Ravens, by Masahisa Fukase

Why?

"I originally discovered the 1991 American edition of Fukase’s masterpiece in a Barnes and Noble sale bin. At the time, I didn’t know a thing about the book, nor was I impressed by the book’s design. But as I paged though the book, I immediately knew I was in the presence of a singular project. For me, Raven’s is the single best photographic sequence I’ve ever encountered." 
- Alec Soth, Photographer


Sentimental Journey 1971 - 2017 - (Japanese and English Edition), by Nobuyoshi Araki

Why?

"I used to have some difficulty with understanding Araki's work of erotic bondage whenever I would randomly encounter his prints at those big photography fairs, until I saw this book. . . Without words, his photographs of her while they were having sex explained everything to me about all the work he made ever after. " 
- Mirjam Kooiman, Curator