Freakin' Fantastic Gift for Photo Nerds, um, Historians
The History of Photography in Pen & Ink (abridged study guide) with illustrations by Charles Woodward hits all the high points of photo history 101. Originally produced for just that reason, Woodward started making the drawings to help him with his own 19th and 20th century photo history classes. The little book starts with an engraving from 1646 of Athanasius Kircher in a large portable camera obscura, then to Nadar's portrait of Charles Baudelaire, Weston's Cabbage Leaf, Lange's migrant workers and finishing with the Becher's Blast Funaces and one of Struth's Museum Photographs. It is funny, educational and affordable (only $10).