Are you wondering why some photographs work and why? I don't have the answer for you, but I can tell you where to find it: in a new book slated for publication in November. Its subtitle--52 Great Images, What Makes Them Special, Who Made Them, and Why--neatly summarizes what you'll find inside. The writer and photo editor is George Barr, who's an accomplished photographer in his own right.
George took special care to make sure the reproductions are all first-class and that the photographer's explanations of their photographs are insightful. I know because I'm one of the 52 photographers included in the book. The list price is $39.95 although, as usual, you can get it for less through online retailers. If you'd like to pre-order a copy, here's a link to Amazon U.S. Feel free to order elsewhere.
And for those who might be wondering, no, I'm not getting a dime out of this. I'm just excited about being a part of it. If you're starting to feel some excitement yourself, order today. Books like this tend to be gone before you know it