Books that Every Fine Art Photographer Must Read: The War of Art

Have you ever read a book that completely changed your outlook on business and life in general? I love reading, but let’s face it; there are so many books out there and we are all so busy, it’s hard to find time to sit down and read books. Not to mention, it’s so frustrating when you commit to reading a book and it is boring and not engaging. I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little guilty when I start reading a book and don’t finish it.

That being said, I decided to curate some of my favorite books that I believe are amazing reads and an absolute must for every photographer to read. It doesn’t matter if you do black and white landscape photography, newborn photography, or pop art; these books are essential for photographers who want to make it big in the fine art photography world.

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

This book is literally my personal bible, I love it not only as an fine art photographer but also as an entrepreneur. I’ve read it over 50 times and I often open it to get some inspiration. Steven Pressfield explains how resistance plays a huge role in keeping us from accomplishing our goals. This book is simply brilliant. A blunt yet engaging read for anyone looking to do something significant with their lives. The War of Art is one of those books that every human being should read at least once. Here is the book description from

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“A succinct, engaging, and practical guide for succeeding in any creative sphere, The War of Art is nothing less than Sun-Tzu for the soul. hat keeps so many of us from doing what we long to do? Why is there a naysayer within? How can we avoid the roadblocks of any creative endeavor—be it starting up a dream business venture, writing a novel, or painting a masterpiece? Bestselling novelist Steven Pressfield identif ies the enemy that every one of us must face, outlines a battle plan to conquer this internal foe, then pinpoints just how to achieve the greatest success. The War of Art emphasizes the resolve needed to recognize and overcome the obstacles of ambition and then effectively shows how to reach the highest level of creative discipline. Think of it as tough love . . . for yourself. Whether an artist, writer or business person, this simple, personal, and no-nonsense book will inspire you to seize the potential of your life.”


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