Or, "Dang I'm Old," Part II.
You might want to know that Eyes Wide Open! 100 Years of Leica Photography has finally been published and is shipping. I haven't seen this one yet, but these books are generally very pleasurable—tasty and fun, guilty pleasures, like chocolates to a person with a sweet tooth or catnip to cats. (Here's the UK link. They're almost out.)
How would I know if I haven't even seen it? Because I have the one commemorating the 75th anniversary, from 25 years ago.
These books are generally treats, not meals, and they're sometimes scorned for not being coherent and deeply serious. But I have plenty of books like that, and I like photographic bon-bons. So sue me.
Another really great one along these lines—a collection of mostly Leica photography, in unserious box-o'-chocolate format to overwhelm that sweet tooth—is In Our Time: The World As Seen by Magnum Photographers. Yes, it's a collection, a compendium, and doesn't make complete, coherent arguments in picture essays. But as a chocolate box it sure has a lot of insanely great photographs all in one place. Fun to look through and savor. Maybe not all at once.
(Thanks to Robert Edelman)
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Ned: "Mine came in last week, still unopened like my new copy of The Decisive Moment [which I'm amazed to learn is already out of print. Or at least between printings. —Ed.]. Just like a Lecia fan to buy something and not open it!"
Norm Snyder: "I got mine a few days ago, and rather than sitting down and browsing, I put it on a bookstand I got along with a copy of the 'compact' version of Sumo. I turn one or two pages a day, stopping sometimes as I pass the hall table on which it rests, to read and enjoy the photographs (many of which are like visiting old friends). It will take considerable time to finish it this way, but I've found this an enjoyable way of slowly absorbing the content. It is like a box of chocolates, in a way...and I'll admit to having sweet tooth."
Mike replies: I (highly) approve. I love "reading" photobooks that way.