I bought this book on Amazon recently and found it really informative and inspiring:
Fashion and Advertising (World’s Top Photographers Workshops). There’s some beautiful images from photographers like Alexi Lubimorski, Warren Du Preez and Nick Thornton Jones, Solve Sundsbo, Richard Bush etc. It’s mostly fashion based but there’s some strong beauty and still life in there as well. The interviews with the photographers are invaluable and they’re not precious about sharing their information going as far as to reveal their lighting setups.
Also invaluable are the interviews with the photographers about their career, their relationships with clients and magazines, their methods and how each shoot developed from conceptual phase right through production, post and on to publication.
The book was published in 2007 and is available from the usual online retailers but i remember seeing it in the bookstore in the National Portrait Gallery when i went to see the Vanity Fair exhibition recently.