Sure, we’ve all seen here and there, different places around the globe — but never have we had such a complete collection that encompasses every non-important landmark from the American ‘70s. Uncommon Places by Stephen Shore ($32) is a celebration of mankind’s accomplishments from before we could send news round the world in a minute. Okay, so not really — but it is a great collection of photos from a dude that hung out with Andy Warhol — and that’s good enough for us.
In this age of megapixel-hungry amateur photographers running amok with digital SLRs, it’s nice to remember that photography isn’t about the medium — it’s about the subject and composition. A great reminder of this is The Polaroid Book ($40). A collection of terrific work (shot on Polaroid film) from some of the world’s most well-renowned artists, this book helps remind this Uncrate staffer why I still have a Polaroid laying around the studio.