This time of the year again!
Do read this great interview with Tom Claxton about collecting photobooks (and invest in the books that you love). You can also share your favourite photobooks from 2013 here.
(1) 2013 Photo Books of the Year (American Photo)
(2) The Best Photobooks of the Year: Martin Parr takes his pick (British Journal of Photography)
(3) Livres de photographie 2013 : une sélection (Rémi Coignet)
(4) 5 best photography books of 2013 (The Washington Post)
(6) Best photobooks of 2013 (Atsushi Saito)
(7) 10 of my favorite photobooks 2013 (Yoshikatsu Fujii, Photobook Club Tokyo)
(8) A Year in Ten Titles (Tom Claxton)
(10) Photobooks 2013 (Bas Peters)
(11) 10 favourite photobooks of the year (Simon Bainbridge, BJP editor)
(12) Ten photobooks from 2013 (Matthew Carson, ICP Library)
(13) Top ten: the best photo books of 2013 (Tom Clark)
(15) #DemocraticPhotobookList (Managed by Martin Brink, tweet your favourite photobook with #DemocraticPhotobookList)
(16) Favourite Photobooks of 2013: A book man’s book list (Jim Reed)
(17) Los mejores fotolibros de 2013 (que hay que tener en la lista de deseos)
(19) TOP 10 (+1) PHOTOBOOKS OF 2013 (Photo Book Corner)
(22) Forthcoming Titles (Blake Andrews)
(27) Favorite Photobooks of 2013 (by John Sypal)
[work in progress] A series of portraits of farmers from Indiana who were sued by Monsanto. An ongoing project by Mathieu Asselin, “Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation”. Watch a video interview with farmers.
SPBH Book Club Vol III. Cristina De Middel.
Photographs by Cristina De Middel
Designed by Antonio de Luca
Edited by Bruno Ceschel
Published by Self Publish, Be Happy, April 2013, London. Edition of 500 copies. (Also available in a numbered and signed special edition of 250. This limited edition includes an original print (7x5 inches)).
[Purchase: L’Ascenseur Végétal]
"This new project challenges the archetype of street photography and the language and veracity of the photograph as a document. De Middel takes us out onto the shimmering streets of New York City, and playfully works with visual tropes to illuminate the surreal quality of space within the city. Embodying the notion of the American Dream and the tingling sensation of collective fascination with such an iconic place, the book is something of an enigma and hints at a multilayered story – through signifiers and visual clues, the viewer is invited to piece together the sum of its parts, as in a game or a puzzle". (SPBH)
Karma. Óscar Monzón.
Photographs by Óscar Monzón
Editorial coordination by Gonzalo Golpe
Design by Eloi Gimeno
Prepress by Víctor Garrido
Interesting book from Spanish photographer Óscar Monzón. It is very heavy, glossy and intense, - this combination works pretty well offering a playful experience. There is no name of the photographer or book title on the cover or spine, inviting you to focus on visual content. You might really hate it at first glance, be surprised, confused or find it very appealing. Óscar Monzón photographs people in their cars, creating very dynamic, colourful and slightly aggressive survey of our lives in/with a car. Monzón’s work also touches privacy issue. He photographs people from the bridge or stoplights in downtown Madrid, his zoom very often capture intimate moments of unsuspecting public.
Simple and good.