Light in the Desert
Museum of New Mexico Press, $50
After being imprisoned in Afghanistan while on assignment in 1989, photographer Tony O'Brien found solace at the Benedictine monastery in New Mexico. He returned years later to do a story and became a practicing member of the community.
Living in a Modern Way
California Design, 1930-1965
Edited by Wendy Kaplan
MIT Press, $60
One of the first comprehensive examinations of California's Midcentury modern design, this book traces its origins to 1930s European emigrés including Richard Neutra, Rudolph Schindler and Kem Weber.
All the Paintings
Erich Lessing and Vincent Pomarède
Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, $75
All 3,022 paintings on display in the permanent painting collection of the Louvre are beautifully presented in full color. Includes a DVD.
The Male Nudes
George Platt Lynes
A collection of male nude photographs, many never before in print, from an important fashion photographer from the 1930s and 1940s.