There are plenty of books which chronicle the history of photography, but Photography: The Whole Story, edited by Juliet Hacking (Prestel), is one of the best we’ve seen. What makes this concise, visual compendium unique are its images. Yes, the familiar classics are here, but a good number of the photos have not been widely anthologized. The book is also acutely sensitive to avant-garde influences—a fresh reminder of just how much of the medium was (and is) experimental. It’s a breathtaking digest from photography’s birth to the present— complete with a “Key Events” timeline for each entry. With over 1,000 images, it’s one of those reference books that’s hard to set aside. It will certainly lead readers to explore individual photographers and movements more deeply.