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Color And Mastering for Digital Cinema
by Glenn Kennel

• Color Correction Handbook by Alexis Van Hurkman

• Color Correction Look Book by Alexis Van Hurkman

Colorist's Ten Commandments E-Book by Cullen Kelly

• Digital Video And HD: Algorithms & Interfaces by Charles Poynton

• If it's purple, someone's gonna die by Patti Bellantoni

• The Art & Technique of Digital Color Correction by Steve Hullfish


Advanced High Dynamic Range Imaging by Banterle, Artusi, Debattista & Chalmers

• (The) Art Of Color by Johannes Itten

• (The) Basic Law Of Color Theory by Harald L. Kueppers

Color Appearance Models by Marc D. Fairchild

Color Consciousness (direct link to free PDF) by Natalie Kalmus

Color Design Workbook by Sean Adams & Terry Lee Stone

Color For The Sciences by Jan Koenderink

Color Gamut Mapping by Ján Morovič

Color Mania by Lars Müller

Color Problems by Emily Noyes Vanderpoel

Color Reproduction in Electronic Imaging Systems by Michael Tooms

• Color Science And The Visual Arts by Roy S. Berns

Color Science: Concepts and Methods, Quantitative Data and Formulae, 2nd Edition by Wyszecki & Stiles

Computational Colour Science using MATLAB®, Second edition by Westland, Ripamonti & Cheung

Digital Color Imaging Handbook by Gaurav Sharma

Digital Color Management: Encoding Solutions, 2nd Edition by Giorgianni, Madden & Kriss

• Fundamentals Of Digital Image Processing
 by Anil K. Jain

• Magic & Miracles (SMPTE) 
by  Philip J. Cianci & SMPTE

Principles Of Color Technology by Roy S. Berns
Reproduction Of Color by Robert Hunt

• Tate: Colour - A Visual History by Alexandra Loske

Vision Science 
by Steve E. Palmer

PHOTOBOOKS & LINKS (for Look Inspirations):

American Squares by Leah Frances

The Democratic Forest by William Eggleston

Joe Greer Website

Good Morning, America by Mark Power

Modern Color by Fred Herzog
Polaroids by Helmut Newton

(The) Suffering Of Light by Alex Webb

West Land by Simon Nicoloso

ZZYZX by Gregory Halpern

•  Joel Sternfeld Website

VARIOS WHITEPAPERS (most of them are very technical, useful for understanding the math and science behind Colorgrading (Operators) and also for look design):

Color Appearance Models

CIECAM02 by Moroney, Fairchild, Hunt, et al

iCAM06 by Kuang, et al

Modeling Human Color Perception under Extended Luminance Levels by Kim, et al

Calibrated Image Appearance Reproduction by Reinhard, et al

ZCAM by Safdar, et al

CAM16 by Li, et al

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