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Well-Read: January 2021

By Bree Florence

Making a Photographer: The Early Works of Ansel Adams

Author: Rebecca Senf

This revolutionary dive into one of America’s most renowned photographers seeks to understand his artistic development and what came before his iconic frontier images. Dr. Rebecca Senf, chief curator of the Center for Creative Photography in Tucson, analyzes early moments in Ansel Adams’ career, such as his commercial work with Yosemite National Park, and his own recorded reflections. These experiences, often overlooked and overshadowed by his later, more publicly known photos, are integral to understanding his creative genius. ( $50

Flower: Exploring the World in Bloom

Author: Phaidon Editors, with an Introduction
by Anna Pavord

Following the international best-selling collection, “Plant: Exploring the Botanical World” (2015), this stunning collection of more than 300 images presents the artistry of flora depicted by history’s masters, such as Ansel Adams, Claude Monet and Leonardo da Vinci, as well as contemporary artists, including Yayoi Kusama and Alexander McQueen. Still-life paintings, photographs and scientific illustrations of flora from around the world are complemented by the history and meanings of both the artwork and the blossoms. A must-have for any flower aficionado. ( $60

Jones Studio Houses: Sensual Modernism

Author: Eddie Jones

Known for his design diversity and thoughtful integration of each structure’s needs, renowned Tempe-based architect Eddie Jones, AIA, has encapsulated his more than 40 years of professional experience in this elegant monograph. Explore the artistic inspiration behind some of his most breathtaking buildings, peruse the thoughtfully curated photos and sketches, or simply get to know Jones and his fascination with such materials as rammed earth and glass through the personal stories that are peppered throughout. “I have always been interested in architectural possibility,” he explains. “The range of form and material exploration resulting from four decades of private practice is thoughtfully represented by the inclusion of only 13 lucky projects.” (Preorder at $65

The Garden: Elements and Styles

Author: Toby Musgrave

Whether you’re an amateur green thumb or seasoned plant specialist, this alphabetized collection of over 200 architectural structures, landscape styles and garden ornaments allows you to explore different designs for every climate and space. More than 400 gardens ranging in aesthetics from Baroque to modern, historical and contemporary, and private and public, are brought to life in 500 stunning images. See artistic plantscapes from noted personalities such as Frida Khalo to emerging designers who are making everyday life a little greener. ( $70

Becoming a Designer of Distinction: What Design School Won’t Teach You

Author: Tabitha Evans

Award-winning interior designer and Arizona local Tabitha Evans brings her professional design knowledge to your home. With straightforward advice that cuts through the noise of mediocre decorating and DIY hacks, Evans’ guide is ideal for anyone ready to upgrade their interiors. Learn how to play to your own strengths, boost your creative individuality and turn your home into a space that is unique and personalized.   ( $25


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