Pamela Hanson: TOP TEN BOOKS


London-born, New York City-based photographer Pamela Hanson began her career assisting Arthur Elgort in Paris, going on to capture the likes of Peggy Lipton, Gloria Steinem, Rosie Huntington-Whitely and Cindy Crawford for magazines including Vogue, Vanity Fair, and GQ. Hanson’s place as one of the first successful female fashion photographers is owed in part to the ideas behind the female gaze — as she told Artspace in 2012, “I think I established a relationship with the models that did not include any of the sexual stuff. It was and is a relationship of trust, because I am a girl myself and they can relate to me.” She has published two books: Girls in 2001, and Boys in 2006.

Below are Pamela Hanson’s favorite books, available to purchase as a set or individually.


The Year of Magical Thinking

Joan Didion
A poetic and honest view of a year of grieving, and surviving death of a loved one. Her writing really says it like it is, and brings comfort and honesty.
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Bonjour Tristesse

Françoise Sagan
I love adolescence and the adolescent mind. Written when she was 18, it’s romantic and so French. A coming of age and independence.
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Hold Still

Sally Mann
A photographer I admire who is also a great writer. I love the way she looks at, interprets, and experiences life. An inspiration.
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The Hare with Amber Eyes

Edmund de Waal
A true story, which I love. Edmund de Waal writes the story of his family and the destruction of it through WWII. It’s told through the history of a collection of Japanese netsuke miniature sculptures. A beautiful and moving story.
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Point to Point Navigation

Gore Vidal
A memoir. I love a memoir and a true story, and he is so smart and knows so much about so many things. Pure entertainment and education — an inspiration.
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A Little Life

Hana Yanagihara
A wonderful and long book about love and friendship that spans three decades, a lot of it in New York City. And I love the cover too!
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
A beautiful novel. I fell in love with the strength of the main character. It looks at racism and choices we make, and how it all pans out. It’s about race, relationships, politics… inspiring and moving.
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10% Happier

Dan Harris
‘Nightline' anchor Dan Harris has a full breakdown on national television which propels him to explore the worlds of spirituality. It’s light, honest, funny and relevant.
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Play It As It Lays

Joan Didion
Dreamy. She is just such a beautiful writer. California. Hollywood. She always tells it like it is, and transports me.
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Man’s Search for Meaning

Viktor Frankl
This book has helped me through a lot of life’s lessons. Focusing on Frankl’s experiences in a concentration camp, it is about survival, beautifully written, and makes so much sense.
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