Before working on this year’s top 10 list, I decided to review my previous lists from 2009, 2010 and 2011. It is interesting to see how different themes emerge. Last year, for example, was the year of crime stories. 2012 seems to be the year for looking back. While only one of my selections is a reprint, six of the others were made by photographers digging through their archives.
Needless to say, a top 10 list is as much about the list maker as it is about anything else. At the end of last year, in a post entitled Moving Forward, Looking Back, I wrote “So as the year comes to a close, I’m looking at my old photographs and Robert Adams books and thinking about time.” I guess it shouldn’t come as a surprise that in the last year I published a book of my old photos and made a video homage to Robert Adams.
So take the list below mostly as a reflection of my own interests. If anything, I hope it prompts readers to make their own list. So tell me, what were your favorite books of 2012?
Pictures and Text by Juergen Teller (Steidl)
A case study in the potential of photographers writing alongside their pictures. Teller’s naturally gifted prose is as sweet as his pictures are crude. The result is laugh-out-loud funny and strangely moving.
Out to Lunch by Ari Marcopoulus (PPP Editions)
A brilliantly crafted mess of pictures, posters, stickers (and a screenplay!) makes we want to throw away all of my belongings, move to New York and become a graffiti artist.
On the Mines by David Goldblatt and Nadine Gordimer (Steidl)
The genius of Goldblatt’s original book from 1973 is the expansive view achieved by inclusion of three distinct documentary approaches alongside texts by both Gordimer and Goldblatt. This gorgeously updated version (which includes new images and texts) achieves Goldblatt’s goal to “expand the view but not to alter the sense of things”.
Elementary Calculus by J. Carrier (MACK)
With the never-ending tide of media bombast coming out of Israel and the West Bank, what a relief to spend time with this understated book and quietly reflect on migration, exile and the longing for connection.
The Afronauts by Cristina de Middel (self-published)
In the thrilling, DIY world of self-publishing, almost anything seems possible. With The Afronauts, Christina de Middel shot for the moon and made the most coveted photobook of the year.
Life’s A Beach by Martin Parr (Aperture / Xavier Barral)
A joyous celebration of fleshy human foibles presented as a photo album. In both form and content, Life’s A Beach might just be Parr’s masterpiece.
American Portraits 1979-1989 by Leon Borensztein (Nazraeli) & Rodeo Drive, 1984 by Anthony Hernandez (MACK)
I’m cheating here, but these two books of pictures from the 1980’s work perfectly together. Where Hernandez’s street photos indulge in Regan-era conspicuous consumption, Borensztein ventures into the living rooms of working class American hoping for their own slice of nobility.
Summertime by Mark Steinmetz (Nazraeli)
Another book of pictures from the 1980’s, Steinmetz is as wide-eyed and lusty for contact as a teenager as he prowls the American summer. Pretty much any book by Steinmetz is guaranteed a spot on my top 10 list.
Jeddah Diary by Olivia Arthur (Fishbar)
How do you photograph the lives of Saudi women if you cannot show their faces? Using this restriction to her advantage, Olivia Arthur beautifully evokes the desire for exposure and loneliness of concealment.
Lick Creek Line by Ron Jude (MACK)
Flipping the pages of Lick Creek Line is like following footprints in fresh snow. The narrative is so quiet it is easy to get lost. But every now and then a branch snaps and you find yourself back on Jude’s mysterious and somber trail home to Idaho.
45 Replies to “Top 10+ photobooks of 2012 by Alec Soth”
Very nice list. Lists are fun. Lists over time are very informative.
Long live lists!
nice, very nice list alec! :))
but with this reservation (via Martin P himself):
could Life’s A Beach be Parr’s masterpiece if he’s over 40??? ;)))))))….hahahahaha…maybe Martin will rescind his earlier edict about at which great photobooks are made….and btw, i too think it is great..
as well as 2 of my faves, you’ve mentioned:
Afronauts and Elementary Calculus (a riff on Houellebecq?) ;))
that should be at which AGE great books are made…sorry alec, been away for a while…
Henri Cartier-Bresson was 44 when “Images à la Sauvette / The Decisive Moment” was published. So I don’t know where this 40 years limit comes from. Maybe from mixing art and aesthetics (that we could roughly define as the corpus of discourses including historical analysis about art): it is true that through the lens of aesthetics two of the key factors of apreciation are the inovation /invention process and its impact on art (criteriums that are used and necessary also for art market purposes like vintage prints or first editions). The first born wins all. But art is a different animal and we can appreciate work not because it is groudbreaking for the art world but for what it tells us on a personal level.
That what I am surprised to read here and there on some other blogs that some photobooks should be rejected because the work they present is made by artist already known for a while like Moriyama, Kitajima or … Parr. “Life is a Beach” is a great photobook not in the way it is built (it has been done) or by the pictures (they had already been published) but because this design adds to the meaning of the collection of work it presents and also because it brings together two faces of Martin Parr: the photographer and the collector / historian of photography. It is also great because it is a fun reading (if you think about the expense, especially for us in France where the price tag for pre sale was 150€ against 150$ for the Aperture Edition …; who said France was not thriving ?).
Anyway this is petty talk in the face of the tragic events of the end of last week and although it seems difficult, I wish you all the best for the Holiday Season,
Some listmakers are more interesting than others.
Great list, good to see Afronauts and Jeddah Diary on there, 2 of my favourites!!
I’m going to have to add Elementary Calc. And life’s a beach to my Christmas wishlist.
Great list. :) I really do love this time of year. You’ve mentioned some favorites of mine as well. Definitely Cristina de Middel and I do also love Ron Jude’s book.
Another favorite for me is Aymeric Fouquez – Nord published by Kodoji press, though I think it was released last year…
This year a Dutch list and a wonderful German French booklet:
“Kemal’s Dream” by Ahmet Polat
“Concresco” by David Galjaard
“American Testimony” by Peter Martens
“You can keep Tomorrow” by Ester Grass Vergara
“My Men” by Iztok Klancar
“Reprinting the City” by Stephan Keppel
“Characters of Jante” by Ursula Jernberg
“Touch” by Peter Dekens
“Heaven” by Paul Kooiker
“Roxanne” by Viviane Sassen
And “hors concours” the catalogue published by Galerie Kicken, Berlin and Galerie Françoise Paviot, Paris on The Senichi Kimura Collection
My favorite this year is Neue Welt by Tillmans.
I made a list with my favorite digital photobooks here http://thedigitalphotobook.blogspot.se/2012/11/top-digital-photobooks.html
Wow great list thanks so much. I just wish I could get a copy of The Afronauts.
The Afronauts was difficult for me to track down two months ago. I couldn’t locate a copy anywhere. My last effort was contacting the author who had a couple of copies still tucked away. Thanks again Cristina one of my best purchases of 2012.
Thanks for the great List Alec . I happen to have most of the books on the list….my favorites for this year are:
Roxanne by Viviane Sassen
Here far away by Pentti Sammallahti
American portraits by leon Borensztein
Photo Express Toyko by Keizo Kitajima
City diary by Anders petersen
Jeddah diary by Olivia Arthur
Looking for love 1996 by Alec Soth ( thanks for the signed copy Alec )
AMA by Nina Poppe
It is so great to see J get the attention he deserves. He has come so far so fast, its been great to watch him develop.
Hello Mr Soth!
I like all the books mentioned in your list, and I would add these books :
The Reprint of Fushikaden by Issei Suda / Nagasiwa publishing : with a new editing and 38 new images. As beautiful as the 2008 reprint of ravens by Masahisa fukase.
Ik Ben Jou by Milou Abel / self published : winner of the Kassel dummy book award. The saddest portrait I’ve ever seen, with a very clever editing.
Guardian of time by Stephane Duroy / Only photography : Roland Angst makes the best monographies ever. An autumnal book.
Lebensmittel by Michael Schmidt / Snoeck publishing : Michael Schmidt is my Mark steinmetz…
America by Zoe strauss / Ammo publishing : A photographer I’ve discovered this year, thanks to you! This book was published in 2008, I’m cheating, I know.
Sorry for my english…but I’m french! so…
I lent Lebensmittel to a friend while I was making my list…It might have otherwise been on there. I have the Duroy book. Really beautiful.
Goodevening Mr Soth and first of all congratulations for your work and excuse me for my bad english.
your list is very interesting and there are 2-3 books I don’t know at all.
My personal best this year is Afronauts of Cristina de Middel, I found it this summer and now I know I have been very lucky to find a copy, it seems like this book has never been on sell.
Other very good books, but a lower level than Afronauts are these:
Anne Golaz – Metsasta
Champassak – The father of pop dance
Luigi Ghirri – Projects Prints
Pentti Sammallahti – Here far away
Gerry Johansson – Oglunda
Paul Graham – The present
Anouk Kruithof – A head with wings
Rafal Milach – In the car with (marvellous photobook)
Nakahira – Circulation, Date, Place, events
Daido Moriyama – Journey to something
Here I found many precious advices, thank you to everybody!
Best wishes Mr Soth
Thanks for all the great recommendations. Lot’s of stuff to look into. Here are a couple more lists:
We made lists – http://blog.fourteen-nineteen.com/
Among my favorites of 2012 are Coexistence by Stephen Gill, House of Coates, Anima by Charlotte Dumas, A New American Picture, Heaven by Paul Kooiker and Off the shelf by Hans van der Meer. The book I wanted to put on my list is The Christmas Tree Bucket by Trent Parke, but to my regret it is delayed by Steidl month after month. The full list is here: http://bpeters.tumblr.com/post/37053385731/top-10-photo-books-2012.
Coexistence really should have been on my list. It was between that and On The Mines…an almost impossible choice, but I went with the legend. Gill will be seen as a legend in the future.
interesting list but always the same books…
seriously, do people really go in bookshops to see books in real ? or do they only copy and paste the references they saw on the web ?
I actually think there is a lot of variety in the selections. But just like year-end lists for movies, albums and everything else, there is generally a clustering of consensus. Look at the variety of last year’s lists as gathered by Eyecurious: http://www.eyecurious.com/photobooks-2011-and-the-winner-is/
Harold Feinstein : A Retrospective published by Nazraeli Press.
I’m a relative photobook virgin, and – honestly, I can’t really justify spending as much $$$ as I’d like to on them (I have less than a dozen total, from any year). Unfortunately my wife is not too interested in photography, and she seems to think that buying food for our kids is more important. What I do like about these lists though is that they induce me into daydreaming about having a large bookshelf full of interesting photobooks. Hey, I know! I’m in MN Alec, you should start a bricks and mortar LBM photobook library! :)
Hi Matt, I totally agree that there needs to be more library access. Places like ICP and George Eastman House have good libraries. I love the idea of an LBM library, but I’d need some a pro-bono librarian.
Yeah – mostly just wishful thinking. Dang-nab-it…the devil is *always* in the details.
Pardon, I forgot other good book in my list:
Ryan Foerster – Ryan Foerster (Hassla)
Guy Tillim – Second Nature
Beata Szparagowska – Hide & Seek
thanks for you nice selection.
Here is, not our favorite, but our only (and first) published book for this year, about sleepers around the world.
We hope you could have a look.
all the best for 2013.
Did you know Australian photographer Rennie Ellis published a title ‘Life’s a Beach’ in the 1970’s or early 80’s
with regards to Martin Parr’s title of the same name?
My Taiwan Photobook list of 2012 are as follows:
A Taiwanese come from Netherlands, the photographs collection of Rev. Pierrot
Folkways of Taiwan from 1954 to 1984 through the eyes of Rev. Pierrot
2. 靜山攝影遺珍 – photographys collections of Photographer Long Chin-San
Female Image Writing-Lulu Shur-tzy Hou’s Photography Work(1989-2009)
4. 回溯故鄉「歷史圖像」 吳金榮
the photographs collections of photographer Wu Jin-Rong
eautiful Boys in Taipei, street Protrait – photographer Jozy Chen
6. The world’s First Gilmpse of Formas, UK photographer John Thomson
玻光流影-John Thomason 世紀影像展
The Remnant Vision&mdash, Photographer Chen Shun-Chu
8. ‘Lives of the Hakka Village – A History in Photos’
客庄生活影像故事- six Taiwan Hakka photographers
impression before never see – photographer Ko Si-Chi, photographs collections
10 屏東縣排灣族民族誌影像圖錄 1957-1958 -任先民
Ethnographic images among the Paiwan, ping tung county 1957-1958,
photographer Jen Sen-Ming
This photobook list of Taiwan is belonging to myself bias. : )
There are too many wonderful photobooks in Taiwan. When you stayed in Taipei, Taiwan, please don’t forget to pick up some photobooks back to your home.
My top 12 :
Paul Schiek : Dead Men Don’t Look Like Me (TBW Books, 2012)
Arianna Arcara & Luca Santese : Found Photo in Detroit (Cesura Publish, 2012)
Sébastien Girard : Strip-o-gram (2012)
Zoé Beausire : Rosette, Mauricette et Roby (Kominek Book, 2012)
Collected Shadows (Archive of Modern Conflict, 2012)
Keizo Kitajima : USSR 1991 (Little Big Man, 2012)
Issei Suda : Fushikaden (Aiko Nagasawa, 2012)
Tiane Doan na Champassak : The Father of Pop Dance (2012)
Yann Morvan & Kizo : Gangs Story (La Manufacture de Livres, 2012)
Keizo Kitajima : Isolated Places (Rat Hole Gallery, 2012)
Kalev Erickson / Alan Ramirez : Los Comegatos (2012)
Takuma Nakahira : Circulation : Date, Place, Events (Osiris, 2012)
Great selection, Alec!
I am keeping track of all the lists here: http://photolia.tumblr.com/post/36143735248/2012
it’s that time of the year again (no, i dont mean the annual bloated listed of Best Photo/Picture/Novel/Non-fiction/film/Restaurant/NewsEvent/Man-Woman-Animal-Barber of the year end-of-year lasso fest….i mean….
its the time I year when i quietly unpack my silence (for the most part) of the year at LBM and recommend my Soth-Must-Have Xmas gift….
this year, its combines all the best things imaginable for a gift (other than a kiss from the Mrs. or another bunny book from the 2 young beauties): brilliance, wit, imaginative reimagine, a fuck-off-kindle-digitalization richness, stories filled with sadness and beauty, and just damn beautiful graphics…
my choice of the American Novel of the year…if you havent seen it, gotten it, well…get your ass in gear….
hugs Alec, hope to chat sometime in 2013
all the best
Christopher Ware’s “Building Stories)
I was at first quite surprised by this list being published so soon while the dust of Paris Photo was still fleeting in the air, as if you wanted to get rid of the task and move on to more interesting stuff. The list itself contributed to my surprise: none of the obvious books of the year as “The Present”, “Lebensmittel” or “Found Photos in Detroit” (although this one had been the subject of a great article on this very blog), speaking of curating the past while passing by some great works made again available as facsimile or without mentioning any vernacular based work, no discoveries from your visit of Paris Photo and Offprint…
Then I read again your opening text and could not agree more with its wise statement: what matters is to speak about what is of personnal interest not try to find what will be the fashion of the time; this one will fade in the forthcoming monthes, while one can build on the personnal. What matters is not to establish lists of would be collectibles: time will tell that, as some books will confirm their importance, others will fade away having been just a season flavour and others that where below the radar will have a growing recognition in the years to come. In a market where once again a huge quantity of books have been published with a growing average quality it would be difficult to establish a list of the 10 books that one has to buy: only look at Macks’ incredible string of publications this year, they could make a 10 best list on their own. So what matters in lists is not the novelty for the novelty sake, it is the doors they open for one to find new personnal interest, to discover books that are worth to know to form ones culture or to be invited to revisit and maybe reassess the history of the medium.
So here are some books that caught my interest, without any hierarchy. Of course some are more importants than others, some are milestones and some footnotes, and would you ask me I would give you a top 10 list. And would you ask me again tomorrow and I will give you another list.
To start with, two major additions to the corpus of books on the history of photobooks: “Swiss photobooks from 1927 to the present” (Lars Müller) and “The Dutch Photobook” (NAi / Aperture). Both are new milestones in the young field of photobook history turning light and will invite you to discover “new” books with a very detailed documentation. I would also suggest to have a look at “La Guilde du Livre, les albums photographiques” (Les Yeux Ouverts) for the quality of the catalogue of this collection: imagine a bookclub in postwar Europe where members where offered on subscription and during the year photobooks such as Strand’s « La France de Profil », Doisneau’s « La Banlieue de Paris » or the very ironical « Charmes de Londres » by Izis and Prévert to name just a few. To complete this look at history, I will also point out that three of my favorites of this year are the facsimile of Walker Evan’s “American Photographs” (MOMA), Luigi Ghirri’s “Kodachrome” (Mack) and Keizo Kitajima’s “Photo Express Tokyo” (Le Bal/Steidl).
Curating the past can also take another form as you mentionned. Editing old works can be rewarding and two of my tops are Dodo Shunji’s “Horizon Far and Away 1968-1977” (Akaaka) and Takuma Nakahira’s “Circulation: Date, Place, Events” (Osiris). I also enjoy Alec Soth’s “Looking for Love” (Kominek), Arthur Tress “San Francisco 1964” (Delmonico/Prestel), Christer Stromholm’s “Post scriptum” (Bokförlaget Max Ström), Luigi Ghirri’s “Project Print” (JrP Ringier). Not to mention the reissue of Raymond Depardon’s “La France” (Seuil): it had been published 2 years ago in a large and expensive format as now been reissued in a less expensive pocket format. Not only the printing of this edition is of high quality for the format (bible paper with a swiss binding !) but also it is not a mere reissue but a completely new edition with a totally different sequencing. Interesting in many ways.
Looking back at this year I realise that the vernacular/found trend has produced a lot of books triggering my interest: “Found photos in Detroit” by Adriana Arcara & Luca Santese (Cesura), “Violentology” by Stephen Ferry (Umbrage), “Dive Dark Dream Slow” by Melissa Catanese (The Ice Plant), “Observations” by Roman Ondak (Walther König), “Speaking of names” by Christofer Gianunzio & Jenny Tondera (Self-Published), “Chinese Bondage in Peru I, II, & III” by Ed Steck (Wintergarten), “Collected Shadows” by Archive of Modern Conflict, “Surrogates” by Luciano Rigolini (Centre Culturel Suisse / Musée de l’Elysée), “Terrain Vague / Persitent Images” by Céline Condorelli & Uriel Orlow (Self-Published), “The Equation of Desire” by Martin Soto Climent (Mousse Publishing). Each one would deserve a specific comment but it would take too long. And did anyone noticed that Michaels Abram’s “Welcome to Springfield” (Loostrife) is the exact same format as Moma’ reprint of Walker Evan’s “American Photographs”? Or that several photographers are either mixing their photographs with found photos and documents or drawing on this aesthetic to produce original works: Martin Parr’s “Life’s a Beach” (Xavier Barral), Stéphane Duroy’s “Geisterbild” (Filigranes), Marten Lange’s “Another Language” (Mack), Ben Krewinkel’s “A Possible Life. Conversations with Guabert” (fO.23) and Will Steacy’s “Down these mean streets” (b.frank books)?
Once again several authors have managed to produce catching narratives, stories and reports: J.Carrier “Elementary Calculus” (Mack), Marc Asnin “Uncle Charlie” (Contrasto), Olivia Arthur “Jeddah Diary” (Fishbar), Antoine d’Agata “Ice” (Images en Manœuvres), Ron Jude “Lick Creek Line” (Mack), Jeff Rich “Watershed: The French Broad River” (Photolucida), Claudia Heinermann “Enduring Srebrenica” (Self-Published), Xu Yong “This Face” (Bessard), Michael Schmidt “Lebensmittel” (Snoeck), Julia Ziegler-Haynes “Today’s Special”(Ohwow), Zoé Beausire “Rosette, Mauricette et Roby” (Kominek), JH Engstrom & Margot Wallard “7 days Athens November 2011” (Super Labo).
Some other are cleverly exploring the interplay between pictures and words: Beth Lilly “The oracle @ wifi” (Kehrer), Daido Moriyama “White and vinegar” (MMM), Terri Weifenbach “17 Days” (Super Labo).
Others are relying on the design to tell their story: Peter Dekens “Touch” (The Eriksay Connection), Milou Abel “Ik Ben Jou” (Self-Published), Anouk Kruithof “A head with wings” (Little Brown Mushroom), Cristina de Middel “The Afronauts” (Self-Published), Marianne Van Loo “Diesel for successful living” (Self-Published).
Some others are deceptively simple and deep as japanese haikus: Rinko Kawauchi “Light and Shadow” (Self-Published), Michael Jang “Summer Weather” (Owl & Tiger Books), Tiane Doan Na Champassak “The Father of Pop Dance” (Self-Published), Franziska Opel “F. Variationen” (oneofone), Fernando Ortega & Brian Eno “Music for a small boat crossing a medium size river” (Koenig), Elisabeth Tonnard “The man of the crowd” (Self-Published), Yaniv Waissa “Butterflies I haven’t seen there” (Self-Published),
Some will follow a classic presentation and let speak the pictures: Kim Thue “Dead Traffic” (Dienacht), Kimura Hajime “Kodama” (Mado-Sha), Gerry Johansson “Öglunda” (Gun Gallery) & “Deutschland” (Mack), Pieter Hugo “There’s a place in Hell for me & my friends” (Oodee), Ricor “Overseas” (Self-Published), Sakiko Nomura “Nude / A Room / Flowers” (M), Calin Kruse “Maria – Romania” (Dienacht). Sumi Takeshi “Fly in the sky” (Libro Arte).
And some others will have a edgy design to express the artist vision: Paul Graham’s “The Present” (Mack), Stephen Gill’s “Coexistence” (Self-Published), Toshithugu Yamawaki’s “The lost and find” (Self-Published), Pietro Mattioli’s “Two thousand light years from home” (Kodoji), Witho Worms’ “Cette montagne c’est moi” (Fw:), Lin Chien-Wen’s “Things I Lost” (Neurasthenia), Cara Phillips “Singular Beauty” (Fw:), Yokota Daisuke “Back Yard” (Self-Published), Sacha Maric “Good Mother and Father” (Self-Published), Anders Petersen “Soho” (Mack).
All of them are rewarding. And thankyou to all these authors (and the many ones I didn’t cite) to take the risk to surprise us, to seduce us, to puzzle us and to leave us with more than we had (and we paid for).
So where is the top ten list you would ask? But if you have reached this point, you already know that it is up to you to make your own list.
All the best,
How many great books I didn’t know Mr Maille!!!!
But I think that Kimura Hajime “Kodama” has something special respect all the others, a “quid” that makes it more magical and dreamy. What do you think?
I also discovered Osamu Yokonami – Assembly, but it’s very difficult to find (I’d like a lot)
Congratulations for you expertise.
I agree that “Kodama” is definitely a special book you feel at home with from the start wlth all the elements of the book being consistent (editing, printing, paper, size, sequence of images) and contributing to produce a “classic feel”; a book with a very personal voice while in the same time giving a nod, contiously or not, to some japanese books of the late 60’s / early 70’s like Tadao Mitome “Sanrizuka” or Kazuo Kitai “Sanrizuka” (or even Hiroshi Hamaya 1956’s “Snow Land” for the theme). So a special book definitely. More special than the others ? Differently.
I haven’t seen Osamu Yokonami “Assembly” so if it is difficult to form an opinion if a book made out of his work is producing a new work per se or is a mere catalogue of works that exist independently (and there can be very nice catalogues). I understand it is the catalogue of a gallery show so my guess is you should try to email the author to see if he has any copies.
Thankyou anyway for your appreciation,
Very kind Mr Maille, I ordered Kodama and hope it arrives to me before Christmas. More difficulties with that Assembly (i didn’ understand it to be a catalogue, but some pictures look very fascinating).
Now I soon go to “study”your advices Mitome and Hamaya, that never heard before, and Kitai that I know only by name.
In this post I forgot another great name, an italian artist, is name is Paolo Ventura and his Winter Stories and more recent Lo Zuavo Scomparso, are really something new other than fairy. You know him?
Best wishes and merry Christmas to you and to everybody!
PS Mr Soth, today I received your Looking for Love, no words, great work, congratulations!
I haven’t seen the books “Winter Stories” and “Lo Zuavo Scomparso” by Paolo Ventura but I had seen “War Souvenirs” and “Automaton”. Aside the content of the pictures (that I must acknowledge I don’t connect with), I wonder if you can consider these as photobooks: the photography seems to me to be just a neutral record of the artefact (with of course a choosen angle of view) without adding any layer of significance to it specific to photography. For instance if the photography would create the illiusion of reality and/or a visual trouble out these artefacts, effects which can only be achieved through photography like in Chema Madoz’s pictures or Onorato & Krebb’s “Great Unreal”. In these the artefact is clearly built to produce a photographic image while in Ventura’s work the artefact seems to me to be the finality of the art, the photography being just a record. It can also be that I haven’t looked much into this work and that I am wrong.
Happy holidays to you,
No Mr Maille, I think you have looked even too much into his work but I like dreamy/surreal atmospheres in general, in fact I also have Onorato/Krebs book and I know Madoz, and I really enjoy Fontcuberta. But don’t overrate my competence (and my english!!! I’m really sweating to translate my few reflections) I’m only a neophyte of photobooks but I like the beauty in the art wherever it appears and I’m in a continuous search of it, not only in photography. For this reason I like your refined advices and the advices in general. Best wishes!
Nor do you overrate my competence. I am only an amateur like you and I am just trying to take the opportunity of this conversation to precise (mostly for myself) why I am interested with some books and not by others. So don’t take that as expert advices but modestly as the expression of my tastes and interrogations.
I wish you a lot of nice discoveries for the end of the year and the year to come
Ps: I think we should anyhow stop this discussion before Alec Soth realises that there are 2 guys that have have hijacked a corner of his blog.
…so thank you Mr Maille for this discussion and thank you Mr Soth for the opportunity you gave us to make it.
And merry Christmas and happy new year (of photobooks!!!) to everybody.
I’ve just bought a beautiful self published book “The Sundays of Life” by Bela Doka . It’s about a joy of everyday life .It’s such a refreshing thing and there are only a few copies left.It made my days since I’ve received my copy !!!
In my opinion, i think http://www.thephotobookstore.co.uk is one of the best to use, they are really helpful and their photobooks are one of the best ive had, like other people have said, some other companys photobook software crashes on my mac too but, this is not the case here, also they have a buy one get one free on all products at the moment which is very useful !