Sometimes I find it better to read about photographers than it is to view their photography. These are a couple of the books that I've read over the last couple of years. I'm still trying to find the big W Eugene Smith biography for a decent price. I recommend any of these books and you might want to check your library if you don't feel the need to own them. My library has cut back on their books and has stopped transferring a lot of art books outside of its central branch.