Enriching Our World with Photography and Coffee Table Books

We’re partial to words ourselves, but some subjects are just better in pictures. If you’re a photography enthusiast or just have an empty coffee table in need of a beautiful book, we’ve got a great list of photo books for you to skim through.

A Round Indiana: Round Barns in the Hoosier State, Second Edition

by John T. Hanou

A Round Indiana documents the 266 round barns identified in the history of Indiana, containing more than 300 modern and historical photographs alongside nearly 40 line drawings and plans. Author and award-winning photographer John T. Hanou combed through often-forgotten documents to tell the fascinating story of the farmers, builders, and architects who championed the innovative construction techniques.


A Place Called Turkey Run: A Celebration of Indiana’s Second State Park in Photographs and Words

by Daniel P. Shepardson

A Place Called Turkey Run captures the majesty and mystique of Indiana’s second state park in text and hundreds of full-color images. The work is organized into six distinct photo essays on the park’s beauty: sandstone; bluffs and canyons; flowing water; snow and ice; tall trees; and flowers, ferns, and fungi.

Make sure to check out its companion volume Photographing Turkey Run: A Guide to Nature Photography.


Purdue at 150: A Visual History of Student Life

by David M. Hovde, Adriana Harmeyer, Neal Harmeyer, and Sammie L. Morris

Purdue at 150 tells Purdue’s story through rare images, artifacts, and words. Authors culled decades of student papers, from scrapbooks, yearbooks, letters, and newspapers to historical photographs and memorabilia preserved in the Purdue University Libraries Virginia Kelly Karnes Archives and Special Collections.



Through Astronaut Eyes: Photographing Early Human Spaceflight

by Jennifer Levasseur

Featuring over seventy images from the heroic age of space exploration, Through Astronaut Eyes presents the story of how human daring along with technological ingenuity allowed people to see the Earth and stars as they never had before.


Memories of Life on the Farm: Through the Lens of Pioneer Photographer J. C. Allen

by Frederick Whitford and Neal Harmeyer

Memories of Life on the Farm contains over 900 picturesque images, most never-before-seen, of men, women, and children working on the farm, which remain powerful reminders of life in rural America at the turn of the twentieth century. The J. C. Allen photographs represent an historical account of the transition from pioneer practices to scientific methodologies in agriculture and rural communities.


Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family: A Photo History of Indiana’s Early County Extension Agents

by Frederick Whitford, Neal Harmeyer, and David M. Hovde

Enriching the Hoosier Farm Family captures the story of the state’s first Extension agents in archival photos and words, when Extension was an idea and county agents were folks who traveled muddy back roads visiting farmers day after day, year after year.

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