At a time when people can get all their news and scroll through a zillion photos before they’re out of bed, what’s the point of putting a printed object out? Finding communities and people who are like-minded make me feel a little less insane about the fight for printed matter so I asked Juan and Carlos a couple of questions about the show and their own thoughts about the final fate of print
Moises Saman: In Discordia, I felt the need to transcend the “news” aspect of the story, and instead work with the slightly more imprecise images that, in my opinion, offer a more nuanced narrative, one that was more in tune with my personal experience in the region
These photographs offer a portrait of America the way it really was for me as I lived it and documented it from 1969, when I turned 18 and first began to identify myself as a photographer, through President Nixon s resignation in 1974, which many consider the true end of the decade.
The marriage of a significant photography project (with stellar imagery and prints) and the undeniably finest publishing house in the world results in a creation and collaboration that rises to the level of something quite spectacular. In this case, Jamey Stillings was the creator of that stellar project and recently joined forces with Steidl books to publish The Evolution of Ivanpah Solar. Jamey kept a diary of his on-press experience at Steidl and today, he shares that journey from photographs to book
At this point “photobook of the year” is a rough equivalent for “photographer of the year”. Then come the lists of the lists. (Photolia, Andthewinnersare, Ohtopbook, HAFNY, Don’t Take Pictures, Streetshootr, etc) Then comes the whining about the lists. Then the whining about the whining. Then the whining about the lists of lists of lists. You need a bookie to keep track of it all.
In 2011 Brian Lanker suddenly and swiftly died of cancer. At his memorial service, a coterie of photographers focused on the need for a book not only on Brian’s excellent photographs but one that celebrated the remarkable, engaging nature of the man.
For this installment, they have enlisted the talents of Ryan Florig, Valerie J Bower, Vincent Tullo, John Kilar, Chris Macarthur and Troy Holden to grace the sleek black and white pages.
Martin Parr asks Chris Killip why he’s republishing his 1988 opus
Walker Evans may be best known for his 1935 and 1936 Farm Security Administration documentary photos, but he had a long career that explored a range of styles and techniques. Walker Evans: Depth of Field, which Prestel published in November, provides the most comprehensive book-length look yet at the work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century.
Self-publishing was huge in 2015, even bigger than the years before. This is probably because it’s quite affordable and accessible now. Plus the only way to really cut through the noise on social media and say, “Hey, I’m pretty proud of this work and would maybe even like to make a small amount of money from it (or at least recoup some of my costs),” is to commit something to paper. Here’s a shortlist of our favourite photo books to come out of Australia this year.
When EyeEm turned a small hack into a photography magazine, we didn’t expect what would happen next.
Photography’s rich history and creative doers continually make it clear: The best place to see great images (aside from a museum or gallery wall) is a bound book. In the holiday spirit, we’ve drawn this list from recent releases as well as our roundups in spring, summer and fall. —Jack Crager
Steve McCurry photographs of the American South featured in Paul Theroux’s book, Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads.
Throughout his storied photojournalism career, Steve McCurry has traveled extensively on most of the world’s continents, but besides the occasional trips to visit his grandparents in South Carolina as a boy, he hadn’t seen much of the American South. That changed two years ago when the writer Paul Theroux told him he was writing a book on the region and invited him to come along.
Imperial Courts, 1993–2015, the long awaited photography book by Dutch photographer Dana Lixenberg and published by Roma, features some of her finest, and most eloquent photographs, suffused with compassion, austere visual beauty, and a tender attention toward the wide scope of individuals who comprise the Imperial Courts community in Los Angeles. Short-listed for PhotoBook of the Year by the 2015 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards, the copious tome is the culmination of years of diligent work.
The 2015 Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards winners were announced in Paris, with Daniel Mayrit receiving the $10,000 top prize for First PhotoBook. Other winners included Diane Dufour and Xavier Barral, Thomas Mailaender and Will Steacy.
As suggested by Italian journalist Mario Calabresi in his extraordinary book Eyes Wide Open, however, the best storytellers are those who allow themselves to be submerged within often painful events, to forgo absolute objectivity in favor of something rarer: a precarious marriage of impartiality and intimate involvement. In interviews with ten photographers who have not only documented but in many ways shaped the course of history—Steve McCurry, Josef Koudelka, Don McCullin, Elliott Erwitt, Paul Fusco, Alex Webb, Gabriele Basilico, Abbas, Paolo Pellegrin, and Sebastiao Salgado
In an age where everyone is publishing books, the requests for reviews are almost unmanageable. I have dozens of books sent to me every month. I simply cannot review them all, nor am I inclined to do so. However, every once in a while I come across a book worth noticing. Here are three such books.
Mark Hogancamp leads a double life. In Marwencol, Hogancamp is a WWII fighter pilot, an owner of a successful bar and married to a beautiful woman named Anna. He also happens to be only 12 inches high and made of plastic. In Kingston, New York—the real world—Hogancamp lives alone in a crowded trailer, devoting much of his time to building, photographing and documenting the lives of those in Marwencol—a fictitious world of Hogancamp’s creation.