The New York Times Magazine Photographs, by Kathy Ryan

Why?

"While schlepping my portfolio from one meeting to the next I popped into a book store and flipped through this book. I was honestly astonished to see that some of the most renowned artists I’d been studying for years were included. You can imagine my enthusiasm when 3 weeks later I returned to NY for my first paid assignment, a week-long project for the New York Times Magazine. I brought this book home as a souvenir and reminder that all things are possible" 
- Holly Andres, Photographer