Finding the right gift for a photography lover can be daunting. With thousands of products on the market, it can take hours of incessant scrolling and scouring the internet to nail down the perfect item. Save your time and avoid stress. We’ve arranged a comprehensive list of prints, books, and handy gear that any photographer, amateur or veteran, will adore.
Spanish Harlem: El Barrio in the 80s
A timeless classic that captures New York City’s Spanish Harlem through the lens of acclaimed photographer Joseph Rodríguez: a neighborhood at once gritty, tough, loud, and most importantly, rich in life. The 200-page volume is a look back at the community, injustices, and activism that defined El Barrio.
Galaxy S21 Ultra 5G
This Samsung smartphone is handy gear for photographers looking for high image resolution and easy accessibility. Equipped with a refined 108MP camera, its 8K video resolution, and 100x Space Zoom will make you want to leave the chunky DSLR at home.
*5G connection and availability may vary. Check with your carrier
La Tierra Mia: A Chicano Park Story
A collection of memories through photos and notes from contributors who have shared a connection to Chicano Park over the past 50 years. The national landmark, located in San Diego’s oldest Chicano neighborhood, is “tierra sagrada,” a site of resistance and cultural pride. San Diego native Bob Dominguez recovers this history with this invaluable archive.
Galaxy Tab S7 FE
A large display brings your content to life in brilliant color, whether indoors or outdoors, making this an excellent gift for photographers on the go. Its razor-sharp, 12.4-inch screen display, and expandable memory, combined with an enhanced S Pen, make editing photographs and viewing videos easy and enjoyable.
*Keyboard cover is sold separately.
Clare Vivier Fanny Pack
Fanny packs may be an on-trend style choice, but they’re also functional accessories to have at hand when snapping street photography. This Latina designer piece is just large enough to carry a lightweight film camera or a smartphone and is hand-woven in vibrant, posh colors.
Te Extraño Print
Spruce up a photo lover’s space with this limited-edition 20″x30″ poster print by internationally renowned fashion photographer Dorian Ulises López Macías. His decade-long documentary project Mexicano, an ode to the diverse beauty of his native Mexico, made him a household name domestically and abroad. Catch a rare chance to hang an original López print at home.
A time capsule of punk, queer, underground youth in Mexico City’s countercultural scene of the 80s. No other photographer at the time captured punk society with such intimacy and enthusiasm than L.A.-based, Mexico-born artist Rubén Ortiz-Torres, a punk rocker himself.
Oaxaca Camera Strap
Next up: A unique camera strap, handmade in Oaxaca, Mexico, from smooth Aniline leather and fine wool. The designs, woven in eye-catching hues, are originals of Indigenous Zapotec artisans and imported by Nena & Co, a small, U.S.-based company founded by Guatemalan-American, Ali Hynek.
This yearly publication elevates the work of BIPOC talent at the forefront of photography. Dating back to 1985 by the Nuyorican collective En Foco, Nueva Luz has served as a singular space for Latine photographers, who were often kept out of the limelight despite their talent.