Photo books are an archive, a repository of life observed and recorded. Photo books are physical, portable, tangible records of spans of time that, especially in the mayhem of today’s digital world, are essential for maintaining our collective memories of those spans of time.

In honor of International Women’s Day on March 8th, all the books I’ve chosen are by women.

About Leah Hennel

Leah Hennel is an award-winning photojournalist. A graduate of Southern Alberta Institute of Technology’s photojournalism program, she’s worked for more than 20 years for daily newspapers in Calgary. Her work has also appeared in publications around the world including the Globe and MailThe GuardianMaclean’sCanadian GeographicThe Narwhal, Getty Images, Reuters, and CBC. She has covered two Paralympic Winter Games, Sochi and Rio, and the PyeongChang 2018 Winter Games for Postmedia, and the Tokyo 2020 Summer Games and Beijing 2022 Winter Games for the Canadian Olympic Committee. Hennel has published two photography books: Along the Western Front and Alone Together: A Pandemic Photo Essay.