My book collection at school includes Robert Frank’s The Americans. It is extremely popular and allows students to discover the wonder of seeing images in printed form. My favourite aspect of this book is the grouping of images and the relationship from one image (or set of images) to the next. The historical context in many ways transcends the quality of the images. In terms of analysis, this book is a useful tool when inviting students to deconstruct images according to the formal elements.
The former is an interesting compilation of work by contemporary photographers from across the globe and has engaging and informative notes and quotes. The latter (Leiter) is wonderful for students as it demonstrates the link between content and technique in the pre-digital age. The presentation of this (quite small) book is also one which students connect with well. The last point that I like about the book is the strong impression left by Leiter's palette of colours which unifies the images, capturing a distinct period in time.
An appreciation of the importance of taking many photographs in order to realise a successful conclusion is shown amply by the book Hollywood: Frame by Frame (Karina Longworth) which investigates the contact sheets of some iconic photographs of the movie industry. For some students, there is sometimes a reluctance to make many photographs of one subject, event or person. This book shows very clearly the importance of taking lots of photographs and then the editing process that follows.
There area couple of websites which I regularly point students towards when considering options for their own work. I have listed them below with (very) brief notes:
http://www.art2day.co.uk – outstanding source for research and urgently needs our support. SPREAD THE WORD!
http://www.thisiscolossal.com – another site similar to art2day.
http://www.saatchiart.com – this one is about buying art but serves as another great resource.
http://www.cambridgeincolour.com – very good site for our more geeky students when studying photography.
http://www.panos.co.uk – a commercial photography agency with outstanding contributing photographers.