Everyone has a favorite, and many stores let you in on their choices, but the titles are invariably recent and always in print. But what of the titles that still hold a high ranking in a person's memory years after it's gone out of print, books that hold sway over you 500 titles later? This is a list of staff favorites. Most are in print, some aren't. That is one of the pleasures of visiting -- or working in -- a used book store: the serendipity of finding something you didn't expect, being able to randomly leaf through a book and being pulled into its world and ideas. In keeping with that thought, the books listed below are in no particular order so they can browsed at your leisure, but if you want to want to see the list in a more orderly fashion click here.
A Life in Photography by Edward Steichen. Steichen did everything brilliantly, shot every subject area and used every photographic process, as he pioneered and refined a distinctive style, only to abandon it in favor of something even more creative. Worth it just for the anecdotes about shooting the famous and powerful or for his insights into working with Alfred Steiglitz to change the way people looked at photography as art, but if more closely read is as instructive as any book of photographic theory.