HOMECOMING, by Don McCullin (St. Martin's, $30). Unlike some photographers who wait for the right amount of sunlight to shoot, photographer Don McCullin waits for the right lack of it. His grainy black-and-white pictures suit the English tenaments, industrial landscapes, factory workers and derelicts he photographs. McCullin has captured the dark side of the British working-class, although the cover of Homecoming, a wide-eyed Cambridgeshire man swallowing a rat whole, is rather more dramatic than the rest of the book. THREE SECONDS FROM ETERNITY, by Robert Doisneau (New York Graphic Society, $32.50). French photographer Robert Doisneau has snapped split-seconds of Parisian street life in this collection of black-and-white photographs spanning four decades. Whether depicting a lone couple dancing in a dark street or the carousing in a crowded bar, the shots are sensitive, fun and folksy. With his superb composition, Doisneau has caught the quirks and comedy of Paris and its people. HARRY CALLAHAM: Color, by Harry Callahan (Matrix Publications, $85). Better known for his black-and-white photography, the 68-year-old Callahan here presents his first book of color photographs, selected from almost 40 years of work. The shots, a melange of store fronts, neon lights, clapboard houses and other cityscapes are two-dimensional, emphasizing geometric blocks of color, rather than depth. It's a shame, though, that the doggerel in Callahan's test hardly complements the vividness of his photographs. THE GREEK WORLD, by Eliot Porter, text by Peter Levi (Dutton, $35). In 1979,. Eliot Porter became the first photographer to have a one-person exhibit of color photographs at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. After leafing through this collection, it is easy to understand why he was given that honor. Poet and scholar Peter Levi's essay on ancient Greece makes the sharp photos of the majestic ruins seem that much more alive. FIRST PHOTOGRAPHS: People, Places & Phenomena as Captured for the First Time by the Camera, by Gail Buckland (Macmillan, $24.95). Photographic historian Gail Buckland scoured archives all over the world, and the result -- a collection of nearly 300 firsts -- is fascinating. From the first photograph of a baby in the womb to that of the first baseball team, from the first electrocution to the first egg-laying, Buckland hasn't missed a shot. Even the first photographs of a soap bubble bursting and a rhinoceros charging are included. The book, filled with detailed and informative captions, deserves more than a casual leaf-through. THE WORLD AS IT WAS: A Photographic Portrait 1865-1921, edited and with text by Margaret Loke (Summit, $24.95). A stereograph is a pair of stereoscopic pictures -- pictures that when viewed through a device called a stereoscope make photographs look three-dimensional. This book contains the stereographs of the Keystone View Company, which went out of business in the 1930s, succumbing to the popularity of the movies. The surprisingly clear pictures present views of various countries during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Million of stereographs circulated in the years before newspaper photos, thus many of the pictures in this book were among the only images Americans saw of the world.