Selected by Martin Parr, Roxana Marcoci and many others photo experts, including TIME’s editors
Every presidential campaign has a particular feel and color: the red, white, and blue days of JFK that ended in a sad pink boucle, the brilliant reds of Nancy Regan, the rainbow spectrum of the Obamas. But this election is perfectly captured in black and white by photographer Mark Peterson, stripping the last two years down to its bare bones, showing the warts and weirdness of democracy gone awry. The result of “the most polarized and bizarre presidential race in American history” is a new monograph, Political Theater, published by Steidl.
Photographer, editor, artistic director and museum director Gilles Mora has just released a new monograph, Antebellum, published by Texas University Press that consists of impressionistic, rarely seen images of a disappearing Deep South
When Sara Terry started printing handmade limited-edition photobooks of her work – each edition displaying only 10 images of her choice – she never expected it to attract an audience beyond her close friends. Yet, the editions, called 10(X), have caught the eyes of award-winning photographers and photo editors who are now collaborating with her
In December 1966, four photographers, Hubert Henrotte, Raymond Depardon, Hugues Vassal, Léonard de Raemyand an agent, Jean Monteux, ready for a new adventure decided to launch a photographers’ agency where everyone worked on a 50-50 basis . The photographers, shareholders or colleagues shared half of the income from the sales of their reporting and half of the costs of production. Five months later, Gilles Caron joined the young staff.
Rather than “the seasonal changes of attire,” the motif running through Morath’s best work was, he notes, “the endurance of the human creative spirit in conditions of transformation and duress.”
First published in 2013, the book draws from Lynn’s experiences at the Virginia-Pilot and from his earlier post at the Charleston Gazette in West Virginia. His photo staffs regularly won in NPPA contests and the International Pictures of the Year competitions. The Virginia-Pilot was also awarded Best Use of Pictures three times under Lynn’s direction.
Last Sunday marked the final day of the 11th annual NY Art Book Fair at MoMA PS1 in Long Island City, Queens, The annual event put on by the famous Chelsea book store Printed Matter is a magnet for connoisseurs and enthusiasts of art books and print work published independently by vendors from far flung corners of the globe. It is free and open to public, making it one of the most accessible events for those looking to add books and ephemera to their collections.
Kevin Amato makes photos for fashion campaigns, album covers, documentary series, editorial clients, and himself. But as they’re presented in his new book out from Phaidon this month, The Importants, without any way of distinguishing one type from another, it’s clear they’re all part of a singular aesthetic pursuit.
for the country’s white middle class — the group that thrived under apartheid — that existence was captured in David Goldblatt’s seminal 1982 book, “In Boksburg,” which is being republished this month by Steidl
Paula Bronstein’s Afghanistan Between Hope and Fear is a photojournalist’s 15-year study of Afghanistan.
Bronstein returned many times after that initial assignment, often working on stories of her own volition that covered politics, health care, education, and women’s rights. One-hundred and fourteen of her images that speak to Afghanistan’s complex history and culture have now been published as a new book by University of Texas Press titled Afghanistan: Between Hope and Fear.
On a trip to Mexico in 2010, photographer Stefan Ruiz stumbled on a sizable amount of vintage Mexican crime photos. He was perusing Mexico City’s sprawling La Lagunilla thrift market when he came across them. Something grabbed his interest and hooked him. Over the next six months he met the seller of the images and made repeated trips to the market to buy more and more, eventually amassing a large collection, which he published as a book titled, “Mexican Crime Photographs From the Archive of Stefan Ruiz” (Gost, 2015)
A review of Michael Christopher Brown’s photobook, Libyan Sugar
Arbus is possibly the closest thing America has to Kafka, a profound ironist who simply did not see the world in conventional terms and was — when you strip away the nice-making, the wheedling for money or support and the expressions of garden- variety depression — incapable of saying anything uncompelling
Here are the best photo books we’re thumbing through this season
If you haven’t seen a copy of Raw View yet, you need to. It’s a beautifully printed magazine dedicated to photography. Each issue presents a wide range of work, diverse in both the type and subject matter of the photography and in terms of who is producing the work
Arthur Lubow’s new “Diane Arbus: Portrait of a Photographer” is the second major biography of this complicated and controversial artist, after Patricia Bosworth’s “Diane Arbus: A Biography,” published in 1984. Both books pull you into a scenic and moral underworld. The details of Arbus’s troubled life cast a spell.
It’s Hannah Watson‘s turn to share her thoughts on photobooks and the photobook market for our Publisher’s Insight series. Hannah is the director of Trolley Books, a London based publisher approaching its 15th birthday
The key thing about the photobook is that it is not simply a collection of images. It is a coherent sequenced set of photos expressing the thoughts and opinions of the photographer. For me if a photographer is simply reliant on the aesthetics of their work – on the strength of the single image – and has nothing to say, then they don’t have a book.