Here is what I've been reading recently:
Short Nights of the Shadow Catcher: the epic life and immortal photographs of Edward Curtis
I have been familiar with Curtis' work for some time, but I did not realize that it was essentially lost from view until two decades after the photographer's death when a huge cache of it was discovered in the basement of a Boston bookstore. Since then, of course, many new publications of the work have appeared such as Taschen's The North American Indian. Egan reports that ".... the value of all work by Curtis has steadily risen. A single photogravure of Chief Joseph, for example sold for $169,000 in 2010."
by Sonja Bullaty
Brassaï: letters to my parents
Brassaï's social skills served him well throughout his career, but his photographs made at night on the streets of Paris and in dimly lit interiors show him also to be a skillful and innovative technician. He seems to have done most of that work with a Voigtländer plate camera and whatever slow film was available at the time. He talks in the letters about planning to get a Leica, but I don't know if that was accomplished. He also talks of a darkroom and it seems likely he did his own processing and printing.