Based on the popular blog in which random people send in postcards with their deepest secrets scrawled on them, the hardcover PostSecret book ($17) is quite possibly the hippest coffee table book you can buy. The secrets and artwork on the postcards range from hilarious to downright morbid. The book collects the most popular secrets from the website and several that have never been seen before.
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.