Picking the best books of the year is always a subjective process at best, but I can't help but think that the art and photography category is the most subjective of all. While this collection of twenty books definitely skews toward my own tastes and interests, I feel good about my top pick: Paul Nicklen's Born to Ice. The Baffin Island-born TED Talker and National Geographic photographer has put together a collection of photographs from his travels to both of this planet's poles, and the result is massive—both literally and figuratively. Nicklen's images of arctic and antarctic wilderness and wildlife somehow capture the scale and stark beauty of both environments, while revealing a world virtually unknown to anyone living between the (increasingly less) "Frigid Zones." The book is a treasure for naturalists, photography geeks, and armchair adventurers alike.
But Born to Ice is not the only arctic-oriented photography book in this list (see my comment above). Find another below, and see all of the Amazon Books editors' picks across 15 categories in the best books of 2018.
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