Give your shelves and coffee table some class with AP’s picks of the best landscape photography books, selected by Amy Davies.

Landscape has always been one of the most popular genres of photography, and it’s easy to see why. A good landscape photograph can be, and encompass many things, as the books on our list demonstrate beautifully. Be it the celebration of a place or particular feature – a spectacular mountain or peaceful lake – or the evocation of a moment, like a pitch-perfect sunrise or sudden snowstorm. Rural, or urban – devoid of people, or full of them. The world is you oyster if you’re looking to improve your landscape photography.

A great source of inspiration to take more and better landscapes is to look at the work of others; hence, we’ve compiled this list of some of the best landscape photography books to have passed our desks in recent years. Some of these collections include the work of several photographers, while others are by just a single artist. It doesn’t matter really – we just love seeing great landscapes!

If all this inspires to do some shooting for yourself, check out our guide to the best lenses for landscape photography.

Featured image: St Michael’s Mount, Cornwall, England – from The Art of Landscape Photography

Best landscape photography books

Landscape by Jeremy Walker

2020, RRP £45, Self-published, hardback, 232 pages

landscape by jeremy walker, best landscape photography books

Regular readers will already be aware of the stunning work of landscape pro Jeremy Walker. His debut book, published in 2020, takes a look at some of the UK’s lesser-known hidden gems found hidden away from the more obvious landscape destinations.

It also explores some of Britain’s sometimes rocky history, through the ruins of once-impressive castles and abbeys. Presented here are dramatic landscapes, atmospheric weather conditions and if nothing else, a checklist of potential getaway locations for your next photography trip. It’s also got a foreword by AP editor Nigel Atherton.

Rocky steep coast with old stone buildings, dark and moody long exposure photograph of the waves hittng the rocks.from Jeremy Walker’s Landscape book
One of the stunning images from Jeremy Walker’s Landscape book

Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 15

2022, RRP £35, Ilex Press, hardback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9781781578650

Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 15 book front cover

The annual Landscape Photographer of the Year competition is one of the highlights of the photographer’s calendar, and the 2022 crop produced some absolutely spectacular imagery. The full collection from the competition’s 15th year would make a tasteful addition to any coffee table, and is the ideal source of inspiration for anyone looking to remind themselves of the incredible landscape possibilities in the UK alone.

The competition, founded by avid landscape shooter Charlie Waite, was won that year by first-time entrant Will Davies – a reminder that you don’t have to be a seasoned shooter to make a great showing in LPOTY. You can read our full interview with LPOTY winner Will Davies, and see a few of the winning 2022 LPOTY entries. But really, wouldn’t you rather have them in glorious printed form, to be admired and shared from the comfort of your sofa? So we thought…

Landscape Photographer of the Year 2022 winner Will Davies image of Brecon Beacons National Park in Wales, from snowy, misty mountains far in the background the landscape transitions to frosty fields then to illuminated sunny land
Brecon In Winter. Location: Brecon Beacons National Park, Wales. Canon EOS 5DSR, EF 70-200mm f/4L. Photo credit: Will Davies

Chasing Light by Stefan Forster

2022, RRP £40, Teneues, hardback, 240 pages, ISBN: 9783961713837

Chasing Light by Stefan Forster, book cover

For their sheer diversity of locations, pick up one of Stefan Forster’s books. Every year, the Swiss photographer spends six months travelling the world, and leading a number of workshops to the planet’s most beautiful and remote places. Much of the time he spends in Iceland, his adopted second home.

In Chasing Light, his latest volume, we can see some of Stefan’s most beautiful experiences to date, shown from a variety of impressive perspectives. This tome is a potential classic in the making and a masterclass in how straightforward landscape imagery should be done.

Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia – from Chasing Light by Stefan Forster, Two full double rainbow arches in the desert
Namib Naukluft National Park, Namibia – from Chasing Light landscape photography books by Stefan Forster

The Art of Landscape Photography by Mark Bauer and Ross Hoddinott

2022, RRP $26.95 / £13.99, Ammonite Press, softback, 192 pages, ISBN 9781781454480

the art of landscape photography - best photography books The Art of Landscape Photography by Mark Bauer and Ross Hoddinott

If you’re keen to learn more about great landscape photography, then you’ve got not one, but two industry pros on hand here to go beyond the basics and look at the heart and soul of landscape photography – composition and aesthetic design to convey meaning and emotion. With numerous examples, as well as in-depth technical detail, this is one to really pore over to improve your skills.

Stone Age: Ancient Castles of Europe by Frédéric Chaubin

2021, RRP £35.85, Taschen, hardback, 412 pages, ISBN: 9783836585019

best landscape photography books, Stone Age: Ancient Castles of Europe by Frédéric Chaubin

Castles are a classic mainstay of landscape photography. If they’re your thing too, then this book – which spans Europe and includes more than 200 buildings in 21 countries – is likely to be manna from Heaven. What’s more, the images (like the one below) were shot on film with a Linhof view camera, so they’re not quite the same as your average picture-postcard travelogue. Again, you could quite easily use this as a checklist to help you plan your next landscape expedition.

Stone Age: Ancient Castles of Europe by Frédéric Chaubin
Castles are a classic choice for landscape photographers

Don McCullin: The Landscape

2018, RRP $64 / £48, Jonathan Cape, hardback, 184 pages, ISBN: 9781787330429

the landscape photogrraphy book by don mccullin

While best known as a documentary photographer of some of the most harrowing conflicts of the post-war 20th century, Don McCullin is also an accomplished landscape shooter and darkroom master. In this inspiring collection he captures the dark, brooding mystery of the west country in winter, notably the Somerset Levels.

A tough Londoner by birth, McCullin’s country roots run deep – he first came to Somerset as an evacuee in the war and has lived near Bruton there for many years. There are also scenes from farther-flung locations, such as Syria and India. Wherever he shoots, McCullin’s composition is dramatic and arresting, and the darkroom toning utterly breathtaking.

Ansel Adams 400 Photographs

2007, RRP $29.99/£30, Little, Brown & Company, hardback, 432 pages, ISBN: 9780316117722

photography book, Ansel Adams 400 Photographs

No collection of landscape photography books would be complete without a mention of the original master, Ansel Adams. This book from 2007 is a comprehensive overview of the legendary photographer’s stunning work, published in a beautiful volume. With an RRP of £30 (and generally available at a cheaper price) it’s an absolute bargain, and likely, if you buy just one book from our list – this should probably be it.

Sirens by Rachael Talibart

2018, prices vary, Triplekite Publishing, hardback, 64 pages, ISBN: 9780993258992

sirens by rachael talibart, photography book

One of the best contemporary landscape photographers working today, you would be hard-pushed to find a brand new copy of any of Rachael Talibart’s books – which is a testament to how popular they are. You should be able to find second-hand copies of Sirens, however, which showcases her critically acclaimed seascape and wave work – the monstrous waves being named after mythological beings. Beautiful and considered work, this would be a fantastic addition to any budding landscape photographer’s shelf.

Landscape Photographer of the Year: Collection 14

2021, RRP $40/£30, Ilex Press, hardback, 224 pages, ISBN: 9781781578155

landscape photographer of the year collection 14 photography books cover

The Landscape Photographer of the Year competition has been running for a fair few iterations now, and if you’re looking for more landscape inspiration, the previous years’ collections are just as spectacular as the latest. The 2021 competition was the award’s 14th year – you can see all the 2021 LPOTY winners here – and includes some absolute gems.

The winner in 2021 was Mara Leite, whose image ‘Morning at Countryside’, taken in West Sussex, netted her a cool £10,000. If you fancy a shot at that, then picking up the collection is a great way to familiarise yourself with the kinds of images that impress Charlie Waite and the other competition judges.

This gorgeous image by Tomasz Rojek features in the LPOTY Collection 14 book.
This gorgeous image by Tomasz Rojek features in the LPOTY Collection 14 book.

Classic landscape photography books

Our recommended selection of definitive landscape books

Earth from Above by Yann Arthus-Bertrand

2017 (originally published in 1999), £58, Abrams, 440 pages, ISBN: 9781419722844

First published over 20 years ago, this gorgeous book has sold more than three million copies worldwide. Aerial images from multiple journeys across five continents and 60 countries provide a comprehensive survey of the Earth from a spectacular vantage point – and from a time before drones made it more commonplace. In the newer edition, over 100 new pictures are included, as well as essays from leading experts and environmentalists.


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Land by Fay Godwin

1985, Prices vary, William Heinemann Ltd, 160 pages, ISBN: 9780434303052

Arguably one of the most essential purchases for anybody interested in British landscape photography, this beautiful collection of black & white imagery covers a good breadth of the country. The pictures are subtle and lovingly printed, and anybody who finds one second-hand is unlikely to be disappointed.


Light and the Art of Landscape Photography by Joe Cornish

2003, Amphoto, Prices vary, ISBN: 9780817441524

Joe Cornish is one of the UK’s most well-known and popular landscape photographers, and this almost 20-year-old book gives an insight into his creative genius. Featuring 150 fantastic images, alongside his valuable insights on how the picture came to be made, plus technical info and the thought processes and creative inspirations behind each image.


Cape Light: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz book cover

Cape Light: Photographs by Joel Meyerowitz

2015 (originally published 1979), Prices vary, Aperture, 112 pages, ISBN: 9781597113397

Although currently out of print, this exquisite selection of photographs is widely regarded as one of the most influential and popular photography books, particularly as it was unusual at the time for its use of colour. Whether you can get your hands on an original print, or the 2015 re-edition, you’ll find a masterful array of captivating shots.

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