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Photography books explore life through the lenses of artists

“Self-Portraits” gathers Vivian Maier’s spontaneous and carefully framed photos of herself throughout her years of photography. (PowerHouse Books)
Using shop windows or mirrors, Maier composed each shot resulting in some unusual self-portraits. (Vivian Maier / PowerHouse Books)
Another self-portrait by Vivian Maier, demonstrating great consideration for composition. (Vivian Maier / PowerHouse Books)
Maier continued to shoot self-portraits throughout her life. This portrait, shot in later life, continues to display originality and quirkiness. (Vivian Maier / PowerHouse Books)
Elinor Carucci’s book, “Mother,” looks at the intimacy of life and family as Carucci turns the camera on herself and her children. (Prestel)
Carucci photographs her children growing up, as in this photo, “Love 2009.” (Elinor Carucci / Institute; Prestel)
“Pretty Much Everything” explores the bold, artistic photographs of Inez van Lamsweerde and Vinoodh Matadin. (Taschen)
Van Lamsweerde and Matadin’s photographs range from the subtle to the more provocative, as in this 1997 image, “The Widow (White).” (Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin / Taschen)
Lady Gaga’s 2011 photo for V Magazine displays some of van Lamsweerde and Matadin’s interest and work with Photoshop. (Inez van Lamsweerde & Vinoodh Matadin / Taschen)
Tyler Shields’ work in “The Dirty Side of Glamour” showcases the Los Angeles artist’s work in a variety of realms. (It Books)
Tyler Shields sometimes dances on the edge of decorum with his sexually suggestive photos. (Tyler Shields / It Books)
Shields also captures young Hollywood in unusual tableaux, as with this image of Emma Roberts. (Tyler Shields / It Books)
In this Shields photo, a chainsaw slices through an Hermès Birkin bag, a highly coveted fashion accessory well-known for its large price tag. (Tyler Shields / It Books)
A new retrospective captures 30 years of work from photographer Gregory Crewdson. (Gregory Crewdson / Rizzoli New York)
Crewdson’s work is typified by its carefully directed scenes. (Gregory Crewdson / Rizzoli New York)
Suburbia is a common backdrop of Crewdson’s photos, evoking a sense of mystery and tragedy. (Gregory Crewdson / Rizzoli New York)
The results of Crewdson’s work are a mix of the surreal and believable. (Gregory Crewdson / Rizzoli New York)