This had to be the best year for photo books. From Rolling Stone’s 50th Anniversary book to President Obama photographers have captured the essence of human life and crafted them into beautiful collections. Here are 12 photo books that made and impression on us this year:

Obama: An Intimate Portrait, Pete Souza

Prince: A Private View, Afshin Shahidi

Inside Studio 54, Mark Fleischman

52 Must-See Movies and Why They Matter, Jeremy Arnold and Robert Osborne


Why We March, Voices from the Women’s March

100 Photographs, Time Magazine

100 Best Celebrity Photos, People Magazine

NY in the Snow, Vivienne Gucwa

50 Years of New New York, New York Maazine

50 Years of Rolling Stone, Rolling Stone Magazine

Secret Marvels of the World, Lonely Planet

Detroit: The Dream is Now, Michel Arnaud




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