam. (Not available yet in the U.K.)
5. Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Location Photography by Kirk Tuck (Amherst Media). (U.K. link.) And if you liked this one, you'll be happy to learn that the companion volume, Minimalist Lighting: Professional Techniques for Studio Photography, has just been published. (The difference is in those two little words in the titles, "location" and "studio.") The two together make a matched set. (The new book is not yet available in the U.K.)
6. The Hot Shoe Diaries: Big Light from Small Flashes by Joe McNally (New Riders). Based on the popularity of this one, I hope David Hobby is busy writing his own book.... (U.K. link)
7. (tie) (I know, two ties? But like I said, I just toted up the numbers.) Selling the Invisible: A Field Guide to Modern Marketing by Harry Beckwith (Business Plus). The only non-photography title on this list. Recommended in a guest posting about business books for photographers by Todd Sattersten.
7. (tie) In the Vernacular: Photography of the Everyday by Stacey McCarroll Cutshaw and Ross Barrett (University of Washington Press). The catalogue from a show of the Rodger Kingston Collection; Rodger wrote about the collection on TOP just a few days ago. (U.K. link.)
9. The 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in New York City by Amadou Diallo (Course Technology PTR). (U.K. link.)
10. TruthBeauty: Pictorialism and the Photograph as Art, 1845 -1945 by Alison Nordstrom (Douglas & McIntyre). (Not available new in the U.K.)
14. The $12 Million Stuffed Shark: The Curious Economics of Contemporary Art by Don Thompson (Palgrave Macmillan). I just got this one. (U.K. link.)
15. The Moment It Clicks: Photography secrets from one of the world's top shooters by Joe McNally (New Riders Press). The companion volume to no. 6. (U.K. link.)
16. The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 Book for Digital Photographers by Scott Kelby (New Riders Press). (U.K. link.)