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The Photobook: A History Volume II: History v. 2 [Hardcover]

Gerry Badger , HDR Design , Melissa Laner , Ian Bavington Jones
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19 Jun 2006
This book provides a unique perspective on the story of photography through the particular history of the photobook. The second of two extensive volumes, it completes Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s study of the major trends and movements that have shaped the photobook genre since the birth of photography. It represents a valuable catalogue of rare and important photobooks. This volume continues where Volume 1 left off by bringing the story of the photobook fully up to date.


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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (19 Jun 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0714844330
  • ISBN-13: 978-0714844336
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 26 x 29.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,571 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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‘It is a testament to the strength of [Parr’s] argument, and to the quality of the titles he has compiled, that there is indeed a current reappraisal of the significance and value of photographer’s books.’
The Art Book

‘fascinating … Beautifully illustrated with three dimensional covers and spreads – as with volume I - we really get an impression of the photo books as an ‘object’. … an essential guide to existing and budding collectors everywhere. … By the time you reach the end if you weren’t hooked on the photographic book already, you will be.’
Laura Noble, London Independent Photography

‘[Parr’s] international perspective is a major contribution to cultural history’
Ei8ht Photojournalism

‘Volume II of Martin Parr and Gerry Badger’s The Photobook: A History is even more opinionated, eccentric, and invaluable than the first volume.’
Photograph

‘So many photography books are published these days, but here’s one that makes sense of all the others.’ The New York Times Book Review ‘To leaf through this book is to journey into the past; its images evoke our existence more poignantly than words can.’
Library Journal

About the Author

Martin Parr’s celebrated photographs bridge the divide between art and documentary photography. His studies of the idiosyncrasies of mass culture and consumerism around the world, his innovative imagery, and his prolific output have placed him firmly at the forefront of contemporary art. Parr is a member of the international photo agency Magnum Photos, and has recently extended his interest to film-making. He is an avid collector and maker of photobooks. His own photobooks include The Last Resort (1986), Common Sense (1999) and Boring Postcards (Phaidon Press, 1999). The extensive and only monograph on his work, Martin Parr by Val Williams, is published by Phaidon Press.

Gerry Badger is a critic, curator and photographer. His published books include Collecting Photography (2002) and John Gossage: Berlin in the Time of the Wall (2005) as well as books on Eugène Atget and Chris Killip (both published by Phaidon Press, 2001). He has curated a number of exhibitions, including ‘The Photographer as Printmaker’ for the Arts Council of Great Britain (1981) and ‘Through the Looking Glass: Post-war British Photography’ (1989) for the Barbican Arts Centre, London.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Through the lens with print: part two 28 Sep 2007
By Robin Benson TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Hardcover
As I wrote in my review of the first edition, both will surely become the standard reference about photobooks. This second one is mostly concerned with contemporary photography and the coverage is really impressive which raises an important point: both books regard their subject as a lively and energetic creative medium and not a dry academic one reflecting an elitist point-of-view.

Just over two hundred photobooks are considered in nine chapters and like book one each has a technical caption (publisher, size, pages, date etc) and an excellent analysis of the photos and the book. The coverage, as I mentioned is very comprehensive. There is a chapter devoted to books that are not commercially available (The Company Photobook) and the twenty-five covered include a high school yearbook, or chapter six: Looking at Photographs, where the theme is the picture editor as author with twenty-two books. Controversy is not avoided either, chapter eight looks at the work of the New Topographic photographers with their stark takes on blast furnaces, prisons and other potential visual failures of society.

This second book is the same design, with excellent printing and paper, as the first (and to my mind) has the same fault in that there are not enough spreads shown from all the books looked at despite plenty of white space on each page. This does seem an odd editorial oversight when the purpose of the book is to show pages from books full of photographs. The first book had a few examples of many pages from a particular book but I could only find one in this book: a 1957 Norfolk and Western brochure where seventeen pages are shown (out of eighteen) using Winston Link's wonderful train photos

Look through the 656 pages of these two books and you'll soon realise that Badger and Parr have achieved a remarkably lively study. Surely the photobook gold standard.
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2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars an anthology that makes you greedy 23 May 2009
Format:Hardcover
Martin Parr is one of my favourite photographers, and here he presents his favorite Photobooks. Great choices are made, though I did miss a couple of my own favorites, but that's okay - he does make my appetite for more grow, just like a good anthology should. Great book.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Through the lens with print: part two 26 Dec 2006
By Robin Benson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
As I wrote in my review of the first edition, both will surely become the standard reference about photobooks. This second one is mostly concerned with contemporary photography and the coverage is really impressive which raises an important point: both books regard their subject as a lively and energetic creative medium and not a dry academic one reflecting an elitist point-of-view.

Just over two hundred photobooks are considered in nine chapters and like book one each has a technical caption (publisher, size, pages, date etc) and an excellent analysis of the photos and the book. The coverage, as I mentioned is very comprehensive. There is a chapter devoted to books that are not commercially available (The Company Photobook) and the twenty-five covered include a high school yearbook, or chapter six: Looking at Photographs, where the theme is the picture editor as author with twenty-two books. Controversy is not avoided either, chapter eight looks at the work of the New Topographic photographers with their stark takes on blast furnaces, prisons and other potential visual failures of society.

This second book is the same design, with excellent printing and paper, as the first (and to my mind) has the same fault in that there are not enough spreads shown from all the books looked at despite plenty of white space on each page. This does seem an odd editorial oversight when the purpose of the book is to show pages from books full of photographs. The first book had a few examples of many pages from a particular book but I could only find one in this book: a 1957 Norfolk and Western brochure where seventeen pages are shown (out of eighteen) using Winston Link's wonderful train photos

Look through the 656 pages of these two books and you'll soon realise that Badger and Parr have achieved a remarkably lively study. Surely the photobook gold standard.
6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An excellent sequel... 29 Oct 2006
By TomAssini - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Just where Volume 1 left off, Volume 2 takes off. Very thorough and well organized, be reminded this is not an all inclusive book of books. You may agree with some of the entries and you may also disagree, but, most important, you'll end up learning on new possible entries for your library as well as discarding considered ones.

All in all an exquisite reference book. Enjoy...T
2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars photobook 25 Jan 2012
By jotacea72 - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The item irrived in time. Perfect condition.
Advisable for someone interested in photobooks. See also volume 1.
Have a nice day.
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