Something about the Southwest lends itself to great photography. Photographers talk in romantic terms about la luz, the light, but surely the allure of this part of the country can't wholly be explained by our light. I mean, New Jersey has light, doesn't it? And that's one of the ugliest places on Earth.
For whatever reason, photographers have flocked to the Southwest for the last 150 years to capture our landscapes in their mechanical eyes. Three new books have recently been released that explore varying aspects of this terrain through photographs. Are you looking for a last minute gift for a family member or friend who's a real pain in the bum to shop for? Consider purchasing one, or all three, of these especially cool books.