Eye candy and inspiration, these books make me happy and I frequently find myself looking through them.
  1. Music by Deborah Feingold
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    The best portrait photographer out there and the one who inspired me from a young age to go to school for photography. She's my uncle's best friend and watching her career as she has shot everyone from Madonna, Mick Jagger, Prince, Keith Richards, Chet Baker, James Brown, Joey Ramone, and everyone else you can imagine (including Obama!) is pretty incredible. She has the ability to bring that something out of everyone. This book is just a small collection of some of the musical greats.
  2. Mary Ellen Mark: An American Odyssey 1963-1999
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    Mark was such an incredible photographer and her powerful images have a documentary feel to them. Her subjects have a way of making you feel something as she's always able to capture a depth you didn't know was there. Sadly, she died in May of this year.
  3. New York City Transit Authority Graphics Standards Manual
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    The NYC Transit Authority hired Massimo Vignelli and Bob Noorda in 1967 to design a system of signage to help solve the mess that was the NYC subway system of that time. They finished the manual in 1970 and it changed everything. The graphics are a piece of design history and just last year, 2 guys reproduced the manual for people to buy letting it never be forgotten. It's fascinating.
  4. Eames: Beautiful Details by Eames Demetrios
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    The design world wouldn't be the same without Charles and Ray Eames and this book celebrates aspects of their career. The white book on the bottom slides into the colorful sleeve on the top.
  5. Julius Shulman Modernism Rediscovered
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    Shulman was one of the most well-known architectural photographers in the Modernist movement. This book looks at many of the photos that were lost along the way and compiles some of the best examples of California architecture.
  6. Swissted: Vintage Rock Posters Remixed and Reimagined by Mike Joyce
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    Mike Joyce is an incredible designer that completely reinvented ordinary rock posters. He applied his graphic design skills to music and has been cranking them out for years. This book features 200 of them and you can even tear them out and hang them. From Blondie, Pixies, Black Flag, Beastie Boys, David Bowie, Iggy Pop, to more recent bands.