Only 110 shopping days until Christmas

05 September 2015

Region: London

It’s never too early to start thinking about Christmas … 

Over the next few months, we’ll be posting ideas so that we can present Santa with a wish-list for the ultimate Christmas stocking.  We are assuming that the tangerine is already in the toe of the stocking, so our first recommendation is some camera-shaped chocolate, such as this one.  Having got the sweeties out of the way, we’ll now start on the serious stuff.

A good photography book is always a welcome present. Most of us spend so much time in front of electronic devices that picking up a real book is wonderfully refreshing.  And photography books are perfect for bookworms - the silky smoothness of the paper, the smell of newly printed ink and the feel of something solid in your hands – not to mention the delights of seeing some really cracking images. 

So our first suggestion is any of the books on the Telegraph’s ‘The best photography books out now’ list.  From David Bailey’s  Bailey’s East End at £75 to Bendandi’s Experimental Photography at £19.95, there’s something for every taste and budget.  But if you do prefer your books electronically, look no further than the ebook Chile from Within by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas.  This electronic version of her original 1991 book includes audio material and archival footage – all this for £8.95.

And don’t forget, if you love books, the Bookworm Club meets once a month.  Next meeting 9th September.

If you have a suggestion for the ultimate Christmas stocking, email us at London@rps.org and we’ll feature it in the run-up to the big day.