I initially began this list as a compilation of books that I consider important to my intellectual and artistic development. It has expanded in scope to serve also as a bibliography to the topics I write about in the website.
Ansel Adams, The Negative.
_____, The Print.
Robert Adams, Beauty in Photography: Essays in Defense of Traditional Values. 1981
Marston Bates, The Forest and the Sea. 1960
Bates describes the analogous nutrient cycles of tropical rain forests and coral reefs. I encountered The Forest and the Sea my freshman year in college, shortly after having read, and been moved by, Rachael Carson's Silent Spring. Since I read Bates's book, 90% of the tropical forests then standing have been destroyed.
Hans Belting, The Germans and their Art, a Troublesome Relationship. 1998
_____, The Disappearing Masterpiece.
_____, Florence and Bagdad: Renaissance Art and Arab Science.
Susan Buck-Morss, The Dialects of Seeing. 1989
Richard Henry Dana, Two Years Before the Mast. 1840, 1869
I first began reading Two Years Before the Mast out of my childhood interest in sailing ships. What I encountered instead was an account of Mexican California prior to the gold rush. I was fascinated by Dana's descriptions of places with which I was familiar as they had been over a hundred years before. I subsequently came across an edition containing an introductory chapter by the author recounting a trip to San Francisco he made, perhaps 30 years after his youthful voyage along the California coast, in which Dana described the transformation of Alta California into a bustling metropolis.
Clarence Glacken, Traces on the Rhodian Shore. 1967
Mr. Glacken introduced his students to the study of the history of ideas. He team-taught, with Paul Wheatley, Geography 100A and 100B, the two semester upper division class in geographic thought required of all Berkeley Geography majors and those graduate students who came to Berkeley from other colleges and universities.
Had I not encountered these two individuals, from whom I took as many courses as I could, it is unlikely that I would have remained in school. The content of their classes and the intellectual breadth of their lectures and publications kept me in Berkeley and continue to inspire me.
Glacken taught and wrote about the relationship between culture and the environment. His book, Traces on the Rhodian Shore, is widely recognized as the most important environmental book written in the twentieth century.
Serge Guilbert, How New York Stole the Idea of Modern Art: Abstract Expressionism,. Freedom, and the Cold War. 1983
Susan Landauer, The San Francisco School of Abstract Expressionism. 1996
Erle Loran, Cezanne’s Composition: Analyses of His Form with Diagrams and Photographs of his Motifs. 1943
George Perkins Marsh, Man and Nature, or Physical Geography as Modified by Human Nature. 1864
Ravi Rajan, Adam Romero, Michael Watts, eds., Genealogies of Environmentalism: the Lost Works of Clarance Glacken. 2017
Edward Weston Books:
California and the West, Charis Wilson and Edward Weston.
Through Another Lens, Charis Wilson and Wendy Mador.
The Daybooks of Edward Weston.
The Cats of Wildcat Hill, Charis Wilson